Canyon Creek part 2

There are a lot of pictures in this post. And it’s only taken me 9 days to finally post them. Not too bad considering how full our days have been.

So after a fairly small hike from our car over to the creek we put water shoes on and went for a walk through the creek.
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All of the kids tried to stay on the larger rocks for the most part. Walking through the creek itself was tricky because it was slippery.
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Sierra had the hardest time because of her toe walking. She was slipping and sliding all over the place. When I wasn’t helping her, Brooklyn was. Brooklyn was so good to her this trip; it was really fun watching her be such a sweet sister to Sierra. (for once *cough* lol)
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My little adventurer, brave toddler girl. She had such a blast and tried her best to walk as much as she could on her own. I was never more than like, a foot away from her. She would take some steps and then get to a part she didn’t feel confident in walking through and hold up her arms towards me and say, “Help!”
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Brooklyn was totally fearless. She had the best time of all the kids and really impressed me!
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Payson was nervous through most of our walk. I had to help him a lot and though he and Brooklyn really don’t get along normally, she was doing such a good job helping him out when he needed it!
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This girl is happiest when she’s in the great outdoors, that’s for sure!
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Ok, so, I debated blogging about this part of the creek because it’s gross but, it’s the truth so…
We were walking along the creek looking for a good spot to hang out at and we found several giant piles of human crap. It was disgusting. With toilet paper all over the place! Gross.
We walked much further to get away from all that. When we finally got to a “nice” place Allan went to change from his hiking shoes into his water socks (shoes?) and noticed he had crap on his shoe! HUMAN crap! Which is about a bajillion times grosser than ANY other type of poop!
So, he spent almost the ENTIRE time me and the kids were hanging out washing his shoe. I’m glad we had a lot of supplies to disinfect that “incident” after he’d washed it all away in the water.
Can you believe that? Ugh, makes me gag remembering it.
And YES that is the LAST time we visit Canyon Creek! haha! NASTY.
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My favorite part of the trip up to this point was walking on this fallen log across the creek. It was super sturdy and wide enough that all the kids could cross with ease. Of course I held Ember’s hand the entire time but she really didn’t even need me to. For security sure, but she would’ve walked across that log by herself just fine!
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After spending as much time as we could bear at the creek we headed back to the camping areas. We changed shoes first, though.
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This is Brooklyn’s backpack from last year. It didn’t hold up to well to light use. What a waste of $20. I remember using the same backpack for years when I was a kid.
Anyway, it’s fine that it has holes and will be her camping and hiking bag from now on because she was teased for it last year anyway. She picked out a much more mature backpack this year. She was very determined to have everything about her wardrobe and her school supplies this year be far from babyish. (But she absolutely LOVES My Little Ponies at home! hee)
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We spent a long time by our car at the very, very end of the trip. We fed the kids and they explored the nearby trees and they made a fort. Ember spent the time near Allan and I but wandering around and picking up stuff, too. During the last ten or twenty minutes we were there when the older kids wanted Allan and me to walk up the hill to wear they’d built their fort, to see it, I put Ember in the ergo. We left to go home just after this.
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