Sunday, October 23, 2011

Joshua Tree

Our home school also comes with field trips.  Which are probably more frequent than in a public school setting.  But my home school is waaay better, anyway, as we all know. 

Here, we're heading for more elusive Ranger Badges.  And I've got some friends with me to help.  That's Lyla, Hayes (obviously), Lilly and Chloe.

We're all hard at work.

How cool is this?  Don't miss Hayes!

Lilly and I, heading for an adventure.

Oh, the little brothers came, too.  Trey couldn't handle the hike.  Good thing Ms. Rachel was there for his support.

Check out how high we got! 

The little dudes, having a snack.  You'd think they did more than just ride on their mothers with the appetites they brought.  My bro is in the grey-just to clarify.

Will we succeed?  Oh, Mr. Ranger, we did the best we could.  Ohh, I hope my work is good enough.  My teacher is sooooo strict, will he be just as bad, I mean good?

The waiting continues.  He left us in charge while he checked our work.  Told us to help anyone who may come up to the desk.  Luckily we knew our first customer.

CHA-CHING!  WE DID IT!  Another Junior Ranger Badge in the books.  Nice work ladies!

And he even gave one to Hayes, too, for spirit.

JT (as the locals call it) doesn't stop there.  We took our Dad back not too much later.  Different spot, same great climbing rocks.  Or bouldering, if you want to get technical.

Look closely, bottom left, you'll see us with Daddy-o.

Wait for it....  Now we're middle left.

Mom and Y waiting patiently.

WOW, look how far away we are now!

And BAM!  Pretty high, don't you think?  Hayes may have given Dad a small heart attack with his ridge walking, but it was AWESOME!

And we shall now all clap for Y's amazing feet of learning how to use the Camelback.  Good job, bro.  It's the little things that we celebrate, too.

He's pretty at home in the National Parks, too.

Then we pulled a little switcheroo and took Mom to the top of some stuff.  Funny, huh?  Hayes was weighing down the rock or we would've gotten it.

Some cool Joshua Trees.  And yes, it was getting as hot as it appears.

Dad and I having some serious conversations on the walk back.


  1. So much fun! When's the next field trip? I can sign up to bring snacks or drinks or give gas money!

  2. Great post. Those boulders are pretty cool to look at. But the best is just reading about you all TOGETHER! :)