On Saturday we headed down to Capitol Reef, despite the cold, rainy weather. We were greeted by snow/hail/slush at Capitol Reef. What a desert surprise! We waited for the sun to come out and then started a fun hike - the Cassidy's Arch hike.
The kids loved all the little pockets in the rock walls to climb up in and try to hide. My dad told me when I was little that these little holes were 'Mokie caves' and somewhere there was a little mokie (who knows what a mokie is?) waiting for me to get out of its cave. In the picture below is Kelsey, Thomas, William, Lydia, and Kendal. We left sweet little Emmitt home with Grandma - thank goodness!
Kendal is very distractable and she took nearly every opportunity she had to climb in a hole instead of walk up the trail.
Cassidy's Arch is a fun hike that climbs about 1500 feet in elevation and is about a 1 3/4 mile hike. I have alot of fun memories climbing this rock with high school girl friends, boyfriends, and my family.
About half way into the hike, you get to see what you are climbing to - Cassidy's Arch.
The hike takes you to the top of the arch and it is really scary for moms with distractable and daring children. Kelsey, Thomas, and Mark were there before the rest of us girls, and Kelsey told me she walked across the arch. I remember doing that when I was 19 or so and it scared the holy somethings out of me! I think the actual arch is only 8 or 10 feet wide or so - not very big! I must have blocked it out of my memory!
Kendal is pointing to the arch. She was so undisturbed by the drop off and hundreds of feet below that it made me very disturbed!
Kelsey and William - on the side of Hickman Bridge. This hike was a little too boring for Mark, so we headed out on our own little hike. My friend Brad once took me up a little canyon on the side of the bridge that was a fun, exciting little diversion. I remember we had to climb up a bunch of fallen rocks and have a little help along the way to get up to the top. So that is the route we took this time around too.
Once on top, we ate our Subway lunches and wished the large black rain clouds away. My friends, the Jones family.
Oh, here is me on the top of Hickey Rock - the place our diversion led us. This formation was recently named and it makes me giggle.
Thanks Jones family for a super fun time. Thanks Mom and Dad for letting us stay with you and for taking care of my Emmitt while we were playing!