Did you know that Seth (the man in most of my photos with me and the girls) is one of SIX kids? From those six, stem 17.5 amazing little (and big) humans plus six more adult-humans. Getting them all in the same place at the same time is not easy. With work schedules, school schedules, soccer, and dance schedules, things can become complicated. Sometimes, for good or for not-so-good, life pulls us together. This time, life pulled us to Utah.
We’re all outdoor-loving people. Nature, natural light, fresh air, fresh veggies, I’m all about it and so are the Dunhams. So we carved out a day for a hike to Stewart Falls. The hike was more moderate than easy but Isabella was able to walk slightly more than 1/3 of it. The trail is easy to get to through Aspen Grove (in the Alpine Loop) and the trail is clearly marked. The views along the way are beautiful and because I was baby-wearing and couldn’t see my feet to watch for rocks (only a few slips, weebles wobble but they don’t fall down), I was able to stare into the distance and debate how many moose were trotting around. Probably “many much moosen” right?
The older kids (six and up) did wonderfully on the 3 1/2 mile trail. Isabella needed a little bit of help for parts of the way but she was happy as a clam. Just like all things, the greatest views come after a climb. The waterfall is breathtaking. The mist is refreshing and the creek is fun to dip your toes into but may be freezing, even in July. Luckily, the big sister of the bunch brought sandwiches because a picnic was an AMAZING and necessary idea after the hike up. Bring at least a full water bottle per person (two if you have the manpower to carry them) and plan for at least four hours if you have little ones.
I am already missing my Dunham family and can’t wait until the next time we’re all together! What are some of your favorite family hikes?