We hiked down the ‘Ho Chi Minh’ trail in La Jolla today. That’s always a favorite. An easy hike because it’s so short, but it’s got some fun technical parts: walking on a board across a little ravine, going through a mini slot canyon, and a ...

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Ho Chi

We hiked down the ‘Ho Chi Minh’ trail in La Jolla today. That’s always a favorite. An easy hike because it’s so short, but it’s got some fun technical parts: walking on a board across a little ravine, going through a mini slot canyon, and a little bit of ropes at the end. Plus you get to swim at the end. And the water was great today. 















    



End of Summer

You know summer break must be coming to an end soon when you go to grab some sunscreen for one of the last beach trips before school starts back up next week, and you find 14 bottle of sunscreen, each with just a few drops left in the bottom. I’m hoping we have enough between all these bottles for a hike down to the beach today.  :)





    



Hawk Rescue

When we moved into our house one of the things that we loved was the pair of red tailed hawks that nest in the canyon behind our house, and we love seeing them soaring beyond our backyard most everyday.  We even named them a couple years ago: Carmen & Diego.  :)

So yesterday Camden looked out in the yard and saw a hawk by the glass wall at the back of the yard.  I went out to see if I could get a good photo of it before it flew away, but it was on the ground next to the glass wall and it wasn't flying, and as I approached it hopped into the rose bushes at the back corner of the wall, and was struggling.  It was so big!  Maybe 2 1/2 feet tall.  At first I wondered if it was injured, but it looked to be putting its weight on both legs ok, and fluttering it's wings.  We've had quite a few birds get confused by the glass wall (or fly into it and get stunned or even die).  So far there have been a number of mourning doves, a flock of quail, and a road runner. 

Anyway, I climbed back through the rose bushes to where he was stuck at the very corner of the glass walls, and used a couple of brooms to gently lift the hawk up to the top of the wall.  After pausing on the end of the broom for only a moment he flew all the way across the canyon.  Fortunately he didn't seem to be injured, but it seemed pretty stressful for him.  It was cool to be able to help out.  Too bad we didn't think to take a video -- I got a thrill watching that magnificent bird take off from just a couple feet in front of me. 



    



Indoor Skydiving

When Camden & Eli went to their boy scout camp last week they found out they had the option to choose from several special outings one day at the camp, including indoor skydiving.  We told them that if they were willing to earn the money and pay us back for half of the cost we'd be ok with that.  And since Michael was volunteering with them at the camp that day, and it happened to be the day before his birthday, he ended up deciding to try it out too. 


Camden


Elijah


Michael
    


Rock Climbing

I’ve been thinking about something to do that is good exercise and also something fun, so I won’t just give up after a few weeks, and I decided to give rock climbing a try. We found a local gym that has a pretty good deal for family passes, so three of the boys went with my to try it out for the first time the other day. We had lots of fun, were totally tired, and had some blisters by the time we were done. The boys also got to try out the slack line & the peg board. I think we’re going to head back over there tomorrow for Michael to try it out, since he took the day off work for his birthday. 















    


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