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Sunday, August 10, 2008
A Hike, Some Laughs, and a Couple Donuts
Last year Lauren and I had a mother daughter day and hiked to Timpanogas Cave together. We had a blast, so she asked if we could go again this summer. This year she wanted to invite Papa and Uncle Steve (my dad and brother).
So…. bright and early Saturday morning the four of us headed up American Fork Canyon. We had a lot of fun. The trail is a mile and a half up. I believe it’s the perfect hike. It’s not an easy nature walk, it’s definitely a hike, and the cave at the end makes it well worth it.
We had a lot of fun together. Steve and my father have a great sense of humor. I was laughing all the way up and back down the trail. Here was how some of the conversation went:
Shirlene: (on the way up the trail) After all of this exercise we better stop and get donuts on the way home..
Lauren: Yeah, I want a big jelly donut…..wouldn’t it be cool if jelly donuts grew on trees and we could just pick one right now.
Steve: Yeah, maybe we could arm--wrestle a bear for a jelly donut.
Lauren: There’s bears up here?!!?
Shirlene: We’ll just put some bear repellant on….they won’t bother us.
Steve: Yeah, Lauren, you put your beef jerky cologne on this morning, didn’t you??!
Steve: Maybe we should open up a donut stand somewhere along this trail. We could make lots of money.
Dad: So who discovered Timpanogas Cave anyway?
Steve: I believe it was Walt Disney. I’m pretty sure this is a Walt Disney attraction. Be on the look out for Snow White and the Seven Dwarf’s, Lauren.
(taking a break to share some fish crackers
and granola bars)
(Uncle Steve got a little too comfortable on a
On our way down the trail, Dad and Steve were so encouraging of all the hikers. Several people had kids on their backs, and dragging others up the mountain (one girl about Lauren’s age was crying uncontrollably, for no apparent reason, other than she probably was sick of hiking). Some of these people my Dad would say, “Only twenty miles more to go”…..Steve would start laughing in his contagious laugh and say “another few miles up and you’ll have to abandon your wife and children…..it’s survival of the fittest.”
My Dad made friends with everyone along the trail. Then he’d stop on the bench and hold his chest and say, “hook me up to the oxygen”.
Lauren was a great little hiker. She never once complained. The last two switchbacks are a little steep and she was skipping up them.
I think Lauren is my hiker. She loves it and could go forever. Yeah, a hiking buddy!
(proof I was there!!!)
(You thought I was kidding about
the donuts. Nope! And oooooh, were
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