as a six mile hike ended up to be a lot more for some of the family.
Since Christopher and Nathan’s family are only going to be with us for the weekend, last night, we asked what they’d like to do. Ptarmigan lake was the choice. It was to be about a six mile round trip hike. We’ve done Ptarmigan several times throughout the years.
It was a beautiful morning: cool, but not cold, sunny, and delightful scenery and amazing company.
The hike up to the lake went well, with the little girls even walking for a bit. At the lower lake, the family broke into several groups. From there, some (of the immediate Maxwell family) decided to go up to the top of a nearby mountain, which we later found out is Mt. Jones, at 13,200′. John and Anna had been back helping some of the “little-uns” with the other group, and they were going to catch up with us, but that wasn’t going to work. They couldn’t continue, due to the fact that they didn’t have any water, and that would be a very necessary key ingredient in such a steep, strenuous climb. They didn’t have water because John had carried Abby earlier and Anna Christina, and then when they had left the younger Maxwells, they didn’t want to take water from that group, thinking they would be able to catch the rest of us. So, they went to a pretty overlook, and waited for us.
Anna carried Christina in the Moby Wrap all the way up to the lake.
We made quite a group: all fifteen of us!
Joshua was so cute in the Ergo carrier on Christopher.
Joseph climbed this ridge.
The younger families are down there at the lake while we climbed up.
Jesse was an awesome encouragement to Mary and I, who were often near him as we climbed up. The terrain was very steep, and we went a number of steps, and then had to rest. Jesse kept steadily encouraging us that we could make it.
The top! Hurray.
Dad brought a kite up, which Jesse flew.
When we rejoined John and Anna, we did a group picture, thanks to the Gorillapod and the self-timer.
I love my brothers and sisters!
Tonight, Anna Marie and Anna made fruit salad to go along with dinner.
We are all tired from our invigorating day, and rest will be wonderful tonight.
“His work is honourable and glorious:
and his righteousness endureth for ever.
He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered:
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.”