Sunday, February 22, 2009

Some More Mountain Park Adventures

The weekend was full of activity and some pining for Traci. The kids were up and ready early Saturday for Savannah's soccer game. They took a four to nothing score home and their coach finally gave up on yelling too much. The team really looks better every week however the score reflects none of their accomplishments.

The early rising of the children was brought about by and early begrudged bedtime. Their angelic disposition seemed to hasten into evil sibling malfeasance. I took to the task of cleaning up the dishes and all the world spun into ectopic insanity. Where there had been pleasant banter there was instant grating on each others psyche. There was the two on one exclusion attack followed with a retaliatory dizzying litany of harsh name calling. This expansion of evil will sent my relatively good nature into a tailspin of frustration and ire. I ordered the children immediately to brush teeth and go to bed. This interrupted a planned viewing of the latest release on DVD. The children snuggled in their beds and eventually slept.

After the soccer game we went fishing at a local park where Sophia and Savannah dropped their poles into the water, spent a few hours in the pool, ordered pizza, then watched the aforementioned DVD.

Sunday we went miniature golfing. This was an activity suggested by the eldest child as a fun way to spend the day. The kids had no time to wait for each other and burned through an eighteen hole miniature golf course in about 15 minutes.
There was enough of the day left to explore another mountain park, White Tank Mountain. Savannah had packed a lunch for us all and we headed for the park. The White Tank Mountains get their name from the tanks of water formed in the white granite. The tanks are 2-3 foot deep wells cut into the granite over several hundreds of years and supply water to wildlife in the area. These white tanks are also known as tinajas.

We ate our picnic lunch, played on the playground, then head out for a hike on the waterfall trail. We took the 0.9 mile trail to the end to discover tinajas and the waterfall, which at this time happened to be more of a trickle than a fall. The kids complained moderately on the way up the waterfall as we passed petroglyphs, cacti, flowers and many other hikers. We reached the top in this natural playground area with the pools of water, white granite climbing areas and the watertrickle. The kids were rooted. They were playing, climbing, walking through the water and I couldn't get them to leave. After the hike Savannah even said the whole hike was fun. I feel some small sense of accomplishment when I can hear her say fun and hike in the same breath.

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