For 8 months our family has been waiting for this trip. We finally did it, and it was a perfect icing on the cake of our summer. We gathered & borrowed backpacking gear for a hike up Quartz Mountain to a lookout tower we had reserved for the weekend.
We were all in good spirits as we set out for our hike. Out friend, Heather had loaned us a map which turned out to be invaluable as the trails were plentiful & poorly marked.
Nate & I
When we arrived we were not disappointed with the 360' view. The tower stands 10-15 feet off the peak of the mountain, it was a perfect place to sleep under the stars!
Orange light woke me at Sunrise. I was up long enough to take a pic, then hunkered back down for more sleep.
The moss was decorated by quartz, everywhere.
Eli & his Dad
and there was more exploring, there were more hills to conquer.
Elijah's balancing trick
Quartz, Indian Paintbrush, & Mica! What a treat to find Mica!
The boys built an incredible fort.
We explored more trails.
We lined up our treasures.
One thousand gifts on a weekend from God, one thousand wonderful memories, one thousand more reasons for my heart to sing.