Root Family

Root Family

Mar 9, 2014

San Rafael Swell - March 2014

It had been a couple of years since we had taken the whole family to the Swell and with the warmer winter we were having we decided to head on down to join April and Bill.

We didn't have anything major planned. We just wanted to let the kids get out and have some fun. We arrived around noon on a Saturday morning and set up camp out beyond Goblin Valley, but before the Little Wild Horse Canyon trailhead. The weather was not too cold and thankfully the kids all slept great.

Waylon is stoked to be in a tent

The kids playing on the rocks around camp

We spent Saturday afternoon hiking at Goblin Valley. Alene and April wanted to rappel into the Goblins Lair, so we hiked up with the kids as far as it was safe for them to go while Bill went on to help set up the rappel for them. After Goblin, we headed back to camp to let the kids run around while we made a fire and had some dinner.

At Goblin Valley

Caiden let his cousin Lanik get some target practice in with his BB gun

Sunday morning April and Bill took off while we stuck around and took the kids into Little Wild Horse Canyon. After LWHC we headed over into Temple wash to set up a rappel and allow Caiden to get some experience on some bigger rappels. We set one up at about 80' and also spent some time practicing using our ascending equipment.

Sunday morning button repair

Cousin love

Hiking Little Wild Horse Canyon - This pothole had never been exposed before. It was always filled in with dirt; in fact I never knew a pothole existed here

Selfie in the canyon

We did a couple of photo re-enactments from a few years back when Bailey was so little. We found the exact same spots

Caiden practicing his big rappel

Taking a breather after practicing some ascending

Caiden helped Waylon shoot his BB gun and this is the expression on Waylon's face when he hit the soda can

A little video of our dog (Dexter) and April/Bill's dog (Moki) playing around at camp

I love hiking the little slot canyons with kids because they keep going and love to see what is ahead and around the next corner. 

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