We live within 200 miles of 8 National Parks and Monuments. It's amazing! Our little bugs love to climb, explore and most of all inspect rocks. Yesterday we ventured to the closest National Park to our home, Black Canyon of the Gunnison - North Rim. It's a beautiful National Park. The little bugs are old enough to carry their own snacks, water and jackets. It's heaven.
Our 3 mile, round trip hike was perfect. No steep inclines. There was a bit of a sprinkle of rain on our way back to the car. Overcast. Perfect for picture taking. Bug 1 is getting into photography. He requested "a real camera" for his birthday. One with a view finder. He takes frequent stops to take pictures.
Bug 2 is an avid rock collector. He loves to inspect them. Are they good for skipping on a lake? How old could it be? Why is this rock yellow and this one is red? There is a tree growing out of the rock....how did that happen? This one looks like a boot. What makes the rocks interesting?
I have a love of old, dead trees. I've always found them fascinating. The curves, the twists, The way they decompose to create something new. They also provide a great backdrop for me to put my bugs in for an interesting picture. If only I'd brought my camera. The iPhone works well in a pinch.
The water rushing below us was making the all the male bugs want to go fishing. Maybe next time.
If you are planning on doing a National Park tour through western Colorado, the Black Canyon can be a quick day or a great weekend.