Ken and I were excited to take them on their 1st hike with us, complete with poles, and allow them to experience the desert and the many varieties of cacti.
|Bria and Cali are ready for their 1st hike with PaPa and Grandma!|
|Some large, old saguaro cacti!|
|We are definitely in the desert!|
|Let's imitate the arms of the cactus!|
|Studying the booklet and trying to find answers to the questions!|
|The girls made marks on the trail with their hiking poles just|
in case we got lost on our return!
|This cactus appears to be having a problem!|
|This saguaro has so many arms. It must|
be several hundred years old!
|The happy hikers!|
They did a great job and when we returned to the Visitors Center after eating our packed lunches, they were "sworn in" as Jr. Rangers and got their badges!
|Finishing up the "workbook" before returning to the|
|Ranger Bonnie had the girls read the pledge of the Jr.|
Ranger with her!
|They got their batches and became Jr. Rangers.|
|This is the wooden inside of a dead Saguaro|
From there we drove to Cosanti Originals so they could see where they make the special bells like the one we had bought. We allowed them to pick a bell for themselves and for Samantha and Katelyn. We hope it will be a good memory for them for years to come of their experiences in Arizona!
|A rather unusual building!|
|So many beautiful and unique bells!|
|Cali had fun walking around the "bones"!|
We got back to Jamie and Dane's rental home around 2:45 and at 3 Ernie and Noela joined the festivities. Steven and Sara, friends of Jamie and Dane's were there also. We had a nice time visiting and then Ken, Ernie, Neola and I walked the 2 miles to the Ironman area for the opening ceremonies. The rest of the group drove and we met them there. Afterwards, the 4 of us walked back to the house and enjoyed pizza and salad with the "gang". We were back to Waldo by 9:30 and went right to bed.