Friday was a non-school day since it was parent conference week. I didn't want to waste the day at home so I took the kids hiking. Took them to the local Ernie Maxwell trail, they had hiked this before, from both ends, but never had hiked from beginning to end and back.
Here they are at the start:
Whoa Emi! You better stop this rock from rolling down!
We even saw a small snake coiled up next to a tree. It looks big in the pic, but the coiled up size was about the palm of my hand.
And, they made it! 2.5 miles and 400' elevation gain later.
Was surprised to see some water still flowing this late into the year.
5 miles and 3 hours later, we make it back to the car. Emi's been wanting to do the hike from Idyllwild to the Palm Springs tramway (about 9 miles) so this was a good training hike.