"Eager" might not be the word for it however... more like reluctantly cooperating for fear of their lives. You see, I'd threatened them the night before that if I heard so much as one murmur of complaint we would be observing a strict 9:30 bedtime for the remainder of the summer.
This beautiful alcove was the final destination of the hike - absolutely gorgeous and M fully enjoyed testing the echo many many many many many many many many many times while there.
Of course, there were a few "moments" along the way that were a little less serene.
Specifically this one which shows how excited the 15 year old was to join us.
I was walking nicely along (yes, IN the creek) when WHAM - I nearly trip over a frog. At least it looked like A frog at first because I was hiking without my contacts or my glasses. (fashion being HIGHLY important in the outdoors when I'm dripping with sweat). Like a good and nurturing mother I called my youngest two (the girls) over to see this cute frog - and of course when they get there the conversation begins...
M- is that frog EATING another frog?
Me - ummm (finally seeing the REAL issue) - no honey, it looks like they're just doing piggy backs. (hey, I had no prep time... we'll discuss the birds, bees, and frogs another time okay!)
H - Mom, we learned about this in School because my teacher likes frogs
Me - (secretly hoping that we are NOT going to go THERE) oh really H? (looking desperately at ManOfTheHouse to change the subject already!)
H - Yeah Mom - when frogs have babies...
Me - (quite relieved) - see M - just giving piggy-backs... okay, let's catch up with those boys!
I'm not sure which wore me out more - the conversation or the 5 miles of uphill/downhill/creek wading... but I went to bed as soon as we got home. Thank goodness Zion National Park only has free weekend once or twice a year - I don't know if I could handle it more often!!!