Another one of our favorite summer spots is a hike up Payson Canyon called The Grotto. It is a short hike with a waterfall at the end and is perfect for little kids. It was not as kid friendly this year as it has been in the past because some of the log bridges have been washed away from all the extra water in the streams. We had to take some steep climbs that made it hard for the little kids, or I should say with the little kids in our arms, since we ended up carrying them, (thanks Lisa for carrying one of my babies:)
When we got to the waterfall there was no place to stand that wasn't in the water because of all the extra precipitation we've had this year. Andrew didn't like standing in the water much. He was pretty grouchy the whole time.
My two beauties enjoying the view of the waterfall.
Julia climbed up this little hill without any problem and was excited to show me how high she was. Coming down was more of a problem than she had anticipated. She slid down through the mud and skinned up her hands and was completely covered in mud when she got to the bottom. Then she bawled the whole time we washed her off in the freezing water. Her cousin, Josie, did the exact same thing a few seconds after her. Hopefully our next Grotto experience will be more pleasant for everyone.
On a happier note, I love how this picture turned out of Emma with the waterfall in the background. Thanks Jeanna for suggesting it.