Back in March, our little family packed up our bags and headed for the Hills. :) We went out to Spearfish to stay with Cody's parents the weekend of the boys state basketball tournament in Rapid City since the Pierre Governor's were playing.
Grace had a great time cheering on the Governor's, and even scored some swag from some push-over lady friends of our neighbors. A cute talkative girl asking to cheer on the school they teach for is an easy sell apparently. She still likes to adorn herself in the shamrock + Governor green necklace the gals gave her. Sweet ladies.
In addition to heading to the games, (a thank you to my MIL and SIL who watched Grace one evening for us while we went to the game) we were able to spend some time with family AND do a little shopping. Win, win, win weekend.
Sunday before departing back to Pierre, we headed out on a hike with Cody's parents who have been hitting the trails in the hills frequently. It was a gorgeous morning, and despite there being little to no snow the lower elevations in the Hills, there was certainly snow up in Spearfish Canyon on the trail to Devil's Bathtub we took. However, Grace took it in stride and decided she was going to do this thing! I had my too long sweatpants tucked into my socks like a rock-star, along with my Toms (AKA NO GRIP) shoes on. Grace had a little sweatshirt, long leggings and tennies on. Not our best hiking gear.
Turns out the "trail" was a snow-packed and ice-covered treacherous path. Yikes! I was basically holding Grace up by her armpits the ENTIRE way.
Enjoying the beautiful morning...and of course, bracing herself from slipping
Grace had a lot of fun with the trails interesting features. Including ducking or climbing over logs...Obviously for Grace ducking under worked the best. This prego Momma had to HOIST herself up and over, and hope for the best on the way down.
Other interesting trail features included spotting some mountain lion scat (trust me, our random shrieks from nearly falling and hollering definitely scared any wildlife away).
Quick family photo op. Note for all you blog reading folks who wanted more bangs and more belly pictures...here is another that fits the bill for both.
Along the trail, there were snow-bridges, essentially. The only means of crossing the creek without going into the water was to trust the snow bridge was steady and sturdy enough to hold us. Needless to say, I let several people go ahead of me, since I was usually the pregnant lady holding the 4 year old going across.
Cody tested this one, and it was really fine, unless you decide to be not so smart and step off to the side. His entire leg sunk in and came out drenching wet. He also was NOT impressed.
All in all it was a GREAT hike. And we all had a fantastic time.
There was one normal bridge to cross, the rest were snow/ice bridges.
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