Well, the good news is that even though our kids woke up at 4:30 yesterday morning, we did get to see this view.
Yesterday Tid Bit learned how to build a teepee from my aunt's husband, David. Tid Bit is now convinced that he has what it takes to be a real indian once we return home. I am not so sure however. I imagine that it would be helpful if we had lodgepole pines. This morning when I woke up the teepee was blown over by the wind last night...bummer. Teepee building is now back on the list of things to do today.
I've been thinking since we've been here about what it is for me that makes a trip like this so special. And I think that it's a combination of things...it's life simplified, it's creation magnified, and family focusing on things that are important.
Since we had kids I have missed out on plenty of trips with my family...my parents and my siblings going to New Orleans, hunting trips, etc, without me because I needed to stay and take care of my children. Mind you, I'm fine with that...this is my life and I love it, but it's hard missing out sometimes. This time we're in a place that is kid friendly... that feeds my kids' souls, feeds my own, and ultimately because it's something we all enjoy, it makes it all that much better. Sitting by a stream and watching my baby discover rocks in running water, watching my 5 year old hauling full tree trunks up a hill to make a teepee...does something for me...seeing them creatively enjoy creation.
I just don't see myself getting tired of that...ever.