I thought I'd post a few pictures of our fun weekend in the mountains!
We decided we wanted to try a new lake we hadn't been to before called Knolls Lake. It is about 21 miles past Woods Canyon that you travel to on a awful gravel road. Good thing the kids were excited because they were great on the way up. Even Ethan was so good. He thought he was funny trying to make everyone laugh!
When we got to the lake it was amazing! Absolutely beautiful. We set up some chairs and had a picnic of KFC (As you can see..Ethan loves chicken. Even hot wings.)
After lunch the girls had some fun exploring everything. Grace of course had to pick up pine cones everywhere and Hannah and Bailey were climbing on all the rocks and tree stumps.
After a bit of playing Bailey was over it! All she wanted was to go fishing! We kept telling her we weren't going yet and to just put her rod down, but she wasn't having any of that!
Finally Bailey got her wish! Fishing at last! She was funny, she was so into it. Didn't want to leave her "fishing Log"
She didn't catch one but when daddy did he let her real it in and that was the highlight of the day. When they threw the fish back he was floating, Not gonna make it,so we got him and put him in my super big gulp cup and she played with him while he died. Nice eh?
Hannah and Grace didn't have the patience for fishing so they took cups and water bottles and tried catching minnows and crawdads! They didn't have any luck capturing a minnow but we did snag this juicy little crawdad! Terrifying and Delightful all at once!
After several hours we were wiped out so we called it a day and headed back. On the way back we stopped at the mogollin rim for some pictures. (I am just as scared today as I was as a kid getting close to the edge~only this time I didn't cling to some one's leg screaming even though I wanted to!)It was beautiful and amazing.
After the rim we drove to Willow Lake just up the road to check out one more lake and the campgrounds. It was pretty amazing also. Good future camping trip. As we were leaving the campground a HUGE storm blew through. This picture doesn't even do it justice. We tried driving, but couldn't see anything in front of us so we had to pull over and wait a bit for the storm to calm down. The lightning would strike and then immediately the thunder would boom. It felt like our car was shaking. Scary and fun all at once!
Something else cool about the storm?? Look at the temperature!!! 53 degrees! I haven't seen that in a while and I was lovin it! Tried to roll down the window to feel it but was getting pelted in the face by the rain. Not too smart!
By this time the kids were exhausted and fell asleep and Tony and I had a delightful, scenic, quiet ride back to the hotel! It was wonderful.....
Ahhh and back to reality again...I guess we still are in Arizona! 100 not bad although we still were in Payson!