Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Little Bit of California Sunshine

We haven't been able to post all of our Christmas pictures yet because we left our camera cord in Arizona, but stay tuned for some pictures of a bunch of really cute babies.  In the mean time, we've been getting complaints from Jared's adoring fans that we've been neglecting our blog, so here's a little something to tie you over.
We are planning a backpacking/camping trip for this summer, so we decided that we needed to start training.  It's still January, but in beautiful, sunny California, that doesn't stop us from being outside.  We were afraid it was going to be really cold, since we froze when we went hiking in November, but it turned out to be a gorgeous day.

Look at all that green!  You can compare these to our Arizona hiking pictures to see why we are still amazed.  Despite a mild cold, Jared was a hiking champ.  Todd and I have some work to do to get in shape before our trip this summer.  Todd tracked our elevation changes on the second half of the hike using tracks on his android phone.  You can see our elevation change over distance in the graph.  It felt pretty grueling to us.

We hiked for three hours, including a half hour meal break for Jared.

This is how tired we all were at the end, but only Jared had the luxury of being carried.

We finished our hike just before sunset.  The views were pretty spectacular.  There are a lot of things not to like about living in California, but we have the great outdoors all year round to remind us why we love it.

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