Monday, September 20, 2010

Bond Falls

On Saturday Grandpa had the excellent idea of taking  an excursion to Bond Falls, the second-largest waterfall in the Upper Peninsula.  It was beautiful!  We had an awesome time taking a little hike with all the kids and seeing the beautiful fall colors.  Great idea, Grandpa!  Here are a whole bunch of pictures from the falls:

Our family at the falls:

The boys checking out the upper falls:

Christy and Sophie:

I love this one of the boys:

Calvin showing Christy the rocks in the water:

Excited Calvin:

The beautiful falls:

Happy little Ryan:

Mommy and Ryan:

Both boys ventured into the water while we weren't looking...

Christy and Grandpa:

Ryan found these two stumps and said, "Look!  A chair for me and a chair for Calvin!"  They are making binoculars out of their hands in this picture:

Ryan thought he was a very big boy.  And of course Calvin wanted to follow suit, but needed a little help:

Christy asked Calvin if he wanted a piggy back ride.  He got really excited, hopped on and said "And you will be my motorcycle??!!??"  Then he proceeded to make motorcycle noises while Christy carried him:

Ryan checking out his shoes:

Calvin very excited about his find.  Whenever he would drop this leaf, he'd look around through all the other leaves on the ground until he found this one again.  Funny guy.

When she wasn't napping, Sophie was looking up at the trees with this face, making an "OOOOOOOHHHH!" sound.  Very cute.  This girl loves nature.

Ryan in front of Bond falls:

Ryan and his leaf:

And what trip is complete without a little melt-down?  Ryan did something I told him not to do, and so we told him he didn't get a treat on the way home.  He was very sad.  In the car when Calvin got his little treat, Michael and Christy informed me that Calvin said in a sing-song taunty voice "You don't get a treat, ha ha ha ha ha."  Little stinker.

And a little blast from the past.  When we got back to the car, we saw that we were parked next to a somewhat crummy older black Jeep Cherokee with a photography logo on the back.  Oh, the memories!  (For those of you that might be confused, I used to have a similar sort of crummy black Jeep Cherokee with my own photography logo on it)

Anyways, it was a lovely day!  Thanks for taking us, Grandpa!

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