Bear Valley Summer Vacations II
August 2 - August 5, 2019




Another day




Another hike, after dropping off the kids in camp




To Inspiration Point




With Christof




And Ralphie




Mosquito lake below




Spicer reservoir




Ralphie seeking shade




Let's keep on going




He slowly follows through rocks




And forests




And meadows




Off the beaten track




Reaching a trail again




Made it to Mosquito lake




Mama cooling off in Lake Alpine




Papa spotting Philip kayaking in camp




Peter with his new friend Connor




Building a fort




Ready to defend




Next to the Bear Valley Music Festival Tent




Going in for a Movie Music concert




After a while, Peter and Connor decided to listen from outside




They joined back for the final pieces, with a few scars from the rock climbing




Another bike ride to Alpine Lake




To the Bear Valley Glamping site beyond the ski resort




Wildflowers along the way




A little snow still at the top of the ski resort




Christof biked a lot more




Two tough passes and back




Dinner




With the kids at Mosquito lake




Heading to Hester (?) lake up a few miles




Ralphie's first encounter with snow




Great trail




Mama with the boys




Cooling off




What is there to eat?




Apples




Chips




Starting to gain elevation




Rock climbers




Powerful




More snow




Poking it




Sniffing it




Sliding down on it




Ralphie went in the lake by himself




The kids excited




Yes, he really is in




Swimming with the boys




Making it to the first rock




But then he was afraid to continue




Christof had to swim back to get him




All out




That was fun




Heading back




Christof and I did this hike a few years ago without the kids




Now the kids are strong enough to do it




Peter boulder hopping




Philip following with the dog




Us four




Plus Ralphie




Brothers on the edge




So proud of our great hiker boys




Snow patches on the way down




Happy Ralphie




Bunny nature art




Collecting more stuff for an art project




Downhill is easy




Still another mile to go




Through rough terrain




Flatter now




One last patch of snow




Feels good




Hurrying back to hand off Ralphie to Imola's parents




6+ mile hike, 500 ft elevation gain




Back home, I couldn't help myself




I had to pick a bunch of wildflowers from our yard




With the boys at Lake Alpine




Starting our hike to Inspiration Point




Refreshments




Already out of the forest




And on the top!




These boys are amazing!




Peter actually put a timer on to make it in 30 minutes




Lunch spot




Beef jerky for the fastest hiker to reach the top




Great job




Apples with a view




They just keep on going




More rocks to climb




More places to explore




Reservoirs down below




Looking around




Let's write my name with rocks




There it is




Building a fort




Philip defending it




Peter bringing ammo




The bad guys are coming




Nice to be on sabbatical with the boys




Back to the car




Grab-n-go lunch stop at Lake Alpine Lodge

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