Friday: Seeing how we arrived in the middle of the night Friday was somewhat of a lazy day. D.H. went into Helena (26 miles one way) to purchase his fishing license and grab some to the things we forgot to pack. My mother and I took 5 kids swimming at the Boulder Hot Springs (2 miles round trip). The rest of the day was spent relaxing and visiting.
Saturday: We split up on Saturday. D.H. and my brother took 3 of the kids on a half day 4 wheeler ride. My mother and I took the other 2 to the Fairy Festival at Tizer Gardens in Jefferson City (located 1/2 way between Boulder and Helena). The Fairy Festival is a fund raising event for the 21st Century Learning Program that my mother volunteers at and niece and nephews attend. It is an exploratory summer school programs. It is a great little program. Huba participated in it last year. At the Fairy Festival my mother and I manned a booth selling homemade jellies and jams that the kids made. Afterwards I made another quick trip to Helena for groceries. Holy cow were we ever so disorganized on our supplies.
Sunday: Loaded with fishing poles and backpacks filled with sandwiches, chips and water (and knitting of course) we took off early for Cottonwood Lake. We had to drive about 18 miles one way and then the work started. 3 Adults, 4 boys, and a 5 yr old girl. To get to Cottonwood Lake you have to hike in 4 miles. The thought of hiking 4 miles doesn't sound that hard. But it is quite the challenge with all the kids and 3 of those 4 miles being up hill. But everyone was up for it. We lied to the kids and told them that it was 2 miles. Hey it is one of those mind over matter situations! The bloody blister I gave myself was difficult to overcome by mind over matter. I actually ended up using one of Huba's crusty dirt filled socks to pad it for the walk out. As you can see from the pictures it was definitely worth the hike. Of course.... The trek back to the truck was very easy and fun. My 5 year old niece actually walked the entire 4 miles out ( to avoid Uncle from getting her Cheetos)