A few weeks ago, all five of our boys, as well as two friends of theirs, went on a tramp. That Friday was a holiday, so they took off fairly early in the morning and headed up into the mountains. Their destination was a hut the older boys had been to, coming in from the opposite direction, a couple of years ago. Some friends of ours tried to go to the hut last year and couldn’t find it, so the boys wanted to be sure to arrive in the vicinity with plenty of daylight–and Elijah also downloaded an app onto his phone with topographical maps of the entire country. They found the hut with no trouble, and spent a few hours chopping firewood to replenish what they used.
On the way up the river, the boys spotted this wild sheep, off by itself.
They also spotted a pair of blue ducks.
A view up the misty valley!
When the boys reached the hut, they found snow on the ground.
Inside the hut. They said that the open fire didn’t heat the hut very well, but they were out of the weather and comfortable.
The front of Cone Creek Hut.
Elijah was trying to focus on the river here, but I liked the horizontal tree in the middle.
I’ve never seen a bright blue mushroom like this before! (This picture is for you, Mom.)
A stop for lunch on the way back down on the Saturday.
The boys loved their tramp and want to go again!