We started out day 2 with Mom treating me to a pedicure:)

And, Marian’s first manicure.  She said it was fine but “I kept wondering when he was going to paint my nails”;)

Then, we headed to the White Tank Mountains for a hike

We saw lots of cacti (many varieties), it’s funny how these mountains look like giant dirt piles from a distance but then have a lot of life on them once you get close.  We took pictures of each variety so Grandma could show tell us what each one was.  And, we learned a lot of interesting facts about the saguaro cactus.  Did you know that it is very slow growing, after 10 years, it’s likely to be less than 2 inches tall and it takes 50-70 years for it to grow one arm!  We’re pretending to be a saguaro cactus:)

There were petroglyths on this hike as well, I found myself very fascinating all week with the ancient history of these areas

The peak of where we climbed, there is a little pool of water behind the kids. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floodwaters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name. Yes, that description is from the park website.  So, behind the kids is sometimes a waterfall but not on our trip.

It was a fun, first hike but they were a bit whiny and we had to motivate them with the promise of ice cream at the end.   We traveled 2.7 miles in 1 hour 40 minutes thanks to our “runkeeper” app, next time we’ll bring more water!

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