This year Steven went to the Rhodes JHS Outdoor Ed camp near the Tonto Rim Creek past Payson with Lexi and over 115 8th graders. The weather start off being much warmer that it was two years ago when I went with Lindsey, but then it got interesting.
The first thing we did when we arrived was have lunch and then head up to the fish hatchery. On the way back, a teacher that does not usually lead the "hard hike" back for the campers looking for a challenge lead us (I was in the back making sure we did not leave anyone behind on the hike) got us lost several times. After blazing our own trail and maintaining radio contact with the camp, we made it back only a little later than we were supposed to.
Again, Steven was the "Firegod" in charge of building and maintaining the cooking fires for the cooking class. So I spend the next two days playing with fire. However, Lexi was out having fun on the zip line and mountain scooters (see helmet cam video below).
On Wednesday night, one of the teachers set up his telescope and the kids got to see multiple moons around Jupiter and it was dark and clear enough that you could also see Milky Way star bands in the sky.
On Thursday, Steven was done with the fire and was able to hang out with Lexi for a couple of her classes such as crafts and athletics. This is when the weather changed from sunny (as it has been all week) to snow and sleet.
On Friday morning, we woke up to about three inches of snow which made packing up a bit interesting.
Lexi on the zip line:
Lexi on mountain scooters:
Some of my pictures from the week: