Family Hike at Castlewood Canyon

John had to work for much of the kids Spring Break, but we wanted to do at least one family adventure.  So we looked up some places to hike on Saturday when John was off and I stumbled upon this place which happened to be the very same place our friends, Matt and Laurie were going to rock climb that same day.  We made an afternoon out of it and got to hike and hang out with our friends.  John even got to climb!  His first rock climb here in Colorado.  And one day before our scheduled rock climbing lesson.  (I'll get to that in another post.)

Castlewood Canyon is just East of Castlewood between Denver and Colorado Springs.  It doesn't look like much as you are driving up to it but once in the park, it is quite beautiful.  It feels like you are driving out to the plains and then this big canyon opens up.  Since I'm already carrying a kid, John got to wear Ethan who is very quickly out growing that kid pack!  Poor John about killed his legs since he had lifted that morning at the gym.  It was a short hike to meet up with our friends and then we hung around at the base of the rock wall for a bit while the kids enjoyed climbing everything they could get their hands on. 

 Our friends, Matt and Laurie climbing.

After hanging out for a bit and watching Matt and Laurie climb, Matt offered to let John climb.  Of course he wasn't going to say no!  The kids were so intrigued. : )  He did great!  

 Trying to climb like dad.

The kids were getting antsy and wanted to get to the top of the canyon so we took a hike and went exploring.  There was a trail around to the top so we didn't have to climb it.

This little device got lots of use today.  It's a special tool that can turn into binoculars or used as a compass or a magnifying glass.  Aaron found lots of neat things at the top of the canyon to look at. He was especially fascinated by the cactus.  Cacti?  .... plural...  I let him take some pictures of it with my phone.  Check this one out.  Not bad huh?  Maybe a photographer eye?

It was a great day.  And we followed it up with steaks on the grill and vegging on the couch watching Peter Pan.  I could have eaten six steaks on my own!  It was fabulous!