El Paso sits at about 4000 feet about sea level and Cloud Croft is at 8600 feet. I was definitely feeling the effects of the altitude and not drinking enough water by the afternoon.
Laura completed her very first hike all by herself and we were very proud (and relieved we didn't have to carry her) We hiked the Osha trail for about 1.5 miles while Daniel napped in the Ergo.
Next we drove further into the forest looking for a trail I had found online. We got lost so we stopped at the rangers station for a map with directions. Unfortunately, we turned the wrong way out of the rangers station but after about 5 minutes realized we were going to wrong way. The drive was gorgeous and the kids weren't crying so I didn't mind being lost too much. David called it "car hiking." That's where you see beautiful scenery from the car.
|I just love a man babywearing|
|Little D is saying cheese here|
|Credit to David for this shot of the valley|
|Even Lilly got in on the fun of the stream|