of course, if we lived somewhere like colorado or washington or someplace more  hiker-friendly – well, then we would really love our hiking!

but we take what we can get and around here, one of our favorite places is mineral wells state park

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granola bars and apples first…

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(and some chit chat)…

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and then we head out!

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the trail that we took this time is an area that is well known for its rock climbing so we wandered around the rocky trails while watching (and staying out of the way of) climbers…

of course, it made jon want to climb again and this time, i have no doubt he will have a 4 year old “assistant”!

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even upside down, she is cute!  what do you know?

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jon and jasper have A Conversation.

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jasper climbs this little rock and proclaims, “look, guys!  i am climbing rocks too!”!

and then she amuses herself by finding chalk (leftover from previous climbers) marks on the rocks.

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up the rocks, around the rocks, through the rocks.

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can you see the green rope on the right side of the picture?  there are some climbers down there so jon and jasper head up for a prime watching spot…

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jasper climbed up just like a monkey but coming down from the high rock was not nearly as fun – just like a kitten.

she kept wanting to slide down on her bum but we really wanted her to come down like she was on a ladder so that she was more in control of what she was doing…  the part of that she didn’t like was that it meant going down backwards!

there was some whining but jon perserved and calmed and talked her right down the rock…

and then?  she decided she “needed some more practice so she could rock climb better” and headed right back up the rock to come back down again like we showed her.

she still didn’t really like coming down but she kept doing it until she was comfortable with it.

color me impressed.

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and then she took a break and watched the climbers 🙂

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squeeze!

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after we finished with the climbing trail, we headed to the flat, wide trail head so jasper could run, run, run to her hearts content while jon and i strolled behind…

it was a relief to get to a trail where we didn’t have to keep jasper away from the edge and jasper could scamper all over the place.

so jon and i walked and talked and jasper did…  well, jasper things – they were very important things, i am sure.

a good day!

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