Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Stockton Bucket List - Whitewater State Park

Over the past two years one of our favorite locations has been Whitewater State Park.  We've enjoyed the educational and nature programs, wildlife, birds, camping, and geographic beauty of the bluff lands.  This past weekend we took a break from the house and visited the area again.

Elba, looking into the sun, viewed from the fire tower. 
The girls and Christine hiked the Elba Fire tower. The hike is 617 steps to the base of the tower and then another 100+ to the top of the tower, with just a short flat section in the middle without steps. The girls had motivation of getting pedometers if they made it to the top without help. Christine and I both had our doubts that they would make it, but they surprised us and walked the entire way.  

The pictures give a perspective of what they accomplished and saw. The last time we hiked this Christine and I ended up carrying the girls for over half of the steps as well as most of the tower.  The tower scared us two years ago, and remained so still.


Skip ahead to 1:30 and watch for 15 seconds for Danielle's squirrel moment!

While Christine and the girls hiked the Elba fire tower, I was at the state park attempting to take more pictures of the yellow-throated warbler.  I was unable to find those birds again, but did find a handful of ebony jewel wing dragonflies to take photos of.  I had tried to find these beauties to show the Wallestad men last weekend, but alas did not spend enough time searching the underbrush then.


Cindy Gold said...

Great outing, great photo's and OMgosh was that video a great example of your two daughter's personalities. Love it!

Aubrey said...

LOL We just read Up tonight before bed. Great squirrel moment! Love that you're capturing a glimpse into your world for us!