Where in the US is Geoffrey the Giraffe?
Have you figured it out yet?
We were in Lincoln National Forest near Cloudcroft, New Mexico. We set up camp in the Apache Campground, which is the best area to camp if you want to be more secluded (so long as you don’t mind the eerie howling of bobcats and coyotes at 2am). Beautiful Douglas Firs abound in this forest. The days were warm, but the nights were cool. Perfect camping weather!
Luke had his first experience with vault camping toilets. You know the non-flushing kind with a black abyss below (and according to Luke’s daddy the home of a rather disagreeable troll who becomes cranky if you don’t wipe the seat). He eventually overcame his fear of the toilet troll though.
The camp hosts were so nice and told us about this tree that they called the “saddle tree” because it looked just like a saddle. They have a family tradition of taking pictures with all their grandkids on this tree. We thought it would be fun to take a picture too. The picture above with Luke’s Geoffrey is on the “saddle tree”. It is an unexplained phenomenon.
The second day we hiked 1.5 miles to see that old Trellis Bridge pictured above that quit operating in the 40s. Luke did so well for it being his FIRST time hiking that distance. We stopped often, and he ended up using one of our hiking poles that worked just perfect. We call him our “Little Intrepid Explorer”. He would keep saying “Let’s keep going guys.” I’ll let the rest of the pictures do the talking…