Through the Looking Glass

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

I guess getting out on my own on the trails is going to be a challenge the next couple weeks as the kids don’t have school. In the Summertime I just get out at 5 am or so, but 5 am this time of year is potential death. But it may have to happen.

Today was a lot of fun, though. I know every mom probably says this, but for me it’s extra true: My kids are incredible and I love them like Santa loves cookies. Actually, probably more than that.

The drive between Monticello and Moab is always beautiful. But today it was exceptionally so. The sun was angled just right to light the red cliffs and set the snow into a field of diamonds. The clouds created a dappled effect on the terrain. The kids were having fun looking for caves in the rocks and naming the prominent features. Church Rock. The La Sal mountains. Wilson Arch. Looking Glass Rock.

How could I not turn down the dirt road and explore? The last time we had been to Looking Glass was when Connor was small enough to be in the baby backpack, Tim still small enough to be carried, and Trinity still wanted to hold hands. We went with Dennis, Tristan and Christian who were going to be climbing to the top of the alcove and rappelling down– free rappel like a spider on a thread.

Back then the kids could barely climb around, but they tried anyway. Today it was a whole other story. They climbed straight up the slickrock on the back side of the arch. Then through the arch. Then around the alcove. Exploring completely independently.

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Except for Connor. He struggled when the climb up the back side of the arch got very steep. I helped him find his footing, told him to hang on, then climbed up and pulled him from my more secure spot at the base of the arch. He was a little freaked out by then, so i just held him and took some selfies of the two of us until he calmed down.

First he's pretty scared.
First he’s pretty scared.
Then a little upset.
Then a little upset.
But he calmed down.
But he calmed down.

By then, Trinity and Tim had explored most of the alcove. There is a second arch in Looking Glass rock. It’s from the top of this smaller arch that the rappel is anchored.

Can you pick out the two little kids? Kinda puts it into perspective- the massive size of this would-be cave.
Can you pick out the two little kids? Kinda puts it into perspective- the massive size of this would-be cave.
This was on a very steep part of the back-side (north side) of the rock. It says "Just Me and God Drinking Rum". It looks like the first 4 words were  by one author, and the last two by another.
This was on a very steep part of the back-side (north side) of the rock. It says “Just Me and God Drinking Rum”. It looks like the first 4 words were by one author, and the last two by another.
Looking Glass arch.
Looking Glass arch.
My adventurous kiddos.
My adventurous kiddos.
I said, "Show me how tough you kids are!"
I said, “Show me how tough you kids are!”
From the hike around the north side, if you look closely you can see the smaller arch through the bigger one. Pretty rad, right?
From the hike around the north side, if you look closely you can see the smaller arch through the bigger one. Pretty rad, right?
Obligatory selfie.
Obligatory selfie.