On the north side of the campus the girls and my daughter (who came a long to lead the expedition) unloaded from my grandma bus and began a hike up on the surrounding mountains around the east side that joins a preserve. Its an easy hike for the girls and one I knew would be safe for them. In their backpacks they have art supplies, water and a snack. I talked to them a bit about watching out for rattle snakes, though I truly did not expect there to be any as this mountain area is well hiked and surrounded by a big city. Grandmas drove around to the meet up point ;) as I am not up to a hike in any heat at all!
Here they are coming up to our meet up spot, the Prayer Pavilion, that is at the highest point on the PFA Campus.
The trail as you can see is desert but not too rugged for the girls at all, I think it was about a 1/4 mile hike for them. They wanted to keep going but the heat was already intense so we stop for the day. The were instructed to collect a few rocks they liked during their hike, small enough to hold in their hands.
My daughter took this phone pic of a blooming fish hook cactus hidden under a bush, a fun find for the girls.
Here is the east/back side of the Pavilion . The trail ended to the right of this pic.
We are walking around the south side here. That cross sits in a rock filled basin and gas fire pit. The flames come up through the rocks. (see below) Very beautiful at night!
There are benches under these Palo Verde trees. See all those glass windows? This Prayer Pavilion is made to light up at night though I don't know how it is done. Those white panels above the windows are frosted glass. They have lights inside the panels that light at dark and the entire chapel glows with light! The lights are colored and they change colors every hour or something. At night is is absolutely amazing and can be seen a long way as it sits up high. I wanted to take pics of that for you too but I am sorry, I wasn't willing to climb up there at night to take them! (check link above, there are some good scrolling pics)
The girls wanted to go into the Pavilion to pray and I took them in. There were a few others in there praying but the girls were quiet and respectful.
Here is a view to the west; the round looking building to the right in the distance is where we went to conclude our club gathering.
Last time they kids where here, we learned about trees. This time they collected rocks and we talked about them. Some were bumpy, some rough, some had sparkly spots, stripes, different colors. They had actually found a few pieces of white quartz too.
Their project was, draw pictures of the rocks in their art journals. We talked about the trees again too.
That mountain there, is the one the girls just hiked the base of.
Here is another glassed in building, the children's auditorium. After snacks I drove the girls home. We had a fun and memory making time!
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