This past weekend my family adopted Giuliana, my assistant coach, for the day and took her to the Lewis & Clark Caverns.
Giuliana, who is originally from California, was quite impressed even on the drive up where we got to stop and visit with a family of deer. I couldn't tell who was more excited between Giuli and the kids.
The kids, including Giuli, drew some pictures on the drive. Justin drew a bat to torment Giuli on what she may see in the caves. Giuli in return drew Dracula. Then Brooklyn drew a picture in which Justin complemented by saying it looked like a treasure map. Giuli immediately destroyed Brooklyn's confidence with her remarks of "No it doesn't! It looks like a bunch of scribbles." I am a little worried for Giuli's nieces and nephews.
As we waited for our tour to start Justin found a caterpillar which Giuli thought may be poisonous so he had fun tormenting her with it in his hand. I might add that neither one of MY kids were afraid of the one inch sized insect.
The hike lasted over two hours and was absolutely breaktaking, especially if you are claustrophobic. We didn't have the pleasure of seeing any bats, but Giuli now knows what a stalagmite is.
To the Mendiolas, we had a lovely time adopting your daughter for the day, and as she is home visiting this week my only advice is to keep the crayons out of reach.