By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 9/27/2020
Occurred: 12/3/2016
Topics/Keywords: #Arizona #Gianna #SouthMountain Page Views: 1331
We take little Gianna for her first mountain hike.

We took her older brother Zach on hikes from before he could walk; but this was Gianna's first foray into the wilderness. Okay, it was just a few yards from the Box Canyon parking lot at South Mountain Preserve. But look how isolated it appears, and when one is two, appearances are all one needs.

"We" in this case, is myself, Keith, my son, John, Ella the dog, and Gianna.

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Gianna leads the way.

Uncle John (whom she calls, "All Done") and Gianna are devoted to each other.

We had brought her stroller in case she got tired or needed to go to the potty (which is packed into the back of the stroller). But she never used either the stroller or the potty, so John just carried them around with us.

On previous hikes at South Mountain, I always started at the top. This hike was in the lower elevations, and the late afternoon sun could be seen illuminating the Valley below.

Keith enjoyed his music while we explored the wash.