dad camping

It has taken us 4+ years to find time to go camping in China! ...and this first trip was a bunch of dads, hiking with packs into the wilderness. The mountains surrounding Urumqi are quite amazing and beautiful! These are part of the Tianshan mountain range - to the south of the city. The guys drove up with their food & gear, and hiked about 4 miles up the steep rocky trails, dotted with grass and a winding creek. They found a flat area near the top to set up their tents. There wasn't anyone around!!
The guys made it in time to watch the sun set and make a fire out of old receipts and kindling. Of course there were jokes and silly stories, deep talks and bonding - but I wasn't there. This was the Dad Trip. Maybe next time!! I will just leave you with some of their pictures...