We initially headed toward the Alpine loop, but along the way I googled some trails and discovered that one of the best places for fall leaves is up South Fork just a few minutes from the mouth of Provo canyon.
We had just pulled into the parking lot when it started to sprinkle. We sat there for a few minutes, hoping it would pass. Eventually it did let up a bit, so we got out and started walking along the trail to Big Springs. The clouds were looking ominous, but we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. For a few minutes, the weather held, and we were able to take in the stunning beauty all around us.
But then it started to rain. The kids were a wreck, especially Savannah who announced 2 minutes into our walk that she needed to pee and by this time was an accident waiting to happen. They were all freaking out about getting wet, and I knew we really should just head back. But it was so gorgeous and we hadn't been out on a family nature walk in ages, so I put Isabelle (the most cheerful of the bunch, at the moment, at least) in the lead, and told her to walk for 5 minutes, find a turn around, and then start leading us back. She eagerly led the troops, and a wet ten minutes (yes!) later, decided it had been long enough and turned us around. It was a beautiful trail that I can't wait to explore again, with better weather and more time. And hopefully happier kids. (Don't let the pictures fool you. They are ALL whiner pants.)