September 26, 2017

Bryce Canyon

 Bryce Canyon was so amazing.
I didn't know what to expect. 
and, I loved,loved, loved it.
When we got there, we just drove around the park.
When we saw a view point we wanted to see, we'd pull over and take it all in.
The orange rock formation was beautiful, the hoodoo rocks were gorgeous and the weather was 20-30 degrees cooler than Moab.


Watching Miles take pictures never got old!
Ever.
(hiking boots, and a camera strapped to his belt loop were the winning ticket for this boy, he didn't complain once this trip)

Somehow these two manage to sit in the dirt and stay busy getting dirty whenever they possibly can.


 That night, we found a great camping site in the Park
where Romney grilled yummy veggies and chicken.
He's a good one-that Romney.


We loved having my parents with us for this trip.


I love the memories that were created with them.


 On our last day we walked the trail along the river ....


...We kept our eyes out for stinging neddle...


...and made it to the mossy cave.


This place was perfect for our little family.


We walked the same trail back but made a stop to walk and play in the in the freezing cold water...


 and EVERYONE had a blast!!

 And this concludes the Ellsworth National Parks tour.
Everything was so beautiful.
I love all the variety this earth provides.
I love witnessing our Heavenly Fathers creation.
It's truly miraculous. 
There is just so much to see.
We loved our experience and loved waking up in the motorhome everyday to these little banchies.


Canyonlands

We drove away from Moab excited to see Canyonland.
We were slightly disappointed because the sky was so hazy (those darn fires)
We couldn't see out very far.
But it's still a marvel.


The kids didn't seem to care about the view, they were completely happy just climbing rocks. 
 

Originally we were going to stay a few days in Canyonlands to hike and explore BUT, the fires were bad, and it was so so so hot.
SO, we decided to campout for the night and wake up super early for the sunrise hike to Mesa Arch.
(Its super easy and all ages can do it.)


Miles was a bear to wake up.
Oui.
BUT, once he finally was awake, he LOVED it!
It was so beautiful to see the sun come up.


Once we got to the arch, I couldn't believe it,
There was tons of paparazzi and it was silent.
Then here comes our family, LOUD and PROUD.
It was funny.


It really was pretty and worth it.


Miles loved every second of it, 
Andie.....well she didn't want to wear her shoes (again), and was not going to look at the camera (again),


We got back to the motor home for breakfast and this girl crashed.
Waking up early wasn't her favorite either.


After we ate, we all decided we didn't want to stay in Canyonlands.
 It really was beautiful, but we were done in less than 24 hours.
 
We still had a couple more days on our trip, so we decided to drive to Bryce Canyon!

September 9, 2017

Arches National Park Part III

A couple of days we went to Mill Creek to cool off.
You walk few short steps and you are in nice cold water. 
And it was so refreshing in that heat!


It was kind of fun to climb down into it.


We discovered a natural water slide that the kids went NUTS for.
Romney and I took turns sending them down and sending them back up.

 
They wanted to do "again, again, again!"


over and over....


...and over.
Both kids were so mad when we left on those water days.


The evenings were spent back at the "campsite" where we made our dinners,


played in the rocks,


and ate smores!

Moab, Utah was amazing! 
We absolutely loved our time there.
It was so hot, but would we do it again?
YES!!!
After our amazing expereience in Arches National Park we were ready to go explore Canyon Lands.

August 12, 2017

Arches National Park II

 The days didn't get old.
Ever.
This park is so beautiful!
All the different rock shapes and arches were amazing.
I just loved it here.
This post should be titled Loved...

I love that my kids enjoy being outside.
I love that even though they are small, they were up for the adventure.

I loved exploring the base of "the organ".

 
 Andie loved playing in the dirt!
(and I love my dad in the back doing what he does best)
 
Miles loved climbing rocks!
He just turns into a billy goat.
It was so fun to see him so excited about it.
(he also was super excited about his camera attached to his belt loop)


And here he is looking at his pictures while Andie still is at one with the dirt.
 

I loved hiking with my babes while dad and Romney took pictures of who knows what.

and 
I LOVE THIS PICTURE!  
(these three boys have my heart)

 After the Organ, we went to the Sand Arch.
It was thee softest sand I have ever touched.


As soon as our feet touched the sand we lost her.
Andie sat, then rolled, then went for the classic sand angel.
We'd pick her up and take two steps and she'd be back at it again.


Miles couldn't care less about the sand, he wanted to explore!
He wanted to find the smallest tunnel to squeeze through.


It was so cute to see Miles pick things out he wanted to photograph.
Sometimes we would pull over just so he could snap the picture he wanted.


One of my favorites was Park Ave.
 It was a mile jaunt through enormous orange rocks.


 Clearly this wasn't Andies favorite!
Andie wasn't liking her shoes too much this trip.
And she wasn't liking her time out too much either.


But once she got to sit in the dirt and play shoeless she was happy again. 


The Park Ave walk ends right by
"The Three Gossips"


and rumor has it that these kids were hot, sweaty and ready for Popsicles ASAP!

July 25, 2017

Arches National Park I

OH MY GOSH!!! 
We recently went to Moab, Ut to conquer thee amazing Arches National Park with my parents.
We had such a great time!
It was so hot.
SO HOT.
But, oh.so.worth.it.
  
Before our trip we bought Miles some hiking boots to get him excited about a weeks worth of walking.
He LOVED them and did not complain once about our adventures!


 Our first priority was the Delicate Arch.
We knew we wanted to be there for a sunrise.
We drove all night and pulled into the park around 2:30am where Romney and my Dad grabbed their cameras, headlamps, water, and snacks and out the door they went.
They hiked in the dark to be able to photograph the arch with the milky way and the millions of stars.
There was no way I could stay awake all night.  
I'm sure seeing all the stars in person was quite an experience, but I just couldn't do it.
I set my alarm for 4:40am and left the kids asleep with my mom in the motorhome.
I was a little nervous to hike alone, I thought for sure there would be other hikers by 5:00 on the trail, but no.
BUT...
Low and behold 3 ladies from Taiwan who spoke very little English came out of the bathroom and I asked if I could walk with them.  
So, me, Janet, Sally and Cindy hiked together for a bit until it wasn't so dark anymore.
Despite the tiny trail markers, I made it to the arch at the most beautiful time of day.
She was glorious!!

 

I found Romney and my dad who had a blast shooting all night.
I was super proud of my dad (who is in his 70s) for staying up all night and hiking a straight up hill hike!
Go dad!!!


It really was so cool.
The colors were so vibrant as the sun hit the rocks.
I am so happy we were able to do this.
I cannot wait for our kids to get bigger so we can take them back.
(although I think Miles could have done this one)


 After the sunrise we headed to the double arch.
(you can see a tiny Romney and Miles in the blue)
 

Once we got under the arches, Miles just wanted to climb!
He loves bouldering.
And he loved how "sticky" his boots were.

Everywhere you looked there were more Arches. 
It was so amazing.


Andie and I sat next to a shady rock while the boys went off to explore.



This girl literally just wanted her shoes off and wanted to eat a granola bar.
Hiking wasn't on her agenda that afternoon.