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Summer vacation 2010

July 22, 2010

 

I tried having the boys describe our vacation like I did for a previous trip, but I got a lot of generic comments like, “I had fun.”  “It rained.”  “Hiking was fun.”  “The play was good.”  We need to work on coming up with more descriptive phrases.

The best comment came from C about camping:  “I loved camping up the canyon and roasting s’mores and hot dogs, but the cows started mooing early in the morning and woke Dad up and he was not happy about that.”

Last year, after C was deathly afraid of heights at Bryce Canyon, we told him we’d go to Zion Nat’l Park instead so he’d be on the bottom looking up, rather than on the top looking down.  Then my parents and I decided that it would be fun to go to the Utah Shakespearean Festival together for a change.  Since we were going to be in Cedar City, we couldn’t go home without hopping over to Bryce Canyon anyway since it’s my favorite national park.  I’m not much of a camper, but I suggested camping at one point as well and the boys latched on to that and wouldn’t let go.  Camping at Zion would be very hot (projected high was 107 degrees.)  We were actually cold sleeping in a tipi at Bryce last summer, and who wants to camp with a 6-month old anyway?  So we ended up sending the boys and DH up the canyon to camp one night and E and I slept at my parents’ house.  It was a fabulous arrangement.

So we went camping, we went hiking, we got rained on twice, saw two plays, the baby survived the whole ordeal, and we’re calling this vacation, “Let’s do something for everyone, or how much can you squeeze into 5 days.”

Thoughts and memorable moments (both good and bad):

Day 1:

  • Taking 4 hours in the car just to get to Grandma’s house…60 miles away.  We had to pay the mortgage, go to the bank, go back home for hats, then a few more errands, then it was lunchtime, then the baby needed to eat, then…
  • It rained and we were stuck in the car again instead of being able to hike around the lake.

Waiting out the rain in the van

  • Enjoying the fresh mountain air.

  • Grandma and Poppa  joining us for hot dogs and s’mores.
  • A beautiful sunset

Day 2

  • Spending many more hours in the car trying to get to Zion.  It’s just really difficult to drive long distances with smallish children without stopping a zillion times.  Can we just get there already?! 
  • Feeling cooler temperatures since the sun was already behind the western edges of Zion Canyon by the time we got out to hike.  (No sun made for not so great photos though.)
  • Enjoying the riverwalk trail down to the Zion Narrows.

C, A, and where's D? All I see is his hat.

There’s D!
  • Seeing a deer and her 5-day-old (or so) fawn

  • A fabulous pork chop dinner at Wildcat Willies at Bumbleberry Inn in Springdale–a highly recommended establishment.
  • Having the boys draw their favorite thing so far on the back of the menu–C drew “Mrs. Squirrelly Pants” (we saw a lot on the trail) and A and D both drew the Zion shuttle bus.  Really?  The shuttle was your favorite thing?  We could have just stayed home and ridden TRAX.  (Although after a long hike, riding with all the windows and skylights open to let a breeze in was heavenly, I’ll admit.)
  • How hot can it be in St. Geoge at 11 p.m.? 

Day 3

  • More red rocks in Kolob Canyon, again with the sun in the wrong place for fabulous photos.  You should come here in the afternoon, but it was still gorgeous.

  • Having my mother’s neighbor’s granddaughter watch the four boys while we met my parents at The 39 Steps, a hilarious play that spoofs all the Alfred Hitchcock films. 
  • Enjoying the Greenshow as a family.
  • Suites!  Hotel suites are wonderful.  Up til now we’ve just gotten a room with two queen beds and put the three boys crosswise in one of them.  Adding in a baby bassinet was just too much.  The added space in a suite was wooooooooonderful!
  • E getting some much needed free time out of our arms, the stroller, and his carseat.  He rolled and rolled and rolled and rolled around.

Day 4

  • Enjoying breakfast!  All the boys said they liked the food at the hotels, mainly for the sugary breakfast cereal I’ve quit buying at home!  It was also a great idea to have a cooler with us with healthy snacks like string cheese, fruit, and yogurt to eat rather than the junk food that DH usually likes to eat on trips. 
  • Grandma and Poppa taking A to see Great Expectations.
  • Swimming in the hotel pool.
  • Eating lemon and raspberry tarts.
  • Grandma watching D and E at our hotel while we took A and C to see Macbeth.  Yes, we took our 7-year-old to see Macbeth, he’s been looking forward to it since last summer when they announced the 2010 season.  I’m not exactly sure that was the greatest idea, it was pretty intense in places and C got scared a few times.  But DH and I thought it was wonderful and A really liked it as well.  Already he and C want to come back and see A Midsummer Night’s Dream next year.  D was very sad that he was too young to go this year so maybe he can go too, since he’ll be six.  We’ll just stick to the comedies.

Day 5

  • Enjoying cooler air at Cedar Breaks Nat’l Monument (since it’s up at 10, 000 feet.)

  • Being sworn in as Jr. Rangers

  • Continuing on to Bryce Canyon, despite C’s protests, where we got rained on during lunch and enjoyed much cooler temperatures.  It was just perfect for hiking. 
  • E dumping a cup of ice water on my lap during lunch.  He’s really getting too mobile and knows what he wants.  I forget how far he can reach.
  • Walking along the rim trail as a family.
  • A wanting to hike even more.  It’s hard to be the biggest brother sometimes. 

What was the instruction, grimace for the camera?

Love the view

Sunset Point

Memorable quotes:

  • D, who got scared of the toilets (or holes in the ground) at the campground: I was just kidding about needing to go.
  • D who was upset because we went to the Pizza Factory one day instead of Wendy’s for lunch on Thursday: I’m not eating lunch then.  I’ll just have this breadstick…and some water.
  • Mommy to C:  Your tart is bleeding.

  • Mommy to D: What do you mean all you have left to wear today is a sweater?  In southern Utah?  In July? 
  • A and C, endlessly: Double, double, toil and trouble.  Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!
  • Me: This is a pretty view. 
    DH: Do you want me to stop so you can take a picture?
    Me: Who needs to stop?  click

  • On Saturday, wherein C went to Oz and got some courage: I’m not scared of Bryce Canyon anymore!  I can look over the edge!  I’m not scared!  Now we can go to the Grand Canyon!

I’m not sure what changed, but C wasn’t scared any more and had a great time.  They even hiked down into Bryce with DH a ways until they heard E screaming because he needed a nap.  Speaking of E, he was actually a great little traveller.  And I survived it all as well.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2010 6:12 am

    Stunning views. Thanks for sharing the trip with us. Our daughter would have loved the plays.
    Blessings
    Diane

  2. Anne permalink
    July 22, 2010 7:53 am

    I’m really sad that we missed you! Maybe next year?

    We have tickets to Macbeth too. Bella and Chloe acted out a couple of scenes in playmakers and so they are super excited to see the entire production!

    One of these years you need to come down for 2 weeks and do playmakers with your boys. It is really really fun and totally worth the $90.

  3. July 22, 2010 8:38 am

    LUCKY! The scenery is beautiful and I so want to see the plays. Overall, it looks alike a wonderful trip to take with kids!

  4. denise permalink
    July 23, 2010 10:44 am

    looks like a great trip! What beautiful scenery. I never saw all of those places while in UTAh. Maybe someday we’ll get to vacation through and stop at all of those places. Thanks for the fabulous photos, as always!

  5. Angilee permalink
    August 1, 2010 9:18 am

    That is a cute baby! And all the other stuff is neat, too 🙂

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