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Fall Break, part 2

October 27, 2014
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My last post left us in Bryce Canyon . . .

At Ruby’s Inn, eating breakfast in our room–

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Technically, that’s breakfast in my room.  We got there and DH took one look at our room and realized we needed another one.  Like I said, we just haven’t traveled much other than to Cedar City for Shakespeare and we always stay in the Marriott Springhill Suites there which will sleep six in a room on two beds and a fold-out couch.  Little A brings her own bassinet so it works.  Sadly, we just don’t fit in one regular hotel room any more!  We had even brought some sleeping bags for two of the boys, but there really wasn’t room on the floor for them.  Luckily there were still rooms to be had and we were able to get the one right next door so that’s where the boys slept while we had a quiet night with just Little A.

Speaking of Little A, she was so happy to get out of the car and be able to crawl around.

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It didn’t last long though, because we had another long drive ahead of us from Bryce Canyon to Arches National Park.  We took the road that leads north from Bryce up through Antimony and eventually comes out by Sigurd.  That was mostly new scenery for all of us.  And now we know where that road leads and we’ll never have to take it again!  We had a picnic lunch in Salina before heading east on I-70.  I thought I had driven that way before, but I’m pretty sure I never have.  It’s a gorgeous drive!!  There would probably be twenty more photos, except I was driving while DH slept and southern Utah is just too big for the camera!  But it was amazing.

We pulled into Arches around 3:00, just after the rest of our family had left the park, but that was ok.  We do best when we can set our own pace, taking into account short legs and a nursing baby besides.

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After parking for 10 minutes while DH searched for the national park pass we’d just purchased at Bryce Canyon (some people have too many pockets), our first stop was Balanced Rock.

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There was a short paved trail so Little A could ride in her stroller, then DH took the boys around the backside on the unpaved trail.

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Parade of Elephants (Little A wore the correct shirt):

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Then we hiked the short distance to Double Arch.

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After E whined the entire way back down because he didn’t want to walk and wanted to be carried instead, we knew we weren’t up to doing the 3-mile hike over slickrock to Delicate Arch, our iconic state landmark.  Instead we drove to the lower viewpoint and what does C say?

“It’s so little!”

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Here, I’ll zoom in for you!

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I think another trip to Arches is definitely in the works, but not until everyone can go everywhere on their own two feet without whining about it.  It might be a while.

The Three Gossips:

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The Tower of Babel:

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I love all the red rock!  We left Arches just as the sun was setting and we got to see what a happening place Moab is on a busy weekend when school is out.  There were so many people everywhere.  We stopped for Mexican food and had to wait quite a while for a table, but the boys were entertained by all the ATVs and mud-splattered vehicles driving up the main street.

Then we met up with Grandma and Poppa and Great-Grandma after their Colorado River trip and decided to send A and D back with them to sleep on their couch bed.  C was a little disappointed to stay with us, but we said E was not a good candidate to go.  And D and E aren’t a good combination for staying together, A had already had a turn sleeping with E (two nights even), so it was C’s turn.  And we let him go swimming again with DH after they left, although the half-indoor/half-outdoor pool was too cold for E and Little A.

Saturday morning we met Grandma and Poppa for breakfast at the Pancake Haus, although E had talked me into a bowl of Frosted Flakes already at the hotel.  Despite wanting to do more hiking at Arches, they wanted to go with Grandma and  Poppa more, so after breakfast we ended up down the road at Hole N” the Rock, where the Christensen family had carved their home out of the rock face and also a memorial to FDR.

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We didn’t tour the home, but walked through the rather kitschy outdoor collections and visited the exotic animal zoo.

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I might have taken more pictures, except I was trying to keep small children (and their fingers) safe from the quite agressive ostrich, among other animals.  The boys loved feeding the animals though and thought it was hilarious how the zebra and the donkeys would kick their cages because they wanted more food.

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Then it was back to Moab for the official family reunion.  Again, not many pictures except for Little A,

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and this leaf bug I almost sat on.

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We’d promised them another hike in Arches before coming home, so we set off for Landscape Arch.  Little A was asleep by this time, so DH stayed with her while the rest of us set out.  The trail was fairly easy, but we had to go at the 4-year-old’s pace.  I sent the other three down the turnoff for Tunnel and Pine Tree Arches while E and I continued on our way.  I knew they’d catch up to us, but E was worried about them and sat down at one point to wait for them.
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Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in the world:

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I should have gone a little farther for a better shot, but E was about ready to be done, and I knew we had a long drive ahead of us so we started back.  Pretty soon DH and Little A caught up to us.  She was super happy after a good nap and had been smiling at all the other hikers on the way up the trail.

Here we’re finally ready to head home.

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Actually, she’s probably thinking, “No, don’t put me back in that carseat again!”

 

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  1. November 3, 2014 11:44 am

    Nice! What a cute family you have. We stay at Ruby’s Inn every July for the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon, and we always go to Shakespeare Festival in Cedar. I love being able to enjoy the beauty of Southern Utah.

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