April part 1: Spring Break

Jun 10, 2019
April was busy and fun and a bit insane.

The day after Crew got his cast off we headed down to Arches National Park.

Had to pick up our Jr. Ranger books first thing.   

Started at Balance Rock.

Then to Sandstone Arch, where we were actually prepared with our bucket and shovels.

And then we ran into our good friends the Brown's. 

We were also prepared and brought our projector for premium hotel movie viewing.  

The next morning we headed out early to do Delicate Arch before the massive crowds hit. 

It was still pretty busy, but not insane. 

This was one of our first successful hikes where all the kids hiked without having to be carried and no whining. 

Except when we reached the top, because this one is afraid of heights. 

Macey, Miles and I braved the heights and crowds to get a closer look at Delicate Arch.  

Ruby's fear of heights was soon forgotten when we spotted a lizard.  

Next stop was Double Arch, where the kids were in heaven rock scrambling all around.  

Our hotel was super awesome. We did lots of swimming and lots of eating of their delicious food. 

We even ran into one of Crew's best friends at the Nacho bar after a swim session.

The next day we headed up to Vernal.

We went to the Dinosaur Museum down the street from our hotel.  

Then after swimming some more, the kids had pizza in bed while watching a movie. This was of course their favorite part of the trip.

The next morning we headed to Dinosaur National Monument. 

It was practically empty compared to Arches.  

And was pretty insane getting to see the actual fossils up close and in the mountainside they were actually discovered in.  

There were tons of awesome petroglyphs and pictoglyphs along the scenic highway to stop at. 

We had lunch at Josie's cabin where the kids loved learning about Josie and imagining what it would be like to live in the wilderness alone.  

I had one more hike planned, but that got vetoed as soon as the kids saw the river and we spent the rest of the day exploring, climbing and throwing rocks.  

On our way back home we took a detour to this crazy place called Fantasy Canyon.  

It felt like we were on another planet.

We were the only people there too, which was a little creepy.  And then we got lost inside all the formations.  But, after lots of butt sliding, scraped knees, and climbing, we found our way back to the car.  

And headed back home very tired and very dirty.  A successful spring break.  


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Jun 22, 2008

We have been living in Utah for about 8 years now and neither of us have spent much time in Southern Utah (other than driving through). So, thanks to our friends Don and Mandi, we finally made the trip down. Mandi found us the best campground; it had air conditioned bathrooms, free showers, shades for your tent, and a very refreshing pool. We were also extremely grateful we bought a screen tent before we left because the bugs were crazy! We were the only ones in the campground that had one and you could tell the other campers were jealous when they walked by slapping the bugs away.

Here are the stats from our trip:

2 cool nights
5 Arches seen
6 t-shirt shops visited
7 showers taken
9 dips in pool
11 miles hiked
24 bottles of water
26 bug bites
103 degrees of fahrenheit
174 pictures taken
432 miles driven
3 very happy campers.

You can check out my gallery at navasard.com.
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Niice. sounds like tons of fun. :)
Sounds like a great campground. I'm glad you made it to the delicate arch.
What campground did you go to? Do you have to make reservations way in advance? Glad you had fun!

That looks like a great camping trip. Tent shades, a real pool, a shower. I want to go! But maybe in the spring when it isn't quite as hot? ;) Seriously though, I'm jealous. I've only been to Moab once, and we didn't hike to any arches. That's really cool. I love the one where you're standing underneath it but you're really small. Good perspective.
The campground was Moab Valley RV Resort and we made our reservations like a month before.

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