October Chapter 2: Fall Break

Nov 14, 2017
For fall break this year we headed south with all of northern utah, luckily most of Northern Utah was headed to St. George and not to our destination, so we missed the crazy traffic.  



We scored another Yurt reservation and are in love with this style of "camping".  



The heater was an added bonus in the morning too.  



Our Yurt was in Deadhorse Point State Park.



There were amazing Mountain Bike trails right outside our door.  Paul, Macey and Miles had a blast riding on them and it was all M&M wanted to do.  


Waiting for my mountain bikers to come back.




We promised Crewby we'd be back to ride through the sand and on the slick rocks when they had bigger bikes.

We did let them explore the trails around our Yurt though. 



Deadhorse State Park was amazing!



Spectacular views in every direction.  And a 2,000 foot drop in every direction.  



We got to watch the sunset, a safe distance back from the edge.  Beautiful. 



One of those moments I hope they remember.  


And we found a mini pride rock.

Crew is rafiki and notice how Macey and Miles are bowing to baby Simba. :) 


Lots of hiking and lots of view points.



My favorite hike of the trip was in the state park, Basin Overlook.  

No one on the trail but us and we could get right to the edge of an amazing view point. 



We planted the kids a safe distance from the edge with a snack and Paul and I went in for a closer look.





Really gets the blood flowing and I won't even get that close to the edge.





We spent a day in Canyonlands, which is just down the road, at the Island in the Sky section.  




And for the first time all 4 kids actually completed their Jr. Ranger books and loved it! Usually they get bored and toss them in the garbage after 1 hike.  


MESA ARCH was a huge hit.  
We saw tons of wildlife and these kids were amazing at spotting lizards. 



Overall I would say this was the kids best hiking trip we've had 



I don't think anyone even complained about all the hiking.  #miracle

Notice my hand in this picutre...I am sure I am telling Macey to stay away from the edge for about the 100th time.  


Crew and I still held our spot in the back, but we weren't as far behind the other 4 as on other trips.  



The cliffs weren't actually as stressful as I thought they'd be.  It helped we weren't with other families, so our kids weren't running around and being crazier than normal.  They stuck together and listened when we showed them which rock or bush they were not allowed to pass. :) 



Paul and I ventured to the edge a few times.  Terrifying looking over that edge and seeing the canyon floor 2,000 feet below.  



I think the kids favorite hike was Whale Rock. 






essentially you just follow a trail to this giant rock that looks like a whale and then you just get to run and explore all over.  

Always an amazing view at snack time.  



Turns out Ruby is a bit afraid of heights when she's tired, so I had to carry her around on the "whale" and back down to the trail.



This girl was in her element, no fear here.  





Always have to dab when you're on an awesome trail and there are prickly pears around.  


We live in an amazing place and I am so grateful we get to explore a small piece of it.  


These are the things I want my kids to remember from their childhood.  Not the stuff, but the adventures and the way they felt taking in these amazing places.  





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nana
Love all the exploring, camping and hikes you take the kids on! The best memories!!

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goblin Valley

Jul 5, 2017
We took the kids to Goblin Valley.  It was amazing.  Like we were on another planet.  The kids kept asking if this really was still Utah.

There are about 100 pictures to follow, you have been warned if you want to turn back now. This is the only place I am recording my children's childhood, so i pack in the photos


It was our first road trip with The Switch.  Perfection.  Kids filled the entire time with Zelda and Mario Kart.  




We had never been and heard it was the perfect place for little kids.






All recommendations were correct.  It was amazing and you can't beat a rock playground to explore.  
  


It was HOT.  Like just over 100 degrees. 









The kids were rockstars, drank tons of water and took breaks in whatever shade could be found.  


At one point we couldn't find Miles.  He was hiding in the shade of 3 hoodoos and refused to come out for fear he would not find shade ever again.  



Crew and I are always bringing up the rear. He is the slowest hiker in history.






To make the trip even awesomer Paul reserved a yurt in the campground there.  


Kids were in love and want to sell our house right away to move in forever.


Chasing lizards


It didn't hurt that it had an AC unit, so we took advantage and took a break while we waited for it to cool down a little bit.  

  

Then the rest of the day was spent exploring around The Yurt.  





So much time was spent watching the red ants and seeing how long it took them to take beef jerky back to their holes.  They were seriously amazing.  



Surreal right? 


Hours upon hours were spent out here.  

This chair was quite popular.  


After we put Crewby to bed we got to climb even higher.  


The highlight for me was seeing the stars that night.  We let M&M stay up and it worked out perfect we had just been to the planetarium.  Seriously, I don't even remember seeing a night sky like we did.  Something I hope they remember.  

That was just day 1.  

On to day 2. 

Another 100 degree day in the desert.  This was the first time all the kids finished their entire bladders of water.  



We hiked Little Wild Horse Canyon.  This was the entrance.  It was a good sign that this was going to be pretty amazing.  



There was lots of breaks and lots of hiding in shade. 




But once we hit the narrow part of the slot canyon we could not keep up with these kids. 



It was so surreal.  And kids had a blast running around and climbing up the walls of the canyon. 



Luckily we got there early and it wasn't too busy, because it's a bit tricky to pass in there.  We did get to see and meet people from all over the world though.  It was cool for the kids to see how lucky they are to live so close to such cool places.  




Best people to explore new places with. 



Can't beat a few days completely disconnected from everything and getting to be out in this beautiful world Heavenly Father has given us.  It's good for the soul.  



Tags: goblin valleyyurt lifejuneslot canyon
angie
Wow, totally surreal. There's no way your kids won't remember that trip forever. Super cool. Makes me want to go so bad - but when it's not 100 degrees outside!

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