Each April, we get the itch. South....must....go....south! It is still winter here, but a four hour drive south to Moab will usually plop us in temperatures in the 70's or 80's.
This year we had a campground reservation, but had to change it to a hotel reservation due to a forecast of unusually chilly nights. Daytime temps were to be in the mid 60's and that is double the Park City temps where we
were blessed with got 12 inches of snow per day that we were away.
I can handle sleeping in the cold. My big boys can handle sleeping in the cold. But my littles? I'm pretty sure they'd be miserable. And if the littles ain't happy, Mama ain't happy.
And if Mama ain't happy.... well you get the picture.
So, we packed up the new family truckster "Ruby" (Beloved took a new job = no company car = newer used Suburban for Mama = older, kid "loved", very unmanly minivan for my Beloved) for her first road trip.
We've never had a DVD player in any car before. It wasn't on our want list for a vehicle, but this one came with it. Can you tell it is their first time? We don't really sit them four across - we were just testing the headphones.
A couple of movies later, we were in Moab. Our first adventure was the giant sand dune across from Arches National Park. A lovely FREE piece of fun that you can just drive up to and play. Hours of entertainment for four boys, exercise for Mom and Dad, and we (almost) felt like we were at the beach! I guess we were, but there was no water, just desert.
Next, we saw some of these. Just as Kenyon was commenting how despicable it is that people carve their names into the rock next to historical art, he looked down to see Rufus finishing letter number three of his name. Luckily, some sand washed it off, but we were laughing for the rest of the trip about it.
One thing that tends to define us when we hike is that
my husband we always tend to push the boys past their limit and into the depths of exhaustion. Our first day we hiked eight miles. My Beloved would argue that it made them into the tough hikers that they are today. I argue that it just makes for a cranky bunch of boys on their way to the car.
The perks of hiking great distances are these:
AND there's this view at the "end".
I'm saving the best for last. Check back for the story of our most fascinating hike ever (picture "127 Hours" but with both arms).
Also, just a teaser - I'll share one of our most humbling parenting moments.