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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Zions was our first stop
on our  National Park month long adventure.
We were in awe at how beautiful it was.
Definitely a site to see.
The Bucherts, who have been our friends since we were first married and  my brother Jay and his family met us here.
We were so happy my brother surprised us, he was headed home from Lake Powell and decided to stop for a couple of nights.
 We were so glad they did, it was so fun to see them!

My brother had a great idea, he said I should do
  the do's and don'ts of our travels..
So here's an attempt to make this interesting!

DO's at Zions...

The Narrows.
( a hike in a river between narrow, very high rock walls)
We were kind of worried about how the little kids would do on this hike.
We worried for nothing.
 They all loved it. 

Below is my sister in law and cute nephew.  

A lot of the hike was about shin deep.

Other parts of the hike were over our heads.
If you navigated well you could avoid those parts.

D and Martin..

Some more

 Hidden canyon hike
which was straight up the side of a mountain/cliff.
It was super hard, well at least it was for a pregnant, altitude challenged woman.
I thought I might die:)
The kids flew up the trail, yes I felt like a wimp. 

Towards the top of the mountian/cliff there were chains you had to hold onto so you didn't fall off the side of the cliff to this... below..

"B" is not holding onto the chain! 
I am afraid of heights so the entire time,  I was the annoying mom freaking out and yelling," hold onto that chain! Get away from the edge, etc etc!"
 I'm sure they ONLY survived because I screamed at them the entire time, haha...
( I left this on the DO's because I will do it again I'm sure, even when they are grown men with children of their own.)

He's holding on now! Good boy!

This is towards the top of the hike.

"Lil B" did awesome, he really didn't want to go after the first hike but once we got him going he didn't complain once, well maybe he did complain on the way down when we were almost done, but he made it through the worst of it. He was a trooper.

WE finally made it to the Hidden Canyon.. 
It was pretty darn cool that at the top of this mountain/cliff there was a very quiet beautiful canyon. 
The canyon went on for about another mile. The kids and dads went on,  while I took a little nap waking up every so often thinking a snake was crawling on me. It sounds terrible but it was really peaceful. 

In the canyon the kids were able to rock climb all over the place.

The crew in the "Hidden Canyon."

 DO Smores' to top off the perfect weekend.

and of course
 I can't even remember playing, I just remember laughing and laughing! 
Fun times in Zions! 

Don'ts at Zions...
Buy cheap water shoes for 5$ at Walmart,
 they do not have enough support on the bottom, you are walking on big rocks the entire time. Feeling  every rock was not fun not to mention they were falling apart after the hike
Bring anything in your pack that you don't want to get wet.

Leave any little kids with "D" because he forgets they need water,
and you end up with a dehydrated little girl who threw up all over the rv bed in the middle of the night, poor thing! 
(we actually are not sure this was why she threw up, its just something  to tease "D" about it)

Thanks honey for cleaning it all up and doing the laundry in the middle of the night!
You are the best! 

 Honestly he does make lil kids forget they are hiking and and turns it into a fun adventure.
Love you honey:)

Forget to take a picture of the entire group you are with.
SO sad I don't have one of us all:(

 Emerald pools, it was a lame hike on a paved path.
The kids were bored. It is a short half mile hike there  but with lots of people on the trail it took away from the beauty at least for me it did and the emerald pools aren't very emerald:)
That's probably not why they are called that is it?:)

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