Saturday, March 29, 2014

Zions!

SQUEAKY CHEESE!
Monday morning we headed to Southern Utah to stay
in St. George and explore Zions National Park.
We stopped in Beaver to get squeaky cheese and icecream.
It's a must when traveling that way.
{ps the smoked gouda is the bomb too!!}
 Zions National Park.
March 2014
 Breathtaking and big.
 We first went to the covered one mile tunnel.
This little cove was along the way.
 Ready to explore.
 Wendlands.
 The huge red rocks are gorgeous.
 We even saw a mountain goat along the way.
 Probably the best pics of the day!
Bob spraying down Jeremy. 
 Let's do this thing!
Ready to hike. 
 On the way up to Emerald Pools.
 The road under the "waterfall" at lower Emerald Pools Fall.
It was more like a small drizzle.  
Just above the fall is mid pools.
Sweet sisters posing for a picture.
 Croix and Cooper exploring. 
Oh the difference between boys and girls is such a real thing.
The whole hiking group.
{we also did the weeping rock hike,
but I must have not gotten any pics of it}
 13 years ago we came to Zions and finally made it back.
Love exploring with this guy.
Always an adventure.
We went to our hotel that night and let the kids swim and...
jump on the beds, of course.
We got rested up for another full day of hiking and exploring.
 Day 2.
We started Tuesday out by hitting the Narrows in St. George.
I think everyone really liked hiking here.
 Go kids go!
 Ellie was our little hiker girl.
Made her Daddy proud.
{love this picture of them two}
 Bob at the top of the red rock.
 The kiddos.
We got them to sit still for 5 seconds for a picture all togehter,
not as easy feat.
 St. George Utah Narrows
March 2014
 The wives.
  So much to explore.
We got inside every nook we could.
 Such a cool rock to climb on.
 Such a nice time of year to explore in 
Southern Utah before it gets to hot.
It was already plenty warm.
 Cooper and Emery.
 Made it back to Zions.
 This was such a pretty spot.
 Cute little tiny waterfall.
  This hike was called the Riverside walk.
It was really pretty and all shaded so not too hot.
Goodbye Zions!
You were beautiful.

Donna thought we could see the whole state of Utah in one weekend :)
So we settled on seeing Zions.
I am so glad we did.
  It's not too far away, and St. George is
always fun to stay in.  Zions was beautiful.  We timed our visit just right,
after March 31st you can drive in but then have to park and take the park 
shuttle to all the hikes.  It just gets to busy and is not real big.  So we
got to drive all around and explore.  Also the weather was perfect.  I cannot
imagine going down any later, it was getting pretty hot while we were there.
I think a highlight of the trip, besides squeaky cheese, was hiking the Narrows.
Kids young and old loved this.
So many places to explore.  
There really are so many places in Utah to explore that we have never even
been to.  We need to pick a new place every so often and see this beautiful State
that we live in.

Our week with the Wendlands

 "The Boys" came to town!
{As the girls refer to them}
Croix and Cooper came for a whole week.
They got in pretty late Wed night so Thur morning when we were all functioning
we grabbed lunch at Kneaders then hit the park to let the kids run around.
Kid chaos!
Pure excitement and energy from these 4.
Bob braved watching all 4 kids while Donna and I ran to the
mall looking for sunglasses.
We were nice and brought back treats from The Sweet Tooth Fairy.
BEST CUPCAKES EVER!
They also had their very first cake bite.
  Hope I got them hooked.
 Friday after a hair appt for Donna we took the kids to
the Farm at Thanksgiving Point.
{I love how Eme picked a horse just like her,
little with blonde hair}
 Down on the farm.
 It was SOOOO cold this day.
It didn't start out that way but turned windy and super cold.
This horse drawn carriage ride was fun and freezing.
  Sweet moment caught of Donna and Croix. 
 Saturday was our covert operation day of Jeremy's surprise party.
But we had time to hit up Parley's Place for lunch.
Love this little retro place, and the food is so good!
 Miss Emery sittin pretty.
{we also took a HUGE bag of fries to Salem Pond
and fed the ducks}
 The Boys wanted to see and play with snow so bad!
So Sunday morning we went to Sundance and finally found some.
It is scarce right now.  The snow is almost all melted everywhere.
 Wendlands.
 Bogards.
They are like us about the beach in Florida
when they come to Utah they want snow.
I don't get it, but hey ;)
Boys being boys throwing "ice" at each other,
since I wouldn't really call it snow.
 Sunday was a fun-filled day.
Later in the day we went shooting on the West Mountain.
Bob had brought his gun too so we all took turns. 
 Ellie taking her turn.
 Watch out for Donna.
 Bob's turn.
 Emery did good shooting too.
 Croix looks legit.
Don't mess with him.
Cooper the sharp shooter.

Me next post will show our jaunt down to Zions National Park,
since it needs its own post to show all the beauty we saw.
We have been counting down and counting down for the Wendlands
to come stay with us over their Spring break, 
 now it has come and gone and we are so sad it's over.
The girls keep talking about "The Boys"
we are all sad they are gone.  One week is NOT enough time.
But looking back we did a lot while they were here.
We ate some yummy places, made yummy food at home too,
saw lots and had Jeremy's surprise party.
I was so glad Donna was here to help me get set up.
We hope they all had so much fun that they book their next trip back ASAP!