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Friday, April 11, 2014

Camping. Goblin Valley. Spring Break.

We listened to the last session of General Conference as we drove south.
General Conference is a happy place for me.
I remember the basics.
I feel the Spirit.
I remember my priorities
and try to forget all the fluff that doesn't really matter.
We didn't bring any electronics so the 3 hour drive was rather long for the boys.
Here Stafford is singing a song from Guys and Dolls.
He's saying, "Can do, can do."

We found the perfect camping spot tucked in a little cove.
There was a rock formation that looked like a hawk was sitting on top.
He was my favorite.
Each area got a name.  There was, The Castle (complete with a bakery and kitchen.  The bakery was my favorite place to sit.), Christian's Thinking Spot, Mushroom Village, The Cove (which led to a cool hike), and Dwarf (because it had a figure that reminded us of Gimli the dwarf)

There were plenty of lizards around.
This became a main form of recreation: catching, naming and taming lizards.

Monday the kids continued their exploration.
The 4-wheeler was brought out and so was the dirt bike.
I tried the dirt bike and decided that I like 4-wheelers better.
The kids hiked the hills around us.
We played family games that night - capture the flag and cards.

Tuesday we hiked Little Wild Horse Canyon and Goblin Valley.
We ran short on water and taught the kids that even though well water is brown,
it's safe - or should be - or lets hope it is.
Just pray before you drink and you should be fine.
We were fine.
We finished the night with more capture the flag and cards.

Wednesday we packed up while the kids did last minute 4-wheeler, dirt bike excursions.

Highlights
1.  Glenn's mad dash for the flag during our first capture the flag game.
If you have ever seen Holes and remember when Stanley makes a run for it in the truck to escape,
well that is the same face that Glenn wore - elation, surprise at his own guts, and sheer impulse.

2.  The hikes were awesome and Little Wild Horse Canyon is now in my top hikes rivaling The Narrows and The Subway.
Once again, if I knew how to rotate the photo, I would.

3.  Playing a game of Phase Ten with Christian and Porter.

4.  Going on a hike with Warrick and Stafford on a high mountain by our campsite.  
It was very steep and tall and I worried about us getting down,
but the sand was so soft, we just slid down like we were sledding.

5.  Watching the kids, especially Stafford, be completely enthralled with the lizards.  Almost every second Stafford was packing his around.
Look closely
The arena


6.  The food.

Sunday Dinner
Hamburgers/Hot Dogs
7 Layer Salad
Chips
White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday Breakfast
Cereal
Muffins
Yogurt
Cuties

Monday Lunch
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
7 Layer Salad
Chips

Monday Snack
Chex Mix
Red Vines
Apple
Peanutbutter

Monday Dinner
Balsamic Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Carrots and Snap Peas
Dip
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday Breakfast
Eggs
Sausage
English Muffins
Oranges

Tuesday Lunch
Grilled Cheese/ Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Southwest Chopped Salad
Chips

Tuesday Snack
Trail Mix
Red Vines
Apple
Peanutbutter

Tuesday Dinner
Sausages/Hot Dogs
Southwest Chopped Salad
Chips
Hostess Cupcake

Wednesday Breakfast
Cereal
Muffin
Yogurt
Oranges

1 comment:

Dorothy said...

We went to Goblin Valley on Spring Break too--probably the week after you! So. Much. Fun!!! Did you stay at the campground there? We did, so I got a good laugh out of the brown water. We had to get pretty thirsty before we would drink it. Thanks for sharing! I love reading your blog!