Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Arizona/Zion Trip!

Last week we went on a road trip to Arizona to go see Kerry and the fam. We had so much fun despite the fact that our car broke down on our way out of Logan, and I don't want to talk about it! We ended up leaving Sunday morning and drove all the way through to Arizona that night. We stopped about every 2 hours to let Clay get out and run around. We now have all of our kids movies memorized after this trip.

We had so much fun with Kerry and her family! It was so good to see them all. Monday we went to Sedona and had some yummy ice cream and walked around looking at fun shops. We went to go to slide rock, that we hear is really awesome, but it was CLOSED! Bummer. We just played around at a camp site and the older boys went and swam in the river.

We went on a hike Tuesday, to some caves that were really cool. The weather was super nice, lots of pine trees and we got to see a bunch of lava rock.

Wednesday we went to the Grand Canyon, the south rim. It was super pretty and kind of trippy, it made me a little dizzy to look at it. Now we really want to hike down into the canyon and stay in a lodge they have down there! It is like a two day hike though.

The whole gang

Me and Kerry

Thursday Kerry and her kids watched Clay for us and we got to check out Flagstaff! It was really fun, we went and looked at a bunch of different bike shops and drove by the college campus there. Then we went to this awesome shop that I would buy all my clothes from if I lived there. I got a rad owl necklace, a shirt for Clay that says B is for Bob (it has a pic of Bob Marley on it), Mike got a button that I can't remember what it says right now. Then we went and had sushi, fried alligator to be exact! It was super good! We also had seaweed salad, which I love, and some veggie rolls. Also that night we had some super yummy ribs that Kerry made, and then we headed off to Zion. We got there around midnight and set up camp.

Friday we got up and had to move our camp because the one we were at was reserved. We found another camp spot and headed out to Hike up Angels Landing. We were at the visitors center wandering around and this guy camp up to us and said "I know it is none of my business but I just have to ask, (points at Mike) you have a hat, (points at me) you have a hat, (points at Clay) and where is his hat?" He had just thrown it off his head so Scotty had it. Scotty held it up and said "it is right here!" The guys just thew his hands up and walked away. None of us said anything we were all like. . what just happened there. Then Mike yelled "you are right it is none of your business" Then we got on the bus to go on our hike! It was so much fun! I think every single person that passed us commented on Clay being in the backpack. He had a good time and learned to say tree on our hike. The view was beautiful! There was a part of the hike that was a bunch of switchbacks called walter's wiggles. I was cursing Walter as we were going up them, that was the hardest part. It was worth it though. We didn't stay on the top for very long because Clay wanted to run around and well that wasn't happening on top of a mountain! That night Travis and Megan got there. We made some yummy dinner, Scotty was making fun of my pasta and mashed potatoes combo. Then we roasted some marshmallows and had some smores. Travis and Megan slept in our tent with us and we sent up both of our air mattresses so the tent was one giant air mattress, it was super comfortable!

Where is his hat!!!! See how is hair sticks up. . . that is sunscreen.

Almost there!

View from the top

Back at camp relaxing in his new chair

Clay throwing rocks, his favorite activity

Saturday we got up and went on a short hike up to the. . I can't remember the name right now. Something pools. They were really pretty though! There were some big water falls that went over the trail. After that we got back to camp and it started to rain so we decided to go for a drive through the park. Then we went to some little shops and had dinner at this pizza place Mike always went to when he was there with the UCC.

The bus ride up to hike to the Emerald Pools (I just remembered what they were called!)

Sunday we woke up packed our stuff and headed home. The weather was supposed to be rainy the entire time, and Scotty was on his motorcycle! He survived it though, but did get hailed on for a minute. He did stop and get some dry clothes at a walmart along the way.

It was a great trip!!