Monday, October 20, 2014

Zions Nation Park Hikes Reviews

Ones I Loved
  • Pa'rus Trail. I enjoyed all of it, but my favorite part was from Canyon Junction down to the Zion's Human History Museum. We took a break and watched the 22 minute film before hiking down the rest of the way back to camp. This is a beautiful, paved, easy trail--but it's also very exposed. Not recommend for hot, sunny days.
    The Emerald Pools Kayenta Trail Map
  • Lower, Middle Emerald Pools and the Kayenta Trail.  With my knees I'd rather go up steep than down steep, so I carefully picked out this hike to give me what I wanted. You start at the Zion's Lodge  and hike up to the Lower Emerald Pools. Then you climb all those stairs to get up to the "Middle" Emerald Pools. It's a flat area where a small run off from a still pool at the back goes over the rock and drops down to the lower pools area, it has a nice chained-off view of that branch of the canyon. I turned around there (I wasn't willing to go the rest of the way to the Upper Pools), and you go back a little ways until you reach the turn off. The trail to the right will take you back down to the Lower Pools, the steep thin stairs leading up will take you to the Kayenta Trail. Take those stairs to the Kayenta Trail--there aren't too many of them. Then you can enjoy an absolutely stunning walk down on an easy slope until you get to The Grotto shuttle stop.
  • Riverside Walk. Starting from the Temple of Sinawava, it's long but easy because of very little elevation change. It's absolutely beautiful.
  • Weeping Rock. This one only made it on there because it was so short. It's steeper than I like my hikes to be, but at only .4 miles, I could make it, and it was worth seeing. 
  • Timber Creek Trail Overlook. This one is actually in the Kolob Canyon area. It's not a long
Ones You Can Miss
  • Archeology Trail. It was steep, it was short, it was pointless. Not worth it at all. 
  • The Grotto Trail. This one wasn't bad, and it if was in the mood for a walk, I'd totally be happy to do it again, but it just isn't really all that great either. If your legs are tired, you can skip this one without missing anything.  
Ones I Really Really Want to Try Next Time
  • The Narrows. It's a long version of the Riverside Trail! Yes, you get wet, but oh! Definitely on my list.  As always, look out for flash-flood warnings. 
  • The Watchman Trail. I don't really know anything about this trail, but it's about my difficulty level, and I'd love to try it.
  • Taylor Creek Trail. This is also in Kolob Canyon area, but it was a real time investment we didn't get to. Five miles round trip, and an estimated 4 hours of hike time. I'll have to really plan on this one for next time.

Friday, October 3, 2014

And the Teacher Won't Know What Hit Her

V came home with the assignment to "write a paragraph about who discovered America." After a lecture about the land bridge between Alaska and Russia, St. Brendan, and the Vikings, we had just gotten to Columbus and who Amerigo Vespucci was when V had to stop me.

"It's supposed to be a paragraph, Mom, not a paper."

My children have a rough academic life.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

V's Epic Art

V's original drawing:
 We call it, "Heart of an Enderman."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Though, I Should Have Guessed With "Pearlized."

Glitter paint should be CLEARLY labeled. Well, I think that's the end of that birthday present for Adam. He doesn't "do" fabulous.


Adam, while playing video games tonight: "Oh, man, you're smokin' me. Smoking me like a whiney Cuban cigar."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I'm a Reasonable Adult. Probably.

Having chronic low back pain means occasionally GLARING at things on your floor, DARE it be on the floor! Stupid thing on the floor.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wardrobe Conundrums

At some point, you'd think I'd just admit the shirt I borrow from Adam every single week is actually MY shirt, and hang it up on my side of the closet.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I'll Be Patting My Own Head Next

Today was one of those days I had to use fancy star stickers to check off my to-do list. Nothing else was motivating me.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zippy Jr.

Here! A baby snail! Because...why not? It's gotta be the only cute slimy thing I've ever seen.

Monday, August 18, 2014


V and Z were arguing about what game they wanted to play. V said he wanted "to play detective," and (honest-truth) he said it in a BELGIAN ACCENT. I am so winning this parenting game.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's the Principle of the Matter.

I donno, I'm just sayin', if you want a healthy cookie, I think you've missed the point of cookies.