Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Canyonlands, Arches

For the kid's spring break, and with Adam having a few days off, we decided to head out to Aches and Canyonlands down in Southern Utah, inspite of it only being March. Or perhaps because it was only March--that would mean the searing temperatures would be moderated down to something liveable.

We were kinda right. The searing temperatures were moderated. It was not, however, livable. It was so windy we had to spend most of our time in the tent or car, and we had to come home early because the wind was so powerful our tent wouldn't remain standing.

But we got in a few cool hikes and got to see some beautiful things. So it was still very worth it.

 A picture that could never do Canyonlands justice.

 Mesa Arch in the Canyonlands. Adam, Z, V, and Uncle James came along with us.

 Gorgeous sunset (also can't do it justice) we got to see from our very windy campsite at Cowboy Camp.

 I think this is Arches--though it might be Canyonlands. Cold, but still smiling.

This definitely IS Arches. I can tell because it was the only time we were in short sleeves. We went on a 5.5 mile hike that wound up being 8 miles, and V and Z were amazing. They didn't even start complaining until mile seven.

I swear, Camelbaks are fantastic for keeping a kid happy on a hike.

Things I learned this trip:
  • Always, always, always have a blat-bucket handy in case of car-sickness. 
  • Bring a dustpan and small broom anywhere there is lots of sand.
  • I prefer the cream sun-screen--not the spray on.
  • Bean bags are the best camp toy in the world.
  • I must buy a wind-breaker. 
  • It is not a bad idea to have an extra tarp on hand, and a cord to tie  it with. You know, just in case.

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