Thursday, April 28, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
This year, it was time to go back. We once again packed up the family for a camping trip in Moab. It was shorter this time, only Sunday through Wednesday because of work (Peter and I had to work on Thursday), but it was fabulous. Okay, honestly, it was freezing cold at night in a tent and we forgot blankets to go over our sleeping bags, but the days made it totally worthwhile. 65-75 and sunny - perfect. Arches is a beautiful park with so much to see and enjoy.
Sunday, we arrived and set up camp and the kids explored the campground, Canyonlands Campground, which has a playground, a creek and a swimming pool. We cooked our hobo dinners (tradition) and roasted marshmallows and just hung out together, enjoying each other's company.
Wednesday was pack up day. We actually got camp broken down quickly and I really had to giggle when I looked at our packing through a stranger's eyes. It had to look like a clown car, the way we got ALL of our camp into a minivan, no trailer. We had borrowed the Hanks' car topper to help carry stuff, but for the most part, it was packed into the van with the 7 of us. I hope someone watched and got a giggle from it. After packing we went back to Arches and hiked one of our favorite spots, Windows. I love this area. There is so much to explore and the arches are beautiful. We didn't leave to head home until around 1pm.
All in all it was a wonderful vacation. The kids kept commenting on how happy and friendly Peter was throughout the camping trip; Markee didn't complain about her ankles; Marin actually enjoyed hiking and was the one who was disappointed each time we called it a day. I am already planning our next camping trip to Bryce Canyon for July!