We are home from our somewhat spontaneous camping trip to Goblin Valley. I am a little bit sad that Sterling and I didn't have a chance to build up our hiking stamina--I wanted to fit in so much more!!!!!! We felt a little sheepish puffing up a 750ft incline after 6.5 miles of hiking and my mom was sauntering along ahead of us. Her words were "I am more in shape than I thought I was!" ya mom, ya. I, however, am more out of shape than I thought I was. In my defense I am almost 5 months pregnant and I was carrying a 1yr old the entire time. It was grand times had by all though.
The first night we got there it snowed. Not just for a minute. For quite some time. It was miserable and horrible and my kids were not impressed. I was not impressed. I took shelter in my sister Megan's trailer and talked to Sterling about how there ALWAYS seems to be some reason that camping with a trailer is better (remember the horrible gnats at dinner time at Yellowstone?!?!) and how much I want to get a trailer someday. Luckily, we had known it was supposed to be chilly in the evenings and I had thrown in a full-body winter suit for Will. I wanted one for me. Haha.
|The amazing cooks braving the snow on the first night.|
The next morning we want as a big group (twenty of us?) to hike Little Wild Horse Canyon, a slot canyon right outside of Goblin Valley. It was awesome. Chilly, but awesome.
|Sterling and Ruth at the entrance.|
For some reason these loaded funny, this was taken from outside our tent on the first morning. It was gorgeous.
|This was that first night in the snow.|
And…back to the entrance of the slot canyon.
|Troopers: Anders, Hailey, Megan, Natalie, and Kiersten|
|Stopping for a morning snack.|
|Wyatt and Ethan of course couldn't just snack at the bottom of the mountain.|
|Natalie and Ruthie and Danica.|
|Kiersten, Lynnaea, Cassidy, Hailey, Anders, Ethan, Ruthie, Kourtney, me, Devaney, Sterling, Natalie, and Myles in front.|
|Ruth was hilarious. She ran like this the entire way. Seriously, that girl cannot handle just walking. Its always a jump/run/skip sort of thing.|
|Look at the teeny, tiny people at the base of that mountain!|
|And that is Wyatt and Jack way down below Sterling.|
|Ruthie just crawled into the crevice in front of where Megan is standing.|
|Myles, Anders, Ethan, Wyatt and some other hooligans.|
|Sterling and Ruthie waving at me!|
|This sliding put a hole in her pants. Oh well. She loved it!|
|Natalie, Lindsay Ann, Ruthie, Megan|
And here's some pictures I stole from my sister. See all those kids on the four wheeler with Danica? Ruthie had been there FOREVER. Every time Danica came back to camp (about every five to ten minutes) some kids would get off or on. But not Ruthie. She stayed on and on. She loved it. Danica became her instant new best friend, haha.
|And a cute picture of Ruth, Natalie, Jack, and Devaney.|