Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bryce Canyon

I have to be honest.

The day we went to Bryce was hot and we were tired from having spent about 4 hours in the car.

After a few good looks at the Canyon, I was beginning to agree with the kids: it was time to check out the pool at the campground.

But just as we were getting ready to go and decided we didn't really have the energy for any of the trails into the canyon, we got talked into one of them.

It was officially billed as one of the most spectacular hikes in the world, and this we had to see for ourselves.

One point three miles later we - with our limited hiking experience - agreed. Hiking down among the hoodoos and through the slot canyons was absolutely amazing.

And just so you know, this was not the easiest hike to take kids on, but they made it and did awesome. Near the end, some people behind us commented, "You're kids are incredible! I can't believe how well they are doing and not even complaining."

Their praise may have been just a tad too early.

But we are still very proud of them.

But while the kids will readily admit that was the coolest hike they've ever done, they are undecided as to what the highlight of the visit was. The one thing that could possibly top hiking into Bryce Canyon, the thing that got them really excited, was getting to ride the park shuttle.

(I hate to think we could have just stayed home and rode the city bus to make such fond memories for our kids.)

For Joshua it was really a treat because there were no carseats! Here he is living the wild life:

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