Sunday, January 29, 2017

Birthday Arch

Harry relaxes in the shadows of this big arch
Birthday Arch! The name alone just sounds fun -- and the hike to get here was really easy and perfect for a spring or fall day with the family. The hike is about 4 miles round trip from where you park your car off of highway 89.

Birthday Arch was a lot bigger than I expected! Fun!

Lots of cool stuff out here in the middle of nowhere. Like this big rock pillar.

Better than a playground.

Navajo Mountain in the distance. I love being this!

JJ is just a small fry in this big big world

CRazy rock man -- looks like a giant or something :)
We also had some crazy friends rappel through the middle of the arch. Maybe next time :) Too chicken.
Getting There: Birthday Arch is located off Utah Highway 89 at mile marker 9¾ (17.3 miles from Carl Hayden Visitor Center Lake Powell). Park your car and follow the sandy wash about 1.5 miles or so -- you'll see the big arch in the distance along the western cliffs.

Have fun!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Emerald Pools in winter - Zion Rocks!

Very chilly hike to the falls at Zion National Park
I love the off-season at Zion National Park. There are fewer crowds to navigate and you get to experience the beauty of Utah from a unique perspective -- sometimes there is snow. Or waterfalls. Or icy streams. You are likely to see some baby big horn sheep -- or bald eagles.

All smiles.. chilly smiles.


I'm lucky to have kids that are not afraid of the cold. They also love to get dirty. We've been hiking with these kiddos since they were just a few weeks old. It's in their DNA.

yeeeeeee!

racing the trails. Foggy Zion.
I hope my kids always keep these moments close --- and never forget the adventures we have as they grow up in wild Utah. They are so lucky. They have more adventures in a month than I had in my entire childhood. I think it's important for them to grow up exploring. And being outside in nature. Learning to love and protect the Earth.

My bffs

"ok mom, enough."


Get outside -- explore, love, respect, protect. This is our planet. Be kind to her and all that live here.