Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zion Overlook: the perks of living in Kanab

 It's a pretty good deal living in Kanab, UT. Kanab is literally smack in the middle of so SO many cool places and National Parks.

Zion National Park is just 25 miles away and when the work/school-week gets a little stressful, it's a sure bet that Mom is gonna suggest a hike in Zion to end the day.

The boys at the end of the Zion Overlook Trail
 The Zion Overlook trail is perfect if you are looking for a short (only about 1.5 miles round trip), scenic, and awe-inspiring hike. We've done it practically 1 million times, give or take, and it never gets old. EVER!

JJ making mom a little nervous (no worries, he's actually not about to jump)

"Harry, smile."

I love these two

Short break

Zion -- you slay me

I will never stop exploring. I love you, Utah. I love you, Zion. You have my heart <3

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Southern Utah waterfalls and watering holes

Harry and I needed a day to forget about the stressful week. This kid is so much like his mom. We are both very sensitive and emotional. I've learned to cope mostly through physical activity. When I'm doing something physical -- whether it's running 50 miles, or trying to crank out 10 pull-ups, my "inner-worrier" morphs into my "inner-warrior". That's what this little outing was all about.

Harry had a rough week at school. A couple melt-downs, many tears, and a whole lot of worries. But today we were going to hike a whole lot, and I think we both came out of it feeling brand new. Strong. Courageous. And brave.

Snow and sand. I love the southern Utah desert!
We headed to St. George for a new scene. We don't hike here very often. So we had a whole lot of options. I wanted to find this cool spot that I had seen photos of. It was a watering hole at the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. On most days, this spot is swarming with people and kids and families. But it is winter now. And there was also some road work being done so you could not just drive to the trailhead. You had to hoof it.

We lucked out. We only saw ONE other person! We had the trail all to ourselves.

We came to a few obstacles.. but Harry conquered them like a boss.

We even found a cave with petroglyphs!!!

This is such a SWEEEET place. We really lucked out. These outings are memories I will hold dear for as long as I live. I love this kid -- he's so awesome. My adventure buddy!


Best day with my Best bud :)