It’s a Wunderful Week – 07.31.12 (Zion’s National Park)

“Pioneer Day” is the 24th of July in Utah and is a day that many Utahns celebrate their pioneer heritage.  With my wife home for a few days, we decided to take a last minute road trip to Zion’s National Park!  My wife had an experience literally ‘blazing trails’ in the northeast for a summer while she was in high school so we are always looking for opportunities to take the kids places.

Zion's National Park 1

View from the start of the hike

We really only had one day to explore but we made the most of it – the picture above is the beginning of the “Emerald Pool” Hike – a roughly 2 mile roundtrip that took us FOREVER to do.  Honestly, the pool / waterfall at the end weren’t that spectacular since it is the middle of summer in one of the driest areas of the state.

Zion's National Park 2

What? They are both happy?

I’ll be honest – it was a bit of a struggle to keep both kids happy and entertained on the hike but I’m glad we went.  Later in the week, we decided to do another hike up the American Fork Canyon – not too far from where we live.  We took a few friends and between 4 adults, we managed hiking 11 kids ages 3-11 on a 3 mile hike.

American Fork Canyon Group

The brave adventurers

My wife decided to make a ‘scavenger hunt’ for the kiddos – find a leaf that has been chewed by an insect. . . . a smooth rock . . . . two different leaves . . . . . etc.  We were happy that the hardest item to find on the list was ‘a piece of rubbish.’  The kids were entertained for a majority of the hike and it went very well.

The boys have really started to imitate and follow older kids ~ Twin A, especially, copies everything my daughter says (much to her dismay).  The 11 yr old on the hike took off and the boys followed him almost the entire hike – it was fun to see and glad we live close to the outdoors and we can take advantage of some of the amazing mountains and parks nearby.

How’s your summer?  HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING IT!  Aloha ~

    • Thanks! It’s such a beautiful area. Hopefully, we can get back down there to see Bryce Canyon and Arches National Park.

  1. gail said:

    Summer is not my favorite time of year but I am happy that you are enjoying it!

    • WHAT?!?!?!?!?!? I think I’m just glad to have the kids home and to be able to do some fun activities with them. It has been a bit hot . . . . . and I do wish I was 20 pounds lighter . . . . . maybe I agree with your comment. 🙂

  2. Colleen Wunder said:

    boys look really grown up
    You’ll have to make another visit

    • We are thinking of next summer . . . . . sending all the kids to visit and we’ll stay here. 🙂

  3. I love seeing the kids out exploring – using up all that energy and getting all that sensory input. Definitely worth the effort! We are cold down here in the southern hemisphere! starting to look forward to spring!

    • Hah hah – I’m not looking forward to the cold. It’s been nice that the kids can run around outside and get stuff done! 🙂

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