Josh turned 7, we had a great Christmas vacation even if there was no snow, Sydney started ski club, Josh started basketball, Emily got a Fitbit for Christmas, and is always trying to be me on contests, I am going to physical therapy first for my shoulder now for my foot & leg, Karl's plant is closing next January, and we don't know what we will be doing after that, so.. Bam, up to date, more or less!
Friday, August 14, 2015
We went to Vegas by way of Bryce Canyon. Fun fact, the area in front of the canyon was the home of a settler named Ebenezer Bryce. He is said to have said in reference to the canyon that "it was a hell of a place to lose a cow." Because it was more of less in his backyard, it became known as Bryce's Canyon.
Nearly everyone we passed on the trail spoke a different language proving to the kids that other people than their crazy parents think this stuff is cool and worth seeing, not just "rocks, rocks, and more rocks, with some trees" sigh. They are such barbarians. We tried.
We spent our first day in Salt Lake at This is the Place heritage park, kind of like a mormon Williamsburg, but a bit smaller. We could have seen so much more but we ran out of time! We started with Brigham Youngs pink forest home.
This was next to the trunk room,(aka old fashioned closet) and loom room/dance hall where they made fabric. Yikes. Glad I have a fabric store, but period costumes make me squeal with delight!
We did learn why they say it will cost you and arm and a leg, cause portrait painters charged per limb, and why you need to min your p's and q's, typesetting is a tough job.
Karl fell asleep whiles the kids were panning for gold.
We spent the night in Moab, Ut. We went first to the Museum of Moab and saw dinosaurs, fossils, mining info of the area, an insane diorama made with tiny Layers of wood, Nativie American artifacts, and pioneer history.
After we left the museum we headed up to Arches National Park. We were worried about the upcoming storm so most of the park had to be viewed by the car/driving loop. We did get a few short hikes to see the Balanced Rock, and the North Windows.
The view was spectacular as we drove the 30 odd miles through the canyon area. We didn't get to see a Big Horn Sheep despite the sheep crossing sign, but we found a prickly pear cactus with bunny dining upon said cactus, ouch, and a tiny little lizard! The trees were knurled an fascinating and the dirt was red and soft. We even saw insane bikers going up the 1000ft elevation.
Just don't look to the right as you drive on some of the hairpin turns as you go on the edge!