This post has absolutely nothing to do with the kids except for the fact that Kari and I had a couple days alone, sans kids. We hiked Mt. Timpanogos to celebrate our 12th anniversary.
We went during the Republican Shutdown of the government. The campgrounds were closed but we got lucky. The trailhead was open and there were two sites available that they couldn’t cordon off. So we had the whole place to ourselves, including the peak the next day.
Spent the weekend climbing with friends – at City of Rocks in Idaho. It was our first time up there and even though I didn’t get many pictures, we certainly had a good time. The kids were only sorta excited to be on rope climbing, but even sorta is a start.
I had fun as well, but let me state it here that there’s a reason I stopped climbing once canyoneering came into my life. Too much standing around…
Kari and Michelle teamed up with a few other girls to run the Dirty Dash – dressing up as bridesmaids and running thorough the muck. Sam and I brought the kids down to cheer them on, but unfortunately we never saw them! Turns out they ran it even slower than we could have guessed. The kids had fun playing in the mud themselves. Except for Tegan. Still prefers to stay clean!
I don’t know if I had to work or what, but Kari and the kids headed down Sundance way for a weekend near Mt. Timpanogos all by themselves. It looks like they had a ton of fun hiking, exploring, and even spelunking a bit. I’ll try to caption these the best I can.
Kari and I have been kayaking ever since we lived in Maine, but had never been on an extended raft trip. What better way to get the kids out and about than pile camping gear in a boat and float down a river?
We headed out with the DeFords and the Lesters for 3 days on the Colorado – Cisco to Hittle Bottom. As far as river trips go, this is about as easy as it gets. Class I – II the whole way, warm – no HOT – days, and a ton of time in the water. Too bad it was the color of chocolate milk, but oh well. Next year we’ll step it up a bit to class II or III, and fresh clear water.
When we go canyoneering it usually means the kids hang at camp with an adult or two while the rest of the adults go adventuring. We wanted to shift that focus towards a kid centered trip. We thought it would just be us but quite a few of our friends thought it was a great idea too.
Seneca, Calvin & Jeremiah, Serisa, and Juliana (and all their parents) joined us for spring break in Escalante. Day 1 they scrambled around the Devil’s Playground. Day two was Peekaboo and Spooky, and some hiked up into Brimstone. Day three was a partial decent of Egypt III – with a fun rappel lesson for most. Then the last day everyone was there we all hiked down Upper Calf Creek and waded in the stream for the afternoon. Superfun.
Then it was just our family for a few more days of exploring down the Hole in the Rock road. We’d never been all the way to the end and thought it would be nice to explore, relax, and go slow. Turns out the ‘Hole in the Rock’ isn’t an arch or a bridge as I’d always just assumed… it’s an actual canyon that goes to Lake Powell. Mormon pioneers blasted a path and lowered wagons and livestock and 250 souls down it. It’s almost unfathomable what they accomplished.
We headed down to Moab for an extended weekend of riding, which included a day on Slickrock trail. Tory wanted to give it a try too, and ended up riding the entire practice loop. He had to walk much of it, of course, but rode a whole lot more than we expected. Here’s a little bit of it:
Camping and biking in Brian Head! Neither Kari nor I had ever been to Brian Head, so we headed down there with the Lesters and our bikes to explore the acclaimed mountain bike trails and get the kids outside. The biking was actually very good, although it was extremely volcanically dusty and hard on the bikes.
The kids didn’t bike on trail too much, but they pedaled around camp, especially the last night when we were camped at an established campground.
The DeFords also showed up, but I didn’t get any pics of them. They were just coming off a trip on Lake Powell with their fam.