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.
Their birthdays being 5 days apart, celebrations overlap and get shared. This year we had a party at our house, with sledding, games, and a special box of doom with brains and goo and treats hidden inside. It was a ton of fun. The adults had an evening soup fest later on too.
On Tegan’s birthday night we planned on going to the Kamas pool for a swim. Unfortunately it was closed when we got there so decided to head back to PC and try a swim at Silver Mtn. The pool there was way to cold so we decided to go bowling at Jupiter Bowl instead. There was a two hour wait there so we decided to go to Maxwell’s for pizza. There was an hour wait there too so we just went home. After picking up pizza and shoe-shi (kids pronunciation) at Whole Foods.
Tory spent his birthday night at Jupiter Bowl with Sophia, as is becoming the tradition. There was no wait.
For the most part, it’s been a pretty disappointing winter. You know this is so when people start talking about spring skiing when winter never really started.
Anywhoo, it has been warm enough to think about going to the park. We met up with Heather, Josh, and Serisa at Willow Creek park for some park time and sledding. It was a pretty nice afternoon. Watching the kids go off the jump was pretty funny. Glad they always came up smiling.
It’s that time of year again, where kids get crazy with the clothes and run around sugar crazed. Too much fun. I missed the Doggy Parade this year, but (thankfully??) Halloween is more of a ‘season’ than a single day.