Fall means Canyoneering in Utah, at least in our house, and while we’re still very limited in what we can do with the kids, it’s still important to get them down there and exposed. Babi and Brad, Tai and Aspen came down for a couple of days as well, and all the kids had a fun time cruising around on the rocks at camp.
The first couple of days Kari and I and the kids hiked around by ourselves. We explored the Grand Wash the first day and hiked up Cottonwood Wash the next. It was a real struggle getting the kids to even enjoy themselves walking up the wash. The first couple of miles aren’t very interesting and there was much whining and gnashing of teeth. Many times Kari and I looked at each other and wondered if it was worth it. But then we got to a more interesting part of the canyon; Once Tory had something to climb around on the day got much better.
The third day Brad and I actually got out and did a full canyon from top to bottom. We got dropped off at the top and descended Burro Wash. Rain threatened the entire day which added an edge to an already exciting canyon.
Over all it was a great trip. It’s a ton of work right now with the kids, but it will pay off. The kids love the desert now, and I can only hope it continues.