Thursday, April 2, 2009

Zion National Park

Matt has a week off! I know, surprising. We didn't see Matt too much these last three months because of school, so we needed some time together. We thought it was time to start taking family vacations - our own family vacations and boy are we glad we did. We had such a good time. We drove to Zion National Park in Southern Utah. Madeline did amazing! She was a peach in the car for the whole 7.5 hours there and 7.5 hours back. She kept herself busy listening to Raffi, eating lots of snacks and reading books over and over. She especially loved getting so much attention from her mom and dad. We stayed at Cable Mountain Lodge right at the entrance of the park. It was a really beautiful, nice hotel with a really great price. It's like a little apartment, so Madeline could have her own place to sleep at night. I think it was the off season because the price was incredible!

There were so many awesome hikes to do. Again, it was amazing how good Madeline was (maybe we expected the worst?) One morning we did a 4 hour hike and she was content in the backpack snacking and napping. Matt and I were really able to enjoy time together. The scenery was beautiful. It was so nice to be in nature and make it to the top of challenging trails. It was quiet and a nice change of pace from busy California.

10 comments:

  1. So glad you had a great trip and some needed R & R. Zions is an incredible place. Thanks for these great pictures...Madeline's a gem.

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  2. I love those vacations where it's just our little family, those are the best. What a beautiful place with some great pictures!

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  3. Wow. Sounds like a magical trip. Your pictures are gorgeous.

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  4. That looks like so much fun! I am so happy that Madeline did so well. Wish us luck when we go in a few weeks.

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  5. I love Zions! Madeline is too cute! I am jealous!

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  6. Hurray!! You're back! We can't wait to hear more! I'm so glad the drive went well... she'll have to give Ryan lessons on how to behave in the carseat.

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  7. This will become a great tradition to do trips with just your family. Those are the best. Love your pictures. Looks so beautiful and fun!

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  8. Zions is my favorite place in Utah- it seems like it's the perfect mixture of exciting and peaceful. We were all so glad that you got to take a break! Can't wait to see you- 3 DAYS!!!!!!!

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  9. seriously... that sounds like a dream vacation. Being outdoors, just the little family, a content toddler... surviving the road trip - wow! We always have to drive at night so Brianna will sleep through it. You'll have to post more specific tips on this (we want to do a road trip to Washington this summer - but are considering doing it mostly at night, just to avoid the tantrum of a restrained toddler!)

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