Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Moab Madness!

For Spring Break we were invited to go to Moab with a family from our ward. We had been looking forward to this trip since probably the end of Jan.
All I have to say, is who said the desert isn't beautiful? I've been to Moab a few times, but the last time was about 12 or 13 yrs ago. I had forgotten what it was like...but that's probably because this time I actually saw a lot more if it. This place was full of surprises!
The kids really had a good time, other than the fact that two of them weren't feeling well a couple days. But they were able to experience some things that a lot of others their age have probably never done.
The first day we hiked to the Delicate Arch. That was amazing...and amazingly hard for a 5 yr old who was sick. The majority of the hike was pretty steep, but once we reached the top, it literally took my breath away. The second day, we did a few Jeep trails, (Fins n' things, and Hell's Revenge) one being a bit of a warm up for what was to follow. I saw my life pass before my eyes a couple of times on Hell's Revenge. But wow...what a ride!! Definitely worth the trip. It's pretty incredible the way those Jeeps literally crawl up the mountain. There are times when you feel like the jeep is standing end over end, whether you're falling forward or backward. At certain points along the trail, I had to look back to see exactly what we had just done, not believing that we had made it. Along the way, we came upon another Jeep stuck in a big hole. We all sat around and watched as their friends pulled them out. Some of these people are a little too confident in their Jeeps...if you know what I mean. The next day we did a few relaxing hikes and saw several more arches. There are around 2000 arches...pretty insane. The colors there are beautiful, everything is starting to bud and bloom. And with the red rock and blue sky ( I swear the sky is bluer there) it made for the perfect backdrop.
Our last day there we went to Goblin Valley. I love that place. It's a lot of fun for the kids. You can literally get lost there...it would make for a long day of Hide n' Seek.
We are glad to be home, but we all had a really good time...and there may be a newfound confidence in our little family. I think we all did a few things we assumed we may never do, or have the guts to do. I'm pretty proud of the kids...they hung in there when it was probably really scary for them. But now we can say..."Been there, done that!"
I'm sure that we will return one day, but until then, we have the memories.


Hillesheim Family said...

Wow! what a trip , huh? It looks like you all had a great time. that is so great. Memories are really neat and you can look back on that for a long time. Hey- where is Jake in these pictures? Did he go with you? sounds like you had a lot of fun. Love you guys. love Mom xoxoxo

Sharee said...

That's funny that your mom totally missed that Gracie wasn't with you either...ha ha! Anyway, what a blast it looks like ya'll had a blast! Fun pictures! Thanks for posting for us to see! P.S. For some reason Colton has been talking about Delon...he asked me to draw a picture of Delon on the sidewalk with our chalk. Funny huh?

Becky said...

whoo! You are a professional blogger, Amy! I love the picts and think you are all so brave! It made me think of that road in Maui. It didn't look like there were many good places in that jeep to hide! I'm looking forward to our date to the real Phantom next time!