Friday, June 25, 2010

Zion National Park







Every time we go to St George we go to Zion's, we just can't stay away. It's too amazing!


Chase, all ready for hiking


Riding the bus to the trail




We did our favorite hike to the Upper Emerald Pools yet again.










Chase did amazingly well. He stayed in the carrier during all of our hikes and hardly made a peep. He slept most of the time, but when he was awake he seemed to be enjoying the view.
We used a carrier cover to protect from the sun. I was worried that he'd be too hot under it, but he hardly broke a sweat (he's been much sweatier napping under a warm blanket).

During our breaks he wore this hat to protect his little head from the sun.
It is HUGE on him!







Ethan adores Chase! (So does Julia.)
They loved our short breaks because it gave them a chance to hold him.




But Julia did take advantage of the soft sand at the top of the Emerald Pool hike.



Heading back down the trail


What great scenery!

The Middle Emerald Pool on our way down








Here we are at the bottom of the trail on the bridge.




Heading back to the Visitor's Center on the bus.
Chase hates riding in the car, but seemed fine on the bus since someone was holding him!




We had so much fun on our hike that the kids wanted to go back again.
We decided to do the Watchman Trail on our second day there--
one that we haven't done before.
It was super crowded on the other trails,
but this one had hardly anyone hiking on it at all.
We saw only a few other people the entire trail,
and no one else was at the top while we were there.


Our great little hikers




This trail was on the opposite side of the canyon,
and had some different views.
















Here's Chase enjoying the hike











There were no pools at the top of this trail,
but there were some spectacular views.













There were some big dropoffs at the top of this trail.
Luckily the kids are old enough to stay away from the edge!



The only shade at the top of the trail-- here we are taking a short break






Heading back down the trail...






Can you spot the kids?






At the bottom of the trail





The river was a bit cold, but it felt like heaven after our long, hot hike.







Julia has no fear. Derek told her that she could jump in at this spot so she did it:




The deer we spotted on our way back to the car




As Julia said, "The point is to spend quality time together."
And she's right!


3 comments:

The Weavers said...

Great pictures! I LOVE Zions! We were down there in April for a conference. Your pictures are fab.

Happy Wanderers said...

Amazing! What a fun trip and SO pretty!! I love family trips! :)

Malinovka said...

What a GREAT trip! I wish we could go with you one of these years. I'm so glad you had a good time being together, and that Chase was so good, other than in the car. :)