On Monday we spent most of the day at Snow Canyon. We did a few hikes and let the kids climb all over the rocks (petrified sand dunes).
The next day was our day at Zion National Park. We decided to do the Emerald Pools trail first, and Buzz and Susan even went up to the lower pool area with us.
At the middle pool the kids hiked around a bit, and found a cave that we hadn't seen before. Chase had finally fallen asleep in the baby carrier, so Jill and I decided to go to the upper pool ahead of everyone else since it was taking me much longer while toting around a sleeping toddler.
The upper pools were spectacular, as always, but it was much more crowded than normal. That didn't stop the kids from wading around in the water and playing in the sand though.
I found a youtube video that looks really similar to what we did:
It was CRAZY, but the kids loved it!
We stayed in the condo one more night and enjoyed the pool again, even though it had cooled off quite a bit.
Friday morning we headed to Las Vegas. Derek had a business lunch scheduled, so we dropped him off and headed to the outlet mall. The kids both ended up getting shoes at the Vans outlet, so I guess it was a successful trip. After Derek's lunch we picked him up and headed to our hotel.
The next day we headed back up to St George and had lunch with Derek's parents before heading home.
The traffic on the freeway came to a complete stop and we ended up deciding to take a little detour which ended up taking a lot longer than we had anticipated. This was our view during that part of our trip: