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 had 2 vehicles rented, this army truck, and a dune buggy. Only 3 people fit in the dune buggy, and everyone else went in the army truck. The ride was CRAZY! We went up trails that felt like we were going straight up the mountain, and climbed enormous rocks. In one section the tires were spinning on the rocks and it really felt like we were going to roll over backwards in the truck. At that moment I wasn't too sure that I'd be enjoying the rest of the ride, but thankfully the driver was very careful on the vertical drops we took on the way down, and we made it back safely. (Although it didn't help my confidence in our driver when he would look back to answer questions and didn't look at the road for what seemed like a VERY long time!)
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: