Hubby took a few days off of work last week.
We spent Thursday cleaning house and packing for a trip to Bryce.
My Tanner has been begging to go camping since at least a month before school let out.
Their Daddy has set up the tent out behind the house a few times but it’s just not the same. So the question became “When can we go ‘real’ camping? In the wilderness.” 🙂
So hubby arranged some leave time and planned to head to Zion National Park. I think it’s his favorite destination. But we found out there were heat advisories in that area for the entire week (thanks Mommy) and decided to switch plans.
After some checking, we decided to head to Bryce Canyon National Park instead. The weather was actually cooler out that way than here in the hometown. Loved that!
Friday morning found us packed in the van like sardines. Seriously. Whenever we stopped, we had to take things out of the van before the kids could get out. Even my foot space was packed up. I told hubby we need to have a cargo shell for the top of the van or a camper before we travel anywhere again. I also said he’d better not get in a wreck or the responders would have to dig us out! 6 people and all their stuff take up a lot of space.
We left a little later than hubby was hoping for. And we had to stop a few times for fuel, bathroom breaks and once for lunch. We made it to Bryce around 5:30 or 6:00 pm. And there were no campsites to be found…
So we decided to come back early the next morning and went looking for a place to stay the night. We soon found there was no lodging at all in Bryce either. Seems there was a marathon in Tropic the next morning and that meant a lot more visitors. Hubby said he felt like Joseph and Mary – no room in the inn, haha.
As a side note, the Tropic/Bryce area looks like a fantastic place to run a marathon. I told hubby we should move out there and open a bed and breakfast. So pretty!
We finally found a place to hunker down for the night at the far end of Tropic. Our credit card saw a little more action than we cared for because of it but what can you do? We unloaded and set about making dinner while the kids ran around the picnic area.
This was Tianna’s favorite spot in the entire picnic area. It’s a group of cement slabs leading up to a bridge. You can see the bridge in the next few pics.
This one makes me chuckle. Tristan has such an expressive face. It makes for some interesting pictures, lol.
Here is my crew, sitting on a bridge over a dry creek bed. I’ve got a jokester, a face puller, a serious guy and the poor little gal who can’t see. She’s at the point where I should trim her bangs but I’m thinking of having her grow them out. I had them pinned back with a barrette but her hair is so fine, they slip out after about a half hour. So I wind up fixing her hair a dozen times a day.
Tate eating a hamburger. I noticed later that his glasses are perched at the end of his nose in ALL the pics I took. He won’t push them back up because he feels like he’ll then have to clean them again.
Tristan and Tanner walking along the top of the dry creek.
I almost got this pic before Tanner noticed but he caught me at the last minute and pulled a face. He will not smile in pictures. Such a funny kid.
Taking pictures is serious business 🙂
After dinner, we trooped back to a little room and tried to keep Tianna quiet so we weren’t bothering other lodgers. It wasn’t working so well. Someone in the next room over knocked on our wall at some point. Oh well. We tried.
I was hoping we’d have more space between us and our vacationing neighbors in the campground…