On the way there we acted like we were good parents and took our kids to Arches National Park. I was not prepared to be as enthralled as I was with the park. The beauty that can be found in nature truly feeds the soul. The kids were delighted as we hiked happily together as a family. There has been a lot of buzz in the media lately about the 100 year anniversary of National Parks. They truly are a treasure. I have so many positive memories from when I was a kid and my mom would trek us around visiting them and it is truly an honor to be able to take my children to them.
We were fortunate because a storm was brewing while we were doing our hiking so we had a strong breeze and that incredible just before rain air quality that smells great and keeps the temperature cool. We also had a fantastic view of a far off lighting storm which in and of itself was a real treat.
We spent much more time than we had originally planned hiking in and out of the otherworldly landscape.
We hiked around the Utah State Extension park and saw all kinds of different homes that had been made by the first people who dwelled in Utah.
|Daisy wasn't so sure about tubing.|
|Snuggling with Auntie Shauna|
Our only regret was that we left town right before the big 4th of July celebration. Blanding seems like the perfect place to celebrate such a special little town.
On the way back we ended up doing a last minute slumber party with the Springville Howards. Matt and Kristin are such good hosts and it was so much fun spending time together. I love going to their house because there is great food and lots of stimulating conversation and so many toys and a feeling that the whole point is that everybody should be happy and have space to be creative. Every time I am over there I am inspired and think of ways that I can make our home in Eugene a better place.
Coincidentally even though we didn't spend the holiday in Blanding we still got to keep up the 4th of July tradition of going to the parade and fireworks.