Monday, August 11, 2008

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Well, not quite Lewis and Clark.  Probably more like Clark Griswold from Vacation.  A little over three weeks ago we pulled out of our driveway, not in a covered wagon (even though it felt like that a few times) but with our trusty suburban and travel trailer in tow.  

After a night in Flagstaff, we headed off to Zion National Park.  (take a look from the previous post to see some pics from our adventures)  We were able to take two breathtaking hikes, a dip in the river running right by our camp, and enjoy all of the spectacular cliffs and canyons Zion had to offer.

Here are also a few lessons we learned along the way in Zion.  
  • Never take a tired three year old on a hike in the early evening and then expect her to ride the shuttle quietly back to camp.
  • Expect to get angry looks from other shuttle riders when tired three year old screams for  the 35 minute ride back.
  • Never let your four year old take a favorite blanket on shuttle ride.  Even when she says she won't lose it.  
  • Do try to convince your distraught four year old that a squirrel can use her missing blanket to keep warm next winter.  
  • Zion's camp ground is covered with very large ants.  
  • Do watch out for flash floods.  Especially when you are camping right next to the river.
  • Don't let anyone tell you Zion is cool in July.  
  • Love every minute with your four kids and fabulous husband, even when you are both asking yourselves, "What have we gotten ourselves into?"

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