Southern Utah is a paradise for camping, hiking, backpacking, biking, and so forth. Stan and I both love to camp, and we have three boys who love to camp, so I guess camping is one of our things.
This trip we drove down to the south entrance of Canyonlands National Park. We were able to go on a bunch of short family hikes, and we ended our trip in Arches-- so we could hike Delicate Arch. Stan woke up early one morning and went on an eleven mile hike on his own through Chesler Park. That day he hiked over fourteen miles with all the smaller family hikes we went on.
|arriving to the campground|
|picnic area at our campsite|
First family hike to Pueblo Indian grainery.
|Pueblo Indians grainery|
Second family hike to cowboy camp and Pueblo Indian petroglyphs
Third family hike, Pothole Point
Chesler Park, Stan's eleven mile journey
|Heading to Arches from Canyonlands|
Newspaper Rock, Utah State Historical Monument
Arches National Park
When we turned the corner and saw this beautiful arch, the wind was howling by us and was pushing the boys around. It was somewhat scary and people were yelling at us to make sure our kids weren't going to be pushed off the cliffs by the wind. George started to get afraid and said that he was going to have an accident if we didn't go back. He started to say, "I'm freaking out, I'm really just freaking out!" So we didn't stay up there long. We went back down to the main park of the trail, and the wind was normal there again and everything ended up great. We did laugh the whole way down the trail, and for days afterwards, about how funny the situation was. I'll never forget the grown men clinging to the edge of the cliff fearing the wind was going to push them off, and yelling at us to hold on to our kids! ha ha