Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Rick decided to surprise him by taking him to a game last Saturday and was able to secure some mid-field tickets at only 200% of the original cost! Talk about a bargain! Aaron and Rick drove to Seattle, walked along the streets with the other fans and band into the stadium, and bought all the paraphernalia they could get their hands on (license plate frame, large flag, small car flag, soccer ball, and scarf -- they were out of the hats). Unfortunately, the Sounders experienced their first loss because the goalie was red carded. Aaron was sad, but was more happy that he got to go to the game! They had a great time! Go Sounders!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Aaron chose this hike -- called the "Hidden Canyon" hike. It was a only a mile each way, but it was about 1,000 ft. ascent in that mile. We had to park about 1.5 miles away from the trailhead, so we had to hike to the trailhead. After we reached the top, there was another mile of the "hidden canyon" that we hiked through, scrambling over and under rocks, and exploring all we could see, until we reached the end of the canyon. As we were hiking along the road back to the RV, we passed a little herd of deer about 15 feet away from us, eating grass, and they didn't run away. We hiked about 6 miles on this hike. This was a four star hike!
Monday - Goblin Valley State Park
The morning here was spent playing "Sardines" and "Hide and Seek" in the hoo doos. After lunch, we took a little hike, following no path, just to see where it would take us. We had fun discovering a little cave with a secret opening that only Tara and Chase could fit through. We also came to the very edge of the park where the cliffs and hoo doos just ended. We felt like we had reached the end of the world. We hiked about fives miles in Goblin. This was a three star hike.
Tuesday - Little Wild Horse Canyon
This is an amazing slot canyon! It serpentines back and forth and up and down. We had a great time scrambling up and over choke stones, dry water falls, and through very narrow parts of the canyon! We took the loop through Bell Canyon, which is a much wider canyon and not as impressive, although it opened up with some beautiful vistas. We hiked a little over 8 miles in Little Wild Horse loop. The first part was a four star hike and the second part was a three star hike. So overall it was a three and a half star hike.
Wednesday - Arches National Park
The weather turned pretty cold and windy on this day so we didn't hike to Delicate Arch because the trail is so exposed. (Unfortunately, this was Whitney's hike that we didn't get to do.) So instead of hiking to Delicate Arch, we went to the Windows area and hiked arounnd. After that, we went to the Fiery Furnace and hiked around. We found a new way in that was much more beautiful and adventurous. Inside the Fiery Furnace, it SNOWED!!! We never felt really cold, though, because we were running around so much. We got lost at one point and luckily found a ranger-led tour and followed them to where the trail was again familiar. Because we got lost, we found a new arch that we had never seen before. We hiked about 7-8 miles here. This was a four star hike!
Thursday - Canyonlands National Park
This was our best weather day, except for Saturday when we rode the century ride. We planned our best and longest hike for this day. The campgroud was full, but we had some incredible luck and found one campsite open. Naturally, we scooped it up immediately. Our hike started from the campground in the Needles District and it went five miles to the edge of Chesler Park. We hiked an additional two miles to the Joint Trail, then hiked around for about a mile on the Joint Trail. The Joint Trail as totally cool -- it was a a crack in the rock that, at some points, was just barely wide enough to squeeze through. There was one section that Rick and I couldn't fit through, but all the kids made it through. We hiked a total of 15 miles here. This was a four star hike!
Aerial view of Chesler Park