We went to Cedar City this weekend to visit Grandma Coco at her new house/cabin up in the mountains. The house is great, and the kids loved exploring the wilderness that surrounds it. Here's a view from the front patio:
We spent Saturday at Bryce Canyon, which turned out to be an hour and a half drive each way (it seemed so close on the phone map!). At least it was driving through Dixie National Forest and all kinds of beautiful scenery. The kids were pretty stir crazy by the time we got to Bryce, though!
Sammy and Elinor loved it there. We took a small hike around part of the rim and both wanted to go right up to the edge.
I even took Sammy about 20 feet into the canyon before he chickened out, but he was mighty proud to be able to say he's been inside Bryce Canyon.
Isaac chose to hang farther back where it was safe. Instead, he offered to play photographer for us:
Lest you worry about who's watching Elinor and keeping her from jumping off the cliff in this picture, here's how we ensured her safety (please don't call CPS on us!):
On our way out of Bryce we took another small hike that the kids really loved, because it involved a shallow, gentle river and a tiny cave. (They're happier than they look here - the sun was in their eyes!)
We even ran into a ground squirrel or two:
It was a great day trip for our family. I can finally say that I've been to one of Utah's national parks and it was incredible!