Friday, October 31, 2014

We were Hikers for Halloween

We wanted to take the boys to Zion this fall and do a little hiking.  We tried to book a stop at Zion Ponderosa Ranch & Resort for fall break but they were packed.  The boys didn't have school on Halloween day so we thought why not do something different for Halloween this year.  The boys were really excited about going somewhere with a pool.  They didn't even seem phased by the fact that they would miss the Halloween events.  Well as it got closer they were becoming more aware of all they would miss and so they were a little hesitant about how great of an idea this was.  Well in the end I think they  enjoyed it.  We headed down on Thursday and just played at the resort the first night.  The swimming pool was freezing so they didn't play in it with the exception of a few dips that they were doing to fulfill a dare.  The hot tub was great though and so they enjoyed hanging out in there.  They also got a pass to do the zip line.  Cole wasn't brave enough to follow through with--big jump for a little guy.  Cole did get a thrill playing on the mini-golf course.  He couldn't get enough of it.  On Friday we headed into Zion National Park to do some hiking.  The forecast called for rain on Saturday so we decided we better do as many hikes as we could on Friday.  We started with the Emerald Pool hikes.  The boys thought they were really neat.  Especially because we had a great little shower coming off the wall from all the recent rain.   Next we did Angels Landing.  Darryl had to pack Cole for a lot of it-- they were both crazy tough!  Kade and Clint complained some going up but really they could have been worse. :)  They were super tough and their complaints were likely justified.  It is a long steep hike for little guys.  Also the Emerald Pool hike we'd just done was probably much more taxing on them than us.  All of the steps aren't much for us but they are pretty big and exhausting for little legs.  There was one point on the Angels Landing hike that we about stopped but I knew everyone was really fine and that we were so close so we dug down and kept going.  They thought the switchbacks were awesome so that energized them enough to make them run up them.  What a fun accomplishment!!!!  After that we headed over to do the bottom part of the Narrows.  It was super cold so we didn't play in the water.  We took our picture and that was about the extent of it.  The boys loved it and I think would enjoy going back.

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