Canyonlands & Arches

Trip Start Apr 06, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Monday, May 4, 2009

The scenery out my window as I write this is a screen panel on a neighboring RV (about 6 feet away) of a pond with large geese flying over head. As we pulled into the "A&A RV Resort" last night... the kids all chiming in that "this is the best campground we've been in so far"... I have to admit I was already nostalgic for our last two campgrounds in Canyonlands & Arches, both had beautiful panoramic views & great hiking trails right from the RV.

As much as the kids like honkey tonk, they had a blast in the more primitive sites as well. The moment we got to our camp spot in Arches, Luke ran and climbed up this big rock formation & looked like he was doing an Indian dance of some sort. They all love spotting birds, thanks to Ross' naturalist streak, & animal tracks, walking to the outhouses, & they are totally into earning Junior Ranger Badges at the parks. So far they have 7 and are banking on at least 3 more.

Highlights from the Canyonlands: peaceful morning runs, a morning walk with the kids watching them make their own rock cairns, getting stuck in a hail storm & being locked out of our RV (while Ross sat dry in the visitor center with the keys after telling us all to make a run for it...not his usual protective character), & hiking a mesa and seeing some cool native American ruins.

Highlights from Arches: seeing 12 arches, the boys doing a challenging 7.2 mile hike (thanks to their Deerfoot training we are not raising wimpy boys!), Luke joining me for a morning run & discovering two more arches, and just hanging out in our site with our red-checkered table clothe which reminds me of camping with my family growing up.

Half way through our RV tour, both Ross & I commented yesterday that what we are enjoying most is just being able to get up & let the day unfold & just do one thing at a time.


I do not miss my usual multi-tasking mode or the Spring sports schedule we are foregoing.

We have not missed TV or keeping up with the news... ok, I do admit I have missed Desperate Housewives. I also miss our green Spring yard. We miss Sparky lots n lots. We miss friends, but we are pouring all that friend energy into each other. Life in the RV continues to provide ongoing odd yet entertaining material for all of us. Lexi seems to meet friends at our campsites, as does Ross.

Being in beautiful places does leave an impression, one I hope we can take back home with us.

We feel miles away
but our hearts are close
with you our friends.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes are calling my name... signing off. Hope you are well & that you are enjoying the Spring.

Love from us all

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gilchristgirl on

John was there in 2002!
Hey Jones Family... It is so fun to see your great family bonding moments out West. John saw the pictures on my computer screen and without even reading said, 'I have been there... that is in Utah, right? I was there mountain biking during fall break of my first year at Wharton!' He knows where you are:). Happy Trails and enjoy your days!

vdeise on

Gorgeous landscape!
So fun to see your beautiful photos. You are in some of the most beautiful places I've ever been -- I love all the red rock and interesting formations. I went through Arches, Zion and Bryce on my trip from Boston back to Los Angeles in 2001. Great memories. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! love, Victoria

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