This year we decided to be adventurous and go to Arches for a little trip on Memorial Day. We prepared, packed, stuffed the truck full and headed out early Friday afternoon.
Our first day at Arches was overall great. The boys saw some new and awesome things. The above picture was of Peter and the only hike he was willing and happy to go on.
William wanted to be the first one to the windows and he succeeded. He was a great hiker and it was a beautiful place to look around. But as previously menitoned, we had some tired kids and they all wanted to go back to the campsite. So, we decided to go back, eat an early dinner and let the kids rest up before going back for more "adventures." Before this trip I read a quote from Jerry Seinfeld, "There is no such thing as fun for the whole family." On the way back to Arches we determined as a family that we would try and prove that wrong, we wanted to prove that we could all have fun together at the same time doing the same thing. It was a deal between the six of us. Up until this point Jerry Seinfeld was right. We were having fun, but there was always someone grumping at one point.
So, the next day we determined that it would be low key. These boys were done with the long hikes and tiring trips and the parents decided what we did. Instead, while Rob packed up camp the boys and I (plus Haley) went to check out some dinosaur tracks that were close by. We also told the boys that they did not have to go on any hikes, we would keep it simple. There was one thing the boys did want to do, climb this sand mountain we had seen across from Arches. It looked like so much fun, to climb the mountain and then run down super fast.
The climb up the sand was hard, I will admit it. It was such hot sand and it hurt. But the sand made it difficult to climb easily so we had to take a break every now and then. Ok, I may have taken several breaks during say my climb up, but I did make the climb twice so that should say something. This picture is of Peter and I running down the mountain. Peter was awesome and also climbed up the mountain twice. On his first climb I was asking him if he was going all the way to the top. He turned around and told me, "remember Mom, I can do hard things." So, I guess the hike the Delicate Arch was worth something. :)
We also walked to Sand Dune Arch and had fun there. Plus we went to see the petroglyphs and any other arch that was close enough to the road without getting out of the truck. All in all a great family trip. No one was majorly wounded, we each made some fun memories, and learned a couple of things along the way. Fun is where you find it and I think we each found some on this trip.