Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer Vacation

Me and Shay at Delicate Arch.

The last week has been full of adventure, some of it fit to print, some of it that will not make the blog (ever). We took a family vacation, hitting the vacation Mecca’s of Moab and Salt Lake. Seamus has been on a quest to visit National Parks and Moab offers two of the best with Arches and Canyonlands. Throw in a visit to Timpanogos Cave near Salt Lake and you can bag three Junior Ranger badges, visit the mother in law and…well like I said not all adventures will be printed.
The Junior Ranger badge is a cool little thing the NPS has going to get kids (and parents) to learn about the parks they are visiting. Seamus has a few now and is really becoming a great outdoorsman. We did a sundown hike to Delicate Arch, hiked to a few locations in Canyonlands and did the Timpanogos Cave tour. For an eight year old kid I was impressed with Seamus, he’ll hike all day, never complain and want to lead the way the entire time. He is also paying attention. I taught him about Cairns at Delicate Arch last Friday night and the next day in Canyonlands he was leading us on hikes by following the Cairns.

Shay Chilling on the way up to Timpanogos Cave (1.5 miles 1500 vertical feet)

It is fun as a parent to kick back and watch your kid learn and grow, embrace nature and enjoy the scenery. Seamus loves taking the time to look at the animal tracks, the Indian dwellings, the trees and the natural landscape. It was a great way to spend the last full week of summer vacation.

Shay and Ade at Delicate Arch, sorry about the grafitee in the background, I guess there are some people who don't respect our National Parks, a real bummer.

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