We wanted to take advantage of Iris being out of school and go somewhere cool for her to see, but we wanted it to be fairly inexpensive which means we needed to be able to drive. We also didn't want to force the kids to spend the whole time in the car, and I (selfishly) wanted to go somewhere I've never been. Southern Utah was the obvious choice, but there are a lot of places we could go, and most of the National Parks are geared to camping and hiking- both of which are not a great idea, especially in December and with a 3-year old. After our miserable "hiking the Y" experience last August, we decided hiking is out until our kids are oler.
We decided to go to Moab! It's only about 3 1/2 hours from our house and is super close to both Canyonlands and Arches- two national parks that have hikes, but are still beautiful if you just drive through and get out at the many look-out points. I highly recommend this excursion if you are a family with younguns.
|Poor Iris sat between the two carseats the whole time. Here she is getting some shut-eye.|
We got a late start because Jay had unexpected, major computer issues that needed to be resolved before we could leave, but luckily, we weren't going too far, and didn't have huge plans for the first day, so we just got there later than planned and didn't get to swim in the hotel pool the first day, as we thought.
|The cutie munching on the hem of her leggings...|
|Playing Peek-a-boo with her "bankie"|
|The start of the red rock|
|The Frog asked me, "why are there colors in the sky?" That was a hard explanation to simplify...|