Monday, September 18, 2017

Mossy Cave Hike

Before we left Bryce Canyon, we wanted to get one last hike in.  (We'd been planning to do two short hikes, but there were a couple of hiccups in the plan and so we opted to just do one.)  This hike is actually just a bit outside of the park, on kind of the the backside of the park.  It was beautiful.  And short, which my kids appreciate.











Waterfall

Our 4th "Hike the Hoodoos" sign!




It IS a mossy cave!


Interesting history about the area.  Those pioneers were absolutely amazing!











Sunday, September 17, 2017

San Diego: Day 1

My mom, my sisters and I planned to take a trip to San Diego the second weekend of August. We've never done something like that before.  Unfortunately, Rebecca ended up not being able to come on our girls' trip to San Diego.  Suzy and I left early Thursday morning and began driving to San Diego.  It was fun to have a chance to talk and visit.  Suzy had brought a book on CD that we listened to together and I quite enjoyed it.  (We only heard about the first half on the drive there and then finished it on the drive home.) The drive went well until we got about 45 minutes from the airport...and then we hit really bad traffic and pretty much got stuck for an hour and barely moved.  But finally we made it to the airport to pick up Mom.  Then we went to Old Town because it is right by the airport and we were ready to be out of the car.  We first went to the Mormon Battalion Museum, run by the church.  It was awesome...so well done.  My girls would have really enjoyed it...some day I'll have to take them there.


 After the Mormon Battalion Museum, we walked around Old Town.  We bought some food (I got soup and a sandwich and it was delicious!) and looked at the shops.  It was late enough that the buildings you can tour were closed, but it was fun to see the town and spend time together.

After walking around for awhile, we headed to our AirBnB and got a good night's rest.  

Bristlecone Pine Loop/Scenic Views

Bristlecone Pine was a short, shady 1 mile loop.  It was a very pleasant, easy "hike" through a green area with many pine trees.  First we looked at the incredible views.  Then we took the short, lovely hike.  I think it ended up being the girls' favorite hike.






Gabby wasn't feeling well for the first half of the hike, but she ended up  thinking it was fun/easy.







 FYI:  Ella was up ahead of me for almost the entire hike so I didn't get photos of her.  But she enjoyed it.




 After the hike, we stopped at a bunch of turn outs with scenic views.



























Ella was excited because she looks like her dad when she puts on his glasses.  Since he was out of town for 3 weeks, we were all really missing him.



As we were driving back to camp, we saw a whole bunch of deer and several antelope.  Right by the side of the road.






Antelope

Earlier in the trip we also saw a bunch of Utah prairie dogs but I didn't get a photo of them.  It was a fun trip and such a magnificently beautiful area!!