1. It's not very far away (only 3 hours), so our boys can handle the drive.
2. We figured we could go for pretty cheap (which we did).
3. There is a temple in Vernal to add to the boys' temple books.
4. It feels hotter in Vernal -- even though it isn't.
5. Dinosaurs! Mark and Dax love them, and they are very abundant in Vernal.
Anyway, we had an amazing time. The boys traveled well. Seth even slept in the hotel which I worried a lot about. We went on a few hikes, saw lots of dinosaur fossils, and had a lot of fun. Instead of boring you with all the details, I'm just going to include a few pictures that highlight our trip (okay, it ended up to be more than a few, but hey, we were in Vernal for 3 days). We are sad to say goodbye to Spring Break, but now we are really looking forward to summer!
|The Quarry at Dinosaur National monument. There are a lot of dinosaur bones here.|
|You are allowed to touch some of the fossils. It was awesome. |
Those bones have been there for over 149 million years.
|Seth loved riding in the hiking backpack.|
|We went on a hike where you can spot fossils on your own in the rocks. This is one bone we spotted.|
|Mark and Dax at the entrance to Dinosaur National Monument.|
|We went to Josie's cabin at Dinosaur National Monument. |
She ran a homestead near two box canyons which we hiked to.
|Hiking to the box canyons from Josie's cabin.|
|Swimming in the hotel.|
|The Vernal Temple steps|
|Dax seriously sleeps like this in the car quite often. It's hilarious!|
|Junior Scientists at the Utah Field House of Natural History.|
|There are dinosaur statues outside the Field House--the boys loved them!|
|An osprey! We birders love to see things like this.|
|Mark and Dax next to a dinosaur footprint. We hiked to a spot where there were a bunch of tracks in the rocks.|
|A porcupine in a tree--we saw a bunch of these on the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge. Amazing!|
|We saw a moose on the drive home outside of Heber.|
|I love these boys! This is where we saw the dino tracks. |
It was a beautiful end to the hike.