|My favorite picture of the boys on this trip.|
We hit the trail at about 8:00 am and started across the slickrock. The boys were really great. Seth was a bit unhappy on Dad's back, and Mom had to keep reminding Dad to slow down for little legs. But the boys were generally pleasant and hardly even noticed the steady climb. Soon, we found ourselves at the top of the slope.
After we covered the last quarter mile, we rounded the bend and saw a truly amazing sight: No people-- and Delicate Arch. I couldn't believe we were there alone. We snapped some pictures, walked around, and found some shade. As we sat eating our snacks, people started to filter in. There were probably 75 by the time we left, but for a few short minutes, we had Delicate Arch all to ourselves. The downhill hike was easy, and the boys were great. Seth had run around a little while, Dax likes downhill, and Mark is always a trooper. It seemed Mom was sweating hardest! We even stopped to see the petroglyphs on the way back.
|Dax saw this flower on the way up to Delicate Arch and loved it.|
|No one was by the arch when we got there. It was so peaceful!|
|The boys walked right under the arch.|
|We made it! Yes!|
|I did not photoshop Seth in...he really went to Delicate Arch.|
|Mark took this picture of us.|
|This chipmunk was hoping Dax would drop a goldfish,|
|The boys tried to walk exactly the same path |
their dad walked on the way down.
|Seth was tuckered out.|
|At the visitor's center|
|New Junior Ranger|
|Another new Junior Ranger|
|Don't tell anyone, but Seth picked one of the dinosaur eggs up |
because he thought it was a ball.
|This piano player was hard to work. Only dad was able to get it really going.|
|These guys loved looking for the lizards.|
We couldn't go to our next stop because the DUP Museum in Moab didn't open until 2pm, so we went to a rock and fossil shop on the main drag in Moab. We probably looked at 10,000 different kinds of rocks and fossils, all too expensive or too abstract to buy. We managed to burn up a half hour, and the kids seemed to enjoy it okay. Later, when we asked which museum the kids liked best, they both said, "The one with all the rocks and fossils," so it turned out to be a good stop.
The final stop at the DUP was a little awkward. We showed up right at opening time, and the ladies were just sitting down for a monthly meeting. They let us look through the tiny museum, and we even got to ring the steeple bell. There was a cabin outside that was really interesting to walk through as well-- we just tried not to stop on any DUP toes! We made sure this was a short stop.
|It took all three of them to make the bell ring.|
|Seth had to try, too!|
|They are worn out, but the bones were cool.|
|Seth and mom liked the petrified wood.|
|We have a big problem. Seth thinks that he has to |
sit down and play in the dirt on every hike now.
The boys were awesome on the ride home. They must've been worn out, because the slept much of the way (Seth slept almost all the way.) This was such a great trip for us. Even though Mom and Dad had been to Arches together when we were first married, pretty much everything else we did was brand new. It left us planning our next Spring Break before we even got home.
|I have about 15 pictures of Dax sleeping in a funny position in the car.|
One day I will make a post of all of them.
|They played "Arches" when we got home.|
I'm glad that they loved our trip.