|Ready for another awesome hike in Zion!|
|There are a lot of beautiful wildflowers in Zion in the Spring.|
|The views on the Kayenta Trail are amazing.|
|Seth wanted to take a picture by every flower he spotted--even this lone yellow one!|
|This is the middle pool, but I think Randy snapped an awesome shot here!|
|Seth was such a great hiker. I still can't believe how much he walked.|
|The upper pool waterfall is SO tall!|
|Someone was nice enough to take a picture next to the "emerald" pool. |
It's brown---let's just call it what it is!
The boys were also super-excited to walk behind the waterfall at the lower pool. They stood in the shower and giggled for about 10 minutes. Seth kept saying, "This is just like that crying rock," and he was right. Emerald Pools is the closest thing to a must-do hike in Zion.
|They were excited about this part of the hike because it's almost like a slot canyon.|
|Dax's turn to be silly by the sign!|
|Walking behind the waterfalls was amazing!|
|The boys LOVED it!|
|Look how wet Seth is...ha ha!|
|There he goes again...|
|Mark was such a great help. He carried a backpack every day on the hikes. He is growing up.|
|Seth and Dax loved the shuttle rides.|
Our next stop was Grafton ghost town. We'd done a ghost town before and had a lot of fun, and Grafton seemed to be fairly popular, and it is only a few minutes off the beaten path. As it turns out, Grafton is a restored ghost town. Someone has restored and protected the remaining 6 or 7 buildings. There are interpretive signs and obvious reconstructions. The town was still very interesting, but it was much different than the town of Sego we saw on a trip to Moab last year.
|Dax had to read all of the gravestones before we could leave the cemetery.|
|Grafton was in a beautiful place.|
|This swing was famous for causing injury to lots of people!|
|I think Grafton would be a great place to live, well, other than the flooding of the river all the time.|
|The old bridge was one of the highlights of the Ghost Town.|
As we were going over our options last night, we noticed a road on the map called Kolob Terrace Road. Neither of us had paid any attention to it, and both of us really wanted to drive it and see what was out there. We were told that there were only backcountry trails of considerable length, but we've hiked enough in the last three days, and a pleasant drive seemed nice.
It's 25 miles out the road, and it climbs high up into the mountains. In fact, we ended up at an iced over reservoir surrounded by snow called Kolob Reservoir. Apparently the road only opened this week. The drive was really beautiful, and we did see some pretty cool birds, all of them in different shades of blue. In a pond we saw a ruddy duck with a bright blue bill. Farther up the road, after Dax and Seth had fallen asleep we saw pretty pinyon jay. And toward the very end of the loop just where snow first started to appear, we stopped for a Stellar's Jay. He was too far away to get a picture, but a mountain bluebird was kind enough to alight nearby for a photo. This drive was just the thing to slow down the pace and relax a little bit today.
|We saw a Ruddy Duck. Their blue bills are so cool!|
|Mark and Dad threw some snowballs while Seth and Dax slept.|
|I didn't even know there was snow in Southern Utah! ;)|
|We love the beautiful mountain bluebirds.|
|Kolob Reservoir was still completely iced over, but I would love to come back here in July!|
|The Kolob Terrace Road was very beautiful.|
There was also a petting zoo at the fort, and for a dollar you could buy three carrots. We spent two more dollars and watched the boys be too frightened to feed them to the animals. There were llamas, donkeys, ponies, and deer, all of which rushed to the fence if they saw a carrot in your hand. One hilarious donkey kicked the metal fence making a loud clanging sound until you'd finally bring him a carrot. We've been trying to keep our cost down this vacation with meals in the hotel and all, but this was definitely $7 well spent.
|Seth loved being in jail!|
|Randy really wanted a picture by this shop!|
|Mark was the only one who was brave enough to feed the animals without freaking out!|
|I think my face matches the pony's face!|
|Dad caught all these outlaws.|
|The llamas were very hungry.|
|We had fun running around for awhile.|
|The park and museum area was beautiful.|
|The museum wasn't big, but there are about 10 different signs, so you won't miss it!|
After that, we came home and hopped in the pool, which was all the kids really want to do anyway!
|Dax scarfed down the spaghetti.|
|They all ate ice cream!|