After breakfast we wanted to stop by a state park called Sand Hollow. After being disappointed by Quail Creek early in the week, we weren't sure what to expect. This reservoir is beautiful, though. It is easily the best "water" state park we've been to. There are gorgeous red rocks that the boys enjoyed throwing into the lake.
We walked along the shore for a little while and watched the birds on the water. There were buffleheads and red-breasted mergansers. We also found some really cool rocks called Moqui marbles. There were tons of them on the shore. We enjoyed this gentle stroll, skipping stones and taking pictures as much as anything we did on this trip.
|Dax was in rock-throwing heaven.|
|At first we thought the Mokoi Marbles were rabbit or deer dung.|
|The layers of rock are soft enough to break with your fingers.|
|The red rocks and the crystal clear water was gorgeous.|
|Mark and Dad had a great time skipping the flat sandstone across the water.|
|There were lots of little curves and crevices in the sandstone.|
|We need to come back with a boat!|
|The beach was nice, though we heard the swimmer's itch can be bad.|
|The boys didn't mind freezing their toes off.|
|The sand on the beach was soft and very red.|
The museum also has some interactive elements that we loved. Seth liked the room with toy dinosaurs, especially the triceratops with a bite out of it. Dax liked the dinosaur rubbings that you could do with the side of a crayon. Mark liked the sandpit where you could make your own dinosaur tracks. And Mom liked the origami station, where she made a pterodactyl and a T-rex. We ended up spending almost 2 hours checking out this dinosaur spot.
|We always love a new dinosaur adventure!|
|There are so many trackways in this area.|
|This is one of the few displays you can touch (if you're standing on one foot).|
|You can't touch these even if you're standing on one foot.|
|Dax was pretending he was the dinosaur that made this track.|
|The boys are running away from a pretty terrible meat-eater.|
|Outside the museum you can take a picture.|
|We'd never seen a track making activity.|
The Church runs four sites in St. George. The first was Brigham Young's Summer Home. We had struck out on an earlier attempt to visit, but this time we were in luck. It was really cool to see the prophet's study where he received revelations, and though the house was a mansion for the times, it was very practical in terms of space. There were three bedrooms upstairs: for Brigham, for his wife, and one for the housekeeper. Downstairs there was a kitchen, a dining room, and a receiving room with an old piano for entertaining guests. We learned that St. George was originally started as a cotton mission, meaning saints were called to leave the Wasatch Front and go south to grow cotton. The "George" is George A. Smith, grandfather of the prophet, who was known as the Potato Saint because he planted potatoes along the Mormon Trail, and then made sure that the immigrants ate the peels so that they didn't get scurvy. So we will be calling the town Potato St. George from now on.
|It doesn't look rainy, but it was.|
|The Pioneers painted all the pine to look like different kinds of fancy wood.|
|The chairs are beautiful, but not very comfy.|
|There's Lorenzo Snow at the pulpit! No, wait, that's just us.|
|Every prophet except Joseph Smith has spoken at the St. George Tabernacle.|
|The boys already had this temple in their books.|
|Seth wanted to watch all the videos with President Monson which Mom thought was darling!|
|We're glad the boys are great at these old sites. They know a lot about the Pioneers.|
|The shakes are great! Not pictured: World's best french fries and amazing burgers.|