Sunday, May 17, 2009

Capitol Reef National Park

We went to Capitol Reef National Park this weekend to get out and do some camping and hiking. We drove down and met up with our friends the Jorgensons. I love being back in Utah where we are only a few hours away from the red rock and canyon country. It only took us 3.5 hours to get there. Nice! The scenery was amazing, and it felt so good to be down there again. It was the first time in 6 years that Lisa and I had been to the red rock region (since we went to Moab the summer we were married).
Here is a photo of Lisa and the kids with the Jorgensons overlooking the Goosenecks.

Lisa and Cole on our hike through the Capitol Gorge. The kids turned out to be great hikers and really enjoyed the trails that we took them on.

Tucker, Zach, Aubrey and Kate playing in a "cave".

Tucker playing in the sand where the tanks are. We were disappointed to find them dry and empty.

After hiking in the heat we decided to cool off in the Fremont river. The kids had a blast. Tucker, for some reason, felt the need to strip naked while playing in the water. I guess we're going to have to teach him to leave those clothes on!

Some petroglyphs found in the park.

Aubrey was playing in the dirt at our campsite and had a blast. This is what she looked like right before dinner.

Lisa and I went to sunset point Friday evening in hopes of taking some good pictures as the sun set. We were very fortunate to have timed it perfectly and to have had fantastic sunlight to show the beauty of the park. I love how they turned out. There are so many wonderful photos that we took, but I limited it to just three for the blog.

Here is our little photo we took ourselves. Man, we're good looking!

On Saturday morning we got up and went to hike Hickman Bridge. The kids again did fantastic on the hike and had a great time. Here is Aubrey posing in front of the arch.

And our whole family together for a fun photo.


Laurel said...

Don't you love how Capitol Reef feels a little bit undiscovered? I just love how uncrowded it is. I miss the beautiful red rocks of Southern Utah!!

Amber said...

What a fun little weekend getaway. It looks like you guys had fun. I think that you are really brave to go camping with all the little kids though. Beautiful pictures, and I love the one of Aubry covered in dirt. Looks like she had a lot of fun. We need to get together sometime soon.

Kevin said...

Fun times guys... I don't think Lisa had been to some of those places since we were all kids on one of "Sue's Boot Camps" as Dad would call them! Even though we didn't think it was to cool then it was actually good memories! I think the Gorge you guys hiked through was the death march where Dad, you Lisa, and Heather stayed at the Road and Mom and I hiked back to get the car and come pick you guys up. Fun Memories!

Laura said...

Just had to put a picture in of my belly:) Good pictures. Glad to see the flower pics didn't go to waste. Thanks for a fun time.

US said...

How fun! We are so close to a great canyon, but it gets so hot here that I don't know if we will ever go hike it. We are really into fitness if you can't tell.

Starley Family said...

Looks like a fun trip. I love the messy Aubrey photo. She knows how to have a good time!