obviously, i am once again a million years behind in blogging.
it’s been a crazy month of whirlwind travel, which will be detailed in great length in a later post.
for now though, i’ll pick up where i left off a month ago, just outside salt lake city, where my mom flew out to visit us for a week.
as soon as my mom told me she was planning to come out during our week in salt lake city, i knew we had to plan a road trip to see some of utah’s beautiful places. we figured the best bang for our buck was the moab area, where we could hit up arches and canyonlands, and do a bunch of smaller hikes. it was also the closest option, around a 3.5 hour drive.
so, after my mom had settled in and adjusted to the time zone change, we hit the road for a two day, girls only road trip. (isaac didn’t want to go). we had a little bit of excitement on the way, when anna had some tummy troubles, necessitating a few bathroom pit stops. then, about halfway there, she said she was itchy and we discovered she was covered in hives. thankfully, we happened to be passing through the only tiny bit of civilization along the way, complete with a walmart. i ran in, picked up all the possible drugs and medical supplies we could possibly need, dosed her up with benadryl, and got back on the road. her hives cleared up shortly after and even though she was a bit groggy, she felt better.
then we cruised out for a quick stop at the fiery furnace overlook. anna told new gramma all about our epic hike when we were here the year before.
our final stop was landscape arch. we weren’t sure if we would squeeze this one in, both because it was getting late, and we had used up a lot of kid hiking capital on the other hikes. but, the girls were great and made short work of the 1.8 mile stroll.
we stopped at a few other overlooks on the way back, but we were mostly starving and tired, so we started towards the hotel, keeping our eyes peeled for a keto friendly restaurant option. we happened upon the most perfect place ever, the blu pig, where my mom and i split a bbq cobb salad and some wings. so good.
after a good night’s rest in our little hotel room, we filled up on the continental breakfast, before heading back to arches for the main event, a hike out to delicate arch. this hike was the reason isaac didn’t want to come with us. it’s about 3 miles round trip and the first part is pretty boring and blah. but you can’t see delicate arch without going to the end, so it’s a must do hike if you’re at arches.
when we came here last year, we didn’t take the time to stop at “frame arch” to get some cool photos. this time, we were all over it. we met a french family while we were up there and exchanged photoshoots with them. the light was great in this direction, but the background scenery was just ok.
there may or may not have been a bribe involved in getting one or more of the girls to participate in the hike with no crying or whining. so. i had to make good on my bribe. we found a frozen yogurt spot, where each bribee could make their own terrible creation.
while they shoveled sugar into their faces, we made our way into canyonlands. we planned to at least go to an overlook or two, with high hopes that we could talk the girls into a hike to mesa arch. the overlook at the visitor center was how i remembered it, all canyony and stuff.
and that pretty much wraps things up. from there, we made the long haul back to salt lake city, wrapping up our epic new gramma arches and canyonlands girls only adventure.