April is the perfect time to visit Zion. It's still cool at night, summer crowds haven't arrived, and days are warm enough for biking up the canyon and wading in the river.
|Sam and Ben fight over who gets to chop kindling... which is kind of cool and kind of terrifying since they're fighting over a hatchet|
|No better dinner than chili dogs on a fire!|
|And in WanYing's case there is also no messier dinner than chili dogs on a fire|
|Ever since seeing the Blue Man Group Ben has been practicing marshmallow stuffing. It's repulsive and so far he starts gagging at 7. The Blue Man did 36. He still has some serious ground to close before they will honor Ben's Blue Man application.|
|6 in the camper is starting to get tight but it's still doable!|
We hit all of our favorite Zion spots - Weeping Rock, Temple of Sinawava, and the gift shop. And there's simply no better way to enjoy the canyon than by bike.
|The kids were thrilled with the sight and sound of the park's turkeys|
|Wading in the Virgin River|
|And down we go! The balance got a little tricky when WanYing insisted on leaning to the side to better feel the wind in her face.|
|Sam was such a super biker|
|Here come Ben, Daddy, and Sasha!|
|Almost home - going down was definitely the fun part|
|Come on, you know the sight of this beautiful open road makes you want to jump on your bike and ride|
3 years ago I attempted to take Sam up Angels Landing and thoroughly and totally finked out. It scared the bejesus out of me and my conscious mind could not convince my fear cortex that my child wasn't going to plummet to a horrible death.
And they did magnificently.
|Gee, I can't imagine why this trail is terrifying to Mommy|
|Ta dah! They have arrived!|
|Seriously, it really is an amazing view and I'm sure it's worth the completely terrifying hike.|
|Hello down there!|
|And down, down, down they go again|
|Fear not, they all arrived back at the campground safe and sound|
|The swearing in|
As soon as we parked, the kids had to stretch their climbing legs. After all, they had been in the van for a full 20 minutes.
|Our favorite part of the hike - and this time we saw 10 long horn sheep from the suspended walkway!|
|We made it!|
|I swear, the only way we can get a semi-good photo of Ben is when he photobombs|
|Great company + great view = great hike|
|And Ben goes leaping back home. So ends a wonderful spring break in one of our very favorite places.|