Diamond Fork

Whether we chose the mountains or they chose us is still undecided but either way we piled into the car and drove, no specific destination in mind. It had been a long while since we had done this. Exploring new and interesting places and checking them off of our “must see” list one by one. A weekly occurrence turned monthly then not at all. Despite our promise to not allow meaningless adult distractions and stressors to get in the way of our memory making!! Lets be real, life happens. No point in beating ourselves up about it. We move forward and pick up where we left off.

Not sure what made this particular day any different. Maybe a bit of cabin fever. Maybe the allure of a cloudy grey sky that promised great photo lighting 🙂 Maybe a little of both. Whatever the motivation, we packed our camera, snacks, some extra jackets and hit the road. A 30 minute drive south brought us through Spanish Fork Canyon. Never one to take the same route twice, my husband chose Diamond Fork Canyon as the side road to explore. We parked and let the kids run around a beautiful campground (which we will be returning to in warmer months). They climbed, jumped in puddles, attempted to restore a birds nest and collected rocks. We even set up the tripod for a family picture. Our oldest, having recently shown an interest and an eye for photography, snapped some photos of my husband and I which I am completely in love with.  Im hoping this is an interest he continues to foster.

On the way home, before exiting the canyon, the smell of sulfur filled our car. The kids complained about it until we explained to them where it was coming from. We had come across the most beautiful, crystal blue water and realized that the water was flowing from a natural hot springs just a few feet ahead. Add this to our list of must see places.

  

Day Tripping: Bryce Canyon

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This has been a pretty harsh winter with very little activity. I wish I could say that no mater the weather we still get out and adventure but that really isn’t the case. My husband and I used to pride ourselves on how we could just get up and go. No destination. Just a car full of camping gear and a desire to explore. I feel like with each child the number of spontaneous road trips has lessened but I don’t think it needs to stay that way. After sitting indoors for days this winter, the moment that snow let up I was ready to hit the road. My husband was all for it of course. We chose Bryce Canyon as our destination. Its only 3.5 hours from our house and it really is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The kids had so much fun looking out at these amazing structures and also learning about the National Park in the booklet we received on our way in. The only down side to visiting places in the winter is that a lot of the roads are closed. I cannot wait to go back in the spring when more roads are open and we can camp and stay for a longer period of time. But this definitely put our minds back in that place and time when a day trip or over night camp trip was no big deal and happened almost every weekend! Living in Utah means that we are surrounded by beauty and now that our youngest is a bit older I think this summer is going to be filled with adventure. Kids shouldn’t mean less trips. In fact it should be the opposite. I want them to see the world!!