Once the kids were somewhat better, we packed them up, threw stuff in the car and headed west. At this point, we truly didn't care where the heck we ended up, as long as we were on the road to see something new. A few things ended up changing with our master plan and that was the part where we were to stop in Las Vegas. After having done Zion and noticing that Montana still wasn't being himself, having a hard time with any exercise and still wanting to lay around, we scratched that part. I'm sure we'll eventually go back considering it's a main city that Montana wants to visit. It just wasn't in the books this go round.
Our first stop was in Cedar City, Utah. We ended up staying at a KOA cabin for three nights which was a "home base" for sightseeing in the area. That first day we drove out to Zion National Park. It's a park we had both wanted to see for quite some time and feel fortunate to have finally made it there. The only thing that turned out to be rough was the fact that in order to truly see or do the big listed items, you had to hike. And by hike, we mean 5- 8 miles. Normally, that wouldn't have been an issue but with having our wheezing son trailing behind, coughing every two minutes, while people looked at us like we were killing the poor child, we turned around. Needless to say, we'll go back. I really want to hike Angel's Landing and truly hike the Narrows so I KNOW, we'll be back. However, the views were gorgeous and the photo ops, priceless. Oh and just prepare yourself for the Disney World of Parks. Chris said, he was very glad that I woke his heiny up early to catch the shuttle system because once we returned, the line was unlike anything I'd ever seen but at Disney World. So word of advice, get there early, not at 11am!!
On the way back from Zion, we stopped at Red Canyon. LOVED this place! It's a great location for the kids to rock scramble, hike and play around. It has lots of loose rock sections so you just have to watch where you or the kids step. Plus, the scenery was amazing. Can't beat that, right?
After stopping there and on the way home, we decided to swing by Kolob Canyon. It's actually a part of Zion but a section that can't be accessed through Zion itself. It's on the complete other side of the park. To be exact, it's 40 miles north of Zion and 15 miles south of Cedar City. It's a quieter park with over 20 miles of hiking trails and tons of amazing views.
The second day, we drove out to Bryce Canyon. I'm a sucker for orange/red rocks and loved the views this National Park had to offer. Plus, it wasn't a hiking park per say. I mean, with having a sick kid, we were able to drive to many of the locations and take photos. And of course, it was easier on Montana. Don't get me wrong though, this park has tons of hiking trails and many that we would love to explore more of, but like Zion, it'll be on another trip.
By the third day, we said enough was enough and took him to the Urgent Care in Cedar City. We knew he needed something to help fight off whatever he had and just really did not want to take him back to the same doctors in Colorado. Low and behold, by the time we made it home, he was so much better. It made us want to start all back over. But, we're just thankful he is finally better after a month of battling his illness.
Oh and I forgot to mention that on the way out of Colorado, we stopped at Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Such an amazing place to see. Because there are many passes that need to be acquired before doing pretty much anything there, it's not a place we would hang out at. However, still a stamp in the book and spot to check off our list.
More from this trip to follow in the next post
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Cedar City, Utah
Cedar City and Zion
Zion National Park
Zion and Kolob Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park