Sunday, May 15, 2016

Heading to Utah.

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

Red Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park

Friday, May 6, 2016

The sickness continued.

The entire month of April was a complete disaster, well, except for that one day we managed to snowboard and ski. Other than that it was spent in and out of ERs, Urgent Cares, and other hospitals. Let me tell you how much it sucked... ALOT!! The entire family (expect for me) came down with who knows what, but it took it out of all of them. For close to 40 days there was coughing, crying, insanely high temps, throwing up, runny noses, sore throats, ear infections and the list goes on. We went through 9 bottles of Motrin and pretty much ran Walmart out of all their meds. I took Emergen-C like nobody's business and managed to not get sick. Don't ask us how that happened but I believe the good Lord knew that I needed to be well in order to take care of this troop. Finally, right at the end of April, things began to turn around and after postponing our vacation by two weeks we took a small trip. Praise Jesus!! While on that trip, we ended up taking Montana to a different Urgent Care kind of knowing that he needed some antibiotics. But you know, 3 separate doctors before that said it was viral back in Colorado. Low and behold, he got better. 

Today, everyone is back to themselves, the kids are laughing, we're touring around, and enjoying the outdoors once again. It feels good. While we didn't have the ending to ski season we wanted, we had an overall great winter. It just means that come next season, this family is so ready to shred and I have no doubt we spend most of our days up at the mountain. 

So what are we doing now? Well, we're back at the rafting company in Colorado where Chris is working on getting things prepared for the river season. The kids are schooling (we work year round) and I'm still working my hair bow shop as well as my drawing shop. This family is so ready for some sun, a tan and the fun adventures that summer brings. Oh and I'll post our trip to the Southwest soon.