Fred and I flew out for Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday morning. Renee stayed with our crew and got them to school. She then took Dash home with her. He looks cozy, right?
Mimi read to Andrew's class on Monday. He was thrilled! Then she stayed and had lunch with both boys.
Child 1: Mom, I'm thirsty.
Me: We just ate. Plus, I didn't bring any money in, so no.
Child 2: Mom, can I get something to eat? I'm hungry.
Me: We just ate. Plus, I didn't bring any money in. so no.
Child 3: Mom, mom, mom, I'm really thirsty.
Me: We just had beverages at the restaurant. Plus, I don't have any money. So...no.
Child 2: My throat hurts. I think a shaved ice would help.
Child 3: I'm really hungry.
Child 1: Don't you think a burger would be good.
Seriously, this went on and on and on until I just snapped...in the third quarter. It started 2 minutes into the game. I count snapping in the third quarter as a success. Yep. Nailing the parenting thing.
Fred and I had a great week together while the village took care of our crew. We landed in Salt Lake City and then rented our car to drive to Moab. We hiked around Arches National Park in Moab on Tuesday. It was beautiful. Stuff like this is not in Tennessee. One hike that we went on required us to climb across the top of a boulder for about 200 yards. The wind was literally gusting at 39 mph. We were about 100 feet up. At one point I started crawling. Then I just sat down. I have children that need a mother, so eventually I decided to just stop. So did Fred.
We ended up driving back to the sweetest little town called Kanab, Utah. We ate at a great restaurant and stayed at a wonderful hotel. So all worked out in the end.
The next morning the snow was melted and we headed back to Zion. We hiked Angels Landing. Angels Landing is not for the faint of heart. In 2.5 miles we hiked over 1000 feet of elevation. There is one point on the trail where you have to pull yourself up on chains. This is as far as I got.
Friday morning we got up early and hiked The Narrows. The Narrows is a hike through a river bed. The river bed is there because the Virgin River carved it out between two canyons. I think I reached my limit of saying, "That is so beautiful!" while on this hike. I have never seen anything like it!
We had to rent a dry suit and neoprene socks and hiking boots.