As a legislative-session-ending celebration we decided to take the kids for the weekend down to Zion National Park, a place--and this is something for which, as a Utahn, I'm now embarrassed--to which we've never been before. All our family is in south-eastern Utah. Clearly, and we've been missing out.
We stayed at (and I'd recommend) the Zion Mountain Resort, in a fun little cabin.
It was a great place to stay, with a buffalo herd right there for the boys to yell at. In fact, there's a restaurant right there that serves mainly their buffalo (to people). We never ate there but I presume you can just step out back and pick the beast you want, just like a lobster in a fancy restaurant.
We were minutes away from some amazing scenery.
A lot of the hikes took us under waterfalls, which the boys loved.
We ended up doing a lot of hiking, in fact, and a lot of getting dirty.
My favorite was seeing how the water cuts through the sandstone there, beautiful.
Finally, we decided to take the long way home and stop at another place we've never been, Bryce Canyon:
And I thought Zion was beautiful. We actually hiked down through that amazing sandstone maze.
Along the way, we lost a son, apparently to exhaustion.
No worries, though. He rose up again, and we love our zombie child.
I'll end with a couple gems of insight on biology from our long talks on our hikes:
Our boys have seen their ultrasounds and some show their tails, which we all have at some point but are eventually reabsorbed. Brian brought up that topic and we started talking about the fact that some people are born with a hint of the now-unneeded appendage still dangling. I told him that I bet a lot of parents have the tails removed. Alan thought a while and told us "If my baby had a tail I'd leave it on. He could bug his brother with it."
Then on another hike he told us "The heart isn't round. It has parts, and one squeezes, and then the other squeezes. And it doesn't look like a heart, it looks like... umm.. a toilet seat." I'm glad he was paying attention at the movie we saw last week at the planetarium, but I doubt they used that analogy :-).