I don’t even know where to begin to explain what a great time we had on this trip. No kidding! You might wonder how that could be true considering that the daytime temperatures were in the 90s, or even because the water tank for the whole campsite malfunctioned and we didn’t have water in that 90* heat, not even to fill our camelbacks. Not even Alison’s black eye from flipping out of a hammock could dampen her excitement! You see- it was just that fun!
And we were prepared!
We went with the Pontius family, which is one of the main reasons that we had such a good time! Corinne brought 70 water bottles and a case of juice boxes- which she might have thought was overkill when she packed them all, but it saved us in Goblin Valley. It kept us hydrated and happy. I felt bad for the rest or the campers who didn’t come with Corinnne!
We spent about 3 1/2 hours in the park, climbing everything in sight. The highlight? Finding an amazing cave. We’ve been here 3 other times and have found various shallow caves, but this one has to be the best so far. There is an opening in the top and Cayden climbed up and around to the top and lowered himself down into the cave. We had a great time exploring!
Most of the trip was spent hanging out at the campsite. 90% of the time that we were awake there, the kids climbed around the rock formations/ mountain area just across the street (literally). We sat back on our camp chairs, visited, and watched them climb. You might think that they’d get bored an hour into it. Two hours? Nope. If they weren’t eating or sleeping, they were climbing.
We did break up the heat a little on Friday by driving into Hanksville to get shakes. A welcome cool moment! But the moment we got back to camp, the kids were back to climbing.
I remember reading an article once that said a child’s chance to have free time in nature (and they were clear that this means “free time” in the exploring way, not in the parent-guided hike way) was crucial to them developing a sense of responsibility in taking care of nature because they truly appreciate it. Here’s one more drop in their exploring bucket!