Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Great Escape 2010...scene 2.

You placed the world on its foundation
so it would never be moved.
You clothed the earth with floods of water,
water that covered even the mountains.
At your command, the water fled;
at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away.
Mountains rose and valleys sank
to the levels you decreed.
Psalm 104:5-8

This great adventure led us directly to Zion National Park in the great state of Utah!
After a harrowing, all night drive, through 2 blizzards and freezing rain, we rounded a corner and the sun burst forth. 
It beckoned us to come and follow it.
Because we were very cold, we did!
Our initial plan had been to stop at Bryce Canyon.
However, the high of 40 degrees forecast quickly helped to change our minds.
We re-adjusted our plan...because we are flexible like that...and decided that a forecast of sunny and 60 degrees was more enticing.
Call us fickle...but that's just how it is.
Bryce Canyon will still be there next weekend...I assume!

Just thought you should see the icicles hanging form the "overhang" of the R.V.

This little gem shop was in the little town of right outside of Zion.
C-boy was in heaven. There were piles of precious stones on the ground outside, all for sale by the pound.

This is where L-boy rode the whole hike.
Yes, we own a back pack and a stroller.
Yes, they were both in the R.V.
No, we didn't bring them on the shuttle ride.
Why, because neither of us thought about it.
And while we're on the subject, we didn't bring a spare diaper either.

J-boy got his hands on C-boy's camera.
He was quite the little photographer, too.

This picture was snapped right before I notice the "stay on the trail" sign.
Bad mommy!

The shuttle ride back from the hike was about 40 minutes long, with one tired, fussy little L-boy.
D-man provided quite the entertainment.
Have I mentioned that he is a super great dad?
He is!

We were all in complete awe of the beauty of these rock formations.
It was difficult for me to capture it in pictures.
In fact, I couldn't.
The sheer size of the cliffs and canyons swallowed us up.
The beauty of the deep purple and red rock against the back drop of the sapphire sky was simply breath-taking.
Thank-you, Bryce Canyon, that you were too cold for this wimpy family.
Had you been warm and sunny, we never would have met Zion!
And we are so glad that we did.

p.s. Don't forget Mom n' Me Monday!
I'll be there.
With bells on!

For more Sunday Snapshots, hop on over to Ni Hao Ya'll.

Ni Hao Y'all


S.I.F. said...

You did a great job capturing the beauty with pictures, they are GORGEOUS!

And I am insanely jealous of your trekking with your family in the sister wife! :) What amazing adventures you guys must have. Your kids are going to have the best memories!

The JAMC Johnsons said...

Oh, I LOVE Zion's National Park. It really is spectacular. Your Pics are beautiful.

Rebekah said...

Fantastic!! I am envious, lovely family time in the sun, soaking up some amazing sights-what more could you want?
{aside from the icicles of course!}

Looking forward to scene 3!

Angie said...

Wow - these pictures are AMAZING!!! Looks like you had a great time at your "plan B" location. :)

Natalie said...

Beautiful pics!! I love the one of everybody holding up the mountain :) Swing by my blog - I have an award for you!

Dana said...

The pictures of Zion are amazing!! It makes me so excited for summer!!
I really like the one with the kiddo's in front of the sign. Very cool!

~Kathie~ said...

What beautiful pictures! Looks like you are having a great family adventure making beautiful memories! (Love the pictures in the last post of the RV- especially the carpeted ceilings! :)

bbcd mama said...

Is the sky actually that blue??? Love the one of them "holding up" the rocks.

Dayngr | Dayngrous Discourse said...

What amazing photos! I felt like I was right there with you. Thanks for taking me along for the fun.

So glad you stopped by my blog. Now I can share the journey with you through yours. =)

Lauren said...

The colors in your photographs are incredible! I feel like you created an entirely new dimension of perception, especially with the one where the mountains v-neck into the solitary tree and the incredible sky is in the v-ed opening! So great! And the scripture is perfect!

3LittleMonkeys said...

Gorgeous pictures Julie! The colours are amazing. I must visit Utah...NOW! I love the comment about forgetting the spare diaper! I can totally relate, I do that all.the.time!! I hope D-man's neck wasn't soaked?! said...

I love nothing better than a vacation! And this looks like a great one! I couldn't be more jealous! Isn't it great to be in a flexible family? And great husbands/dads really make the ride a lot sweeter!
Your pictures are fabulous! Don't ever say you're not good at landscapes! Can't wait to see the pictures your guys take too!
Looking so foward to the next installment!

Daisy Dreams said...

LOVE the photos! The scenery is spectacular! Thanks for sharing :)

Arizona Mamma said...

Thanks for taking us with you! I have never been there before. It looks so amazing.

How on earth did you forget a clean diaper? I've never done that! And because I've bever done it, I certainly never blamed Andy for forgetting it either!

P.S. I thought you said you weren't good at landscapes...I think they're great!

Jenny said...

Juls your pictures are so fun!!!! i can't believe how gorgeous it was there. I got the flu yesterday really bad, so i wasn't able to follow your tweets, but im back in business today. Love it!!! miss ya'll

Stefanie said...

WOW! Gorgeous shots, Julie! I sure hope you entered one in Pioneer Woman's contest this week!
I am SO with you on the diaper thing... had to laugh out loud on that one ;)
Looks like your change of plans was a great (and stunningly beautiful) decision!
Happy Sunday :)

clearness said...

Wow, thanks for showing all of us the beauty that Utah beholds. Breathtaking!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Wow these photos are great!! Looks like you are having a wonderful time

Carrie said...

Wow, Julie! Such gorgeous photos!! Kudos to you for taking them and praise be to God for such stunning creation!! ;)

Bossy Betty said...

Wr went here with the family about a year ago and you have captured this beautiful place so well!!!

Thanks for bringing back good memories and sharing your vacation!

Tina Michelle said...

Breathtaking pictures!

Eileen said...

I have so many memories of Zion's. I believe I stood as a teenager under that same big rock, and I also posed holding it up. Glad to see it's stood the test of time!

Have fun!

He & Me + 3 said...

Wow...can I just say GORGEOUS! Fantastic pictures of God's beauty. Everyone looked like they totally enjoyed their time. FAMILY FUN!

Chris said...

You are on some amazing trip!!!!

Love the pictures....
the kids...
the rock formations...
Simply wonderful!!!

Cleo said...

YES!!! A fellow "didn't grab a diaper from the bag before we exited the car"!!!!!!
Sorry (sheepishly). :( I hate it for you that you have to commiserate with me in this. But for me, I just don't feel like such an outcast now (grinning)!
The pics are STUNNING!
Am LOVE, LOVE, LOVIN' the one in front of the store...looks so antiquated!
Trying to keep up with you guys. :) Am a bit behind.
You're doing a phenomenal job blogging about it all!
XXXXX (i.e. Hugs!) ;)

Ellie said...

These photos are gorgeous! We will have to visit Zion someday! I love the one of your children and the Zion sign.

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