Our Road Trip…Zion National Park





Earlier this month, my husband had a convention for work in Nevada, and we were able to go with him for the road trip. Since the convention ended Thursday, we decided to head a little north, and hit Zion National Park for the weekend. I’m SO glad we did. It was stunning, had perfect weather, and we practically had the Park to ourselves!

Driving Into Utah...it was 65 degrees all weekend!
Driving Into Utah…it was over 60 degrees all weekend!
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We stayed in Springdale…a charming little town right at the edge of Zion National Park. Think the setting for “Cars”.

Tater hadn’t been feeling good for the first half of the trip (she gets car sick), so we tried to take it easy and do short walks instead of hikes when we first got into the Park. Which, by the way, there was no one at the Park when we arrived Thursday at lunchtime. We literally had the place to ourselves!

Our first little walk took us over the Virgin River to a bridge lookout.
Our first little walk took us over the Virgin River to a bridge lookout.
They call these the Emerald Pools. The water has a green hue!
They call these the Emerald Pools. The water has a green hue!

We checked into the hotel and decided to check out the little town of Springdale. Most of the restaurants were closed for the winter (downside of coming in the off-season), but we managed to find a few little gems. The weather was unseasonably warm. Despite bringing our snow gear, the temperature actually hit 70 at one point, and hovered in the high 50s and low 60s.

The next day we did a few more walks/short hikes. The kids loved hanging down by the river. They skipped stones, dug in the sand, and played for a couple hours.

What little boy wouldn't want to spend the day throwing rocks (and not getting in trouble for it??)
Every little boy’s dream…throwing rocks without getting in trouble!
This was our favorite place over the weekend. We had the "beach" to ourselves!
This was our favorite place over the weekend. We had the “beach” to ourselves!

We also went into a little ghost town, called Grafton. It was a rocky, non-maintained road (we kept praying Tater wouldn’t get car sick!), but it was really neat. There was an old school/church, home, stables, and even a well-preserved cemetery of a handful of people who succumbed to a 19th century diphtheria outbreak.

The church/school in the Grafton ghost town.
The church/school in the Grafton ghost town.

Grafton sits against private property farmland. How cute was this cow?!

308Here are a few more photos…I wish I had brought my “real” camera, but it was one more thing to carry. My phone did a pretty good job, but there was just no way to completely capture the beauty.

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It took us 10 hours to get home…over the course of the week we spent over 20 hours in the car and drove over 1000 miles, but it was still an amazing opportunity. (Also “amazing”, driving through the Park at 3am every morning because Junior refused to sleep.)  Thanks to homeschooling, I turned it into a “field trip” and Tater learned all about geography, geology, and even history.

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