Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Southern Utah 2017 Family Trip

Sep 2017 - Another fun fall family trip with all kids and spouses and all 10 grandkids.

It was great to have everyone together for a fun week sharing a large vacation home at Sand Hollow near St. George.  Activities included hiking at Zion National Park and Snow Canyon, wading and building sand castles as Sand Hollow State Park, swimming at the resort pool, early morning runs, walks around the golf course, enjoying the indoor slide and kids' castle at the house, creative games, and lots of big family meals and snacks.

Bridge to Emerald Pools at Zions.
Almost got all the grandkids in this pic, just missing the oldest and the youngest.  Ages here are 11, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 3 and 3.

 Lower Emerald Pool with 9 yr old.

5 grandkids that made the extra hike to the upper emerald pools with Yaya and Papa.

Zions  riverside hike. We saw squirrels and deer.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

 Snow Canyon hike

More red rocks at Snow Canyon

Two 3-yr olds enjoying a snack

View from roof of vacation house.

 Pool and hot tub, before the splashing began.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Grand Canyon 2017

March 2017 - Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back.


Springtime hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back with Ken, Kevin, Collin (12), and Carson (10).  Kevin's plans is to do this hike when each of his kids turns 10.  Two down, only four more to go!  I've done this twice now and lived to tell.  Bucket list item x2!

We hiked down Bright Angel trail which is supposed to be 9 miles, but seemed more like 11 miles, to the bottom of the canyon, crossed the Silver Bridge over the Colorado River and camped at Phantom Ranch area, Bright Angel campground.  The next day we hiked half way up and camped at Indian Gardens and finished hiking up the following day, arriving at the top rim about 11 AM.  Fun trip! 

 Not at the Grand Canyon, but here's a nice rainbow from the backyard of the house.  The desert plants enjoy a rare spring shower.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hawaii 2017

January - February 2017.  Hawaii trip to Maui and Kauai.

Love this picturesque greenery, pool, and beach scene. Across the water is the nearby island of Molokai. A perfect view, all from the balcony of our hotel/condo suite at Napili Kai Resort on Maui. 

From the pool area, looking back to our building.  Middle building, on the end right, second floor.

Beach area with soft golden sand and clear clean water all the way out to the rocks. Nice snorkeling here, variety of fish and sea life including octopus and sea turtle.

At the south end of Maui, sailed on this boat from Makena Beach out to Molokini Crater for some great snorkeling.

Molokini crater from the air and a sample of what the fish and coral look like there.  No, I didn't take these photos, but when we flew into Maui, we flew directly over the crater, what an amazing view!

 Great snorkeling!

January is humpback whale season in Hawaii.  We did one whale watching tour and mostly saw this . . . the backs of many whales and this . . . the tales of many whales as they dove down to the depths.

But when we did the Molokini Crater trip, we saw even more whales and even some doing this.


Back at Napili Kai, sunset from the balcony.

Sunset from the beach, over the island of Lanai in the distance.

On Kauai, boat tour to the Na Pali coast.  Up close and personal with sea caves and waves. The boat was amazingly close to the cliffs with waves crashing and spraying. So cool to see these huge caves and arches carved out of lava rocks by the sea.  Too rough to snorkel here.

Aloha Hawaii!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cruising 2016

 Europe Trip 2016.

Places visited:
Spanish Morocco
Transatlantic - lots of ocean out there!
Florida Gulf Coast

Pictured below:
 Pisa, Monaco, cruising the Mediterranean with a balcony room off the back of the ship, Barcelona street scene, Roman ruins in Spain, Cruise Ship Harmony of the Seas - new this year and the largest cruise ship in the world, and some beach time on Florida Gulf Coast. Quite a trip!


Beach time!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Where does Mickey live?

Two year old loves to tell us who lives at Disneyland.  It's Mickey Mouse, of course.

The whole family spent a fun week at Disneyland in September.  Great to have everyone together for five crazy days at Disneyland and California Adventure.  Yes, 5 full days, 8 adults. and 10 kids, 3 strollers, a few melt downs, hundreds of snacks, lots of fun!!!!


 12 yr old with hands in the air enjoys a rare ride on the kiddie coaster with the younger kids.  He was mostly off to the scarier rides with Kevin and Casey.  I spent most of the time with younger kids, so don't have many pictures of him.  Fun times!  Great kids!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Five 5Ks

This was a record summer for 5Ks.

Farmington Days - July
Orem church group - July
Provo Freedom Run - 4th of July
Temple to Temple - Provo run 24th of July
Payson Onion Days - Labor Day

Extra fun now because the grandkids are running too.
There were three medal winners in this group!

At the Payson Onion Days Run, this cute 7 year old in purple won first place in her age group, beating out all the 8 and 9 year old girls. The 5 year old also beat most of the 8 and 9 year old boys. He came in fourth.  So sad they had no medal for fourth place. They are way too fast for me.  Can't wait to see what they will do next!!

This Old Provo Temple to New Provo Temple race was all downhill, so new record times were set!
Why can't they all be like that?

It's also soccer season again.  Beautiful day at the soccer park in early September.

 Two year old is a big fan!
 Seven year old goes for the goal.
 Five year old scored a few goals and has a new trick of standing on his head!
It's really fun to live so close to these great kids and their parents.