April 2011

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Kodachrome State Park is Great Base Camp

Kodachrome State Park is Great Base Camp

On our recent spring break camping trip in southwestern Utah, we spent two nights camping and one day hiking and exploring Utah’s Kodachrome State Park. We had been to the area before and loved it.
This state park gets its name, Kodachrome, from a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition that named the area after its popular [...]

Have Workout, Will Travel

Have Workout, Will Travel

Normally I would take a reprieve from training during our family’s spring break. After all, I was getting some exercise. We hiked every day. But the hikes were fun and enjoyable — not “training” efforts.
The fact that in less than four weeks I will be hiking from North to South across Zion National Park — [...]

Hiking and Hunting For Treasure in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Hiking and Hunting For Treasure in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

One of the many highlights of our week-long family camping trip in southwestern Utah was a hike to Calf Creek Falls in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which was set aside as a national monument in 1996, contains 1.9 million acres of land in southern Utah. There are three main regions: the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits [...]

Utah’s Goblin Valley is a Hit for Families

Utah’s Goblin Valley is a Hit for Families

We recently returned from a week-long camping trip in southwestern Utah for spring break. About every other year we head for southern Utah’s state parks and national parks to get dirty, hike, climb on big rocks, camp, play games, sit around a camp fire, star gaze and eat as many s’mores as possible.
For this trip, [...]

“Surprise Adventure” Was a Splash

“Surprise Adventure” Was a Splash

Last Sunday morning, I roused my husband, Jerry, and our three sons, out of bed. I told them to “rise and shine” and get their clothes on because we were going on a surprise adventure.
We started their surprise adventure off right by stopping at the local bakery to get ‘em a box of donuts. Next, [...]