Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy 24th of July!

This year the 24th of July was pretty quite.
I had the day off, but Andy did not.  So, I just hung out at home with Lincoln.

I made sure to dress him in his patriotic outfit and get a few cute pictures in.







That evening we headed over to Jon's house for a BBQ with the family.  Then Andy stayed for some fireworks while I took Linkie home to bed.  It was a nice simple holiday.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Capitol Reef: Day 2

The next morning in Captiol Reef dawned stormy and windy.
It had been EXTREMELY windy all night.  It was rocking our little trailer.  We were so surprised (and happy) that Lincoln slept through it all.

We decided to pack up for a hike and see if the weather would clear up.
Which it did by the time we got into the park.
It turned into a beautiful morning!


We decided to do the Hickman Bridge trail.  It seemed like one of the safest considering the sketchy weather.

At the trailhead:



We loaded Lincoln up in his backpack carrier and he seemed happy as can be.



A trend which continued the entire time.  He loved riding in that thing!




Still happy as can be!

 The scenery was spectacular!  And we even found a little place to hike down into.






Finally we made it to Hickman Bridge:



We decided to take a break under the bridge and have some snacks and rest in the shade.


Lincoln was happy to get out of his pack for a little bit too.


Then it was time to head back down the trail.


By the time we reached the car Lincoln had fallen asleep.  So, we decided to take a drive through the park and see some of the sites.

At one stop there were some Indian Petroglyphs.  They were up high on the wall and so cool to see.



We made sure to take the "Scenic Drive" as well.  It was beautiful!


Even though the storm clouds and rain started moving in during our drive.





Lincoln eventually woke up so we decided to stop at a little park for some lunch.  We stopped by the Gifford House again and bought some yummy desserts.  I guess they are known for their delicious pies, so of course I had to get one.  It was pretty dang good!



We decided that the storm clouds and rain were getting too menacing, and Capitol Reef is highly susceptible to flash-flooding that we would call it a day.

On our way out of the park we decided to stop at Goosenecks Point.


The view of this canyon was spectacular!


And Lincoln was still being a happy camper.


Due to the weather conditions we made the decision to cut our trip a little bit short and drove home that afternoon.  It was a nice day to drive home with the A/C anyways since it was so stormy.

We had a really great time visiting Captiol Reef National Park.  We will definitely be going back there sometime soon.

Capitol Reef: Day 1

This past weekend Andy and I planned a quick little trip down to Capitol Reef National Park.
It was a first time for both of us to visit there, so we were excited to go.

Sadly, the air conditioning in the Jeep went out on our way down, which made for a bit of a hot ride, but we made it.

Lincoln was so happy to get out of the car.

We hauled our little trailer Rosie down there and stayed at an RV park in Torrey.
Here is the view from our campground:

That first day we headed into the park and started at the Visitor's Center.  We took off from there to follow the trail through the Fruita Historic District.

The park was so beautiful!


The orchards that are grown in the valley between all the red rock cliffs are wonderful.




The Fremont River:

Near the end of the trail we were on was the Gifford House.  It is an old homestead that they have converted into a small store and museum.



Lincoln was having a good time seeing all the new things.


In a little park along the way were these giant Cottonwood trees.  Amazing.



After our exploring around the park we headed back to camp.  We headed out for dinner across the street at Cafe Diablo.  It was pretty good.  Of course we had to try their famous Rattlesnake Cakes.

For the rest of the evening we just let Lincoln unwind in the trailer.  He seemed to have a good time crawling around where we would let him.



Thursday, July 9, 2015

10 Months Old!

Our little Stinky Linky turned 10 months old yesterday!


All I can say is that we love this little guy!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Flaming Gorge: Exploring with the Family

When we met back up with the rest of our group the kids due to return from their horseback ride soon.  The kids seemed to have a really good time on the horses.  For some of them it was their first time on a horse.





Once the kids were all done we decided to head back over to Red Canyon to see the sights with the whole family and hike around on the trail a bit.
The views were spectacular even though it was on the stormy side.







After wandering around the Red Canyon area we decided to drive the Sheep Creek Geological Loop and see the sites.  It was stormy along the way with a slight drizzle coming down, but it was still a pretty neat drive.





When we got back to camp everyone settled in and had some yummy dinner.  Then we started up a campfire and spent the rest of the evening hanging out and watching a few fireworks in the distance. 

Lincoln was so good for the entire trip!  He slept well every night in his pack-n-play.
What a cute little trooper!


This family trip turned out really good.  I think everyone had a good time and we were able to do a bunch of different things.  This trips are a wonderful thing for us to do each year!