Monday, April 25, 2011

Our Trip {Chapter 2 - Amazing Day}

Chapter 2 - Amazing Day

We woke up on Friday morning to a happy toddler (the internet says babies don't actually remember night terrors...). The wind was gone and we were met with beautiful blue skies and warm air.

We decided that it was worth it to extend the hotel for another night. Yes, this was supposed to be a camping trip and we had arranged for my brother to bring us our tent and travel crib, but I just didn't have it in me to try to put James to bed in a tent (in the cold) after the night we had had. Luckily the hotel had room.

So we packed up our hiking things and headed back into the park to join my family for breakfast and a day of hiking. The campground my Mom rented was beautiful. Right near some amazing fins of the park, and right near the trail head to Landscape Arch. Anyone that knows this area knows it is truly beautiful.

We arrived in plenty of time for a delicious breakfast (delicious is James's new favorite word, btw, and says it "lishious"). The entire time breakfast was being cooked James was off visiting trees. He LOVES trees and the scrubby Juniper trees were noting short of miraculous, according to James.

At one point I also dug out some Easter goodies I had brought along. I decided to use a tin bucket as the Easter basket. The bunny also left some shovels, a Grover plush (my kid adores Grover, and can even say Grover!), a bubble fan, and a few other goodies. My favorite part was hiding some eggs and watching James look for them. He didn't quite get the entire point of the egg hunt, but was willing to participate long enough for me to get a few photos. ;)
The "ohhh" face is still going strong.
One thing James was loving was playing with Dada's hat. He'd pull it off E's head and indicate he'd want it on his head. Then he'd give it back to E and when asked if he wants it on Dada's head. He loved it, this game went over and over.
I did not saturate this photo. The light is just that golden.
Soon the entire group packed lunches and all decided to hike the Delicate Arch trail. We were super thrilled. James seems to really love hiking on E's back. We arrived at the trail head and set off. James was as happy as a clam.

The weather was perfect. Cool enough to hike in but warm and wonderful in the sun. James was so excited to be hiking again he was dancing in the pack, shifting his weight quickly from side to side. E kept joking that he was getting an excellent core workout.

We arrived at Delicate Arch in about an hour and all sat down to have lunch. It was so awesome being at this amazing Utah landmark with my little man.

How did E capture this shot without a huge crowd in the background? He has magic powers I tell you.
The area around the arch is pretty steep, so we didn't want James walking. As you can see he really wanted to smile for the camera again. Yea, he was trying to escape.
On the hike back to the car James conked out. I can hardly believe he was comfortable enough to stay asleep, but I think he was so exhausted from the day before he needed the rest badly.

We knew the backpack to car seat transfer would not work. So E proved his undying love for his boy. He kept walking for another hour (around and around a little cabin near the trail head) to keep James asleep. Finally, after he walked another mile he decided to sit down. James promptly woke up (of course), but was happy and well rested.

Looks comfy, doesn't it?

My family had gone onto other hiking and because of our napping boy, E, James and I were alone. We decided to hop over to Skyline Arch for a bit before heading back to the campground for dinner. Instead of putting him back in the hiking backpack we let him "hike".

This meant we got barely twenty steps down the trail before James found a fascinating tree and wanted to stop for a half an hour. Because we love him so, E and I just sat on the warm red sand and let him visit the tree to his heart's content.

My boy loves my camera lens these days. At least he's looking at me, right? And notice Skyline Arch over his little shoulder?

I smiled from ear to ear when I saw this photo on my camera's preview screen.
Acting goofy.
Late in the afternoon we decided to head back to the campground since E and I were in charge of dinner for the entire family that night. We got right to work. Chopping chicken and onions, starting briquettes and playing with the baby. We made chicken pot pie in the dutch oven because we were sure it would be a crowd pleaser, and it really was. Everyone loved it.

James happily played with his adoring family members as the sun sunk low into the sky. He visited even more trees and was on his best behavior for the entire evening.

E working on his masterpiece with the help of both his dutch ovens.
Auntie Melissa is the best. Not only does she and James adore each other, she was always more than happy to help out if I needed to assist E with the dinner making.
Sideways eyeballs? He loves this look and does it all the time. I've been trying to capture it on camera and so glad I finally succeeded. Notice in this photo and the last one, he's visiting his tree friends.
This insanely blue bird came by our campsite. We have no idea what type he is, but he was crazy blue! Almost neon.
Right near the end of the evening James and Auntie Melissa had a dance party. James was loving it and swinging his hips from side to side (and doing the side eyes again!)
True love, these two.
At 7:30ish we called it a day. We had had such a fun full day and packed up the baby and went back to the hotel in Moab. He slept like a wonderful little man and everyone in the family felt refreshed for Saturday. I'll post about our last day in Arches in the next day or two.

So glad this amazing day was so great. I thought after Thursday I might be done with Arches. ;)


  1. Anonymous9:27 AM

    such a fun trip! so happy I got to dance with the little man :)

    Auntie Melissa

  2. What a fun day! I love the egg photos and the hiking photos! What fun memories.

  3. Anonymous10:01 PM

    Congratulations for this kid! he's so cute!!
    He reminds me a lot tomy little nephew who lives in Argentina, so right now he's probably sleeping in his little bed of the Buenos Aires apartment where my sister lives... I really miss them! Thanks for sharing this, you brough to my mind so beatiful images


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