Monday, March 23, 2009

Trip to Cedar City

We had a trip planned to see Dwayne's parents since we had a three day weekend. At the last minute Dwayne ended up staying home to work. Since Aimee got her driver's license on Monday and we left on Friday, she was anxious to drive. She drove all the way to Cedar City. On Saturday morning, Grandpa took us to Parowan Gap to see some Indian writings. He was a great tour guide. He showed us where Great Grandpa's name was on a monument for helping preserve these writings.

Here is Emilee standing in front of some of the lower petroglyphs.

We're off to do more exploring!

There were some tiny caves for the littler kids to play in.

Then we moved on to play on the siderails!

They had balancing contests!

Aubree won!

Someone took this lovely picture of me looking on as everyone else climbed up the side of the mountain. There was a lot of loose rock and it was a little tricky!

Grandpa climbed up to get a better picture of some of the writings. He was way up there and scared us all.

Emilee is not much for heights and stayed fairly close to the bottom, especially when the rocks started moving beneath her feet.

Lynzee and Aubree climbed the highest. Here is their victory pose. Lance and Aimee stuck together below them.

Coming down was the trickiest!

Lance told Aimee he would help her down because he had more climbing skills and I think it was true. He was fast on that mountain!

When he got down he decided to dig instead of joining his sisters for a photo shoot on the rock.

We did get a family picture on the cement barricade. Getting all of us up there at the same time was the difficult part.

We were going to have a picnic at a spot Grandpa knew that was 15 minutes away on a dirt road. As you can see, our tires didn't make it. It wasn't a really bad dirt road, but soon into the drive I looked out the window to see rubber flapping around. Grandpa was leading the way in his jeep and didn't see us pull over. When we got out to check the damage we could hear air escaping and the front tire was rapidly deflating as well. Guess what? No spare tire! It's in Dwayne's shop in Clearfield.

Grandpa noticed we weren't following him and came back to our rescue.

He took Emilee, Lynzee, and Aubree (the photographer) back to Cedar City in his Jeep where he made arrangements for a tow truck to come back and pick us up.

They took us to Big O tires where Grandpa got us 4 beautiful, strong, new tires.

We ended the trip a day early and came back home on Sunday after going to church with Grandpa. We missed Grandma who went to Arizona to see Aunt Jan for her birthday. It was an interesting trip -- not quite as we planned, but memorable and fun.


Blackeyedsue said...

I was wondering what Aimee's FB status meant. How scary! What a fun weekend getaway! I love posts with pictures telling the story. By-the-way, that picture of you that someone snapped...STUNNING! You are so pretty!

Laurie said...

Wow, how things change in such a short amount of time! Your kids are growing up, especially Amy. I can hardly believe that she is of driving age already. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

We do miss ALL of our friends in Utah, especially our kiddos.

daiseymae said...

Fun trip! We did a lot of climbing and exploring indian ruins on our family vacation a few years ago. It was great! We all loved it. especiallly the part where we were following a narrow dirt road only to turn the corner and find a river in the way. We couldn't back up so we had to go through it. It was about waist deep and we were all worried we would get stuck with no way out, but we made it and now we laugh about it.

Good memories. In a few years your kids will still be talking about the time they went with grandpa on the dirt road and the tires got shreaded by the dirt road. They will laugh and remember how much fun they had.

Bilary said...

I can't believe Aimee can drive! Holy cow! Your kids are all beautiful, and I am so impressed with Lance's climbing skills. He is such a little gentleman to help his sister! So sweet.

I'm glad you are all back safe. I didn't know about the tire incident. You are one brave girl to take your kids by yourself. I'm glad grandpa was there to help!

Picture Perfect said...

That's one crazy road trip! That tire looked terrible, The rock climbing looks like a ton of fun though! That's a good entertainer for the kids!