For spring break we spent a few days in the Cedar City/St. George area in a cool house that was owned by the neighboring hotel, so we still got to use the pool and the nice breakfast. I thought it was a great set-up for multiple families traveling together.
We went with our dear friends the Petersons. Our first fun plan was to hike in Kolob Canyon. Little did we know, they have some pretty strict rules there about how many people can hike together. The rangers actually chased us in their vehicle to the trail head and fairly waved us down, double checking how many were in each family and if we "knew that other family", even though they weren't in our party. It still counts if you know each other. Discrimination by association!! Apparently you can only have 12 people in one party on the trail per 24 hours. Our "party" had 13. Okay, I get that they are trying to preserve the trail. The dumb thing was, the parking lot was full of cars and people were streaming onto the trail--but they had the benefit of not knowing each other. Lame. Luckily, I had some bad indigestion and opted to be the odd man out. So I hung out in the van. Good thing the whole thing was free with Boston's 4th grader National Parks pass.
When they were done we went on a different trail that was not so strictly (and pointlessly) regulated.
The following day we spent climbing on the rocks and formations in St. George. We also played at the park, fed the ducks, went swimming, went to the movies, and visited the St. George Temple visitor center. Luke was on the tail end of potty training and had an accident at one of the parks, and I had forgotten the change of clothes, so I spent a good chunk of time driving around looking for a KMart. It wasn't my best trip ever.
|Leslie and Abby|
|Talk about the most adorable hikers...pretty much ever. (And check out the snake-grass.)|
|Mark "jumped" Luke over several stream crossings.|
We also did some other fun things that month.
|The kids pet the snake at the Bean Museum.|
|Macy and Leslie got to go to Leslie's previous Jr. High's production of Cinderella. They were pretty excited.|
|Some of Leslie's besties were in the play.|
Then it was off to our big adventure in Hawaii. We haven't been on a trip just the two of us for nine years. (Also how long it has been since I've been on a plane.) Mark turned 40 and it was kind of a birthday present, but we decided to delay it until our anniversary because by then my Mom was beginning her semi-retirement and was able to come and live at our house (zoo) for a week with the kiddos. It's a good thing we waited because if we had bought tickets for Mark's birthday I would still have been on the IV, I think, or at least recovering from surgery and we would have had to cancel.
The kids were pretty supportive of the whole thing. They were excited to see their Grandma. Plus, a few weeks before, Macy had announced that when she turns 10 it will be her "Golden Birthday". I corrected her and told her that 50 is usually the Golden one, and told the kids about anniversaries. Twenty-five is silver, etc. They asked us what is the 17th anniversary. I very matter-of-factly informed them that 17 is the "Aloha Anniversary", and they totally swallowed it.
So, these pictures are all out of order because they are cobbled together from both of our phones. They are also probably kind of boring because our cute kiddos aren't in them. Most of the pictures we took were of stuff we wanted to show the kids or tell the kids about. We also didn't take any pictures snorkeling or swimming or surfing attempts because we didn't want to have to worry about our phones at the beach. I also forgot to take a picture the day I visited my college friend Rosie. Mark got to visit his buddy Aaron as well, and they did take a picture, but I don't know where it is.
|The general area where they filmed Jurassic Park.|
|The Iolani Palace. We took the tour and I thought it was pretty cool. Any interior museum pictures you see are probably from in this building.|
|I think my favorite was exploring the big Mighty Mo battleship. Our boys have a book that they like about Pearl Harbor and they would have loved that whole day.|
|part of Pearl Harbor in the background.|
|I was interested in the chocolate trees at the Dole Plantation but too cheap to buy a $9 chocolate bar to see if it tasted any different from the stuff we have at home.|
A full on rainbow when we came back from the temple. Our room was ten floors up.
|The oil slick still active from the sunken Arizona.|
|It was cool hearing about the signing of the peace treaty and be on the deck where they signed it.|
|I knew the boys would be interested to see all the lava rocks for everything.|
|the Hawaii State Capitol|
|This is a funny picture. I was trying to hurry and take a picture from the front of our canoe and Mark was chewing me out. "Honey, pick up a paddle!"|
|Mark's ukulele lesson. I think he got through "You are my Sunshine".|
|View from the Laie temple. The ocean is hard to see in this picture but it is straight out.|
|Mark didn't want to try on the hat. This is his reluctant face.|
|On the way back from snorkeling. We only went once because it made Mark sick. (He got sick snorkeling on our cruise 9 years ago as well.) I was super impressed by my freaky beach hair. If only I had curls, it would be cool.|
|Really. Crazy. Beach hair. I've been boating lots of times and it never looks this bad with the plain old lake water.|
|Tiger claw necklace.|
|Wild chickens all over the place. This was at a picnic table in front of a bookstore.|
|Some beaches of the Great Salt Lake as we were landing.|