As soon as the kids got tired, Irrational Linus made an appearance:
Moses: I'm sorry, Linus.
Linus: NO!! Don't say, "I'm sorry, Linus," EVER!!
The day wasn't done so Woo rattled off some more arches we could see, and described what they looked like.
Moses (from the back of the car, in a small, high-pitched voice): I'm scared.
Or maybe this picture is more appropriate?
I kind of thought that the littles would get their naps in the car, but Penelope fought sleep with everything she had. At one point she had just closed her eyes when Woo shouted, "Who wants to go see this arch?!" Her eyes popped open and her arm shot into the air, "Me!"
She did not want to miss anything!
But, it was unsustainable. Her eyes drooped shut and her hand slipped down in the next second.
We thought we would go into town and eat dinner under some large trees at a nice park in Moab, but we drove up to the most uninviting park ever. The entire thing was encompassed by sky-high, chain linked fences. There was a playground in the middle, but it too was also surrounded by chain linked fence -- even over the top of it! (You've got to be preemptive with all those fly ball lawsuits.)
Much to our surprise, the playground contained the kids' favorite attraction so far:
Thank goodness for rocking dinosaurs.
We returned to tents that, thankfully, hadn't blown away during the day. After putting the kids to bed, Woo searched fruitlessly for Ibuprofen in the car's first aid and 72-hr kit for his head and shin. Now we know.
We took our time taking down camp the next morning, making sure to make the kids get a picture in front of the dried-up, elk carcass hanging near our spot.
The kids drew pictures in the sand with sticks, enjoyed the warm sunshine, and made obvious observations about everything in our environment.
Woo: I don't mean to be a know-it-all, but ...
anything you guys say, ...
I already know.
The drive to Negro Bill Canyon started out a little rough, with some yelling from the kids, but it eventually simmered down to some passionate debating.
Ruby (trying to convince Herbie that she knows the real reason the dinosaurs died) Plus, I'm a scientist! I study everything!
Woo (under his breath) And that was the most convincing part of your story, Ruby ...
The kids loved the trail up the canyon! The many stream crossings made them forget that they'd been tired of hiking yesterday. In fact, Moses mentioned it as his favorite thing on the whole trip.
But, if I had known exactly how the trail was going to be, I probably wouldn't have done it with kids this young. There are a few yards where the trail is right on a cliff. I've seen my kids trip just walking through the living room enough times to have been a little nervous.
We did make it through just fine. I was also a little nervous about kids swimming in the pool that was waiting for us at the top. That turned out to be completely unfounded, because this is all that was waiting for us.
Good thing a puddle and some rocks and some dirt are all we need!
Arches overhead are also pretty cool (and apparently hilarious).
I'd had some trouble getting Archie to calm down while wearing him in the baby carrier all trip long, but I guess it really didn't click for me that he really didn't like it until his cries were echoing all through the canyon when we loaded up to go back down. It's kind of funny because it's soothing to most babies, but I think he really likes to see in front of him. He had no problem when I put him in facing forward yesterday.
We stayed a night in Price to clean up for a cousin's baptism the next day. My own hot shower, then bath, then shower (I must've been in there for over an hour ... ) was heaven. Woo finally got some Ibuprofen, and we all enjoyed seeing family at the baptism.
Hope you all enjoyed your Spring Break as well!