Bryce Canyon National Park

Our second day of touring National Parks was spent at beautiful Bryce Canyon. We started off at the visitor center, learning about how the iconic hoodoos form. Then we walked along the rim of the canyon by Sunrise Point and hiked down into the canyon a bit on the Fairyland Trail.

Once we turned around and hiked back up to the rim, we started walking towards Sunset Point, but it started raining heavy enough to make us retreat to the car. We drove down to the back of the park, to a place called Rainbow Point, experiencing tons of thunder and lightening along the way. It was raining so hard that we couldn’t see much from Rainbow Point.

We drove back and took refuge in the visitors center, so the boys could finish up their Junior Ranger workbooks. They earned their badge and were sworn in as Bryce Canyon Junior Rangers.

The rain let up and we finished off our day at Sunset Point, taking in the amazing views. I think we all agreed that Bryce Canyon was much more beautiful than Zion, and highly recommended.


Zion National Park

We were in Utah for a cousin’s wedding, but we decided to make it a mini-trip and see lots of the National Parks in the area. Our first full day in Utah was spent in Zion National Park.

We started our visit with a hike up to Weeping Rock, an alcove carved out of the sandstone cliff where water soaks in from above the cliff and slowly drips out. All the alcove walls are covered in hanging gardens of small plants. It was lightly raining, so the water dripping from overhead didn’t make much difference to us at the time.

Next we rode the shuttle to a different part of the park and hiked along the Virgin river to the Lower Emerald Pools, which are formed by a couple small waterfalls. On the way back from the pools we saw a mommy and baby deer, which the boys enjoyed seeing.

We finished our day riding the shuttle to the back of Zion Canyon, and hiking along the river as the canyon narrows. We didn’t make it all the way back to “The Narrows“, which is where the canyon is only 10’s of feet across and you have to walk in the river to go deeper into the gorge, but it was beautiful nonetheless.


Connor Daddy Day At Legoland

Gavin was off at a Padres game with a buddy of his, so Connor and I had a day together at Legoland. He had a blast getting to choose everything we did and getting all the attention 😉


Little League: TNT vs Green


Soccer: Dinosaurs vs Gold Lightening

The dinosaurs had their new team banner on display today. Unfortunately, Connor’s name was misspelled, but there wasn’t much we could do about that.


Connor Wins The Trustworthiness Award

Connor got awarded a “Trustworthiness Character Counts Pillar” award during the monthly school assembly. Way to go Connor!