Monday, June 14, 2010

Canyonlands National Park

Despite three previous trips to the Moab area, this was our first trip to Canyonlands National Park. I know it won't be our last since we only visited the Island in the Sky portion of the park.

Our first stop was a hike to Mesa Arch. You can't really tell from the photos, but the drop off just beyond the arch is hundreds of feet down. There was a woman who got up on the arch and did a few yoga balancing poses for photos. After that, Kate wanted to do her own "poses" at all the viewpoints...
I was not happy that Matt went across the arch.
Fortunately he has a good life insurance policy.
But then Kate wanted to go across.
This is as far as I would let her go.
I have a death grip on her.
Grandview Point.
Mom and Kate "posing"
A family shot
Jack was feeling tired, hot, hungry, and cranky (what a combo!), so he and Matt stayed in the car while Kate and I hiked Whale Rock. It was good for us to do together, and Kate was very proud of herself. Amazing views from the top.

A cairn as tall as Kate
Prettier than the view
The "pose"
That's where we were!
One last look before heading out
And, of course, we had to get Junior Ranger Badges!

Working on JR booklets at a viewpoint.
Park Ranger interview
We'll definitely go back to explore other areas of the park and do longer hikes as the kids get older.


Colorado Knitter said...

Canyonlands is one of my favorite places!

Penny said...

:) love the poses.