S: Summer 2012 - Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion
FC: Summer 2012
1: Summer 2012 - Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Las Vegas
2: First family plane ride Boys bought Turtle & Booger in the Jax airport
4: We headed to the strip. Went to top of Paris' Eiffel Tower to watch the Bellagio fountains
5: We walked on the strip but it was very crowded. Saw the KISS wedding chapel and had dinner at Cabo Wabo
6: Family photo in Paris | We walked through the Venetian and Paris Hotels
8: Helicopter ride over the Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon
11: Views from the helicopter of Hoover Dam, Lake Meade and the West Entrance of Grand Canyon
12: Flying up the Colorado River. The black dots in pic below are other helicopters in our group. The runway pic below was used in Thelma & Louise
13: Landing in the Canyon 4,000 feet below the rim.
14: Exploring the Canyon. The boys grabbed the ipods and took pictures too.
16: Family photos with the helicopter. EC-130 with wrap around windows.
18: The whole trip lasted about 4 1/2 hours with lunch at the bottom of the canyon
19: Leaving the Canyon. Chris fell asleep on the way back.
21: Hoover Dam and Memorial Bridge 900 ft above the Colorado River
23: HOOVER DAM
24: Exploring the Dam and Memorials
26: Road Trip Vegas to Grand Canyon Views of Route 66 and hopping around in the Van
27: Animals along the route. Goat under a bridge and Elk headed into the Canyon
30: After the long van ride the kids loved playing on the rocks at the overlooks. They wrote their names in the wall and got covered in dust.
32: Grand Views
34: Dad's timing was perfect. We made it to the canyon in time for exploring and rock climbing before seeing a spectacular sunset. Mather Point See Dad and boys in the picture below.
38: Still playing in the canyon and enjoying the views
39: Dinner in the Coronado Room in our Hotel. We tried the Elk which was delicious
42: Along the Rim Trail and Yavapai Point The boys had guys and toys playing with them on the rocks and walls.
44: Hopi House and More Stunning Views of the Canyon along the South Rim
46: We stopped along the South Rim and Climbed out onto an outcrop. Steep views over the sides. Took pics looking back up too.
50: Views near a great stop for lunch. Cheers
52: Great spot for lunch. Off the main path so no crowds. Off exploring in the woods along the South Rim.
54: Views off the beaten path. The rock below seemed like you could just push it over.
57: Near the Grandview trail head. Great trees for climbing and picture taking.
59: Our only hike into the Canyon, a partial walk down Grandview Trail. The kids loved climbing on the rocks
61: The best views of the Colorado River at Lipan Point.
63: Inside the Watchtower
64: Taking more photos at Desert View
65: Views of the East End of the Canyon
66: Leaving the Canyon, Headed to Keyenta and Monument Valley
67: A long day of rock climbing wore them out
68: Monument Valley
71: Just in time to see the Sunset
73: Sunset Pictures and dinner at the Visitor Center
78: From Arizona to Utah. Monument Valley to Valley of the Gods. Our fun filled VAN!
81: Mexican Hat - 60 foot wide sombrero shaped rock outcropping. Fun in the Van. Thank goodness for electronics.
82: Valley of the Gods
83: Awesome rock formations in a flat valley. Great for rock climbing.
84: Look for the little specks of rock climbers in each pic. Even Chad in one to right and our van too.
85: ROCK CLIMBING
86: Great views for family photos. Awesome aerial shot below.
88: We found the perfect set of rocks for climbing and jumping off.
91: Look for more tiny rock climbers in each picture
93: Looking back on the road just traveled
95: Sipapu Bridge
97: great place for a picnic | more rock climbing
98: Looking up at the kids from our lunch spot
99: Beginning the walk down to Kachina Bridge 210 feet high, 204 feet span
100: Great walk down along the side of the rocks
101: See Chris in the bottom left pic for some perspective. Found neat lines and heart formations in the rocks
104: Along the way we found more rocks to climb and DANCE on.
106: KACHINA BRIDGE
107: A look at the walk back up and view from the top again.
112: OWACHOMO BRIDGE
114: lEAVING NATURAL BRIDGES A GREAT SPOT FOR THE KIDS TO EXPLORE AND CLIMB
115: Beautiful views along the Colorado River
116: Best thing about the car ride...we could stop anywhere along the road to go exploring. We stopped to walk across this bridge over the Colorado River
117: Boys took turns throwing rocks and, of course, spitting over the side into the river. Then they ran across the rest of the way to the van.
118: HWY95 views of Lake Powell at Hite, Utah and Glen Canyon. We drove by this and turned around to stop and go exploring
119: Enjoying views of Lake Powell at Hite Crossing. A group was hitting golf balls into the canyon.
121: Pics from our hotel in Torrey. Great view from our room. Patio for dinner. Car ride games, and Corey wiped out on a rock.
122: Starting our sightseeing ride along US12. Found more rocks to dance on!
123: The trees were beautiful on this stretch of road and we saw some big deer.
124: Great panoramic views along the road and stopped to smell the flowers
128: Petrified Forest A fun hike up and down the hillside
130: We had never been to a petrified forest. Pics from the view from the top. Kids did great. Chris got a lift from Papa on the way back down
132: Ride into Bryce Canyon area Tons of pronghorn families. See the babies!
133: And prairie dogs too! They were very cute. Loved the pronghorns hanging by the Residential Sign. Pics from the van ride fun!
135: First views of Bryce at the far end of the trail. I liked the butt shots.
137: Views from Rainbow point. Elevation ~9000ft Notice the jackets. It was a bit chilly in June.
139: Black Birch Canyon Views
140: Climbing off the beaten path to get a different view of the canyon
142: Ponderosa, Black Birch, and Natural Bridge Chad breaking the law!
144: Start of our hike into the canyon at Sunset Point. Navajo and Queen's Loop
146: Hiking into the canyon down switchbacks. Path gets narrower and narrower. And has tunnels and rocks to climb and jump from.
148: Down to the narrowest part of the walk into the canyon.
149: Both Nana and Chris fell along the path and then had dusty butts.
150: Reached the bottom walk along Wall Street with tall trees and rocks on either side. Dusty feet and Chad had left his camera and took a different way down.
152: Found this great area with stones; visitors had made towers and formations on the ground and in trees. We made some of our own.
153: Hiking along the bottom of the canyon
155: Great views from down in the canyon, looking up at the hoo doos. And of course more things to climb on!
156: Starting our climb out of the canyon!
158: A bit rougher going up than coming down! Beautiful views of the trail. Corey found a great place to throw rocks off into the canyon!
159: More tunnels and switchbacks on the way back out of the canyon. We should have brought drinks and snacks for the kids!
160: We made it!!!! Tough but rewarding hike! Celebrating back at the top at Sunrise Point.
162: Some more inspirational pictures and views!
165: At Bryce Point and the amphitheater of grottos
166: More animals on our last morning in Bryce
167: Sightseeing and shopping
169: Zion-Mount Carmel Hwy into Zion. Great twists, turns, and tunnels
170: Stopped along the highway to jump and climb like the goats!
171: Starting our trek on Canyon Overlook Trail. A great hike along the side of a river valley that ends with a great view.
172: This was such a fun family walk. Fairly flat with great trees, overhangs, rocks and views.
175: Getting the kids to take a sweet pic was not always easy
177: We made it to the end of the trail overlooking Zion! Amazing!
178: On the trek back we stopped along the overhangs and rocks
182: At the Zion Visitor Center and Riding the Shuttle Bus
183: A little mouse or ground squirrel joined us for lunch.
184: Hike to Lower Emerald Pool. Great walk along the river in the canyon and woods up to the pool
187: Water ran down the walls and off the overhang so you could stand behind the waterfall.
189: Riverside walk to the Narrows. We had the Park Superintendent as our tour guide.
190: A beautiful walk along the steep sides of the canyon and rocky riverbed
194: Walking The Narrows. We had walking sticks and good shoes to get wet. No one fell in. Chris wasn't so sure about getting his shoes wet at first.
196: This was as far as we walked. It got waist deep after this.
198: Hiking back was more fun in the river. Throwing rocks and making big splashes.
199: My running shoes got a bit wet!
201: A perfect hike! The kids did awesome! And walked back out of the canyon as the sun was going down.
203: Our hotel and shopping outside of Zion in Springdale, Utah. Dinner at the Bit Spur.
204: Clowning around in Circus Circus and the Adventuredome!
205: Skee Ball! Drifters Hot Air Balloons and Some Crazy Spinning ride for Chad and Kenzie
206: Our last night on vacation. Freemont Street and Hennessey's for dinner.
207: All of the kids battled Darth Vadar! Kenzie attached him and he surrendered!
208: Enjoying the indoor hotel pool before we head home.
210: Chad, Kristy, and I went out for a night in Vegas! We only lost Chad once.
211: Last dinner together in the airport. Tired kids headed home.
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