Lake Powell, Arizona

The entrance to Wahweap campground at Lake Powell was a stunner.

I really think this spot has been my most favorite yet. The view plus the smooth trail in front where the kids could ride scooters for hours on end. Even Z got in a few “hikes”. This was taken from our front door. 🙌🏻

So hard to say goodbye to this gorgeous view. We will be back this way when we hit Monument Valley later in the year and I *really* want to rent a boat when we come back.

2020-01-06T23:47:29-06:00April 21st, 2018|Jude, Jonah, RV Life, Taryn, Zachary|

Horseshoe Bend with kids

Horseshoe Bend. It was a pretty intense hike there and back. Sand is tough on my injured foot. But the reward was totally worth it. Any guesses on which kid gave me a heart attack by walking right up to the edge?! It was *not* Jonah!  It was totally Taryn.

Wearing Jonah at Horseshoe Bend was a must. And this is about as close as they got to the edge. I love his head peeking around to see the view below 😍

When the world is your playground.

The hike up (and then down lol) to Horseshoe Bend was beautiful. I put a short video up on YouTube about the logistics of this adventure with kids.

2020-01-04T16:11:18-06:00April 21st, 2018|RV Life, Jonah, Jude, Taryn, Zachary|

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon was a dream today. Get ready for an obscene amount of oversharing. Oh, and let’s pretend Taryn doesn’t look taller than me here ok?

This place, it changes you. I was so overwhelmed midway through I teared up. It’s completely indescribable. And I’ve never felt so inadequate as a photographer. This place has a soul and it feels impossible to tell the story with a lens.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect at the canyon. I thought you walked in, viewed it and walked out. But it’s actually a hike *through*, almost 1/2 a mile to get to the other side where you can exit and explore a bit. Then we returned the same way we came. The Upper canyon is pretty dark right in the middle of that 1/2 mile, it’s almost other worldly! Our guide made a comment about not being able to photograph the middle because it was dark and Jase and I giggled to ourselves. I used to be a birth photographer, shooting in the dark is my jam!

I could have spent all day in the canyon taking texture photographs. We lucked in to getting a guide who usually does the photo specific tours. I really wanted to do one of those tours but they are 2x the money and we couldn’t take the kids on that one. He knew exactly where to direct me though and it was so helpful!

When we purged the house I got rid of a bunch of old camera equipment. But I held on to my 13 year old Nikon D50. It was my first DSLR and the camera I learned on. When we moved in to the RV it got tucked in a cabinet. When we finally got around to digging it out for the kids to learn to use, it kept giving me errors. I finally got it working again last night and Jude was so thrilled to have it just in time for Antelope Canyon! Our guide helped him with his settings before we entered and he did so good. I’ll be posting some of his pics over the next day or so.

Jude captured this photo of Zachary. It perfectly tells the story of Z’s time in Antelope Canyon. He was alllll about the sand.

Jonah was the only one not impressed. He was so bored. I was surprised….I thought he’d love it. Like it was a fort or something, but nope, not interested. I think his favorite part was the very bumpy off road ride there lol.

We used Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours and highly recommend them.  We got lucky and were the last group to enter and we were at the back of the line since it took us awhile to install our carseat in the vehicle going out to the canyon.  This worked in our favor because we could then turn around during the tour and photograph the empty “room” with no one in it.  By the time we left there were multiple tour companies running and it was VERY crowded.  I highly recommend this tour company because they started earlier than the rest and it makes a big difference in how enjoyable the experience is without the big crowds.  So my big tip is:  go early and go in last if you can.

Also  worth noting, we chose upper because we didn’t have to climb ladders in upper.  With my foot injury it just made more sense for us.  Lower is less accessible.  Also, you cannot baby wear in the canyon, we had to carry Z or let him walk.  This is to keep the walls from being scratched.

2020-01-04T15:59:50-06:00April 20th, 2018|Zachary, Jonah, Jude, RV Life, Taryn|

The town that feels like the Cars movie: Williams, Arizona

This guy and I went on a date last night. For the first time in over a year, just the two of us. We walked down old Route 66, took in the old neon lights and sites. We held hands and he opened doors for me. I took a few photos and we meandered the fun shops. It’s was perfect. Slowly but surely I’m finding myself pulling myself out and doing “normal” things that felt overwhelming and hard after the trauma. Tonight was fun and it felt so good to feel that again.

The Disney movie Cars was modeled after this cute little town in the middle of nowhere on Route 66.  We heard that the movie artists visited before they began working on their first renderings.  It’s so easy to see and feel how similar it is.

 

2020-01-04T15:21:47-06:00April 18th, 2018|Jonah, RV Life|

Grand Canyon National Park

It’s big.

Jason has been talking about taking a trip to the Grand Canyon since we first met. It was really cool to see his dream come true today. This is one of the adventures he’s really been looking forward to and was high on his bucket list.

Keeping it real here. Our morning was filled with a bunch of different PTSD triggers. The weather was rough including 50 MPH wind gusts all day long (gosh that takes so much out of all of us). And Zachary only wanted to run everywhere and cried a lot of the day. Traveling with kids can throw some curve balls but I’m so thankful I have this guy at my side to field them all. On the plus side, Jonah did great! We wore him in the toddler Tula in all the places with dropoffs or no rails (this photo isn’t one, there is a large area of rock behind them). We totally could have done the stroller but we weren’t sure going in and decided to play it safe and wear both of the boys. Best decision ever! Thanks to everyone who gave us the advice to wear him, it saved our sanity on an otherwise challenging day.

It was grand.

Some day when the little kids are big we will all go rafting down the Colorado. Until then we will have to enjoy just this tiny little sliver of it…

Jonah really loved the Geology Museum. He got to get out of the Tula and take in the views.

Another Junior Ranger badge earned!

 

2020-01-04T15:05:51-06:00April 17th, 2018|National Parks, Jonah, Jude, RV Life, Taryn, Zachary|
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