My parents and three of my four siblings and their kids all went to Moab, Utah for spring break this year. We rented and shared a couple of condos and then met up each morning and hiked all day until dinner time.
Normally that wouldn't be my cup of tea. Hike all day, with babies and little kids. No thank you. But, surprisingly I loved it. Some how it worked.
We mostly did short hikes, only a couple of long ones.
We had three baby backpacks among us, to carry those cute babies.
Luckily no one fell off a cliff. There were a lot of bumps and scrapes, but Aunt Suzie whose a nurse came armed with neosporin and bandages.
We went to Arches National Park the first day. Sand Dune arch was the favorite arch/hike for all the kids. They loved playing in the soft red sand.
My dad planned out all the hikes. He's a true outdoorsman.
Everyday my mom armed us with snack/treats, water, and sandwiches. She's is so generous and thoughtful.
This is what hiking Arches all day does to you. Three of the five "nestlings" were wiped out from all our adventures.
We went to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point the second day. It rained on and off, but that didn't deter us.
The third day we went to a couple of local canyons. We hiked up Hunters Canyon and Millcreek Canyon. They both had rivers/waterfalls. The kids had a lot of fun playing in the water.
There is something about being in the outdoors that grounds you, not to mention time with family. Going on this trip was like the vacation we didn't know we needed.