Monday, August 17, 2009

Our Much Needed, Fabulous Vacation!!!

We had the most wonderful vacation! It was sooooo needed for our little family. Sorry about the picture overload!

First we went to my grandparents cabin in Logan. We arrived Tuesday afternoon. We had the best time. I honestly don't remember a time that I felt so worry free and happy. We filled our days with walks, collecting sticks and rocks, wading and throwing rocks in the river, playing games, watching movies, taking naps =) eating good food and completely enjoying ourselves. The kids got along so well and the time passed much to swiftly.

We headed out on Thursday morning to Bear Lake. It was a beautiful day and the water was so warm and calm. We found the perfect spot and just ate lunch, swam and found lots of cool shells.

After some delicious famous raspberry shakes at the little city by the lake we made a longer than expected journey to Vernal, Utah to stay with James' parents for a few days. We didn't get there until late that night. So we got up on Friday and got ready for the day. Vernal is quite an amazing place. It is in the middle of nowhere, but it has the coolest rock mountains and formations all around. We had the chance to do some really fun things. James' dad is a geologist and works for the BLM and so that day he took us to the green river and taught us how to pan for gold. It was really cool to see how that was done. The kids enjoyed playing in the water too.

Then, that afternoon we went and saw some petroglyphs (if you know what petroglyphs are than you are smarter than me, cause I had to ask is ancient Indian rock art). They were just down the road from James parents house. They were so amazing. After that we went to the park and played.

Saturday we went to the Dinosaur National Monument and were able to see some dinosaur fossils that were found there in the mountain walls. It was so fascinating. We were able to see some more cool hieroglyphs. We had such a good time, and would have stayed longer but it started raining.

Look close to see the lizard on the wall.


One of the dinosaur fossils (at the bottom, there is a white arrow pointing to it.)

Grandma and Grandpa with the kids.

Here is a picture of the Hansen clan that we took at a reunion last month. James' oldest brother David is the only one not there.
We headed home Sunday afternoon. Home to laundry, sweeping, chores and reality.

All I have to say is "when is the next vacation!"


Melanie said...

I didn't know James had family in Vernal! Ben's sister lives out there. And she used to work for the BLM too. I bet they know each other!

Looks like you guys had some fun times. That cabin has played host to many a relaxing vacation. :)

Rae Lynne said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation! I'm so happy that you all got to do that. I love the picture overload too!

Nate and Tami said...

What fun!! My favorite picture is the one of Malia at the park!! Well taken. What a cute little family...can I ever say that enough??? I think not!

Charlotte said...

Sounds like a fun vacation. My grandfather grew up in Vernal, but I don't think I've ever been there. It looks like fun.