Saturday, November 16, 2019

Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail at Sunset Point

Sunset Point was our favorite area at Bryce Canyon National Park.  It had great views, but the hiking trails really differentiated it.  The kids and I took Navajo Loop, a 1.3 mile loop that brings you up close with the hoodoos.

We started by hiking through 'Wall Street' -- trails surrounded by steep sandstone walls and hoodoos.  We were all in awe and the incredible geologic formations.

The trail was steep, but the well made switchbacks made it easy to navigate.

Eventually, you descend into a slot canyon.

See the tree growing in the middle of this canyon? There were trees growing in random places.

You hike past a dry stream bed to arrive at Two Bridges -- two small stone bridges.

On the way back, you get a good view of 'Thor's Hammer' (on the left of the picture below).

There are two neat stone tunnels on the way out of the park.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Bryce Point

Southern Utah and Northern Arizona have so many red rock geologic formations to see.  We figured that Bryce Canyon would be 'more of the same'.  It was awe inspiring.  Even the kids that had been reluctant to go were oohing and awing.

After the Visitor's Center, we took the quick 1.5 mile drive to Bryce Point, where you have a great view of the Bryce Amphitheater.

It was full of hoodoos -- large sandstone pillars left from the erosion of all of the material around them.  Bryce Canyon has the largest concentration of them in the world.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Visitors Center

We've been putting Savannah's 'Every Kid in a Park' annual National Park pass to good use.

This week, we went to Bryce Canyon National Park.  In preparation, we learned about Butch Cassidy, since he grew up near there -- its a captivating story.

The visitor's center had a nice exhibit explaining the history and geology of the park.

Tucker posing with some hoodoos in the visitors center.

Look closely for Savannah.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

SyberJet Tour

Angela and the kids took a tour of the SyberJet facilities this week with Cub Scouts.  The private jets were impressive.

This jet used to belong to Morgan Freeman.

Pretty tight space inside...

The boys got to see everything up close, as long as they promised to not touch!

This jet was under construction, hence, no wings and missing engines.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bands of America Regional Competition, St George, UT

Dixie State University in St. George, Utah hosted the Bands of America Regional Competition this weekend.  Bands from all over Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and California all came to prove their skills.

Ethan, one of Carson's friends, is in one of the bands that performed.  So we took the short drive to St George and explored the town and watched some bands perform.  The bands were impressive, not only playing well, but putting on complete shows with dancing and props.

We also stopped by the LDS Temple and we took a brief tour of Brigham Young's Winter Home.

The Saint George LDS Temple (currently under construction).

This is Brooks, the mascot of Dixie State University.

A fountain on the DSU campus.

The Brigham Young Winter Home had just closed, but the missionary hosts hadn't left yet and gladly gave us a tour.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lunch at Southwest Tech Cafe

The culinary program at Southwest Tech hosts the Southwest Tech Cafe, serving meals they have been learning to cook.  The menu look good this week, so we decided to try it out. 

The ordering and payment process was a little disorganized, but we placed our order.  Then we waited and waited and waited.  Eventually, I walked back by the kitchen and heard a professor coaching the students on communication -- they hadn't even started making the meals people were waiting for.  

Knowing that this is part of their education and is priced accordingly makes you far more understanding.  We finally received our food and it was well worth the wait.  My Filet Mignon and Potato Au Gratin were delicious.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Savannah Wins the Coloring Contest

For Halloween, our weekly county newspaper included coloring pages that could be brought in to local businesses for rewards and prizes.  Most businesses gave Tucker and Savannah some candy for bringing in their colored pages.  A few days after Halloween, Savannah got a call from Lin's -- our local grocery store.  The employees had selected her drawing as a winner.

She was so excited to claimed her bag of donuts.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Halloween 2019

We started off our Halloween festivities with delicious 'Pumpkin Bread' (no pumpkins were harmed in its making).

We had a bat and a 'cardboard warrior' this year.