Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Leo thoroughly enjoyed it however!
And he managed to survive for the cake!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Tonight I told Leo a story about a kid who goes to an art museum and is sad and walks into this painting of a beautiful, sunny day. He goes into this other world and plays with the kids, and climbs trees and smells the flowers.
Then I ran out of steam and couldn't figure out how the kid gets back home, even though he's now homesick and wants to return home. Leo said, "Oh, that's easy, he goes to the contemporary art museum in that world, finds a picture of home, and goes into that picture to get back home."
Friday, June 11, 2010
Meanwhile, Leo wanted dessert.
Paul said, "well if you want a lollipop for dessert, I'll get you one. Here, you take over and give mom a massage". He gave the massager to Leo who proceeded to massage my back while Paul got the lollipops and presented them to Leo.
Leo said, "ok it's your turn to take over. I can't do this all day!"
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
We spent the last week in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. We had a great time, climbing around on all the rocks. We found a zillion arches of all sizes, including one that Leo could barely squeeze under. This is one of the Windows arches.
Paul and Leo in Canyonlands. We took a long hike out to the high slickrock on a hot and windy day.
It was so windy, you can't hear us talking on our videos. It was so windy, our hair looked funny a lot of the time. It was so windy, it nearly knocked us down.
We had some nice desert sunsets.
Leo did a great 'happy dance' after climbing up to the white slickrock near our campsite. Then he kept going, straight up this flaky sandstone.
We found a railing that led over the highest point of a trail to Big Spring Canyon.
We stopped at the top of the trail and then climbed up the monument for a better view.
Our little pop-up camper. We love her, and in this campground near Arches, we had an electric heater and wifi!
We then managed to get a permit to hike in the Fiery Furnace, which is closed to most hiking because of the damage done to the cryptobiotic (living) soil and the myriad of trails that hikers have started in the area. This place was awesome! Sort of like Escalante's slot canyons but smaller and more intimate. You could easily get lost in the maze of slots and washes and dead-ends here.
Paul pointing out where to go next.
One of the slots.
Leo got a lot better at climbing.
Leo pointing out a slot that even he can't squeeze through.
Leo learned a lot of new climbing tricks.
Paul had a great time jumping chasms.
Leo taking the junior ranger pledge. He had to collect trash and learn about crypto soil and draw a picture to get his badge.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
We're now in Arches, which is spectaular but full of crowds. Leo's two speeds are a bit more extreme - running as fast as he can or sitting in the sand making sand waterfalls. Its a bit hotter here, and no wind, which means really hot! Moab is growing like crazy with biking and 4 wheeling being the popular sports these days.