We did the Narrows in Zion again Saturday before last. Last year it was a bit cold for the kids because we went later in the year and later in the day - the water was colder, the air was colder, and we were in the shade most of the time. The twins had blue lips by the end and weren't exactly pleased about the whole thing (in fact, every time we went on a hike for 6 months after that, they wanted to confirm that we weren't going on "that water hike). But mid-August turned out to be the perfect time to do the hike.
We stopped on the way at a great apple orchard to pick some beautiful apples. Nothing like picking your own lunch. Look at those beautiful apples. The kids were so excited to take apples to school in their sack lunches and tell all their friends they'd picked them themselves.
Everyone had a wonderful time. The kids are at such perfect ages for this sort of thing. We all bonded as we helped each other navigate the slippery rocks under the water - sort of the blind leading the blind as you couldn't see the rocks under the water - very brown water from all the recent rains. There's nothing like looking up and seeing those amazing sandstone cliffs towering on either side. It makes you feel so small - and some how so protected - and so full of awe and joy.
I love family adventures where we all end up pairing off and chatting in different groups, where everyone's helping each other, where we're out in nature drinking in beauty and grandeur. Nature brings out the best in all of us.
We found a beautiful waterfall - I love how little the kids look in this photo - and this wasn't nearly the tallest wall of the canyon.
We love Zion so much! We've been so spoiled to have it 45 minutes away.