Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fun things we did in Utah

I really can't believe that we fit as much into our week as we did.

We swam at the home of a friend of the Urquharts. Dove off the diving board and visited and ate good food. (more about the food tomorrow) ~no pics, booo!

Taming of the Shrew, they set the story in post WWII Italy, I loved it!

Some of us went to the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and saw Taming of the Shrew. I was particularly glad about this because I didn't think that I was going to get to go to Shakespeare on this trip AND Taming of the Shrew is my favorite Shakespeare play.

Looking at the hieroglyphics.

Sara with her hand next to a dinosaur track . . . so cool!!

My most unforgettable experience was when we went to Babylon State Park. You wouldn't recognize it as anything special if you were just walking through but if you had a very able guide like Steve Urquhart (and sometimes Ruth) you would see what we saw . . . dinosaur tracks everywhere, real pioneer ruins and signs, beautiful and unmistakable Indian hieroglyphics and Spaniard explorer signs all within a one mile radius. It was really amazing and, I have to say, a little bit humbling to be so close to these very real histories, to touch what they touched and see what they saw. These were real people who impacted what the Southwestern U.S. as well as Southern Utah is right now. It was great, if you have the chance to go, GO.

Pine Lake (from the dam)

We went to Pine Valley to go fishing. The ladies went up with the guys just until lunch. It felt so good to get out of the heat. After we left, the guys decided they would stay until they caught 100 fish, a goal they reached at about 10:30 that night. What fun!

We had a 3 mama, baby shower for Ronnie Jean, Jeana and Rachael (who had her baby on the 6th). It was a lot of fun to see everyone. I especially loved seeing Gloria and her sisters, Jean and Donna, together.

Silly uncles during our kick ball game.

We went to the park and played kickball. You should have seen Grandma Gloria catch that fly-ball! We're going to be talking about that for years to come. She was incredible!

That evening Gloria rented out Sand Hollow for the night. It was so much fun for everyone but my favorite part was diving on the very bouncy diving board. I could just do that all day. We were all disappointed when it was time to leave, I think we all could have stayed for several more hours. And little Gloria (after being forced by her mother) went down the water slide and figured out that floaties really do make you float and she finally had fun in the water. What a perfect way to end our trip!

. . . Sigh . . . the only thing missing was visit with Mindi and Russ Clove but we'll be sure to fit them in next time (love you guys).

What a great trip!!

1 comment:

Mindi said...

love you right back--we totally forgive, as i know a trip like this totally is a butt kicker, trying to get it "all in"--but it looks like you might just have done it!!