Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bryce Canyon

I think most of you have already read the post that Ryan wrote about Bryce Canyon on his blog but I thought I would add my perspective and a few more pictures.

Against my better judgement, we packed up and headed down to Bryce Canyon last weekend. I was unsure about going because we are moving to Oregon this weekend and will already be spending a lot of time in the car and also because we had never been camping with Nathan before, plus, camping is just a lot of work (like five extra loads of laundry). But I was easily won over by the fact that this would be our last opportunity to see Ryan's family before we left and we wanted his sister Janelle to meet Nathan and we wanted to meet her husband, Dan. So, away we went. It was a lot of fun to go and see the canyon and hang out with family. We had a rough night with Nathan and all three of us ended up sleeping in the car but the camping trip gave us the opportunity to unwind a little and Ryan and I got to spend a ton of quality time together in the car. Since I feel like we haven't even seen each other lately, I was happy to spend some time laughing with him and being silly together after too much stress and too many hours in the car. Here's a few pictures from our trip:

The car trip would have been far worse if Nathan hadn't helped so much with the driving.

The canyon. So neat!

I'm wearing sunglasses so you can't see the giant bags under my eyes! Or, maybe it was just sunny that day . . .

One very tired family (this was taken after our sleepless night). If Nathan wasn't so cute, we would have sold him a long time ago.

Marshmallow girls! Our nieces Kallie and Andi got a little too silly with their s'mores. Look at them posing!

Ryan, Nathan, and Jarin. Nathan got a lot of love from his cousins!

Michael and Ryan with Nathan. Probably talking about Economics. Poor Nathan has no chance.
I take it back. They were not probably talking about econ, they definitely were!

We are so lucky to have such wonderful family!
If anyone else has more pictures, I want them!

Since we are moving this weekend, you probably won't be hearing from me for a while. I hope you all can handle it. I'll get back to blogging once we are settled in Oregon. I'm sure I will have lots to say. Wish us luck!


AlixSteele said...

I'm sorry it was such a hard night. It looks like you were in a beautiful place. How long of a drive was it? I haven't really seen anything down in Southern Utah, so I was thinking of doing a camping trip down there next weekend if Devan gets home in time. Was it very hot?

pbidaho said...

I tried to send you some pics but my computer/internet is acting up - so by the time you get settled I should have some to you. Oh, yeh, when a cute baby asks to drive you just gotta hand him the wheel!

Janey said...

That is the cutest photo of Nathan "driving"! It looks like he is losing more hair - must have been the stress of driving.
Be safe!

Ryan and Heather Bartron said...

Mom, it must be the lighting, because his hair is actually getting long!