Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Memories in Moab

The final count down is on... I am due to have Gardner Girl #2 in 2 weeks on July 28th. Yes. So soon! I decided I had better post a few pregnancy pics before this pregnancy is over. I am as big as a house! (literally I am a house for a little lady and growing bigger everyday) So it is with much humility that I post these pictures of our trip to Moab. We had a blast and I am so thankful we went. It was a great little adventure with our friends, the Johnson's, over the 4th of July weekend. I'll list the fun things we did & recommendations of things to do or eat just in case you and your family want to go too. (Side note: My friend Amy is also pregnant so everything we did is pregnant & kid friendly.)

Things we did:
Stayed at Lazy Lizard Hostel- only $30 a night. We liked it... but its cheap for a reason.
Hiked to Sandstone Arch- tiny walk & sooo fun for kids to play in the sand
Hiked to Landscape Arch- longer hike but very pretty & longest spanning arch in world
Woke up @ 4:30 & hiked to Mesa Arch for sunrise- GORGEOUS!... but swarms of mosquitoes. It is a dream for photographers but not really for kids that early.
Hiked to North & South Windows/Turret Arch- easy, kid friendly & pretty
Walked to Delicate Arch Overlook- easy 100 yd walk but the view wasn't great
Hiked & Swam at"Left Hand"(locally known swimming hole)-hot hike, but fun
Fed animals at Hole in the Rock Exotic Zoo- cool, strange animals...MK loved it!
Hiked to Corona Arch- super cool hike, a bit hard 8+ months prego & with toddler b/c its 3 miles and has scrambling using chains at the end & was HOT, but worth the hike to see it. (This hike is not in Arches National Park, has very few tourists,& is free... so I recommend it!)

Places we ate:
Moab Diner- overall it was good, great chicken burrito w/ green chile & ice cream
Love Muffin- crawling w/ hippies but best waffle & burrito of my life... must go again!
Milt's Stop & Eat- looks like a dive but their Albuquerque Turkey Sandwich & Burgers were so yummy... oh, and their shakes were very good too. I highly recommend it.

The kids having a blast on the rocks & sand

James on top of Sandstone Arch

The Johnson's & us at Mesa Arch at sunrise... so tired, but worth the next pic.

Mesa Arch... love it! The canyon view is breath taking & goes on forever.

Turret Arch

MaryKate's best friend & true love...

Feeding a camel at Hole in the Rock Exotic Zoo... (the ostrich made me scream!)


Lindsay said...

Kath you look awesome! For real. I can't wait to see you next week. I seem to remember doing this same hike years ago with you (or was it somewhere else?) when you struggled with the height of the hike and actually had to hold on to one of the guys. Oh what fun that was. Looks like your little vaca was a blast. Can't believe you woke a baby up at 4:30 though. Haha.

Kathryn said...

You look great, Kathy! You're awesome to do all that hiking. I feel like I could hardly walk at that stage in my pregnancy with Harrison. (Lots of hip pain.) Good luck next week!