Monday, April 8, 2013

Hiking, Biking, Swimming and Sunshine in the Beautiful Saint George

Spring Break 2013

Karson showing Chloe his ladybug
Spring break was a success :) We had a great time and enjoyed some really nice weather. Our adventure started off on Sunday as we drove down to my mom and dad's place. The drive was long and Chloe hardly slept, but Karson did well. We rented Hotel Transylvania and Karson watched it twice! By the time we got into town I couldn't wait to get out of the car...Chloe had been screaming at me for way too long and my nerves were pretty much shot. Apparently Chloe doesn't travel as well as Karson did at this age. But we made it, so that's all that matters!

Karson and Chloe at the hotel
On Wednesday morning, we headed for Saint George....hello sunshine! We checked into our hotel and as we were getting ready to go check out the pool Cris found a cockroach in our bathroom... Gross!!! The manager offered to let us change rooms, but also said it was an ongoing problem so we decided not to move unless we came across another one. Thankfully that was the only one we encountered.

Chloe and Karson LOVED the pool. They both had so much fun swimming, and the weather was so nice! My mom bought Karson some sweet blow up airplanes with squirt guns attached to them that were a huge hit among all the kids in the pool. After swimming, we went out to lunch and then hiked up this cool crack. What a neat place! You had to shimmy sideways through most of it and then pull yourself out (with arm strength that I am lacking!) at the end. Luckily my brothers were coaching me through it and warned me about the narrowest parts. Looking at the pictures it seems like there is no way adults could squeeze through there!

Thursday Chloe and I did our own thing while everyone else went for a fun little bike ride... which reminds me, we really need to get another bike (Craigslist, here I come!).  Mom, Chloe and I went out thrift shoppin' with my grandma that evening, then stopped at this neat little water park and let Chloe play. The "water park" had some stone steps with little waterfalls flowing from them into a pond with small red rock boulders in it for the kiddos to crawl around on. Chloe loved playing in the waterfalls...tooo cute!

Meanwhile....the boys were rock climbing at Chuckwalla. Dad bought Karson a harness at the Desert Rat and when we got there Dalton was belaying him up a huge red rock wall. He seemed to really like it, but I think his favorite part was just clipping in with the carabiners. He looked so cool in his climbing harness! That night Riley, Mom and I went to a Kundalini yoga class at Downtown Yoga. It was all about the full moon, and it was a very unique class. I was lost half the time and pushed to my physical limit the rest of the time, but it was definitely worth it just to experience this type of yoga.

Friday was the beginning of our mini family reunion at Coral Springs Resort right outside of St. George. The condos were gorgeous! Both of our condos had 2 queen beds, 2 sets of bunk beds, a kitchen, laundry room and 2 bathrooms. The master bathroom had a walk in shower and a jacuzzi tub... which Chloe and Karson had a nice bath in.

Saturday we started off with a nice yoga class taught by Mom. When we were done, the kids went on an Easter egg hunt. Karson was lucky enough to find the egg with a $5 bill in it! Cris carried Chloe around and got her to pick up eggs, but she wouldn't put them in the basket. She chose to shake them and/or try to open them instead.

That afternoon we went to Red Cliffs Campground and hiked up a nice trail to some waterfalls. We took turns jumping into the freezing pool at the bottom of the first waterfall. What a rush! The water was soooooo cold, but it was probably about 80 degrees outside so that helped. Chloe was a little explorer like always and walked around on the red rock with Gramps :) When we got home we ended the night with some dinner and a family talent show... which was actually pretty cool. We have some talented people in our family.

We ended our family reunion Sunday morning. My mom, my aunts and I hiked up the hill behind the condos and did some yoga with the sunrise. It was so amazing! There aren't many places with a view like that! What a great vacation!

Hike up the crack

Climbing at Chuckwalla

Gooseberry Mesa

Gramps and Chloe at Red Cliffs

Second waterfall at Red Cliffs Campground

Family picture...Karson was pouting about not being able to catch a lizard

Dalton supervising Karson and Chloe in the Jacuzzi tub

Coral Springs Condos


  1. Looks like you had a great time! We haven't made it to St George forever, but that weather may be calling my name ha ha!

    1. You should plan a trip! It was amazing there!