on friday we headed up to hurricane, utah with some good friends to camp and hike. all the campgrounds were full so we did some easy backyard camping. we roasted marshmallows and made s'mores then pitched a big tent. nash & havey were so excited to use their new mummy bags. they had been carrying them around the house for two days. nash, haves, and emma took turns telling spooky stories (i wish i had recorded them, they were hilarious/pathetic). i think nash's went something like "there was a huge dinosaur. then there wasn't. then it came back. then it deaded." and haven's was a mash-up of nash's and emma's stories. it was a beautiful, cool night-i can't remember the last time i could see the stars so clearly. i wanted to stargaze all night, but once the kids finally passed out steve and i were visited by a snoring monster who will remain unnamed...so we moved camp indoors to finish the night.
we woke up saturday and had a big breakfast then headed to snow canyon to hike around the petrified sand dunes then drove a little farther to the soft sand dunes. when we got to the soft dunes haven said "wait, mom, i thought we were going to the garden of dooms?!" i'm not sure what was going on in her little head. the kids didn't last too long with sand entering eyes/noses/mouths/socks and it was pretty hot so we called it a day and stopped at marv's burgers (where steve and i tried our first picadilly chips) in saint george before heading back to hurricane.
it felt so good to get away and out of the ugly vegas desert. i'm realizing i'm going to need more trips like this to survive vegas life. plus it was a good trial run to test the kids limits with camping. i think they did pretty great and we are all excited to get back out again.