We just got back from our annual Moab trip, and it was so much fun! We were brave and decided to do an 8-hour road trip with a baby. She did great except for about 1 hour of the drive. During that one hour of unhappiness, I swore I'd never travel again, but once I got in to beautiful Moab, I forgot all about the crying.
We didn't do much after we arrived; just took a stroll around the neighborhood and ate some pizza. The next day, we hiked up Negro Bill Canyon to the end, where there is a large bridge (a kind of arch) called Morning Glory. It's one of the first things I ever did in Moab years ago, and one of my favorites. You're under tall canyon walls, and it's so lush and cool down by the stream.
After our hike, we took Alexandra to her very first swimming pool. When she first got in the water, she didn't like it, but once she got warmed up a little and we put her in a floaty device, she loved it. The beginning of many fun years in the water.
That night, Mike and I proved our true stamina with three desserts - milk and Oreos followed by ice cream cones in town and shave ice from a truck. Quote of the night: "Even hobbits don't know about third desserts."
On Tuesday, we went to Sand Dune Arch where the kids played and we continued on to Broken Arch, where I conquered the arch. (My feat looks much more impressive than it actually is.)
Then yesterday we drove far, far out to Klondike Bluffs and hiked to Tower Arch. If you have been looking for a place to die where no one will ever find your body, this is the place to do it. That night we went to Slickrock to watch the sunset. My other favorite.
On this trip, Alexandra had many firsts. She got her first tooth - hooray! She got her first sunburn. She waved for the first time. She ate meat for the first time. And she started babbling.
We were a little worried about how she would handle all the action with her five cousins, but the verdict is she loved it. She was excited and happy the whole time she was with them. Now she's back home with her two old introverted parents and bored to death. I guess we better have another kid!