Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Swell and Beyond
The Swell Day #1
In the middle of June we took our family and went to the San Rafael Swell with my family. It was a lot of fun but surprisingly it wasn't especially warm. When hanging around camp most of us had jackets on and huddled around the fire.
This is a baby rattlesnake that Caiden found about 10 feet from our camp. It was a little unnerving considering we have two little inquisitive little girls. We took it and stashed it a little farther from camp and didn't see it again the rest of the trip. This is an old abandoned uranium mine that Nat and I found as we were riding the 4-wheelers around on some of the trails. It was kind of cool to see. It was blocked off so we were not able to go in but we were still able to see quite a ways back.
This is one of the old dump tracks that led to a ton of tailings. There were quite a few tailings dumps and abandoned mines. It was fun to go up the road and see some of them. Some were blocked up others just had some gates over the entrance. The biggest entrance we found was about 30' tall.
The girls were so excited to ride the 4-wheelers that they wouldn't wait for mom and dad. They just jumped on with whoever would take them as many time as they could go. They loved it.
This is on the car ride down. We had so much stuff crammed into our car that some of the pillows and blankets were put between the girld. Darci, trying to stay out of the sun, covered herself in as much stuff as she could.
The Swell Day #2
The second day we decided to hike up the swells crack. It is a slot canyon that is about 6 miles round trip. It was a lot of fun and took us most of the day to complete. If you haven't done it, you should. You do spend quite a bit of time scrambling over and under and around rocks. I think that was one of the most fun hikes that I have been on in a while.
Darci did awesome. She acted kind of wimpy at the beginning but once we hit that first drop down into the canyon she went wild and was running and climbing all over the place.
This is after we descended a particularly precarious spot. The camera, in the camera bag, hit a rock and happened to hit the lens cover and dented it so it wasn't opening quite right. This is one of the narrowest spots in the canyon.
This is one of those little crevices that we had to scramble through. We had the option of either going over or going under and we had the girls go under because we didn't want them to get hurt.
This is on one of the side walls of the canyon. What a cute family. Oh.
This is Maile and I working our way across a fun spot. Unfortunately this is how Maile hiked the crack, on the back of anybody who would carry her. She did great though and didn't cry much at all. I was so proud of both my girls.
This is just Nat and I playing around on the rocks. There were a ton of fun places to climb and hang on to.
Darci was loving trying to keep up with Caiden and had to try everything he did. Sometimes she had a little help but for the most part she was happy about her efforts.
Back at camp that night we had a weenie roast and just kind of hung out. This chair that Maile is in is way to small for Darci but Maile can just kick back and relax. She turns just about anything into a lounge chair.
The Swell Day #3
This is the last day of our trip. We had to head home early because I had to work on Father's day. It was actually quite cold down there for the middle of June. It was so cold that Darci and Maile had to create themselves a couple of hats to keep their heads warm. Can you guess what their hats are made of? They are made out of the camp chair bags.
After lunch we went to a dinosaur quarry just north of Hanksville. It was really cold, windy, and exposed. Just as we were finishing it started to rain on us so we had to hurry back to our car.
This was one of the huge bones that they were just finishing extracting and packing in plaster for the transportation back to the museum. These diggers didn't look like the ones you see in the movies, that's for sure.
As we were driving in we noticed this strange little building out in the middle of nowhere. When we got there someone said that it was used as a Mars space mission simulator. Apparently people go out there and pretend they are actually on Mars and they do simulated experiments and all kinds of interesting thing. Sounds a little weird to me but I just sayin'...
After the quarry we went to Goblin valley. It was a lot of fun to climb around all the formations and just explore.
While out there we had quite a game of tag that covered a huge area. I was surprised at how fast Tosh is. I tried to tell her she should run track. It was a lot of fun running in and around all the different formations even if I was being chased. The girls loved it as well.
Damn she is so cute! She thought it looked like a seal so she wanted to ride it.
So is she!! This is in a little cave that we found that you could climb into and then up a chimney, if you were skinny enough, which Nat was and I was not.
After that we just had to pack up and go home. It was to bad we had to leave so soon seeing how we were having so much fun. We would do that again in a heart beat. I just wish it was a little warmer so we sould play in some water or float the river.