Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Utah Tour Part Two: Day 3 (morning), Fantasy Canyon



We started day three at the Vernal Temple. On leg one of our drive, Ryan and I decided to count the temples we passed with the kids. We wanted to add the Vernal temple to the count, so we went to the grounds to walk around. The Vernal Temple is not white like most of the temples are, so I'm not sure the kids completely believed us when we told them it was a temple. They were happy to add another number to our count, though.


After walking the temple grounds, we made the relatively short drive to Fantasy Canyon. Dan Burke, Ryan's mission companion, posted pictures from Fantasy Canyon on facebook a few months before our trip and both Ryan and I immediately thought, "We HAVE to go there sometime!" Going to Fantasy Canyon was actually one of the ideas that spurred our trip to Northeastern Utah, especially once we realized there were so many national parks nearby. Anyway, we were super excited to see Fantasy Canyon and certainly were not disappointed!


The first adventure of the day was actually getting to Fantasy Canyon.  The area had heavy rain the day before, when we were getting rained on in Flaming Gorge. The road to Fantasy Canyon was less a road and more a river in some parts. We passed through a few water patches that weren’t too bad, then came to a gigantic water obstacle. Water was flowing freely across the dirt road. And because all the dirt was wet, the road was actually a mud road. There were some really deep puddles, too—and we couldn’t be sure how deep they were! Luckily, as we pulled up on our side, a work truck pulled up on the other side. We watched him drive across, then flagged him down. He thought we’d make it, if we stayed to the path he’d gone on. Another comforting fact was that we’d driven past several work crews with big work trucks we knew could pull us out if we got stuck. So we braced ourselves, then went for it! The water flying through the air off our tires was crazy and seriously went almost as high as the top of the car. Weeks later, when our car needed coolant added, we opened up the hood of the car and saw dried mud splattered everywhere from this crazy drive! A few spots were touch and go, but we totally made it, woohoo!


Then we were there! Fantasy Canyon only has a 0.6 mile loop around and through the entirety of the area, so we were able to take our time and enjoy the crazy formations. Of course, one of the first things the boys decided to try was climbing up a muddy hill. The going up part was fine, but going down was a little sketchy. Cole went on his bum and was soon just covered in mud. Reed and Asher saw Cole’s bum and decided not to go down on their bums, so were spared somewhat, but were still pretty gross! 

Then we were there! Fantasy Canyon only has a 0.6 mile loop around and through the entirety of the area, so we were able to take our time and enjoy the crazy formations. Of course, one of the first things the boys decided to try was climbing up a muddy hill. The going up part was fine, but going down was a little sketchy. Cole went on his bum and was soon just covered in mud. Reed and Asher saw Cole’s bum and decided not to go down on their bums, so were spared somewhat, but were still pretty gross! 

After about an hour and a half, we were ready to go. We scraped the mud off our shoes the best we could, got new pants for all the little boys (so. much. MUD.), and piled in the cars. We had a quick lunch at Subway, where the boys all enjoyed Starburst with their sandwiches—this is where the red tongue pictures come from—then headed for our next stop…










I know these pictures are essentially the same thing, but I love them both. The top one is sweet to me because Lila frequently gave me hugs or wanted to hold hands during our hikes. She would also put her little hands on my neck on tricky parts and say, "Hold tight!" She was such a good sport in the hiking backpack!

















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