Speck Family Vacation to Southern Utah…

Thursday, September 3rd we embarked on a journey down south 5 hours to Lydia’s Canyon in Glendale Utah. We were headed to a rental home to spend a week with my side of the family. My parents, three of four siblings, my sister’s husband, and her son, my 88 year old grandmother, my Dad’s best friend and his family, and even my aunt and uncle that live up north a bit came and spent time with us. It was fairly non-structured which meant that we could do as we pleased pretty much. It was a great week full of much connecting time, good meals, and sight seeing.

The house:
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It was a little nerve wracking with little ones at first until we moved everything breakable to where it would not be messed with.

IMG_0300We went running through the canyon one morning. (I haven’t been running in almost a year, so I felt rather good about my efforts.)

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We visited Bryce National Park. This was at the visitor’s center.

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We went to Sunset View Point.

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We went to viewpoints to allow my grandmother a chance to see the sights since she couldn’t hike anywhere.

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Family picture!

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Then we went to Fairyland Canyon viewpoint.

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I was happy this one had a railing.

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My dad. 

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Grandma spent a lot of time with the kiddos. She really kept them entertained, and I think they kept her entertained too.

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My mom.

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The bluebirds in the park in Bryce are blue and black. SO beautiful.

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Then we went on the Mossy Cave hike. .8miles

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My boys :)

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In the mossy cave.

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We had to play in the water…

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…and mud.

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My priceless capture of my nephew, whom I met for the first time on this trip. 

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Grandma playing with the kids. She did this every day, and they just couldn’t get enough!

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Sweet boy!

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Playing kick the ball with daddy.

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All ready for our photo shoot

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Meanwhile the kids capture a lizard.

We did our own family photo shoot in western/cowboy theme at an official movie set cabin we found in the same canyon we were staying in. It was pretty awesome! Serious and smiling photos alike…

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Headed into Zion’s to look around and play in the water…and this guy (a ram) was all perched on top of a huge rock.

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Tunnels in Zion’s

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Lock sculpture in Zion’s park

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Playing in the water at the beginning of the Emerald Pools trails. We didn’t go on the trails since you can’t play in the water of the pools…but you can play in the stream!

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(kids on the right)

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All kinds of rocks to throw!

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refreshingly cool water

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Getting a tan. 

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Cooling off. 

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A heard of rams on the way out of the park.

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Time to say goodbye. So, cousin photo!

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Grandbabies with the grandparents!

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Great-grandbabies with Great Grandma!

What a trip!

~Nostalgic Knucklehead

About stacey

I am the Mom of two young, rambunctious girls, a curious little boy, and a wee little man who is bursting with joy for life. I just wanted to do something for myself that allowed me to harness the magical moments of being a Mom. (A job that sometimes feels thankless, misunderstood, and considered easy by those that haven't done it.) I wanted to be more positive by looking more closely at the good things that happen every day via photos and my thoughts.
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