Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hiking to Carona Arch in Moab...

We went with Dave & Carri and their family on a hike to Carona Arch. I hadn't ever been to this arch, so I was really excited. Daniel, Kimbrey & Chase came, as well as Jill & Aiden. It is so much fun to be with their cute boys.

Nathan did such a great job on the hike. He was really cute the whole time. There were a couple of spots that had metal cables to help you climb up and down the steep inclines. Rick asked if he could help him down, and he said, "I can do it just fine dad, it's just like rock climbing!" He was holding onto the rope and jumping down with both feet at the same time, just like he had been belaying his entire life.

He also would always make sure that the rock piles (the trail markers) were in good condition. If they were missing rocks, he replaced them and made sure they were perfect before he would move on.

Harrison had a great time hiking, despite the fact that he was in a lot of pain. Earlier in the morning, we discovered that he had an absessed tooth. We had called our dentist and he prescribed some anti-biotics to help the infection. Harrison had been on it since that morning, as well as a lot of pain medication. When we got home after the hike, he was in really bad shape. He was in so much pain and was just in tears. We weren't sure what to do. The pressure of the absess was just too much for him to take. We were thinking of taking him to the ER, but unsure of what they would do. Rick and Grandpa Cozzens gave him a Priesthood blessing and within minutes, his absess burst and relieved the pressure. He was still in some pain during the rest of the weekend, but it was manageable until we got home to get the tooth removed.

On the way to Carona Arch, we got to see Bow-tie Arch. The kids renamed it "Toilet Arch."

Janessa had such a great time hiking, especially since Aiden & Chase were there. She is such a good babysitter and loves little kids! She was glad to get in shape this weekend with all of the hikes...she & Andrew had to do a 5K run for school when they got home on Tuesday.

Aiden let Rick put him on his shoulders for a little while, but then when he wouldn't let him go back to Carri, Aiden got really mad! He really loves Carri.

Andrew loved having Drew with us on the hike, they spent most of the weekend together. It was funny...Drew was sleeping late because he had a late night, so we weren't sure if he was going to go hiking. While we were driving up, I asked Andrew if he decided to go. I explained how he was sleeping. Nathan said, "Ya, he's going...I woke him up!" Sorry Drew!

The kids love to try and catch lizards. This time they got one, but his tail came off (a typical defense move by lizards). For a long time they were carrying a lizard tail that was still twitching. Gross!

We stopped for a while and relaxed under the arch, and had some snacks.

Dave (my brother) wanted an apple, so I threw him one. I guess it wasn't a very good throw, because he dropped it and it went rolling down towards the cliff. He was running after it trying to get it. It was hilarious. If we had a video camera, we could have posted it on You-Tube.

It was a great hike and such a fun time spent with family. Thanks Dave & Carri for letting us tag along with you!


Stacey said...

It looks like you guys had such a great time, you take such wonderful pictures.

Stephanie said...

I miss Moab. I haven't been for so long. Addison has that same jacket that Nathan is wearing. Harrison is such a tough guy. I can't believe he hiked after all of that!

Kenny, Jill and Aiden said...

That was so fun, you should come to Moab more often! We'll definitely have to do that Kanarra Falls hike sometime this summer.

Kenny, Jill and Aiden said...

Hey, I haven't forgotten about sending you that photoshop disc, we haven't had a second to locate it but I will today.