This could get really long so I think I will just highlight the things we did every day so as not to bore anyone to tears.
*Dad woke up with chest pain. My brother and mom take him to hospital and thank the Lord he was OK.
*Mom is fighting off bronchitis and losing. Not a great way to start a vacation.
*Our condo was right on the desert edge which meant that the kids could literally walk down a small hill and be amongst the cactus and dirt. They were in love!
*We were all about exploring while we were there. Lots of canyons and hills to examine up close. The first two days that's exactly what we did. Lots of bouldering, hiking and believe me, no stone was left unturned.
*Our first time out we hiked a canyon and had the most fun. The kids were like monkeys climbing up and over the rocks. Taylor was crawling under a huge boulder and found a geocache. He was thrilled!
We had been climbing for quite a while, all wanting to make it to the end of the canyon, when the narrow canyon opened up into this valley. The picture doesn't do it justice. It was absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed it just long enough to get pictures. It was getting dark, it was starting to sprinkle and we still had at least an hour walk back. Good thing our kids are tough.
*I also have to mention that every time we went hiking we brought home rocks for our yard. Not just little rocks but large flat rocks to go around the fire pit we are building. By the end of the week our pile was slightly ridiculous.