Now that I've summed up Dirty Dash like 3 times... (I went back to look... my brain is whacked!)
We dropped the kids off with WLB's sister (we'd taken her kids overnight the weekend prior) and met at my parents house. After waiting for late siblings and rearranging luggage and such, we packed into two cars and headed south. We were in the car with my parents. No music, just conversation... for 4+ hours. It actually wasn't bad. I got all caught up on my mom's fam that I haven't seen in 11 years. My parents are hilarious- in a they-have-no-clue-they-are-hilarious-in-a-serious-slash-cheesy way. It was a good ride. My oldest brother Steve and his wife Nan and my younger brother Mark and his wife Tiff were in the other car. Matto and CoJo came down later.
Anyway, we had plenty of primal snacks in our car and the ride was quick with no kids to entertain or make pit stops for. I made sure to throw in a few "are we there yet?"s for good measure. We met up with my uncles in St. George at home that, as it turns out, belongs to a part owner of NuSkin. He's a patient of my uncles and I'm glad to say that every once in a while we get to benefit by association from... their... association. This house was on the cover of InStyle magazine. That's how cool/crazy/incredible it is. We swam with my teenaged cousins in the incredible little pool that looks out over the waterway, and hot tubbed under a bright moon watching the owls and bats fly overhead. Since we had a bunch of us staying there, and we ranked low in the family hierarchy, we slept on our air mattress in the living room.... right next to the curved glass wall that overlooked the pool, flagstone patio, waterway and amazing red rock landscape.
It was amazing to wake up to that. We ventured out first thing and had morning yoga on the flagstone, while my older brother practiced his own "yoga" and caught tiny fish with his fly rod as the sun came up. It was kind of majestic. Epic in that crazy-peaceful kind of way.
We had a scant breakfast of fruit and beef jerky, got our gear on and headed out to Zion. The aunts and uncles had gotten lottery permits to hike Subway Canyon on Sunday (and we hadn't despite our efforts), so they went biking while we took on the Narrows. Parking was a pain- turns out it was one of the free National Parks days, so it was busy (but we got in free! yay!). Then 40 minutes of shuttle ride later, we hit the trail. There's about a mile of paved river walk to start out with and then you go in. The Virgin River is the trail from that point on! The scenery was breathtaking, the water was cold, but not quite breathtaking (unless you got chest deep), and the company was completely entertaining. Let's just say I have favorite siblings, and they were along for the party. We goofed off as much as we hiked and waded, and we took tons of pictures. At one point Tiffy and I climbed up what we'd decided was a mermaid rock in the middle of the river to pose for pics... from there we had no choice but to jump right in!
This is the part where I barrage you with pictures in how ever many entries it takes.... (there's more story too, just after the pictures...)