Hello, hello.  Today I am sharing some images from my family’s recent vacation.  We took a trip to the beautiful National Park Zion in Utah.  Zion is one of the most beautiful and closest parks to where we live.  Surprisingly, my husband and I have not been there in ages.  We packed up the car to the brim and ventured to Utah for a 2 night camping trip.  When we arrived I was immediately in awe of the beauty there.  I cannot believe that we have waited this long to go.  It is truly a spectacular place.  If you haven’t been, you should definitely go.

My husband wanted to hike the Narrows.  We rented our water socks, shoes, and walking sticks the day we arrived.  The next day we planned on taking the trip to the Narrows.  We had heard stories about the rain causing flash floods and how careful you had to be.  The skies had been overcast and there was some rain the day we arrived.  In the morning on the bus ride to the trail opening, there were some dark clouds ahead.  The bus driver said we should all think twice and think again about taking the hike.  The fact that we had spent $100 on renting the equipment definitely had an impact on our decision.  We decided to go anyways and just not walk very far in.  Long story short, we walked about a half mile, the water started getting very fast and deep.  I was walking with my daughter and my husband had my son back behind a little. I wanted him to be in the back so if he fell I could grab him.  However, my daughter soon fell on the super slippery rocks and was being pulled by the water, I immediately dropped down so I could grab her and help keep her head up.  Thankfully the current didn’t last too long where we were and we made it to a more tranquil spot as some men came to help us.  It scared the crap out of me.  I seriously thought I was going to lose my daughter.  My heart was pounding out of my chest as we stood on the shore.  My husband came up to check on us and noticed that the diamond on my wedding ring was missing.  It had gotten hit on a rock and the prongs bent and the diamond floated down the river.  I was super upset about it.  I was most concerned with my daughter’s safety though.  It was a bit of a traumatic experience.  The biggest lesson from all of this is to listen to warnings and no matter how safe you think you will be, if there is rain clouds in the sky, do not take such a trail or go into a slot canyon.  Most of the photos from that portion of the day are on my phone because I didn’t want to take my main camera in the water.

In the photos above, I asked my daughter how happy she would be if her best friend was in her class this year.  I am happy to announce that she did indeed get the same class.

I love these dang kids and that husband of mine so freakin much.

Oh, and Zion, your pretty beautiful even if you did scare the crap out of me.

XO-Jamie

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