I’ve (Julie) finally come to semi-peace with the idea that I’m no longer able to go on trips to faraway places. Those days are in the past, at least for the next decade. But I still love to travel so I’ve become happy, even thrilled, to be able to explore the area in which I live.
Winter is no fun and I’m getting really anxious to get out of town. Spring can’t come fast enough!! So I’ve started planning our family trips for the year and would like any ideas and/or experiences you may have regarding my list of potential weekend getaways.
Careful consideration must be made to insure fun for a toddler and preschooler along with an overly excited shutter-clicker of a husband. I guess my biggest worry is that we’d get somewhere and I’d have to just sit and watch the kids play (get hurt and lost) instead of doing my own playing. One more consideration, Madeleine hasn’t been camping yet and I’m not sure how well she’d do. We’d first like to take her somewhere close before we venture camping in Southern Utah. We’re also open to motels/hotels/lodges/cabins.
(Most of the below images are not ours. Click on them for the source.)
- Loop from Bonneville Salt Flats to Lehman Caves and Great Basin National Park to Little Sahara Sand Dunes and through Eureka ghost town.
- Arches National Park. Enough interest for adults who won’t be able to hike much due to the kids?
- Canyonlands National Park. Same as above.
- Goblin Valley State Park. A little afraid of the kids getting lost… and I’d love to do this and the above two parks on the same trip, but I’d be afraid of whizzing by everything in order to see it all.
- Capitol Reef/Calf Creek Falls. We did this last year and LOVED it, but didn’t do all the hikes we wanted. But again, the kids aren’t big hikers.
- Kolob Canyon on the way to Valley of Fire State Park. Love the park, but not sure it’s worth the long drive.
- We’d love to do Grand Teton and Yellowstone but are afraid that the kids aren’t old enough yet.
We also want to do some 1-night camping trips to Bear Lake and anywhere else close.
We’re, as always, open to friends and family joining us in the fun. Let me know your experiences with these locales and if you’re interested in planning a weekend trip with us. We’d love to have you!!