Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hanging with the Kids: Moab & Arches National Park

Lafayette, CO - Suwei and I just got back from our annual Russian River canoe trip this week. It's the one big event I plan every year, and well... a lot of things get put on hold until I make it past that crazy weekend. Anyway, we had quite a blast on the river again this year. I was so tired and hung over after two days of beer and sun, that I could barely stay awake on Monday and Tuesday.

To celebrate the awaking from my 2 day beer induced coma, I started a "to do" list in order to get a handle on all the things we need to get done this summer. The list quickly grew to over 50 items in the first draft. Some items were quickies such as "touch up paint in guest bath", "fix wall dings in stairs" or "return ropes to Jackie". Others were a little more difficult... like, "Replace back door", "Paint Kitchen", and "carpet condo." Still others were on another scale altogether... "get a job"... "make a baby." Everyday this week I've managed to cross off one or two items as I add 5 or 6 more. It's going to be a busy summer.

Anyway... one item not on the "to do" list but still on my mind is, "catch up on the blog". So, this evening I'm posting a few photos from the 1st weekend in April. Suwei and I joined Tanya, Glen & their son Keenan on a trip out to Moab for a bit of mountain biking, a bit of climbing and a lot of hanging with friends and kids in the desert. Out in Moab we met up with Glen & Tanya's friends Andrew, Kristen, Chad, and Lacey. Andrew & Kristen have a little girl name Lucy. Chad and Lacey are fairly new parents with a son, Aiden. With the kids being around 1, 2, & 4 or there abouts, Suwei and I were able to see just what we might be up against in a few years.

Keenan / Chad & Aiden / Lucy

On Saturday Suwei, Tanya, Lacey & I rode out to the Rim of the Porcupine Rim Trail, one of the more famous mountain biking trails in Moab. All of us were feeling at least a winter's worth of no biking and were more than ready to head into town for a beer after the short 6 mile ride. Suwei and I vowed to come back and ride the whole trail when we got in a bit better shape (which we did 3 weeks later).

Porcupine Rim

Sunday we headed out to Arches National Park where Suwei and I took a short hike while the others set up a climb on one of the towers. It was only a 5.8 but it kept us all busy for most of the morning.

Climbing in Arches National Park

It was a damn good weekend, made even better by the fact that we stopped by Keystone on the way back and got two perfect days of powder in before heading home. After that I was definitely sold on living in Colorado.

Lucy Trying to Take Home the Desert

Anyway... there are more photos and comments from the trip in the slide show. Check it out:

Moab & Arches National Park, UT

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