St. George Jeeping at Sand Hollow

A few weekends ago we went to St. George, Utah for a family jeeping trip. Despite the terrible weather we had the first couple of days it was a lot of fun! We stayed in condos of a friend who also went on the trip, and that made a huge difference! I really do enjoy camping, but not having to stress about sleeping and dirty children was so so nice! I may never want to camp again ;)
The weather our first day there was definitely the worst. It rained and rained while we were out jeeping. We planned the trip with about 7 other families months ago hoping for nice sunny St. George weather, and of course the weekend we go is one of the few it was cold and rainy.  The jeeps got so muddy out on the trial!
Right before we stopped for lunch we had the most breathtaking view! Those clouds were almost dancing over the cliff edge. It was so amazing in person!
We stopped for lunch and most people got out of the jeeps for a little break. I stayed huddled inside ours because I didn't even think to bring warm or waterproof jackets for the trip. I also accidentally left our cooler with most of our lunch back at the condo, so I was feeling pretty grumpy about that.
 
After lunch a little way down the trail we got a break in the weather. It was still pretty cold out and windy, but the rain let up for a few minutes. We were in a nice open area with a few obstacles for the jeeps to get over, so it was the perfect spot to let the kids out to play for a while.


Dunken loved jumping in the muddy puddles and driving his jeep Matchbox car over the rocks!
After our break, back to more jeeping.  Here's Jensen in the tightest squeeze. Both of his tires were almost rubbing on the sides, and he had to fold in the passenger mirror to fit! 
We had one more break near the end of the trail for the kids to get out and play. Of course Dunken and Quinn found the biggest muddiest puddle they could to play in.  It was all fun and games until Quinn fell in! I didn't bring any extra clothes, so she had to ride the rest of the way back practically naked, wrapped in a blanket.
Even after getting off the main off-roading trail, our day was far from over! We drove out on a long sandy road and our friend's wheel completely fell off! I'm so grateful this happened on the soft sand, and not out on an obstacle or they could have been seriously injured. A few hours later after trying ot fix it, we were finally headed back into town for pizza and some relaxing.  Jensen and a few other men had to head back out to pick up the broken jeep and tow it home.  What a long day! I was out for about 8 hours (and my normal "get me home right now" max jeeping time is about 4 hours.  Dunken and Quinn were so so good though, which made it much better. By the very end of the day Quinn was hungry and fed up with the jeep, but only cried that last 30 minutes through town until we got back to the condos.

Snow Day!

It's been a few months since these were taken, but Jensen wasn't working one day during one of our first big snow storms so we decided to go on a drive up the canyon! We bundled the kids up, headed up American Fork canyon and Jensen searched for cars stuck in the snow to rescue. We actually found two different people who needed help and pulled them out! 
Dunken loved playing in the snow! Quinn tolerated it, but was having a hard time walking around because the snow was so deep.

Now that winter has been around a few months, I'm kind of ready for spring to arrive, but I don't think I would mind another big snow storm or two before it does!




An Announcement!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of food and time with family! I'm so grateful for my family, especially my husband and children. We are extra grateful this year because there will be a new little one joining our family in June to fill these shoes! 
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