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Just Wow!


We just spent a week in Southern Utah.  It was glorious!  My Hero’s mom and brother, as well has My Hero and I, Superblonde and Frankie, stayed in a home just east of Zion National Park.  We started our mornings on the deck, reading, drinking coffee (Uncle Mark drinks gallons of it!) and knitting.  Several of the evenings I cooked, and we ate dinner on the deck as well.  There were feeders out there so we saw squirrels, chipmunks, wild turkeys, and bluejays.  I saw a large buck stroll across the yard one day as well.

I’ll run the highlights by you.  Get ready for lots of photos.

The day we flew in, there was an air show in St. George.  My Hero has been a pilot for 30 years, and had never been to an air show.  He got to see the Blue Angels and was thrilled!

The next day, we started with Bryce National Park.

We were continually amazed by how unique each area was.  God’s creativity is showcased at it’s finest around here!

Amos 4:13

13 He who forms the mountains,
    who creates the wind,
    and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,
who turns dawn to darkness,
    and treads on the heights of the earth—
    the Lord God Almighty is his name.

Then we spent a day in Zion National Park.

The guys did a bit of hiking while the girls hung out and ate ice cream.

Then there was the trek to the North rim of the Grand Canyon.  Let me just say that we’ve been to the south rim as well, and the north rim is far better.  For one thing, it was 71 degrees.  Most tourists go to the south rim, so the north rim is much less busy and less “touristy”.  We drove a ways around and there is a lot of access to the Canyon.

On our way home that evening, we made a quick detour through Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.  Frankie had a great time playing in the sand. He even rolled all the way down one sand dune.

The guys decided to do an additional day of hiking at Zion.  They hiked Angel’s Landing, which isn’t for the faint of heart because it’s 1,488 feet straight down!  One section has a chain to hang on to, but the rest is wide open.

That’s Frankie and My Hero heading back down the mountain.

We also did a trip to Lake Powell.  We’d planned to rent a boat for the day, but I didn’t make the reservation far enough in advance, so they didn’t have any boats available.  We did do a one hour boat tour through Antelope Canyon.  My dream vacation is to rent a houseboat there sometime!

We were pretty concerned that it was going to be REALLY hot while we were there, but it rained a lot in the evening and cooled down wonderfully!

I did get a LOT of knitting done on this trip, because we drove a lot so I had lots of time to knit while enjoying all of this amazing scenery.  We got home last night, and I unpacked and blocked shawls!

Both of these shawls were knit with handspun and I love both of them.  I promise you details and glamour shots when they’re dry.

And now to clean up all the messes we created while unpacking.


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

4 thoughts on “Just Wow!

  1. What a fabulous vacation in one of my most precious areas.

  2. Don’t know which pictures I love best – the Canyon ones or the shawls. It is a beautiful area.

  3. wow – shawls with an s? Impressive. And beautiful shots of the vacation, what a beautiful area.

  4. I’m with the other commenters—-I don’t know which pictures are more amazing—the handspun shawls or your vacation.

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