We planned lots of stops so we wouldn't be cooped up in the car and I made Marc stop at every worlds-largest-ball-of-twine type stop along the way. Here's the world's largest petrified tree at the Geronimo Trading Post, lest you think I'm kidding...
We told the kids that we were driving through Cars Land and they really got into it. Felix brought his cars out at Geronimo and staged this photo himself.
The Grand Canyon was our next stop. What can I say? It was amazing to look out and imagine the land covered in ice, then water, millions of years ago and how it turned into what it is now. The kids didn't quite feel the same way until I compared it to the movie Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Then the light bulbs went on and they understood. Go figure.
Next up: Disney!
Fletcher's favorite part was definitely Jedi Training Academy where he got to battle Darth Maul (also known as Dark Mole in our house).
My favorite - by FAR - was the new Cars Land that just opened in June. It looks just like Radiator Springs.
Of course the beach is always a family favorite and it was nice to sprinkle a few beach days in between the chaos of Disney. It's interesting to see Fletcher, who was diagnosed with ADHD, go from out-of-control at Disney (where the kids waited in lines for long periods of time and were "cooped up" in the form of having to stay at our sides all day) to being so serene at the beach where he could run and play and just relax.
If you're ever driving through Utah, St. George is must see on a hot afternoon. The town is sweet in itself - lots of little antiques stores and places to visit - but the splash park in their town square was a welcomed reprieve from the hot weather.
We are finally home again tackling mountains of laundry, a fridge detox (note to self: raw meat left in the fridge for 12 days is not a good idea), and catching up on sleep.
Let the Summer of Fun continue!