We're Back! Arizona Vacation 2017


We are officially back from vacation, and we had such a great time!  I am warning you all now though, this is a picture-heavy post.  I apologize for the length of time it will probably take to load.  Believe it or not, I took a lot of effort to cut the pictures down to 2-3 from each activity we did, but we still had a lot!

Kids, if you are reading this in the future, you were all at every place we went, I promise.  And I took pictures of all of you.  I just didn't have enough space!

Onward...

The first couple days of vacation are usually a road trip.  We take road trip vacations because we find they are much easier with four young kids than flying  (not to mention more affordable).  These are usually sucked into a black hole when it comes to pictures, but we tried our best this time to slow down and stop a couple times throughout the drive - it broke up the days in the car for the kids and for us!  So we stopped at parks, points of interest, and restaurants.








Note: if you are ever in Durango, you HAVE to get a coffee at Durango Joe's!  Derek and I have a tradition of trying a local coffee place on every morning of our vacation, and this may have been the best coffee I've ever head. Ever.

On Mother's Day I woke to some footprint/handprint art form the kids (carefully crafted by my sweet husband), and a drawing book I've been wanting!  We also visited Mesa Verde.  Unfortunately a lot of the dwellings were closed until summer, but we walked up to check out Spruce Tree House with the kids.







We finally arrived at Page, Arizona!  We ended dup staying at Lake Powell Resort, and we were really happy with the stay there!  Unfortunately I did not book our tour to Antelope Canyon and we weren't able to get in until a day later than we planned (whoops), and so we spent a full day just having out at the resort - swimming, walking around with views of the lake, and we took a boat tour!













And of course, I broke out my tripod for a family picture.  When you are on vacation there is usually no lack of people who are willing to take a picture for you, but I'm usually much happier if I just find a pretty spot and set up the tripod!  Once I have a good shot for our annual family vacation photo I feel like I can relax!




Also worthy of note: Poor Clyde got sick during these two days of our trip with a mysterious fever.  We had to keep the poor child drugged up on Tylenol so he could enjoy the trip! I felt so bad for him,but weirdly once the medicine kicked in he didn't act or seem sick at all.  I'm still not sure what he had.  Also, I broke out in eczema on this trip in several different spots.  I've never had eczema in my life!  We always seem to get some weird illness when we go to Arizona.

We spent some time in Antelope Canyon, and I honestly got enough pictures there to fill up two full posts.  I'll just show you a few, because we could be here all day waiting for those pictures to load.

A little info about Antelope Canyon - you are not allowed to go there without a tour guide.  Some tourists died there many years ago because they were caught in a flash flood (which is how the canyon is formed), so now you are only allowed in with a guide.  The company I originally wanted to go with could no longer accept children on the tour because of their insurance, so I frantically searched for another company with an opening that would also allow children, and thankfully I found one.

(I'm thinking about writing a separate post on how we did Antelope Canyon with kids, so let me know if you have any specific questions.)

The Canyon was absolutely gorgeous, and I'll share more soon.  But wow.  It was definitely a bucket list item.





Next we headed down to Flagstaff for a couple days.  I was excited to check out the Rock Slide park down there, and we would have if the weather was like the previous week (80's).  The whole time we were there it didn't get warmer than 60 degrees though!  it figures we would go on vacation on the coldest week in May.  It was still warmer than home though (there were several inches of snow while we were gone).

Since our Rock Slide park plans were foiled, we checked out the Grand Canyon.  It was very windy that day, so we just walked around for a little bit and then saw the Imax documentary about the canyon at the National Geographic Visitor Center. We also went to Meteor Crater (a well-preserved meteor crater outside Flagstaff)!  We also ate free pie at Village Inn and ordered Chinese food to our hotel.  The food in Flagstaff was a highlight.




(This is an actual space rock, in case you didn't know.  I made the kids wash their hands after touching it since it contain uranium and who-knows-what-else.)

(On the crater age.)


(Swimming at a rec center, which the kids loved!)




(The Railroad Cafe, a Route 66 restaurant with huge portions of really good food!)

After a few days in Flagstaff we headed to my grandparent's summer cabin, and we spent a couple nights with them.  They were so sweet to feed us really well, the kids loved playing with all the toys my grandma had, and Derek and I got to play a bunch of games with my grandparents!  We love games and never get to play them with other people uninterrupted, so this was a really nice way to end vacation.  We also went on a gorgeous hike (the weather was nicer there than Flagstaff), but I think I'm going to share those pictures next week.

We finally headed home after that, and it turned out to be a fun and relaxing trip! 

Where are you all going on vacation this summer? 








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7 comments

  1. So cool! The canyon looks so beautiful! I can't wait to go on vacation now. We're thinking of going to the beach in late August before school starts again. I've just started reading your blog and love it! You and all your kids are beautiful. :)

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  2. These pictures are absolutely stunning, I hope you frame some of them.Hope Clyde is feeling better.

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  3. Looks like you all had a fabulous time!!!

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  4. What a fun vacation! It looks like it was beautiful! We can barely travel with two kids, I don't know how you do it with four. Well, the travel part is the "easy" part, it's the sleeping [or not sleeping] part that comes every night and during nap time if we're able. It's awful. The boys sleep horribly unless they're at home. How did you all do it?! I'd love to go somewhere this summer, but it's not looking very likely with Landon's schedule. Maybe next year? :)

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  5. So beautiful! I feel like I was half in awe of all the beautiful places and half with all of your cute outfits ;) This reminds me of a lot of the vacations my family took when I was little! I remember loving Mesa Verde!

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  6. It looks like you had a wonderful vacation! I would love to see the Grand Canyon someday.

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  7. It looks like you all had a wonderful time. Also, you have a beautiful momma glow going on. :) I would love to hear more about traveling to Antelope Canyon with kids (honestly....any kind of travel post with kids would be right up my alley!).

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