Thursday, September 13, 2012
Zion National Park 2012
Well, I came for a very brief visit a few years back but I just rode the scenic tour bus up and back down the canyon. I don't think that really counts.
Then again, by that criteria, today's visit shouldn't really count either. But we did do a little bit more. We ate lunch at a picnic table and "hiked" about 1/2 mile. Not much more, but a little.
I am not complaining, merely stating a fact, but it's hard to do a lot more than that with this many littles in tow.
And we needed a photographer.
You see, Clark and Bethany were arguing about who was going to lead on the trail. Clark argued that if Bethany went first she would scare all the lizards away before he could find them. Bethany argued that Clark had no rights to permanent trail leadership.
Judge Mom sided with Bethany. I ruled that whoever was fastest got to be first. Oh cruel capitalist mommy! Clark was mad, Bethany was sad because Clark was mad. Family togetherness in the great outdoors can be a drag sometimes.
I called for a family meeting on the trail to make clear my verdict and beg for civility. Just then, Clark spotted the first lizard of the day. A big fat, juicy lizard that was too slow to get away!
Three cheers for Mom and her family meeting!!
Like I said, they weren't terribly quick.
Someday I would love to come back to Zion National Park and do some real hikes. But I will only come with people who swear an oath and sign their name in blood (or at least red ink) that they will NOT COMPLAIN about anything, including but not limited to, the heat, the distance of a hike, or hunger.
I think that is very reasonable.
Can I get a "right", please.