Last spring we went to Deer Springs Ranch with the Wild’s. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing but it was quite cold and snowed a lot while we were there.
This year the Wild’s invited us to go with them again. We, of course, jumped at the chance and the weather was perfect. It was a bit chilly in the morning but always warmed up. Each morning we were greeted by some peacocks outside our cabin. The males even spread their tails and showed off. It was cool to see. Not so cool? Stepping in the peacock poop.
We took our Kelty pack on our trip just in case but didn’t end up even pulling it out of the car. Wingnut was a good, little hiker for the most part and only got worn out walking in all the sand. I can’t say I blame him. Walking in sand can be wearing. He was great, though. Peanut loved following her cousins. When they ran ahead she preferred to hold Wildman’s hand as we hiked. Later, while she was holding my hand while hiking she said, “Do you know why I like holding [Wildman's] hand? Because he listens to all my stories.” I thought that was really sweet and Wildman got a laugh out of that when I told him. She can be quite the chatterbox. ODD commandeered my camera taking some scenic photos for his future office and I haven’t had a chance to swap photos with Wildbound yet so we’re kind of lacking on photos with people in them.
The hikes we did were really chill without too much elevation change. I figured, if Wingnut can do it then so can I. I got more tired than I normally would but it felt so good to be out and hiking again. On Thursday we did White House Wash and The Toadstools. We tried to do the Coral Pink Sand Dunes that afternoon but it was way too windy and chilly.
Peanut and Wingnut went down the cave like a slide. It was so funny to watch and they didn’t even hesitate.
Wingnut loved climbing up on the hoodoos at The Toadstools.
The next day we did Willis Creek but went quite a bit farther this time than we did last year, hiking in probably two miles before turning around. It was beautiful. I took the kids home while ODD, Wildman, Wildbound, and one of the Wild’s nephews from Wildbound’s side hiked a bit of Bull Valley Gorge until they couldn’t go any farther without needing ropes to get in and out. We tried to catch the sunset from the Pinks that evening but all the roads were still snowed in so we finally had to give up and turn back.
The kids love any chance to wear their rain boots so hiking through the creek bed at Willis Creek was especially fun to them.
Wingnut spent a good deal of time walking around with the Camelbak nozzle in his mouth.
On Saturday we were determined to hit the Coral Pink Sand Dunes – if we referred to them as just the sand dunes Peanut would correct us. Last year they were under a layer of snow and this year we were really looking forward to it. It was still rather windy but we decided to brave it anyway and it was well worth it. We all loved the sand.
You can see some of the sand blowing off the top of the big dune.
Getting ready to run down.
Wingnut thought getting buried in the sand was hilarious.
While the kids played in the sand nearby I dug a hole for my belly and, for the first time in almost nine months, had a little nap on my stomach. I’ve been a stomach sleeper for as long as I can remember so it was heavenly.
Peanut dug hole after hole after hole. She was in heaven.
Wingnut’s favorite thing was watching ODD make little cylinders of sand with his sand bucket.
Then he’d gleefully jump on them and smash them.
The Wild’s went on to St. George to spend Easter with one of Wildbound’s sisters so we said goodbye to them at the dunes. Our little family stayed a while longer before heading for home. The drive was nice aside from blowing a tire on the way home and the whole trip was a lot of fun. I’m happy we were able to go. Thanks, Wilds, for inviting us! We love spending time with you!