Having kids was a conscious decision. We knew that it would cramp our wild-and-crazy style for sure, but genetic imperatives are strong. Kids happened, and with them came the dramatic reduction in the number of crazy adventures we had. Or at least the type of crazy adventures changed. Sure, kids are, in the best of times, their own reward and certainly all the cliches about them are true. I love being a dad (usually) and wouldn’t trade it for my old lifestyle (usually).
Enough philosophy. Long story short: we took our first 6+ hour drive as a family of four, taking minors across state lines for outdoor purposes, and it was great. Joe hiked like a champ and finally really “got” the hiking thing. “Dad, I want to see what’s around that corner!” Ella is tough enough that she can hike a bit on her own, but still small enough to be carried when time is of the essence. Camping went well (even if the campground itself wasn’t the most exciting in the world) and we even suffered an unexpected extra day in Moab with aplomb.
Anyway, we took 596 photos over four days. Here are some of them. It’s simply too much work to try to boil it down into just a handful. Enjoy!