Friday, March 03, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Tom DeForest is Mark's best friend from middle school and high school. They became Eagle Scouts together. Tom and his wife Hannah flew all the way from Utah for our wedding, but Shannon had never met their three gorgeous girls (Lili, Kate, and Grace,) and Mark had only met Lili when she was a baby.
We were very excited to be able to drive to Utah to visit with them after the conference in Las Vegas. Sadly, Tom's dad died a few days before. Tom and Hannah were wonderful hosts, even at such a bad time, and we enjoyed their three girls and Tom's extended family immensely.
At left, Lili and Kate play dress-up. They have a wide repertoire, from ballet dancer, to princess, to ballet princess. Grace learned to pull herself to standing lierally a minute before we arrived.
Left: Shannon and Mark outside the DeForests house.
Right: After Tom trounced us at Scrabble, we posed for a picture with Tom's brother Jay, Tom, and Hannah. Hannah and Shannon demonstrate the Disney princess pose favored by Lili and Grace. Tom caught the girls copying it from the sticker on a box of diaper wipes!
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
After the Hoover Dam, we drove to Springdale, Utah, just outside Zion National Park. We watched the sun set behind the mountain range, then had a great dinner at the Spotted Dog Cafe. We chose it based on name, of course, but it was our favorite kind of restaurant- elegant food, but you can wear jeans to dinner. That is, as long as you go before 8 pm; they roll up the sidewalks around that time. We found a room at a great hotel just outside the park, and enjoyed a hot tub under the starry sky. In the morning, we headed into Zion. There are numerous trails, and the more adventurous can go canyoneering in the narrow canyons between the sandstone ridges. We did several 1-3 mile trails. The picture at top left is the view from the Canyon Overlook.
The River Walk took us along the river, in a canyon. With snow melts and sudden rainstorms upriver, the canyons are subject to flash floods. This trail was the closest we came to canyoneering, but we're eager to return in warmer weather with the right gear and a guide.