A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
The beauty of Zions... How I love these great mountains! And how I wonder what the heck made the people who lived here decide to blow a tunnel through it? Not that it's not super cool...it's just not the first thing that would come to my mind. I would see all those mountains and valleys and think, "Well, I guess this is it! The end of the line, people! Pull out your sleeping bags and start up the camp fires!" Luckily, the people back then were thinking a little more outside the box and wanted a faster way through the crazy mountain area. (Did I mention that my Great Grandfather helped to build that mile+ long tunnel through the mountains of Zions? Pretty cool.)
Regardless of what the early settlers did and thought, it is still an amazing and imposing place! We took the kids in and wandered around a bit. We took the shuttle in and did a short hike to the entrance of the Narrows:
The best was when Andrew fell and screamed his lovely, screeching, howling scream, so I carried him on my shoulders for over a mile. It was SOOOOO HOT!! That was NOT an easy hike with an almost 6 year old on your shoulders. The whole time, though, he kept telling me how it just hurt so much and he couldn't walk. Then, as I told him we were near the end, he told me he was feeling much better! So I asked if he would want to walk the rest of the way to the end. He replied, "No, I still can't walk yet, but I bet that by the time we get to the end, I'll be all better!" It cracked me up! When we arrived at the bus stop and I let him down, he bounced around and told me how he was all better now! Miraculous! And then he told me how he didn't used to like hiking but now he loved it! Ha!! Well, I'm glad I could help...I guess...
We also did the Jr. Ranger program. For part of that, we had to attend a Ranger led program. We found one called Majestic Music, where the Ranger taught us songs that children who lived in the area long ago used to sing; taught us games they played; and showed us old pictures. It was interesting and fun and the kids loved learning the songs and playing the games (Duck, duck, Goose, and Simon Says):
We enjoyed our shuttle ride to the different areas and hikes. It was super cool looking out the top of the shuttle to see the tops of the mountains! My favorite was when someone saw us sitting with our kids and asked, "Are they ALL yours??!?!?" and when I answered yes, they get that wide eyed look... Come on people, 4 kids is NOT that many!
At the end of the day, the kids earned their badges and we enjoyed a nice day at the park...and we were happy to return to the cabin and enjoy the theater room! :)
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As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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