We left Logandale, Nevada on Wednesday morning and spent the day in St. George, Utah (just an hour away). Grandma Bartle rode in the car with us.
Our first stop was a wildlife museum, which was populated with hundreds of taxidermically (yes, I made up that word) preserved animals. They were placed in natural habitats and in realistic poses. The boys loved looking through their binoculars and listening to an audio track that discussed the different animal groups.
Tyler's favorite part of the museum was the children's exploration room. He dressed up like he was on safari and imagined all sorts of adventures for himself. He played in the tree house and concocted recipes with this cooking equipment. He hid in the tent, too. Zach spent this time checking out giant bug specimens in the next room.
We enjoyed lunch at The Golden Corral with Grandma Great, and then Becky took Zachary and Tyler to a brand new recreation center in Washington. They had a fabulous time! The enormous pool with fountains and a water slide kept them entertained for a long time. On the way out, the boys tried climbing the indoor rock wall. Tyler made it all the way to the top of the 30-foot wall. Amazing!
That night I was thrilled to hook up with Krista, a great friend from Beaverton, who was vacationing with her family in St. George. She really rearranged her schedule to make our visit work, and I'm so grateful! We were so excited to see each other and spend the evening chatting that the only picture I took all evening was of Gavin eating a lime at Cafe Rio.
On Thursday morning it was time to go. We posed for a group picture first to commemorate our time together.
Then it was time to say good-bye. That part was kind of hard, especially for the grandma who took such good care of us that week.
Until next time....we love you!