After our Triathlon, we had a crazy long fun day of adventures. Since we were already in St. George, we wanted to make the most of our time. Right after the triathlon we went to the dinosaur tracksite (Dinosaur Discovery Site at the Johnson Farm) in St. George that Matt had been wanting to take the kids to, because it has the best-preserved dinosaur footprints ever found.
Kids standing in front of the longest set of fossilized dinosaur tracks in the world
Can you see the footprint?
Big Tyrannosaur footprint
Our plan was to go straight to Zion after the museum, but on the way we got sidetracked a few times. It was just the most beautiful day and everything was calling out to us. Next stop was this cute little town in Virgin, at Fort Zion.
You could buy 4 carrots for a dollar and feed the animals. We all took turns, even Oey. He loved a little furry donkey. This little alpaca was very friendly, and desperate.
Just getting a drink, then back in the car to Zion. We wanted to make sure we got as much time there as possible.
We drove a couple more miles to find this hidden little nook in the red mountains, in a tiny town called Rockville. It was the cutest organic shop with lots of yummy treats sitting in the sweetest orchard. Everything was green- my favorite color!
Matt and his sandwich, refueling
We just had to stop one last time to join in Springdale's Earth Day celebrations. It was perfect. We have gone to a few of these type of things in the last couple years and this one was the best. It was small, simple and to the point. All about our beautiful world. Really focused on plants and nature, some homemade goods and crafts, unlike the other trendy ones where they are full of homemade pipes and whatnots.
Zion! We made it! These are the three patriarchs. Being here made me think of one of my favorite hymns-For the beauty of the earth.
The boys up at Weeping Rock
This is where you can sit and look out at the amazing view and stay dry.
You can see the water dripping behind us. It pours out where sandstone meets shale, takeing centuries to get there. They have tested the water and some is 800 to 1200 years old!
Letting the kids play in the water and sand. Bella trying to pull up her skirt so it doesn't get wet.
We stayed until darkness covered Zion canyon, then had a four-hour drive home. We were pretty exhausted to say the least, after the triathlon and all these side trips. We recommend spending more than a day or half-day at Zion. We'll definitely be back for more (Angels Landing here we come!).