we spent a morning exploring the volcano tubes in snow canyon state park and it was definitely one of our family’s favorite things we did while in st. george. it’s only about a half a mile hike in, and then if you’re brave and wanna climb down into the dark black tunnels (which they call tubes), it’s a little more adventurous and we somehow got talked into doing it by josh. the kids loved it so much, they begged him to find the second tunnel and go explore that one as well (mama and conrad stayed above ground for that second smaller darker one.) i think they were fans because we read signs about the different kinds of bats that live there and you know how much our kids love bats (remember when they did a hot chocolate stand to raise money to help save the bats?)
if i could toggle between the red rock and desert of southern utah and the hustle and bustle of new york city every week, i would. this place wins so many awards in my book when it comes to beauty, and i really can’t get over it. we’d planned to go to zion national park while on this trip, but snow canyon is just about a short drive from josh’s parents house and we enjoyed exploring it instead as our plans changed last minute. here’s a post from last time we hiked in zion as a family. also, for those interested, when i pulled up that post from zion last year, it was fun to see these others ones from a night we went camping in moab a few years ago as well as lots of other moab and camping posts here. everyone has such baby faces! including us! we’ve seriously aged this past year and i don’t just see it, i feel it. #yay
lots of photos from snow canyon and exploring the volcano shoots!
so proud of that rock he is holding!
samson and his papa and their smiles make me smile. these two have a way to get me grinning from ear to ear and honestly all they have to do is smile to make it happen. i love seeing them happy.
the davis explorers! maybe their entire lives they’ll carve out time to explore the world together! maybe not, but it’s a nice thought. :)
the popped hip on eleanor’s side, the arm around the waist with the booty out just a bit on conrad’s side. i can’t. they kill me all day long and i love them.
you didn’t think we were going to get through this post without at least ONE jumping photo, did you?!
here’s the entry of one of the big volcano tubes! it looks so deep and dark, but nothing josh and the kids couldn’t talk me into!
half way down, about to go in that big black hole behind me in this photo!
seeing the black lava rock from the volcano against the green brush and red rock was really beautiful.
spotting and watching red ants carry food back and forth. my kids have loved finding all the ants on this trip! and i’ve loved working on my patience to stop every few minutes and watch another group of ants do the very same thing. ;)
balancing our camera on a rock and pushing our luck to get a shot with all of us in it. i’d say we did pretty great. i’m not even on my tippy toes and i’m the tallest. going down as a success in my book.