I was determined this year to make better use of the camper trailer than last year, so without husbands Liz and I packed up the kids and the cars for a trip to Dinosuar National Monument. I hadn't been there since I was kids and I have been anxious to take the boys for years. None of the kids were keen on having their pictures taken as we surveyed the bones along the quarry wall. They specifically requested that if we were to take any photos they be "candid shots." We forced a few posed pictures though. It is our right as moms to take pictures, earned during those nine months of pregnancy and every day since. (An argument I am making this afternoon as well, as we prepare for family pictures).
Some things I learned and liked about this trip, in case anyone is thinking about heading that way.
1. Our campground was on the banks of the Green River. (Next time, when our kids are older, rafting through the park is on my list.) Lot of trees to climb and for shade, and bordering sand hills that they slid down over and over and over.
2. Josie's homestead is at the far end of the park road and bunnies abound. The boys had a plan to impale one with a sharp stick. I was afraid they actually might!
3. Red rocks make me happy, and petroglyphs make them all the more interesting.
4. After the young 'ins went to sleep Drew and I went out to observe spectacularly starry skies. Even with a moon the light was brilliant.