Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sedona

My parents love to travel.  And they have instilled that love in me!  So when they invited us to go to Sedona, AZ with them, I quickly accepted.  I had never been there and I love going to new places.  The only catch was that Jake couldn't go.  He had to stay for work and school.  Bummer.  So the girls and I headed out for an adventure with Grammy and Papa!

{Lots of time spent squished in the backseat of the truck w/ these two cuties}

We took my dad's truck so that we could all fit into one car with all of our "stuff".  And those of you with kids know just how much "stuff" there is to pack and bring when you have kids.

{Some of the beautiful scenery of Sedona on the last day of our trip}

If you've ever been to Sedona, you know just how beautifully breathtaking it is there.  With all of it's big red rock mountains, it is truly a unique place to go.  I was excited to go hiking and drink in some of that Arizona warmth!  Too bad it snowed the whole way down.  And then it snowed the whole first day we were there.  I went to Arizona to escape the snow, not to have it follow me down!  Needless to say, it was chilly.  Luckily I packed some warm clothes for the girls, just in case (just part of all that "stuff" you have to pack - the "just in case" things have to be included.  You know, just in case).

{Just before the snow started coming down the first day we were there}

The snow cleared up for the rest of the trip and we had a great time.  We didn't get to hike because the trails were muddy from the snow, but we did a lot of sight-seeing. 

 {More beautiful scenery}

The last day we were there, we drove to a wildlife preserve called Out of Africa.  Emmy loved seeing all the animals!  We went on a "Safari" while we were there.  There is a bus that goes right into the "African Bush" where the animals roam free.  You ride on an open bus and the animals come right up to the bus.  Emmy loved this part.  If you stuck your hand out, the animals could have bitten our fingers right off!

We had so much fun in this beautiful part of the country.  Thanks, mom and dad, for a wonderful trip!

{Our only "hike" of the trip - on a trail along a river}

{Papa and Emmy}

{Mommy and Emmy}

{Best friends!  Don't mind Kate's "special" face here}

{Kate's first taste of ice cream - she couldn't decide if she liked it or not}

{A fountain in a cool outdoor shopping center in Sedona}

{Getting ready for our Safari at Out of Africa}

{The animals came right up to the bus on the safari.  The zebras were beautiful!}

{Emmy trying to see the animal on the hillside.  Can you see it?}

{Emmy's favorite animal at Out of Africa}

{Grammy, Papa and Kate on the Safari}

{Such beautiful animals!}

{My pretty Kate eating some yummy bread}

3 comments:

Sammy said...

WOW! i've never been there before but it sure looks BEAUTIFUL! how fun to see those animals on your safari! looks like a great trip, your girls are so beautiful!

The Yoder's Four said...

Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only person who packs everything imaginable just in case. Even when we're just going to St. George or Hurricane I have to bring like 5 separate bags of stuff.

Sedona looks so beautiful! I'd love to try out that safari park!

Mary said...

Geeze! I guess it's been a while since I've checked you blog...you have a bunch of new posts. That safari trip looks amazing! That would be so incredible to be so close to wild animals.