The Goal: to take and post at least one picture each day for the entire year that I'm 27.

I find that I rush through the day, to rush through the week, to get to the weekend...just to find that an entire year goes by in the blink of an eye. So, on the eve of my last day as a 26 year old I decided to make a change. I challenged myself to take the time each day and find at least one moment worth remembering, hoping that in this way I will learn to live each day for what it is. For regardless of how uniform the days may feel at a glace each one is truly unique and worth cherishing.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 331 - Southern Utah & The Grands

We are home from our long weekend trip to southern Utah
We were visiting Steve's grandparents in Dammeron Valley just north of St. George
They were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary!!! (not to mention it was Father's Day weekend)
The weekend was packed full of hiking, sight seeing, eating, and lots of great family time
We spent all of our time around the amazing areas that surround St. George like
Snow Canyon State Park and Zion National Park

Let's start with the anniversary and Steve's grandparent's place...

Steve and Jesse - Jesse and Anne

Steve and his grandpa Carter Cowley

The view and lot right our their back looks even better in person if you can believe it!

The chandelier at The Gun Barrel where we had dinner

Steve's grandparent's with their surprise cake (don't mind the bbq sauce bottle in the foreground)

Below are the cakes we had back at the house...a chocolate/chocolate and a carrot cake

Day two brought our first day of adventuring...

Phil, Shelley, Anne, Jesse, Grandma Cowley, & Steve

Zion National Park

Anne on the trail

Back row: Steve & Phil
Front row: Shelley, Jesse, The Grands, and Anne

And one with me in front of the camera

Other than great rock formations...we also saw some great wild life

And some not so real wild life...

Next we stopped at Grafton, a wild west ghost town that was both beautiful and chilling

The entire town died out in the early 1900's
Some from natural causes, Indian attacks, floods, and other hazards of living out on the range
(Apparently a 13 year old girl and 14 year old boy died in an accident listed as "swing broke")
Reading the town history and the headstones was so sad
One husband and wife had 5 kids over 10 years - The oldest lived to be 8 years old; 3 died before turning 1
I couldn't imagine living that life...those pioneers where very courageous people!

This couple shared Steve and my wedding date...only 126 years before we were married

On to happier things...
Day three brought more hiking but this time a little closer to home - Snow Canyon

Our "album cover picture" - as Phil called it

The folks album cover picture - love'n the pose guys!

Jesse, Steve and Anne on the edge

Anne and Steve with their guide - Grandpa Cowley

Phil and his kids Anne and Steve - Happy Father's Day Phil

Steve climbing too high

And looking pretty good!

I staid low to the ground with the flowers

Last we stopped at a small artist community at the end of the canyon

And that my friends was the trip!
We saw, climbed, and discovered about 1/3 of what The Grands had to show us (or so they say)
But we feel like we did it all - I guess we'll have to go back up there soon to see what all we missed!

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