We decided to do a long road trip to the natural beauties around us. Being so close to all those national parks, it would have been tragic to not visit them!

Our expedition would cover Moab, the Arches, the Grand Canyon, the Four Corners, Mesa Verde and Durango!… all in six days with three children under five. It was quite the adventure.

The Arches, near Moab, UT. Breathtaking views.

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Eleven years ago, Ben and I hiked to Delicate Arch while still in college. (2003)

2- 2003_02_17 Annie and Ben in Moab, Utah (16) logoFast forward to marriage, three children and eleven years later at the same spot!3- IMG_0267-2 copy logoIt was an incredible, steep, one-mile hike. I can’t believe our then-four year old hiked all the way up!4- IMG_0271-2 collage logo Can you spot the lizard Shiloh is conversing with?5- Collages526 logo Top: Ben took this picture of me (2003)

Bottom: Picture of the kids at the same spot (2014)
6- Collages525 logo Shiloh, the budding photographer. Quick break in Monument Valley, where there were lots of sand storms.

8- IMG_0354-3 logoOn to the next destination: the Grand Canyon!7- 20140619_153824-2 logoGrand Canyon! It was incredibly windy, and we were warned to stay away from the edge.9- Collages524 logo We met up with Ben’s sister, Ann and her family! 10- Collages535 logo We celebrated Shiloh’s 5th birthday in the Grand Canyon! 11- IMG_0370-4 copy logo Can you spot Ben and the kids? (I made it easy for you by cropping the picture…)12- Collages536 logo Pool side at the hotel!13- 20140616_153939-3 logoOn the road again. Four Corners.
14- Collages528 logo 16- IMG_0514-2 collage logo Amazing, stunning, rich in history. Mesa Verde.17- Collages538 copy logo The Anasazi inhabited Mesa Verde between 600 and 1300. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesa_Verde_National_Park18- IMG_0668-2 collage logo We got to climb underground in this amazing palace.19- Collages530 copy logo Our little archaeologist.20- IMG_0626-2 copy logo One of the several palaces. Isn’t it breathtaking!21- 20140618_145458-2 copy logo What would be a trip without a selfie!22- IMG_0645-2 copy logo The kids hard at work.23- 2014-07-134 logoDurango. Amazing San Juan National Forest sights!24- Collages532 copy logo Mineral County. My vision of Colorado.25- 20140619_152257-2 copy logo