Saturday, May 16, 2009

Storm's first road trip and other Besther adventures

So I know it is already May 16th-Happy Birthday Dad-but April was busy and fun so we wanted to be sure to fill you all in on what we were up to. :)

I had a short Spring Break so we decided to take a trip to St. George, UT to save some time and $$$...It was about a 5 hour drive down and we took Storm with us which made it her first real road trip. After about an hour in the car (the longest we've ever taken her at once) she started to shake and pant a lot so we were kinda worried that she might be sick. So we pulled over, let her out and walked her around a bit. She was quickly back to herself so we put her back in the car and she was fine for about 10 minutes. Then it was back to the shaking. We decided that I would just try to comfort her until we stopped in a half hour for a short lunch. She was able to calm down before we stopped and stayed calm the rest of the trip. It was a bit of a "shaky" start to our trip but we were proud of her after all...we think she may have been worried that she couldn't get out if she wanted to, but we made frequent enough stops to make her comfortable. We left plenty of space in the back of the CRV for her to sit on her seat or lay on the floor, but she refused to sleep in the car.

We would frequently turn around to see her dosing like this or in some other funny position that did NOT look comfortable...but she refused to sleep on the floor...Silly puppy!
We drove through some rain in our own area to get to this-the gorgeous city of St. George where palm trees sway and the sun shines! We were only about an hour from Las Vegas but didn't head that way since we "saw" it last summer. Our first meal was at In-N-Out Burger, our favorite fastfood burger joint...even though the one in St. George is the closest one we have-so far! We settled into our room with Storm at the Super 8, which was suprisingly nice and allowed pets, even 90 lb. puppies! We took Storm to the dog park in town (the major reason we decided to bring her with us) and did some exploring.
The next morning we left her in her crate in the hotel and headed out for the 50 minute drive to Zion National Park.

We didn't have much of an idea of what to expect but we were not disappointed. We hiked and saw some beautiful rock formations in this legendary canyon for the Virgin River.

We got to do some fun climbing on red rock and took the shuttle all over the park to see the different amazing views.
Saturday was rainy so we took a day off to explore more of St. George and do some shopping. We found a great breakfast place and awesome thai food. We also found out that just above town there is a "park" with red rock bluffs that you can hike and climb for some great views. We did that on Sunday before leaving town.

We were able to take Storm with us which was nice since we couldn't take her to Zion NP. I love this picture of one of my best buddies...she really is a sweetheart-even if she can be a huge pain in the neck. :)

After packing the car and leaving St. George we got back on I15 North back to Ogden but Ben wanted to take a detour to see Brian Head ski resort just outside of Cedar City, UT (go firgure ;). So we got off of the highway about an hour into the trip and drove about 12 miles up to 10, 420 feet!
After just having been hiking in the red rock bluffs and sun, it was a little weird to be in the snow watching skiers but it was a worthwhile detour.
We noticed some red rock in the midst of the snow-very pretty!

And then we drove back down-in 2nd gear.
Storm finally got too tired to stay awake-we caught her like this after hours of trying to stay awake. So Cute!

So we spent a good bit of our Easter Sunday in the car, but we read the story of Christ's life, death and resurrection to each other as we drove and had some good discussion and reminders about who Christ is and why He is not only our God but our Friend. It was neat to worship together in the car in the midst of such natural beauty as we were able to see.

We didn't "celebrate" Easter with any friends or family, but Storm did get a present.
Which she immediately destroyed.

Sorry, Easter Bunny, but you look even worse is inside out and unrecognizable.

Storm's friend Buster was a little gentler with the bunny. Buster's family travelled some in April too and asked us to dog sit which we gladly did b/c he is a sweetheart, and kept Storm exercised which gave us more time for other things-like Spring house projects.
Aprli 26th marked Ben's 30th birthday and we celebrated at home with some good friends, chinese food and ice cream cake. Later we went bowling and had a blast. Originally I planned to take Ben and some friends paintballing but the weather and some schedules didn't allow, so we took a rain-check on that, but Ben's birthday was a success anyway. :)

Last weekend we replaced the back panel of our fence, so we'll have to fill you in on that a bit later. It was a lot of work, but it looks great!


Crystal said...

hooray for an update! the pictures of the sleeping storm in the back are too cute! can't wait to see you guys this summer!

Stephanie Horjus said...

I love your updates!!!! Love all the pictures! Cute sleeping Storm in the sun:)

Happy Belated 30th Ben! Hope we get to see you sometime this summer!! Cheesesteaks are calling your name :)