If you know us, then you know we have a deep love (borderline obsession) with our Honda Element. It is the strangest toaster shaped car that you can easily put the seats up the ceiling or take them out, and you can even take a hose to the inside. It’s an added bonus that if fits my Harp. Yes, yes it’s got a few issues… like the fact that it gets the gas mileage of a small RV, or the fact that it only fits four people. But, we have made so many memories in that thing. This weekend was another Element trip for the books.
Goblin Valley. We had to pull over a few times to fix the mattress we strapped to the top (hence the first photos) but once we made it safely things were magnificent. The campground we expected to stay at was full. But, that was a blessing because we found the coolest camp site that was like our own mini Moab! It had tunnels to explore, rocks to climb and A LOT of sand. Our theme for the trip became “God made dirt, dirt don’t hurt.” Well at least we are hoping it doesn’t hurt, since Jack pounded half a barrel of it while we were there.
Lucy was loving our undivided attention, and we were loving no cell phone service! She kept saying “ladies and gentleman, boys and girls welcome to Lucy’s show.” Then she would do some ridiculous dance move, or jump in the air. She was a hoot the whole trip. We explored the actual “Goblin Valley” for a whopping full hour. Because, we made it clear out to this big wall of rocks when Lucy had to go the kind of potty that shouldn’t be done near national monuments. So, Todd packed her on his shoulders and we sprinted a mile back to the car. That didn’t get us many weird looks at all 😉
My favorite memory of the trip however would have to be Todd and I’s sunset hike. The kids were both asleep well before sundown. A camping miracle! So we hiked up the huge mountain behind our camp to take in all the beauty. However, hiking is not the right term! At one point Todd full on boosted me on top of a rock, then I had to lean back and hold his dead weight while he searched for a knee hold to get on top of the rock himself. We ran up this mountain of loose dirt as fast as we could so we wouldn’t miss the sunset. The 360 degree view of the valley was incredible (don’t worry we could also view our campsite from there). We enjoyed the sunset and took a few photos. In which I am wearing hideous sweat pants; please forgive this fashion travesty and someone come burn these pants immediately!
We ended the night cuddled up, watching the fire and talking about our life, our future, the kids, transvestites, periodontal disease and everything in between. Ya know, just typical camp fire convo. I’m so in love with this family of mine. We’ve created an Instagram hashtag that explains us perfectly. It is #thiswanderfullife. Follow along if you’d like!