Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

We’re home! Actually, we’ve been home for almost a week now, but we haven’t gotten around to writing about it. We spent a little over two weeks in the southwest enjoying the warm weather, seeing the sights, and stopping by a couple Mariners’ spring training games in Peoria, Arizona. They may be having a hard time getting started this season (currently one of only two winless teams in the majors), but we were treated to two Cactus League wins.

We all had a wonderful time. It’s amazing how much better Henry handles traveling than he did just a year ago. He really enjoyed a lot of the things we did, too: a tour of Lehman Cave in Great Basin National Park, hiking at Sunset Crater (a Volcano, cool!), seeing the Mariners practice & play, more hiking at the Grand Canyon and Zion, visiting the Thiokol rocket display in Utah, etc.

My favorite part of the trip was our three-day stay at Zion National Park. I’d been there as a kid, but didn’t remember much other than the tunnel, which was the coolest tunnel I’d ever seen (I’m think it still is). The park is absolutely gorgeous and Springdale, the little town just outside the park, is pretty nice, too. It’s kind of like Moab lite: a smaller version of Moab without the hoards of mountain bikers. The Desert Pearl Inn was by far the nicest place we stayed on the whole trip. Our room opened up onto a lawn, beyond which was the Virgin River and the cliffs of Zion. I could easily see spending a couple weeks there.

We were lucky to have nearly perfect weather for most of our trip. We had a little snow heading over Snoqualmie Pass as we left Western Washington and a little rain on one of our driving days, but other than that it was sunny, dry, and warm. Phoenix was going through an early heat wave while we were there, which dampened our enthusiasm for sitting outside and watching baseball, but it wasn’t unbearable.

We’ve posted a bunch of pictures of the trip on flickr for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.