We've had a long September-October-November and needed to get away on a family vacation. Mike and I have been traveling every single week for the last seven weeks, barely seeing each other since September. We found a deal on a hotel in Moab and headed out for a nice three-day family vacation together.
The kids have never been to Arches or Canyonlands National Parks, and they're just the right age to enjoy the 3-4 mile hikes to each of the sites. November is a perfect time to go because it isn't scorching hot. There was a little snow and a bit of a breeze in the mornings and afternoons, but the 30-40 degree weather was perfect for hiking. We had fun doing some trail running, too, while the other tourists thought we were crazy. Alexander called it "parkour" running. They invented a game where the sand and dirt was lava and they could only jump on rocks or wood. I had fun trying it out with them, but my ankles were sure sore the next day! They always came back to the car with a bundle of sticks and multi-colored rocks. It's precious how children treasure the earth and the simplest things. James found an old weathered piece of wood shaped like a his grandpa's welding blow torch. Alexander found a dagger and sawed-off shotgun. Elena had a bow and arrow, with a grass string. All had pockets full of translucent potash and blue sandstone. We ended up hiking a total of fifteen miles over two days.