Mid-June took us on a super tour of Southern Utah. Baby Bear was our chauffeur:
[8+ hours in the car makes us slap-happy. Did I mention this picture was taken around 4 hours in?]
Our first stop was actually Kanab to see my favorite Grandpa. 90 years old & took us on a tour of his yard, downtown for icecream & shagged balls for Keller's batting practice with his cane. He's a crack-up.
Next it was on to this metropolis:
It was the 2012 Panguitch Balloon Festival + Bike Rally. Mixing hot air balloonists with hard-core motorcyclists -- Why not? Everyone gets along in Panguitch.
This was Chad's first Panguitch experience. I had to wipe the drool away while he oogled the bikes. The Soper family hosted us so well once again.
Now -- the balloons are beautiful and all -- but it's the quarkiness of a small town which really makes this fest....well....highly enjoyable:
|Dude built a trailer for his bulldog. I'm still not sure if the dog liked his view.|
|Marchant & Hughes posse in jail.|
The hot-air balloons hardly flew due to high winds. Luckily Kimmy took advantage & brought kites for all the kids who had a blast:
We also fed Keller his first Tearjerker:
|Notice cute Grandma & Grandpa Soper in the background. Wonderful hosts!|
Then the festivities transferred downtown [oh yeah -- only 3 blocks away -- small town]:
|Love the moon in this shot. We had seen Brave over the weekend & this reminded me of the Pixar short -- La Luna shown before the feature.|
After we partied ourselves out in P-town we headed over Cedar Mountain.
It was great fun to take the Tahoe on the back dirt roads on Cedar Mountain to see the best viewpoints. Also had a lunch break at Navajo Lake & saw the gigantic rock slide that closed SR-14.
We spent the next few days in Cedar City with the Marchant's.
|Sitting on the front porch with a beloved Brad's Food Hut Vanilla Dr. Pepper. You don't see Liz, Kimmy, Chad, Doug & I happy as can be.|
Headed to SUU for a day to help with the Summer Counselor Conference & got to take in Les Miserables at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Great production -- proud of them.
Lots of wildfires burning in Utah this summer & we drove right through some charred ground near New Harmony still smoldering.
Survived the 8 hour drive back home -- All in one piece & Chad & I finished listening to The Great Gatsby.
One fine summer adventure.....