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Just got back from our annual pilgrimmage to warm weather in early spring (after some epick spring snow storms in Salt Lake City--it was so nice to go some place warm!!)

We have stayed in properties managed by Moab Lodging our last 3 stays. This time we stayed at the Desert Gardens property and LOVED it. There are 3 little bungalows in a row with a HUGE grass, fenced-in lawn with BBQ grills, outdoor furniture and a HAMMOCK! We could let the kids run around all they wanted and they could not get enough of the hammock. The place is small, and no dishwasher in the kitchen, but it was clean and comfy. It is just one block off of Main Street but at the end of a dead end street so it is very quiet. The kids begged us to stay there again!

We got takeout from Pasta Jays--very good. And from the Desert Edge Brewery--which was pretty darned good too. (We do take out so we can eat a leisurely meal while the kids run around the yard :-) ). I was impressed at the wine selection in the liquor store (we usually bring ours with us but didn't have time to shop before leaving this time). And had coffee and got treats in my favorite, favorite spot--Red Rock Bakery and Cafe. The peanut butter brownies were to die for!

We made it to Delicate Arch with a 4 and 7 year old. Whining peaked the last quarter of a mile :-) But they were very proud of themselves. This was the first time we have done the Junior Ranger program and the kids thought that was cool. We had to do the usual Windows and Double O Arch stop. That was their first hike in Arches ever and they want to go back every year. (The rocks at the bottom of Double O make for great hide and seek sessions!)

It seems more and more parks are letting people check out "explorer packs"--a backpack with resource books, binoculars, a magnifying lens, and an activity book. Great things to keep the kiddos entertained and educated!! We checked out one at Capitol Reef last year and that was the hit of the trip!

On the way into town (from I-70) we stopped off to see the Mill Canyon dinosaur bones trail. That was REALLY cool--it is pretty awesome to see "raw" bones in situ.

We also stopped at the Helper Railroad and Mining Museum for a leg stretcher. The website makes it very clear that they are under construction--quite a few exhibits were missing. The CEU Museum in Price is better for kids.

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