Sunday, August 31, 2008

Family Vacation - August 2008

After much discussion we finally decided on a spot for our very first vacation with Truman. We had considered destinations from Calgary to Mexico and San Diego to Denver. We finally chose a location in Colorado near Vail called Avon. The drive was about 7 hours and we were hoping and praying that Truman would make the trip with out incident. Luckily when Dad got tired, Truman took over at the wheel...We loved the location we picked and the family had a blast. On our second day we headed into the Beaver Creek resort for a day of hiking (and shopping for mom). On the Five Senses Hike, Truman loved the creek, trees, animals, and just hanging out with Mom and Dad...


Luckily, as always, Mom was prepared for every contingency...


After our hike, we returned to find our car with a boot... and also reconstructed in Legos...
The trip was a great success and a much need break for the family. Truman enjoyed his first summer vacation and was so well behaved we may even bring him with us to Hawaii next year. We had one adventure on the way home vacation that we never expected. As we were traveling home, a mudslide wiped out Highway 6 between Price and Spanish Fork, we were stuck. We turned around and headed back where we found an alternate route through Duchesne, as we traveled along the road it began to rain, and then it began to pour. By the time the rain was so thick we couldn't see the road, traffic had come to complete stop. As we waited behind a semi truck, I glanced up at the hillside on the side of the road and noticed an impromptu waterfall beginning to form, as soon as I pointed out the slide to Em, the side of the road exploded in mud and water and raged so high it was slamming into the trailer immediately in front of us. We didn't wait to see what happened next, we were out of there! Unfornantly we had nowhere else to go. We pulled off the side of the road in a safe location and prayed that we would be able to make it home safely. We finally saw the traffic moving and stopped a truck coming the opposite direction to see if he though our SUV would make it over the mud caked road. He thought we had a good chance if we had a running start and so we careened throught the mud at full throttle. Truman and Em were brave throughout the ordeal and we felt so grateful that we were watched over and blessed in our journey.

Our Treacherous Roads...

7 comments:

nava_jo said...

I know some Nice Natives just south of Price that would of put you guys up for the night :)

That highway 6 can be dangerous. I've almost died on that trek many of times. I love VALE, and I am so glad you got home safely!

Anna said...

we are so impressed that Truman was such a good boy on your vacation! not to mention how well behaved he was at the game yesterday. we told Ruby what she missed out on and she was upset with us that we didn't let her come. :(

lisa said...

scary! I'm so glad you guys made it home safely. Now we need to hang out again!

The Thomas Family said...

So glad you had a fun time and that you guys were safe. I am in love with all of Truman's chub!

becky said...

So fun -- I'm jealous. You were in my hometown. :) And I remember way too many life-defying trips on Highway 6. Glad you survived.

Your little guy is so adorable!

The Calderwood Chronicle said...

Em, you look great! You must have lost all of your baby weight. I'm still working on my final eight pounds... so hard!

The Thomas Family said...

Sorry I never called you guys back. Life got a little crazy. Thanks for thinking of us and you can check out pictures of Grant on our blog.

BTW- I still have your DVDs. I promise when I see you I will give them to you! I feel so bad for having them this long. SO SORRY!