One of Utah’s lesser known parks is Capitol Reef National Park. This park boasts of all the beautiful red rock of the southern part of the state but without the crowds of visitors that you often find at the other national parks. We spent the weekend at the park, hiking the different trails among the golden sandstone and stopping by to say hello to the petroglyphs. But the best part of our trip was the hike along the Grand Wash trail where the rocks were covered in pockmarks along the face of the stone. Some of these were big enough for us to sit in-which to Tessa was the greatest experience ever. We spent hours while she sat in every hole she could, tried putting her shoes in different holes, and tried to climb with the holes as footholds. She would pick up rocks and try putting them in the hole, then in her mouth, then back in the hole. She laughed at being able to fit in the hole in the rock and loved to run as fast as her little legs could carry her down the trail. While we loved the different hikes we did in the park, seeing the absolute wonder and excitement of a child over the rocks was a completely different perspective on the park. It really brought us out of seeing the park in its grand sweeping views and instead focus on the gentle beauty of the rocks themselves. When we slowed down and let her explore how she wanted, we saw the details of the trail so much more. This was the first time that we let her out of the pack while hiking and let her decide where we would go and what we would see on the trail and it was a powerful lesson for us as parents. It took us a good part of the day to go along a pretty short trail, but seeing the trail from the eyes of a little girl was absolutely worth it. To this day, Tessa loves to pick up rocks and collect them filling multiple buckets with them. But at least she doesn’t put them in her mouth anymore.
13 thoughts on “Moments & Misadventures :: Sitting In A Hole In The Rock”
Gorgeous photos, Meg! Sounds like an important day for Tessa and you as her parents. Kids are amazing and seeing the world through their eyes is always rewarding and eye-opening. I’ve learned this through teaching and the time I spent with Alice, my niece. Happy to be back from your trip?
It really is so interesting to refocus your perspective and see things from theirs. Tessa really teaches me a lot that way. I love the name Alice- such a pretty name that I’m so glad is being used again. How old is your niece? I am happy to be back from my trip 🙂 It’s always great to go but always nice to be home in my own bed again.
Alice is seven, turning eight years old at the end of the month. Seems like just yesterday she was a baby.
What a fun age that is. It is crazy how fast they grow up and it seems that growing up is more noticeable every day.
You know, as your children get older and grow into adults, sone if the memories as you watched them learn about your life, are absolute treasures in their own right. Lovely post.
Thank you, that is a wonderful thought 🙂
Gorgeous photos Meg, love the hole in the rock
Thank you Marion. Those southern Utah rocks are just incredible 🙂
Cute photos of Tessa enjoying a day out with you two
Thank you! She was so little in these pictures and now it seems like she’s grown up over night 🙂
I have two grandchildren and just love watching them grow and learn
We love capitol reef!! There is so many neat areas in Utah to see and explore! My boys love to collect rocks too but unfortunately they still put rocks in their mouths 🤣
Utah really is great for outdoor adventures. Your boys just think they need some added minerals from those rocks 😀 I hope you have a great weekend!