Wednesday, July 20th was the last day in Utah that I spent with my family. We took the kids to a pirate themed family entertainment center called, Pirate Island. As far as places like that go, it was pretty cool. It reminded me a little bit of the Rainforest Cafe, but with pirate themes. We got to each lunch in our own private room called, The Smugglers Cave. IT was like being in a real cave with hidden treasures all around. The kids loved it.
That evening we attended my uncle's 60th birthday party. It was great to see so many of my cousins, aunts, and uncles. The next morning we said goodbye to my grandma and my parents, who so graciously took care of our sleeping needs and breakfast every morning, among other things, while we were visiting. Then we headed up Provo Canyon to our Nobbs family reunion, in Timber Lakes.
On the way to the reunion we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls to stretch our legs on snap a few photos.
The reunion was great. We got to see two of John's sisters and their families that we haven't seen for over 10 years. The kids love meeting their "new" cousins. Immediately they began playing together and having a good time. Friday we all hiked to Stewart Falls. It was beautiful! I enjoyed it, although a few of the kids didn't like the long hike too much. Then we went to Deer Creek Reservoir where the kids played in the water and went fishing. Saturday was especially nice for everyone. John's grandmother came to the reunion to see everyone for the day. The kids put on a talent show for her. They were so cute! We had lots of great food and fun together.
Sunday morning we got up early and headed back out on the open road. Luckly, John was there to help with the driving (it's so much easier to make a long trip with 2 drivers!). Sunday we drove at total of 18 hours! The best thing that day was seeing a double rainbow stretched across the open sky. And the worst thing was that Eliza got car sick (no surprise there) and threw up in the back seat a couple of times...ughhh. Monday it was a simple 12 hour drive. We saw some crop dusters as we passed through Iowa. So that was pretty cool. But other than that the whole drive home was a bit dull, and long. We arrived back in Pittsburgh, late Monday night. All, in all, it was a great summer adventure. But we are all happy to be home at last!