after a long two days of wind, we packed up and headed south to the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park. phil and i had both been here on separate occasions over the years and were really looking forward to seeing it again. of all the parks in the lower 48, this has to be one of the most wild and remote. it is in the middle of nowhere, even for utah! and even in the busiest time of the year, it seemed like there was no one there, especially once you got off the road and onto a trail. after the noisy moab campground, this place seemed like heaven! we even got lucky and scored a great campsite with an amazing view and lots of space for the girls to roam and check things out.
speaking of camp, this was one of the biggest challenges to camping with two small kids-- what to do with them, how to entertain them or keep an eye on them when the camp chores needed to be done. luckily they both cooperated, for the most part, and either "helped" with what needed to be done or stayed withing eyesight and played. there were a few mornings, particularly the coldest ones, that we sat them in the car with some snacks and a sesame street dvd for a few minutes in order to get things packed up (and get them nice and warm), get hot water going on the stove, or get things ready for a hike. in general though, it went well and while keeping up with a toddler and a preschooler on a cold canyon morning was a new challenge, it was certainly worth it in the end!