Although the all day rappel trip was one for the books – we had much more in store for our girl’s adventure camp.
Before we ever arrived at the campsite to pitch our tents – we visited the Coral Pink Sand Dunes outside of Kanab. We rented sand sleds/boards from the ranger office and the girls went sledding – a novelty for these Arizona girls. The sand was extremely fine which made it soft to walk in and brushed off easily. This came in handy as the girls came barreling down the hill and ended up with sand EVERYWHERE – they quickly learned to shut their mouth while going down! They rode the sleds over and over again. It was great going down, but the climb back up the sand hill did a wonder on your calves. We got our workout in for sure.
It’s a little hard to explain this picture…yes we bought costumes on Amazon (half white/half black aff. link) and created a dance to one of the Greatest Showman songs. I’ll spare you the video, but it was pretty amazing! 🙂
Every night we had a spiritual based activity. We had a speaker come in the first night, we had a short devotional the next with some faith building activities and the last night we had a stump the bishop activity with Q&A and video messages from their parents. Every night was unique and impactful.
The day the girls weren’t rappelling, they went into Zion National Park and hiked Canyon Overlook. It’s a hike on the east side of the tunnel – easy and short but offers spectacular views. None of the girls aside from Hallie had ever been to the park which made it even more fun to experience it with them. While in the park we tried to see how many license plates we could find – in our short time we found 27 states – Zion attracts people from all over.
After the hike, the girls were back at camp, playing games , doing team building activities and prepping food for dinner.
After camp was packed up and we were headed home, we made one more adventure stop – a self-guided zip-lining course. This activity was almost cut from our list because girls were tired and ready to head home – but there were just enough pulling for it that we decided to make it happen. It did not disappoint and many girls liked it better than the rappel.
These lovely ladies (missing one in the picture) made this camp happen. From start to finish they were all in and I couldn’t be more grateful for their dedication, creativity and friendship. I think we had more fun than the girls!
My favorite part about it all was being able to be there with Hallie for her first girls camp. I tease her that her girls camp bar was set pretty high after her first year 😉 . The other bonus – having Steve there with us thanks to his current church responsibility. We had an amazing time and having it be a shared experience made it even more powerful.