One of the things you appreciate the most in the canyons is the markedly cooler temperatures, especially during the heat of the summer. A temperature change of 20+ degrees is not unusual. A hot summer day in the 90's becomes a pleasant afternoon in the 70's in the canyons.
A few days ago, we spent 2 nights, and 3 days at the Spruces Campground, up Big Cottonwood Canyon. We liked being able to spend two nights camping. If you only do one night, it seems like you spend the first day setting up the tent and organizing camp, and then the next day your're taking it all down again, with hardly any time in-between to just relax and enjoy your surroundings.
We purchased a Springbar Tent a few years ago, but we haven't used it very much. We've decided to change that. We had cousins visit us from St. George. We used the tent for a backyard camp out. The kids had a great time playing/sleeping in the tent. We used the tent again for this camp out.
We brought some handicrafts with us -- some bead work, and leatherwork. The idea was to give the kids something to do so they wouldn't get bored. As it turned out, boredom wasn't really a problem. They got to do a lot of exploring together, and they had a great time.
Here you can see Bryan and Amy with necklaces that they made. Bryan's neclace is made with real buffalo teeth.
We also enjoyed playing our recorders around the campfire. At one point or another, each of us played together. I taught Amy how to play "I Think The World Is Glorious" on the recorder. We had to play it over and over again, until she finally got it right. From now on, I hope she remembers our time together, at the Spruces, whenever she hears or sings that song.
That's Me Playing the Recorder around the Campfire
We're not done camping yet this year. We have a trip to Moab planned during UEA weekend in October. My mom, dad, and brother will be joining us -- only they will have a motor home at their disposal.