This last weekend we went out to Colorado to visit Andy's side of the family. One day we took a little trip over to Utah to see Arches National Park. It was a beautiful day, not too cold, and just perfect for hiking to see a few of the arches.
It had snowed a day or two before, and the snow with the red rocks was just beautiful. We really enjoyed our time there. This is Landscape Arch below, it was my favorite one. Part of this one broke off back in 1991 while people were underneath. That would be scary.
It was good to see all the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins again!
Then came the trip home... It was definitely one of our most adventurous trips. First we had to cross the mountains, where it was snowing. The roads were wet and slushy most of the way, but part of the time they were more snow packed. Miss E threw up all over her clothes and blanket about half an hour after we left. At Vail pass there was a wreck so we had to wait 30 minutes there. The sun was peeking through the clouds on the snow covered mountains and it was really beautiful. The picture is not nearly as good as it was in real life.
As we came out of the mountains we got ahead of the snowstorm, but then we ran into the thunderstorms. The sky across the plains of Colorado was really pretty, you could see just where the storms were- no need for radar out there! As we were coming into Kansas this thunderstorm was building up and I told Andy, Colorado might have mountains, but we have clouds! Famous last words...
Because a few minutes later this tornado came out of those beautiful clouds!
We pulled over to the side of I-70 and watched it cross the interstate. It was really amazing. After living here for 27 years this was the first tornado I've ever seen. It was probably about 5 miles away. Thankfully it didn't hurt anyone, it was pretty small as far as tornadoes go.
All of that made the trip take about 14 hours instead of the usual 12. We were all very glad to be back, and thankful to God for getting us safely home!