Marie mastering the art of the selfie at Huntington Beach State Park
For our family vacation this summer we headed out to explore the southwestern United States. We had a blast and explored a wide variety of parks and places in six states. When Sarah was asked by her cousin Josie if she was well rested from our vacation, Sarah laughed and wryly replied "this was a Chad Emmett vacation." I tired to scale it back and not push too hard, but that is hard to do when there is so little time and so many places to see.
Will was the first to brave the cold waves.
We later joined Aunt Martha for some great tacos.
We picked up fast passes for Guardians of the Universe at 10:00 which were good for 5:00-6:00 that evening. Joel, Will and I ended up in the elevator with a competition dance team form Highland Utah. Their leader warned us that they were prone to screaming. She was right. I plugged my ears.n
Next stop the open house of the brand new Tuscon LDS Temple.
We then met up with Marie's niece Margaret Tueller Proffit and her four children for some lunch and cold drinks then a hot visit to the San Xavier mission on the Tohono O'odham reservation.
After a picnic lunch we visited Balcony House (upper right). It required climbing several tall log ladders and climbing through two tunnels--one on hands and knees. It was a favorite for all of us.
Notice the tall ladder in the lower right to enter the site and then the two ladders on the upper left to exit.
Three pit homes (center) were the first homes followed centuries later by rock homes and kivas (right).