Some things to do on a Southern Utah road trip:
It did not disappoint.
There is something about red rock that just speaks to me and takes my breath away.
This is called the “Dragon Hike” because of this huge piece of wood that supposedly looks like a Dragon’s head. We couldn’t see the dragon resemblance but Lucy sure liked the shade it provided. (It was H-O-T!)
The last stop of the day was Tuacahn.
And boy oh boy, I’m not quite sure how to even describe how amazing this place is.
Tuacahn is this amazing natural amphitheater where they put on broadway plays. It nestles in the middle of the most gorgeous red rock canyon. I had always heard about it and always wanted to go. I figured it was a perfect time to take our girls. It was the one thing on the road trip I wasn’t so sad about Max missing because it was “The Little Mermaid.”
But even Dave loved it, so maybe I do wish Max was there…
We had all been talking about this all day and were so excited.
Having a little girl like Lucy makes things like this even better.
Her eyes shone bright with excitement and anticipation for days.
I can’t believe this is the only overall shot I got:
It was a fabulous production, complete with water running across the stage and roller skaters and amazing acting/singing and even fireworks at the end.
But my favorite part was watching Lucy’s eyes shine in the dark, mesmerized by the whole thing. And her little comments were priceless (she doesn’t think things in her mind, she just says them right out loud, which is sometimes a little embarrassing for the other kids, and sometimes completely delightful).
In this case it was the latter:)
I may or may not have shed a tear or two as the fireworks burst into the air with my family surrounding me in such a beautiful place at the end of a great production.
I love people who come up with ideas like that. I praise the guy or girl who said, “hey, this is a gorgeous canyon not being put to use…let’s put an outdoor theater here!” I love creative minds that think outside the box.
Lucy got to meet Ariel and Prince Eric at the end.
I mean, really, what can be better than that?
Thank you, Tuacahn, for a magical evening!
(For more info. about Tuacahn click HERE.)
What a beautiful day Utah gave us.
We left with tired eyes and filled-the-the-brim grateful hearts.
I just made it to Southern Utah this month for the first time. You are right it is beautiful. We did Zion, Narrows, Ceder Breaks and Bryce. Lots of Hiking and even the Shakespeare festival. Saw both 12th night and Into the Woods. Though 12th night might be a little bit much for your youngest, our 12 year old was struggling to follow, but she got the jest.
I am headed down to the area this weekend and trying to plan out the days. How long was the hike?
LOVE these pics. I'm on my big computer so I really got it! We gotta get down there!
You were in my neck of the woods…That's where I always do my photo-shoots. I love the red rock area, and of course Tuachan.
I love that my lucky stars aligned and I got to meet you that night at Tuachan! Thanks for chatting, your family is as sweet in person as they seem on your blog!
We went on that hike in the Spring and it's STUNNING with the waterfalls! You have to go again and get to the top. It's absolutely breathtaking. I couldn't get myself to hike down!
We live in St. George and absolutely love heading to Tuacahn for every show. We sure do live in a beautiful part of the country and you showcase it beautifully here!
Cedar is my very favorite! We lived there three years and wish so much we could move back! Instead we just do the Shakespearean festival for our anniversaries, haha!