Friday, March 29, 2013

Weekend in St George

Last weekend, the McClellan family got the chance to go down to St George together! Jake's parents have a neighbor and close friend names Preston Gerber who has a really nice home there and we all got to stay in it together! It was our first family trip with Clint since he got home from his mission, and my first trip with Clint ever! Mom & Dad McClellan left to go down Friday earlier in the day. Jake, Dustin, Clint, Macy & I went down as soon as Macy & I got off of work at 6. We met at Mom & Dad's, parked our cars in their garage and loaded into Dustin's Tahoe. I zonked out around Nephi thanks to the motion sickness medicine I took. We stopped at Costa Vida for dinner around 9 and then got back on the road and made it to Preston's house around 11.  At the very end, we got a little lost so we were driving around in circle and OH MY GOSH was I getting motion sick in the back seat haha. But it all worked out and we made it to the house without any one throwing up.

We talked for a little while and then went to bed. We woke up the next morning and had an awesome breakfast {Jake's dad is an AWESOME cook!} of pancakes, eggs & bacon with orange juice and milk. Then we all changed and got ready to go for our first 4 wheeler ride.

Jake & Dustin getting ready to go
Jake with his Go Pro on his head. I must be turning into a redneck because I find this picture INCREDIBLY attractive haha
Dustin all bundled and camo'd waiting to go out - it was SUPER cold
Mom & Preston all bundled and prepped to go
Dad, Clint & Macy
My camo man :)
Me all ready to go! I'm doing thumbs up, since you can't tell I'm smiling, but since my hands are camo you can't see them ;)
Jake & I rode on the new Polaris 4 wheeler, Clint & Macy were on the Honda 4 wheeler, Mom & Dad were on the Rhino, Dustin rode one of Preston's 4 wheelers and Preston was on one of his 4 wheelers. We went on a SUPER long ride - almost 5 hours. The sky was clear as could be, and as we rode the weather warmed up so we could slowly shed our layers of clothes. It was GORGEOUS!!

The view at one of our stops
Me & my hubby
Clint, Macy & Dustin enjoying the view :)
Dustin, Dad, Preston & Mom
Gorgeous blue sky
The rock formations we stopped to climb on and find shapes in
Jake climbed up pretty tall
Another view of Jake up high
Clint up REALLY high - doing the Captain Morgan stance
Another shot of some of the rocks with the gorgeous blue sky
Up where I climbed
Me & my hubby
View of the valley below
Jake's view from where he climbed to
This is when we realized I lost my phone. Right before I freaked out, we found it. On the floor board of the 4 wheeler. Covered in dirt, so it had been there a while. No cracked screen from our shoes. Still worked. LUCKY ME!!!!
We rode a while longer - just riding all over the place. I would have got SO lost - good thing no one was expecting me to be able to get them back to the house haha. At one point, we came to this little ledge thing and Jake started to back up and I was like "oh we can make it just go for it" so he drove slow and had us lean away from it and yeah we rolled the 4 wheeler over. Well, we tipped it over and it landed on us. Jake has it on video - he posted it to YouTube. I should figure out how to find it so that I can post a link in here... But we were totally fine! Scratched the 4 wheeler a little but otherwise totally fine. It landed on Jake's foot and his boots made it so his ankle got a little twisted so we took a little breather on the rocks.

Poor Jake - kinda my fault since I'm the one that said to just go for it. But he is the one that listened to me haha!
After we got back from our ride, we showered and cleaned up and had some crackers & chips with veggies & dips and then went out to dinner. Our good friends Keeshia & Andrew Fletcher have told Jake MULTIPLE times about this amazing steak place in St George where you cook your steak yourself on a rock they bring you. Preston had told mom & dad about the same place, so OF COURSE we had to go there!

PALM TREE!! Everytime I see a palm tree, I take a picture and send it to my bestie Suzie. She was my roommate before we got married {she got married 3 weeks before me} and we went on this spur of the moment trip one time to California where she is from and I asked if there was palm trees there and she said she didn't think so and there were MILLIONS of them so everytime we see one we take a picture and send it to each other!
Preston modeling the sign out in front the restaurant
Jake's steak. They sear it in the back, so it comes out totally raw. The rock is a lava rock and is heated to 700 degrees. You cook each bite to the wellness you want, so that it's done JUST how you want it, and each bite is hot since you just cooked it. I had chicken. And rolls. Lots of rolls haha. The chicken was pretty good. Jake raved about the steak for days haha.
After dinner we came home and got in the hot tub. Preston had just cleaned it out and put new water in it and it showed - it was FREEZING!! Mom made it about 2 minutes. Jake made it about 20 minutes before he got out, I made it about an hour. Clint & Macy made it 2-3 hours and then they came in. We were all pretty tired from a fun, long day and went to bed on the early side - it was like 11. Which isn't early if we were at home, but for being on vacation that's early haha.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast of scrambled eggs & bacon with OJ & milk. Then Clint, Macy, mom, Preston & me went to Sacrament Meeting. It was an awesome meeting - they had a new family speak. They had 3 girls - 13, 11 & 5. I don't remember ever having kids younger than 12 speak when a new family speaks, but the girls all did AWESOME. And the mom's talk was amazing. They had a still born in between the 11 & 5 year old and obviously that just stuck with me. I don't know how women make it through that. That would be SO hard!! But the meeting was awesome. Mom noticed halfway through that the ward had a missionary who was serving in Charlotte, North Carolina where Clint served and Clint knew him! After the meeting, Clint asked the Bishop where the family was and went to talk to them for a few minutes. Then we came home, changed & got ready to go for another ride. The whole family went again except for Clint & Macy. Cleneyl, Preston's wife, came too! We went to go see the dinosaur tracks!

I got to drive a little bit - the Polaris is an automatic and I LOVE IT! I want one SOOO bad now!!
Hiking to the foot prints of the dinosaurs with dirty faces
A foot print!! Don't mind my hand in the corner - apparently I can't take pictures haha
It was really fun. We came home, hurried to change and throw our clothes in the back of Dustin's truck and then it was time to come home!

View from Preston's driveway - seriously he has a gorgeous home!
The whole family together!
It was such a fun trip! And we made it home in amazing time, and I didn't get sick! After we got home, we picked up Max from my parents house and he slept for almost 24 hours straight. Little zombie puppy!!! I knoew it's because he gets SO played with and he runs around chasing Buzz {his puppy uncle} but it's still cute to see him so worn out.

He NEVER lays in his bed with the blanket on top - just shows how tired he was!
Max zonked next to Jake while Jake catches up on his YouTube videos
Yay for a fun "camping" weekend!!

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