I did all the sheet-washing and major cleaning at my parents' St. George home on Wednesday night so that we could head out pretty early on Thursday morning. We left around 6:30; Ben left Montrose at 5:30. We met up at the Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef. Ben beat us by an hour - and had a camp-site (the campground was filled by 11 that morning) and tent all set-up by the time we found him.
After finishing setting up the camp, etc., we ate some lunch and then headed out for our first hike of the trip: Sulphur Creek. We had read about it online and it looked fun. We checked with the ranger at the visitor center; he gave us some much-needed advice about navigating the 3rd waterfall we'd come to. Otherwise, I'm not sure what we would have done! Anyways, the hike was 6-miles long (thanks to having 2 cars!) and pretty fantastic. The kids were pretty great, too.
All the kids did pretty great on the hike with only limited whining (none of which came from Miles . . ).