It starts getting into my bones, the feeling of walking with my kids in Utah's National Parks, and spring is just around the corner. I went to my favorite weather website today, and saw that Zion National Park is expected to reach daytime high temperatures of nearly 70 degrees this coming Saturday (3/2/2013) and sunny skies!!! You can't get more perfect hiking weather. Since I've made taking my kids to magical places like Zion a part of our lives - to the degree that you might call it "a lifestyle" - I'm tempted to go. The time we spend together exploring is time I know my kids are forming the memories that make their reality what it is. It sets the tone for their lives, and it encourages them to bond with the world in a special way that not everybody gets to experience. The reason I know that it's as special to them as it is to me is because they ask me, "Dad, when are we going to go camping down in the desert again?" Even when one of my sons doesn't feel like hiking anymore and throws a bit of a tantrum, we all sit down, have snacks together, drink some water and quietly talk for a few minutes. The next minute, he's running up ahead of me far enough that I have to shout for them to slow down a little so they're within eyeshot of me. Don't get me wrong, my kids love playing video games just as much as the next kid, but I like that they know there is more to life than a screen and a keyboard. I like that they've experienced what it's like to hear coyotes howling under a full moon. I enjoy watching them take in for the first time our iconic landscapes and rock formations with wonder and awe. I've seen them excitedly running to stand beneath delicate arch. Maybe this weekend we'll do it again...