As many of you know, Mat's dad passed away in the line of duty. The state has gone above and beyond to recognize those who have sacrificed their lives. It's nice to know that they are not forgotten and that their families have a good support group. In the picture below and to the far right is an officer named Brody. He was shot 9 times and was able to survive. They wanted to dedicate this officers ride to him, but instead he felt it should be dedicated to the ones who have fallen. He felt like he was lucky and got to live, these men didn't.
This year they were honoring Mat's dad Dan. They invited the families the day before the public ride and they placed markers for those officer's they were honoring. Everyone used their rock hopping vehicle to drive and recognize those heros. Dan was number two on the course.
Gretchen doing her Muscleman impression out the window because it was so thrilling
Oh! And did I mention cousins? The kids were in heaven and breathless spending time with their cousins. Lots of loaded laughter.
Hollywood and Avery were inseparable. They could not be apart even if it was a bathroom break!
Mat unfortunately didn't have enough time to arrange work and he had to miss it, and boy was he missed! I made everyone pinky swear that they would come back next year so he could be apart of it. This is absolutely Mat's world and it was hard enjoy it without him.
Pictured: Tom (brother), Bob, Andrea, and Lindsay (sister).
We went on some hikes and played in the sand.
The Harris kids have a lot of complaining to bury, that's all I can say! Man my kids are whiners when it comes to any form of exercise.
Of course when you get to your destination, it makes it all worth it. Oh, what's that? No complaining?
This was a nice shady spot to rest on the way down while the youngers caught up. We called it our Google nap spot and Becket was trying to charge passerbys .50 cents per nap if they were willing.
They hotel we stayed out was so kid friendly and safe. They kids really owned it by the 2nd day. They were off to the playground, swimming pool, personal pancake maker like regular bonafide adults
Next year (I hope)