We chose to camp in my parent's backyard. It is the prime location for first-timer's like Jack in the case he gets scared or cold, grandma's nice, warm house it right there to remedy. Or- if mom develops some sort of gastrointestinal infection and needs to camp out by the toilet. But we had lots of fun doing summersaults, fireworks, and roasting s'mores over the open range..
2. Shooting off Barely Legal Fireworks
Josh's sister's family was in town from Arizona. They love a good explosion- and Derek came prepared with fireworks such as the "Corrupt" and "The PowerHouse." We each had a turn hold ignited roman candles (including our wee children..), and got to watch a great show of all the fireworks across Midway and Heber in the rain.
(only one fire was started, but it was immediately put out by a bucket of water and Tasha's foot.)
Just outside of Charleston we found a great spot on the Provo River to try and fish. There were snakes and mosquito's and lots of sun. Right off the bat, Derek got a 14" cut throat. It was a beauty. The kids were thrilled (almost as much as Derek was..) and my nephew Soren did a great job cleaning it. I caught 3 mosquito bites.
4. Watching the Storm
The day after the 4th, we had dinner in Park City and later went to a park when a huge storm rolled in. It brought a huge rainbow that stuck around for 45 minutes and only improved with time. When the rain subsided some people set off fireworks (mortar's..) just beneath the rainbow. It was a gorgeous night, and a perfect way to end the weekend.
Happy 4th of July, everyone.