Aron Ralstin's book Between a Rock and a Hard Place inspired us to take a hike in southern Utah before returning home from our Christmas vacation. After some searching, we decided on Goblin Valley for a couple reasons: (1) it was on our route home, and (2) Galaxy Quest made it look really cool. Well, it was really cool. the Goblins (more like mushrooms if you ask me) are these interesting formations made by rocks sitting on much less dense soil that is eroded away, leaving the much larger rock on what looks like a stem. And the valley itself seems to come out of nowhere, and ends as quickly as it begins. Elliot, as usual, loved exploring the formations, jumping over the dry stream beds, and generally running wild. We had a great time, and we'll definitely be back this next fall.