Showing posts with label hiking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hiking. Show all posts

Friday, July 3, 2015

Escape to the Mountains

As I was leaving my house so an agent could show it yesterday morning, I received two more texts requesting more showings.  For those of you keeping score, that meant three showings back-to-back which would require me to be out of my house for three hours.  I was headed to the library, which has become my daytime go-to place to hang out and read while these showings are going on, but three hours?  I turned my car in the direction of the mountains!
I love driving through the mountains with the windows down, the music loud, and the breeze cool on my face.  It was so peaceful and relaxing.
Since I was in American Fork Canyon, I had to make a quick stop at Cascade Springs!  I feel a little bit like Anne of Green Gables because every summer I have to visit all of my favorite places.  Instead of the White Way of Delight, I have Cascade Springs!
I had the whole place to myself for quite a while and I loved listening to the sound of the water.  It was a lovely morning!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cascade Springs

Yesterday was a little bit overcast which, in my opinion, is perfect for hiking.  I live in an absolutely beautiful place and can literally get to any number of trailheads in the mountains within 30 minutes.  I decided to go to Cascade Springs and then drive the Alpine Loop from American Fork Canyon to Provo Canyon.  Cascade Springs is made up of a series of cascading waterfalls over travertine terraces.  You can hike the lower loop by the pools or you can hike the middle and upper loops to the source of the springs.  It was especially nice yesterday because it was cool and not very crowded.
After hiking around Cascade Springs, I drove the Alpine Loop.  It was beautiful and relaxing.
I love driving through the mountains (especially with the windows down while listening to Neil Young).  It was a lovely day.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Yellowstone 2014

When I got home from Jordanelle, I had just enough time to do laundry and shop for provisions before I headed out again for a week at Yellowstone National Park (about a five hour drive north from Salt Lake).  I love Yellowstone and I have been planning and looking forward to this trip since April.  Since I am pretty familiar with the park, I had a plan for my time there.  On my first day I visited all of the geysers and hot springs.
Lower Geyser Basin
Midway Geyser Basin (my favorite feature in the park is the Grand Prismatic Spring)
Lower Geyser Basin (I really love the Sapphire Pool)
Old Faithful
West Thumb Geyser Basin (I liked the Blue Bell Pool)
Norris Geyser Basin (I hiked all around the Porcelain Basin which was about two miles)

On my second day in the park I went on several scenic drives.  It was so beautiful!
The Yellowstone River
The Lower Falls
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  So Spectacular!
I was able to see lots of wildlife!  You're not really supposed to get this close to the buffalo but I just kept walking towards them!  On a Yellowstone trip when I was ten, I walked right up to a buffalo to get a close-up picture and it freaked my Dad out.  He couldn't yell at me to stop because he was afraid of spooking the buffalo.  If I recall correctly, the picture I got was blurry...

I stayed in a cabin at the West Yellowstone KOA and it was so much fun!  The people in the cabins were outdoorsy, adventurous, and very friendly with lots of stories to tell around the campfire.  I enjoyed sitting on my porch reading.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Yellowstone.  Next time I visit I want to go fishing!

Note:  For two nights I drove into West Yellowstone to see productions at the Playmill Theatre.  On Monday night I saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which was fun as always, and on Tuesday night I saw Les Miserables, which was absolutely amazing!  It is a small and intimate theatre and the performers lead you to your seats and chat with you for a few minutes.  They all recognized me when I returned on Tuesday (I sat in the same seat both nights); one of them kissed me on the cheek and another one hugged me.  I really enjoyed both shows and I highly recommend them if you are in the area this summer.
Go here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Great Outdoors

I am so glad that it is spring!  Now that the weather is getting warmer, and the school year is winding down, I can't wait to spend all my time outside.  Here are some of my very favorite places to go camping, hiking, and to have cookouts!
My family loves camping in the motor home at Jordanelle State Park.  It is the perfect place to relax with a good book and listen to the sound of the waves in the reservoir.  We try to go there several times in the summer and fall and my parents have been known to spend weeks at a time there.
One of the very first places we went when my parents got the motor home was to the Willard Bay KOA.  I really like the trees at this KOA and there are lots of wonderful roadside fruit stands in neighboring Brigham City.  We've been here several times.  (I am totally dying over how little Sean and Tashena are in these pictures).
Another really fun place is the Grand Tetons KOA in Wyoming.  We had a great time there in the motor home.
We have only been to Utah Lake once, but it is one of my most favorite camping trips.  The lake is beautiful and the camp sites have a lot of room.  The kids spent lots of time in the water and riding their bikes around the campground.
We love staying in cabins at the Fillmore KOA.  Go here to read about my most recent trip to these cabins.  They are extremely comfortable and all of the facilities are great.  The kids really like all of the great ATV trails.  The people who run this KOA are some of the nicest people and they know us by name!
One of my favorite sites for camping in a tent is the Granite Flats Campground at Tibble Fork Reservoir.  I used to bring my girl scouts here all of the time.  The sites are large enough for several tents and have firepits and picnic tables.  They are secluded so you have privacy and there is easy access to the water.  I have so many fond memories of fun camping trips with my girl scouts!
Two of my favorite hikes are Cascade Springs in American Fork Canyon and Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  Sometimes I just need to be in the mountains and both of these trailheads are about 30 minutes from my house.  They are both relatively easy hikes (when I want to challenge myself I hike Red Pine Lake).
On any random night in the summer, Marilyn and I will head up to Mill Creek Canyon for a cookout.  It is definitely my favorite place to go to get away from the world (I have so many pictures).  Sometimes we make dutch ovens, sometimes we make tin foil dinners, and sometimes we just make s'mores.  I am itching to get up there!

I am so glad that I live in such a beautiful place and that I have all of these wonderful memories of being in the great outdoors with my family!  Tashena recently told me that she loves summer because it brings us all together.  I feel the same way!  We are going on a camping trip next weekend and, even though it is only Tuesday, I am already counting the days!
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