One of my goals for 2016 was to improve my photography skills. I took my camera out as much as possible, even though it sometimes it’s the heaviest thing I’m carrying. I also upgraded to a professional grade camera this year and have been soooo happy about it. I have compiled some landscape and adventure favorites that I took this year! I had a hard time picking my top ten so it’s my top 40!
2016 was an amazing year for us. We learned, loved, and grew. We hikes 200+ miles, spent 22 nights in a tent, and visited countless new places and drove too many miles to count. 2016 was full of adventure!
Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. The weather is the perfect temperature and all my favorite colors are present. We spent lots of time in the mountains throughout the season. I’m so sad that it is slowly coming to an end but am super grateful that it lasted as long as it did. Here is a compilation of our fall festivities; we hit the Alpine Loop (multiple times), Big Cottonwood Canyon, Squaw Peak Road, Cornbellies, and several other fun places. [Read more…]
After our adventure at the Chamber of the Basilisk, we weren’t exactly sure what we wanted to do. We thought about doing Little Wild Horse or Ding and Dang Canyons but we talked to the ranger and he said there was quite a bit of water in the canyons. We weren’t prepared to be trudging through mud and water. Capitol Reef was only about 45 minutes away and it has become our go to place, so we decided we wanted to see it with the fall colors. [Read more…]
Blake did some research on our fall break trip and found the best little rappel in Goblin Valley State Park. To get to the rappel, you head down the 40 stairs at the parking lot and into the goblins. There is a white dome that serves as your guide; walk toward the dome until you reach the base of it. There is a small wash that you will walk up until you reach the top of some hoodoos. There is a little scrambling to the webbing; looking down into the chamber is a little intimidating because you can’t see the bottom. The rappel is about 90 feet! Once in the Chamber of the Basilisk, it’s fun to look around and enjoy the amazing cave. This has become a popular trail and the rangers can give more information and better directions on a map there. [Read more…]
For Fall Break, which was a month ago (bad at blogging, I know!), we headed to the San Rafael Swell. Blake made a fun itinerary for us that included the Little Grand Canyon. It is located near Castledale; we followed the signs toward Wedge Overlook. Our goal was to get here by sunset and luckily we made it! The entrance and camping is free here which really added a bonus. There is also a bathroom so I appreciated that. We spent some time walking and driving around taking in all the amazing views. We found a nice picnic table and cooked up some carnitas tacos while the sun was going down. Not a bad place to enjoy some tacos! [Read more…]
This was by far the best trip to Yellowstone trip I have ever had. My parents invited us to come along on a quick weekend trip to West Yellowstone. I have compiled a list of all that we saw and did. I have never seen as many animals as we did. We also made a whole loop of the park and did so much! I think we ended up seeing all the major sights. [Read more…]
Blake planned an excellent canyoneering adventure months ago. Orderville Canyon is permit based, so as soon as permits were available he got online and reserved enough spots for us. Our friends, Jeremy and Caitlyn, were able to come with us. The trail head for Birch Hollow is located about 9 miles up the North Fork road; there is a small sign that says Birch Hollow and gives the canyon directions. The beginning of the hike required a little route finding and some bush whacking. The best thing to do in this area is simply follow the wash. It took us between 30-45 minutes to get to the first rappel. [Read more…]
Last year, we spent Labor Day is Zion National Park with Blake’s family. We had so much fun that we planned to do it again this year. Blake and I pulled the small trailer and enjoyed being able to stay in it and have a place for all our gear. This year, we decided to stay in Springdale so we would be close to the shuttle and park entrance. Once we got camp set up and ate dinner it was dark and the stars were starting appear. Blake, his parents, and I went into the park to take some star photos. The stars were really showing off for us. [Read more…]
The Tetons have been on my list for quite some time so for my birthday weekend Blake treated me to an amazing weekend there. He’s the best! We didn’t reserve a camping spot our first night and definitely didn’t arrive early enough for the first come first serve, so Blake did a little google-earthing and found a spot in the Gros Ventre wilderness where camping is free. We drove down the road for a ways until we found the perfect pull off. The sun was setting right over the Tetons and everything was just looking amazing. We packed up our gear and carried it about a quarter mile off the road to the perfect lookout. We set up camp, cooked some food and stayed up taking star photos. [Read more…]