Delta Lake is definitely a hidden gem in Grand Teton National Park. It is not on the official National Park map that they give you at the entrance; but it is certainly a must do hike! This hike leads to the most incredible aqua blue glacial lake right under Grand Teton. The trail is about 7 miles round trip with a 2400 ft elevation gain. [Read more…]
This month has been quite a bit different from last month. In July we were camping almost every weekend; this month we haven’t been able to get out as much as we would like. We knew that we needed to get out and at least go on a longer hike on Saturday. We decided on White Pine Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Every couple years, we take a family trip to Newport beach! It is definitely one of my favorite trips because the whole Larsen gang is there and the beach is within walking distance; two of my favorite things! My grandparents are the best and gifted all their kids this trip. Thanks grandma and grandpa! Some highlights of the trip were being with everyone, playing on the beach, boogie boarding, Angel’s game, riding bikes to Huntington, and donuts.
Blake and I have visited the Albion Basin the past two years together, so we decided that we needed to keep up the tradition. We were very lucky and were there right during peak season. It was truly incredible the number and color of those wildflowers. We hiked up to Catherine Pass right around sunset. I stopped every few feet to take more flower photos. The last two years, we have intended to hike to Lake Mary but have never made it to it because it starts to get dark before we actually get there. Maybe next year. Here are some flower photos!
The past few weekends of adventures have been very thought out. A lot of planning and research went into those trips and we were ready for a nice relaxing weekend. Blake and I thought a nice weekend at home would be nice, but upon further thinking we realized we would probably get bored, so we decided to go do something. We wanted to go somewhere where there was hardly a drive and that we could be alone. We talked about car camping by Mirror Lake but knew that it would be super crowded and that we probably wouldn’t even be able to get a spot. That led us to backpacking… again. We thought we might be a little crazy because we had just finished a long backpacking trip last weekend, but it also sounded really nice and relaxing to both of us. Blake opened up his Uintas map and picked a lake that looked nice; he chose Ibantik Lake. We did minimal planning and research on Ibantik Lake.
Buckskin Gulch has been on my bucket list for quite a while. Blake and his friends tried to get permits last year but weren’t able to get get enough; secretly I was happy because I really wanted to go. After that, I told him he wasn’t allowed to go without me. We talked with our friends, Aubrey and Logan, and decided that we should go. Logan got the permits a few months ago and we were ready; Thanks Logan!
We celebrated the Fourth of July with Blake’s family in Flaming Gorge. We had a blast boating, hiking, and spending time with family. One day, we spent the entire afternoon on the boat; we wake-boarded, skied, tubed, and went cliff jumping. It was such a blast. Later that night, Blake, Dan, Alison, Eric and I went a short hike by our campground to an overlook of the lake. We ended up doing the hike again the next night with everyone. Such a nice little hike with a great view. Here are some photos of our fun weekend and an awesome video that Dan made!
Last year, Blake and I made a trip down to Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park. I had just started getting the hang of star photos and this was the perfect place because of the dark skies. I knew that we had to go back so that I could take more star photo. We knew that we would be going to Manti for the Mormon Miracle Pageant and decided that we would make it a longer trip and head to Cathedral Valley as well. We invited Aubrey and Logan and also decided to the Cassidy Arch Canyon again. We had such a blast doing it the first time that we wanted to try it again. It was also fun because it was Aubrey and Logan’s first canyoneering experience and so we got to be the guides.
Last year, on one of my first backpacking trips, we hiked to Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The hike was extremely hard for me and I thought I hated backpacking because of it. Luckily, after a few less strenuous backpacking trips, I have come to love it and keep planning more trips. On Memorial Day, we didn’t have any set plans so we talked to Kristin and Dan and decided on a hike. We scoped out some trails looking for the one with the least amount of snow. Much to my dismay, we chose Lake Blanche.
After waking up to some of the best stars we had ever seen over Ibex, we hit the road to Great Basin National Park. The road to Great Basin is basically a straight line 40 miles west of Ibex. Once we got to the park, we didn’t really have any plans except a tour of Lehman Caves in the afternoon. I had been to Great Basin as a kid and remembered that the tour of the cave was pretty cool, so I signed us up a few days in advance. This park is different because there is no entrance fee, but there is a fee for the tour. It is only $10 a person and definitely worth it.