Back in March I thought I would try my hand at the lottery system for The Wave. We talked to someone who had been putting in for years with no luck. We didn’t think we had any chance at drawing out but I just wanted to see how the system worked. Somehow we got very lucky and drew out. I put in for four spots so that my parents could come along. A few years ago, my parents and I were in Kanab watching Seth play baseball and saw a photo of The Wave on the wall in one of the local stores and we talked about how we HAD to go there.
Blake and I have been talking about going to Cathedral Valley for a few months. It is located on the remote north end of Capitol Reef. This park has been one of our favorites because while we were dating we took several day trips down and did a lot of exploring here. Cathedral Valley isn’t on the main road through the park. It is actually a little tricky to get there: you must have a 4X4 high clearance vehicle because the road to the valley is a dirt road. After making our way through mountain roads, we descended into Upper Cathedral Valley. We found a campsite under what is known as Cathedral Mountain. Because this area is so remote we didn’t see any one else here. If you are looking for some solitude, this is the place!
A couple weekends ago, Blake and I tried our hand at backpacking. I had really been wanting to hike Lake Blanche so we chose this for our backpacking trip. This hike is pretty hard; it says it is about 6 miles round trip (I swear it is longer!). Those three miles to the lake are all uphill and actually pretty steep; about 2000 feet incline. While getting up was hard, it was well worth it to wake up to the beautiful Sundial Peak.
We celebrated our first anniversary a few weekends ago in Las Vegas. It was such a fun weekend spending some quality time just the two of us. We ate some good food, relaxed by the pool, and did a little exploring. Initially we had planned on spending some time in Red Rock Canyon, unfortunately it was just too hot to do any climbing or hiking. It is only about a twenty minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, since it is so close we decided to drive out one night to take a look. There is a short scenic drive with a few great lookouts, the drive is really pretty with some very interesting rock formation and colors. We definitely would like to return and explore a few hikes and do some climbing.
A few days ago, Blake and I were discussing some of our favorites hikes. We have been on some great hikes together, so I thought I would compile a list of our top ten day hikes in Utah! Here they are in no specific order:
One day, we wanted to go hiking but unfortunately the weather wouldn’t let up. We talked to one person who said that they hadn’t seen rain that bad in the twenty years they lived in Seattle. Since it was raining so badly we decided to do a little drive to Snoqualmie Falls. This waterfall was absolutely beautiful. There was a lot of fog because of the rain which I thought made it look even more amazing. The fog and the pine trees are my favorite. There are two viewpoints at the top and at the bottom, from the top we could hardly see the falls because of all the fog. Once we got to the bottom we were amazed.