Fall is my favorite time to visit the desert. The contrast of the red rocks and the leaves changing is amazing! For fall break this year, we knew we had to get to the desert and backpack. Blake planned a fun weekend trip to Little Death Hollow. I usually like to help plan the trip with him but grad school is difficult and all consuming so I wasn’t able to really help. But this trip was perfect and a great escape from school. Little Death Hollow was pretty cool; we actually weren’t as impressed as we thought we would be (we aren’t desert snobs! It just wasn’t as slotty as we had imagined.).
We love San Fran! Spring Break fell over Blake’s 25th so we snuck away for a weekend and explored one of our favorite cities. We spent a couple days in San Fran biking the bridge, eating a lot of Boudin and Ghiradelli, and walking more miles than our feet were happy with. Since we had been to SF before, we rented a car and drove the coast for a couple days. We spent a night in Monterey, hiked around Big Sur, and ate more amazing food (best seafood I’ve ever had!). It was an amazing trip and so great to get away and spend some one on one time together!
A couple weekends ago, my parents had a conference in Moab so we decided to drive down and piggyback on their weekend trip. It was the perfect little getaway and exactly what we needed. We got to hike, drive our new truck on some trails, and relax. [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…]
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…]
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…]