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!
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.
We had the best time in Kauai! We are extremely grateful for the Jenkins’ family for letting us stay with them. They let us borrow a car, a room, and eat their food. It was so much fun to spend time with them and get to know them better. We are already planning a trip back to see them! Here are some highlights of the best trip.
As soon as we booked our trip to Kauai back in November, we bought permits to backpack the Kalalau Trail on the Napali Coast. This backpacking trip has been on both of our lists since before we were even dating. We were both super excited to be doing it together and couldn’t wait to see the amazing scenery.
Last year we had the incredible opportunity to hike The Subway bottom up; meaning that we started the hike and finished the hike on the same trail. Although it was amazing, we decided that if we ever had the chance to do it again we would do it top down with a few rappels and swims. Blake’s sister and her husband, Alison and Eric, were supposed to come with us but were unable to so they have been wanting to do this hike ever since. Alison looked a few months ago and permits were available to do it top down! She didn’t have to ask us twice; we were in!
Blake did this backpacking trip a couple years ago with friends and has wanted to take me back ever since. We also have a big backpacking trip coming up in May so we wanted to do a little training and thought this would be a great warm up for our next big trip. We woke up early Friday morning and headed to do Spooky and Peek-a-Boo gulch again, we’ve done these canyons before and wanted to revisit them. You can read more about those great slot canyons here. We did that hike first to kill a little time; we didn’t want to get too early of a start because the route that we chose was not super long.
This past weekend was Blake’s birthday as well as Spring Break. We knew that we had to take advantage of this and get out of town for a few days. We decided that Escalante would be the best location, because there were a few hikes and a backpacking trip that we have been wanting to do. Also, the weather is quite a bit warmer there! Thursday morning we were on the road by 10:30; we drove on our favorite highway in Utah, highway 12, which has amazing views starting on Boulder Mountain. We made a quick pit stop here to view the incredible overlook.
Zion National Park has easily become one of my favorite places. It has great hiking, canyoneering, and the best scenery. We have had quite a few people ask us what our favorite hikes are and what to do during a quick trip there. Blake and I thought it would be fun to compile some things to do in a short day trip to Zion.
As it is warming up, I am itching to go outside (luckily we have a few trips planned soon). Spooky and Pee-A-Boo gulch is one of my favorite hikes that Blake and I have done together. This hike is located near Escalante, Utah on the Hole-in-the-Rock road. The Hole-in-the-Rock road is about 26 miles outside of Escalante on Highway 12. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended because the road has washboards and can get a little rugged in a few areas, but a car can reach the trail head of this great hike. The trail head is located off the Dry Fork turnoff; there are signs that point you in the right direction. A small parking lot is found at the end of the Dry Fork road, this is where the fun begins!