Category: Outdoors

Owls and Other Birds

The first time we saw an owl in the wild, we went ballistic. It was late dusk- practically dark. It was a little barn owl perched on a gate. We were driving in the bird refuge and pulled as close to it as we could in our cars, took completely horrible pictures, and left feeling like our lives were complete.

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Rudy’s Flat

I’ve been fortunate in life to have four cousins my same age. Growing up, we got into all sorts of mischief and giggle fits and every time we saw one another we begged and begged our parents to let us have sleepovers. There was a large family camping trip every single summer. Those are among my favorite memories. My cousins and I have sung loudly near the cliffs of the Grand Canyon, ate delicious Huckleberry Ice Cream at Glacier National Park, piled rocks at Mesa Verde, and made fun of some random girl’s thong in front of Mount Rushmore.

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Beyond Bountiful Pond

We live in a desert, next to mountains that are amazingly grand. I love the endless, rolling expanse of sage with pale, periwinkle peaks in the distance. But I’ve also fallen in love with our marshy bird refuges.

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An Icy Elephant Rock Hike

I’ve been a little MIA lately, but I blame it on Colton and I graduating and planning all our summer trips. And I’ve also flown to two sides of the U.S. and the other side of the world in the past three months, and the thought about organizing all those pictures and typing up posts can be rather daunting sometimes. 🙂

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Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve

“What you are doing is exploring. You are undertaking the first experience, not of the place, but of yourself in that place… nobody can discover the world for anybody else. It is only after we have discovered it for ourselves that it becomes a common ground and a common bond, and we cease to be alone.”

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Antelope Island Sunset

Christmas Day is basically the best day of the year. The day after Christmas is probably the worst. You’ve already played with your toys, watched 10 of your new movies, and eaten yourself sick from treats. So instead of moping around the house, we took a drive out to Antelope Island for the sunset. Not only was it beautiful, but saw a few critters we were not expecting to see.

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Wild Rose Trail

I wanted to get out of the house for a bit before the Superbowl today, so we picked out a new trail we’d never been on before. The Wild Rose trailhead was our destination, located on the benches of North Salt Lake.

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23rd Birthday

Because I really suck at keeping my blog posts up-to-date, this is from October. Well, you get to see reminders of the beautiful fall we had! The weekend before our birthdays (mine October 9, Colton’s October 8) we took a drive up the mountains. We were watching Autumn for a few days so we brought her along with us.

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Parowan Gap

Colton and I made a quick stop at the Parowan Gap. Petroglyphs line the 600-ft tall cliffs, some estimated to be at least a thousand years old. It’s such a bizarre natural feature. The landscape all around the Gap is virtually flat, and all of a sudden the rocks just jut out of the ground. Then beyond that it’s completely flat again. Look at the satellite view of the map below. There’s literally NOTHING around. Oh except the Little Salt Lake. Never heard of it? Me either. Colton’s dad, who grew up in Parowan, told us that you used to be able to find old arrow heads all around the area.

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