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.
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. 🙂
We spent a beautiful weekend in the Tetons for Valentine’s. The weather was supposed to be beautiful, everyone else seemed to be going somewhere south, and we’d heard reports that the Yellowstone bears were coming out of hibernation.
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.
These pictures are from a hike we took on Christmas Eve up Elephant Rock. It hadn’t snowed yet, so the trails were clear, the moss was growing all over tree trunks, and we saw some flowers almost blooming.
Colton and I left our rainfly off because it was such a warm evening. I haven’t been desert camping in such a long time. Mountain camping is fun, but it’s so cold all the time. It was amazing to be able to look at the stars through my tent and only need my sleeping bag for warmth. It was amazing to wake up in the morning and not shiver even once, and get out of my sleeping bag to the same temperature of air. I woke up a while before everyone else and I just walked around our little campsite and marveled at the little details of the desert.
King’s Peak has been on my bucket list for a while. We’ve been trying to do it for a couple years, so this year we finally just said, “Let’s put it on the calendar and make it happen!” Little did I know what I’d signed up for.
Last weekend we went on a trip to the Tetons. Basically all we knew was that we were hoping to get a backcountry camping permit, and hopefully we could get canoes to take us there. So we loaded five people’s worth of gear (me, Colton, Bree, Ben, and our new friend Marcus) into my dad’s Land Cruiser and left on Thursday evening. We left fairly late in the day, so half of our drive was in the dark.
I’ve mentioned the Elephant Rock trail before, but Colton and I were looking for a new trail nearby. After some googling, we found a trail directly across from Elephant Rock that was rarely used and seemed like it would be a good workout. We’d never even heard of it before, so we were excited to search for the miner’s cabin toward the top of the trail. We took my parents’ dog, Autumn, as well as Colton’s sister and brother-in-law Bree and Ben, along with us.
Each year Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon, Utah holds a Winter Festival around President’s Day. Activities include cross country skiing, hiking (weather permitting), star gazing, watercolors classes, and nature lectures.