Tuesday, December 6, 2011

November Snow

In the beginning of November, Taylor and I went up to Big Cottonwood Canyon to see the beautiful new fallen snow there.  It was wonderful to get some crisp, fresh air!  We walked up a trail just for a little while and enjoyed the surroundings.

Taylor in Big Cottonwood Canyon Salt Lake City Utah
Big Cottonwood River in Big Cottonwood Canyon
snowy branch in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah
Broad's Fork Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon
snow covered pine needles in Big Cottonwood Canyon
fresh snow on a tree's branch in Big Cottonwood Canyon
fresh snow in Big Cottonwood Canyon
snowy and sunny in Big Cottonwood CanyonWe were on the north side of a mountain.  We could see the south side of a mountain from where we were, and the differences between the two were quite striking!  The south side of the mountain that we could see looked as if it could be late summer there – sunny and dry!  And where we stood looked like winter.

Monday, November 21, 2011

White Pine Lake

On Monday, October 3rd, we went on a fun hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  The trail was called White Pine Lake.  It was so beautiful!  We loved being able to see all of the changing leaves on the deciduous trees and the gorgeous dark evergreens.  The lake was further than we thought, and we reached it just before it started to get dusky.  Fortunately, we had flashlights.  We spent quite a bit of time [like most of the hike back to the trailhead] hiking in the dark.  It was pretty cool to hike in the dark I guess, but we were cold and hungry and wanted to get back sooner.  We were planning on going to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner after our hike because it is near Little Cottonwood Canyon and we love eating there.  By the time we got back to the car, it was pretty late and they were probably going to close soon…  So we went to Taylor’s parents’ house and gobbled up some of their leftovers from dinner the night before [we go to their house for dinner on Sundays].  It was great to warm up while eating yummy funeral potatoes!

A cool thing about the lake is that when Taylor’s grandpa was a teenager, he spent a summer working everyday at the lake to help expand the natural dam.  They built the rock wall that can be seen at the north edge of the lake today!  Taylor’s grandpa is the one who recommended this hike to us, so that’s why we went!

Oh and there was still some snow!!  It survived the entire summer.  The old surviving snow from last winter definitely has some fresh snow on top of it by now.  So next autumn, the really old snow might still be there with some of this winter’s snow!  How neat.  Maybe the snow we saw had some snow from last winter AND the previous winter as well?!  Awesome!

Brooke on the White Pine Lake trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City, Utahcolorful leaves along White Pine Lake trail!beatiful trees and a beautiful person!leaves and pine needles in a large variety of greens and yellowsa mountaintop and trees in Little Cottonwood Canyon Utahcute Taylor enjoying the hike to White Pine Lakesnow that survived throughout the summerbeautiful White Pine Lake!beautiful White Pine Lake!Taylor admiring White Pine LakeTaylor and Brooke at White Pine Lake

We had a lovely evening hiking to White Pine Lake and back.  We might try to snowshoe the trail this winter!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Month of October

We had a fun October.  We went on a hike to a beautiful lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon, but either Taylor or I will write more about that later [hopefully].  Besides that, here are some other things that we did in October!

We have been knitting a lot!  Taylor also taught himself how to crochet and is awesome at it!  Now he wants to crochet an afghan.  I finally finished a sweater for Alexis that I started in the summer.  I gave it to her and she loves it!

knitted sweater

I started a new job on October 3rd!  I am a sewer at Beehive Clothing!  I really like it so far.  I do “Beehive Team Sewing” which means I work in a “cluster” with 3 other people.  There are 10 sewing machines [7 different varieties] in my “cluster” and they are all on tables that have adjustable height and we sew standing up.  The first few days were spent just learning how to THREAD the machines.  But now I’m pretty good at sewing on each machine.  Someday, I’ll be really fast at it too!  Since I’m standing for 8 hours a day now, my feet, legs, back, etc. are always so tired!!  Taylor is so nice and often gives me good massages.  At first, my feet were killing me, so we went and purchased some nice, comfortable shoes and they have proved to be very beneficial.  We wondered if a cat might like the empty shoebox at home.  Helen found it and enjoyed it immensely!

cat in a shoebox

Oh and we frequently get to view spectacular sunsets from our windows, of course.

Salt Lake City Utah sunset

Helen is such a silly cat.  She likes to sit in funny positions and/or in funny spots.  She recently discovered our coat hanger.  She thinks it is so awesome to sit up there.  At first, she was really cautious and careful when venturing up there, but now she runs and jumps up there confidently.  She likes to sit there to look out the window.

funny cat on a coat hanger

The same evening that she discovered the coat hanger, she decided that hanging out halfway on the TV and halfway on the stairs would be cool and comfy.  It looked so funny!  She got herself all cozy as if she were planning on staying there for a while.  She left though, because I annoyed her by taking photos.

Helen being cool

We went to an MLS Playoff game!  It was a Western Conference Semifinal.  Real Salt Lake played against Seattle Sounders FC.  RSL beat the Sounders with a score of 3-0!  I was kind of sad… I like the Seattle Sounders [not as much as the Portland Timbers though!] and wanted them to win.  However, Taylor was ecstatic that RSL won!  He was so hoping that they would!happy Taylor

So, that’s what we have been up to lately!  We’ll have to write about the hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon soon.  We also went on a short hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon last week and enjoyed some snowiness so maybe we’ll have to write about that eventually as well!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Great Gobbler’s Knob and Amazing Alexander Basin

Alexander Basin Millcreek Canyon Utah

On Saturday we went hiking up to Gobblers Knob from the Alexander Basin Trail.

The View from Gobblers Knob

Normally we’ve been pretty conservative when it comes to hiking. We find a trail and explore it at different times of the day and in different seasons. However, we decided to try out this trail, even after reading online that somebody described it as “one of the steepest trails in the Wasatch.”

Lower Alexander Basin

Millcreek Canyon Hike Alexander Basin

We first tried the hike out on Thursday after work. The first part is really killer, but once you pass the first switchback it gets better, and then eventually levels out nicely for a while.

Steepest Hike in Utah   My Dorfman Pacific Co. Hat

However, after we had gone for about 2 hours and made it to a beautiful high alpine meadow, we decided that in the fading light we should head back.

Upper Alexander Basin Meadow Sunset Twilight Millcreek Canyon

So, we came back on Saturday, arriving around noon. We made okay time up the trail, but it felt like it was taking a lot more effort for me to get up the trail! I was really getting worried that I wasn’t going to make it, but Brooke was amazingly nice (as always) and waited for me whenever I needed a break.

Log lunch Millcreek CanyonAlpine Meadow Glacier area Millcreek Canyon Alexander Basin

We made it to the place we had stopped off before in pretty good time. It was so amazing! I half expected Julie Andrews to come running over the crest of the hill and start singing! We took a lunch break, and continued on up the mountain. The views were getting more and more spectacular, but the trail was getting pretty steep. Eventually Brooke said, “wow!” ahead of me when she reached the ridge, and I had to run to see the amazing view!

Gobblers Knob summit northGobblers Knob Summit looking SouthGobblers Knob Summit looking North

We hiked past the knob, without knowing it, and then turned back around and made it to the top at 10,242 ft. above sea level. It was so amazing up there! We could see almost all of the Salt Lake Valley, and even beyond the Great Salt Lake to the mountains beyond. To the south we could see Big and Little Cottonwood, and the top of Timpanogos. And to the east, I would almost bet we could see Wyoming on a clear day!

Gobblers Knob summit looking Southeast Gobblers Knob marker Millcreek CanyonGobblers Knob Summit looking West

When we decided it was time to go down, we started down the trail, but quickly realized that it was taking us the wrong direction! So, we had to cut across country to find the trail, loose it again, and then find and loose it again! We lost it about four times, and had to tramp across very awesome smelling sage and mint plants. Eventually we found the trail, and were no worse for the ware.

Buttlers Fork from Millcreek Canyon

On the way down I thought about a passing comment in an audio book I have been listening to lately about the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. There was a very brief reference to a meeting in Yosemite Park between Roosevelt and John Muir, and the remark that Teddy was a bit disappointed in how little Muir knew about the animals, particularly the birds, that lived in the park, and how he was focused only on Trees and Rocks. This made me think about how outdoorsy people are usually either interested in animal and flowers on the one hand or forests and mountains on the other. Sometimes people (like me) switch back and forth.

Twilight Wildeflowers  Utah BeesSunset Millcreek Canyon  Lower Alexander Basin TrailWild White Lilly  Twilight Pine


But what is so cool about Brooke is that she is one of the few people that are unequivocally interested in both groups at the same time! One second she can be admiring the scenery and the clouds, the next she is taking pictures of me for the blog, and the next she is pointing out a butterfly or wildflower a couple yards from her feet. She is constantly absorbing it all (as you can tell from her pictures), because she really does love it all. It’s something you just have to admire in her.



How to look amazing!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Millcreek Monday with Mom

Last Monday, we went on another fun little hike with my mom!  We hiked up Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek Canyon. 
It was such a nice day!  We had a wonderful time admiring all of the beautiful trees, wildflowers, views, and everything!
Mom hiking up Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek Canyon Utah
Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek Canyon Utah Mom hiking Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek Canyon Utah
Taylor and I on the Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek Canyon Utah
Mom at Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek Canyon Utah
great view at Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek Canyon Utah
Mom looking out at the wonderful view from Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek Canyon UtahMy mom decided that this hike was a good practice for when she would climb up to the top of Mount McLoughlin in Oregon with Cheryl later that week!  They went yesterday and successfully summited!  Mom told me about how steep it was and that she didn’t think that she’d be able to summit, but she did and everyone who was at the top clapped for her when she arrived!  Taylor and I will have to hike Mount McLoughlin with her sometime.  I think that would be fun.