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.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Morning at Music and the Spoken Word

Mom at Music and the Spoken Word at the Tabernacle on Temple SquareOn Sunday the 18th, we went to Music & the Spoken Word at the Tabernacle on Temple Square with my mom.  We had such a wonderful time!  Mom watches the live broadcast on TV every Sunday morning at home, so she really enjoyed being able to see it in person this time!  She also thought it was really neat that the King and Queen of Samoa were there as well since her parents and grandparents had spent so much time there in Samoa as missionaries.
I could also tell that my mom thought it was fun to see the guy who does the spoken word parts of the program [Lloyd Newell] in real life.
The performance was great!  It was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 4,279th program.  The musical selection for it was:

1. Rejoice, the Lord Is King

    Malcolm Archer; Kevin Mayhew Ltd.

2. The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare

    Dmitri Bortniansky; arr. Mack Wilberg; Arrangement Unpublished

3. A Trumpet Minuet (Organ solo)

    Alfred Hollins; Novello & Company

4. Peace Like A River

    African-American Spiritual; arr. Mack Wilberg; Oxford University Press

5. Spoken Word

6. The Sound of Music, from The Sound of Music

Richard Rodgers; arr. Arthur Harris; Arrangement Unpublished

7. Redeemer of Israel

    Freeman Lewis; arr. Mack Wilberg; Hinshaw Music

Each song was performed beautifully!  My mom said that she had been waiting for 50 years for the chance to go to Music and the Spoken Word and she was really glad that she finally got to go!  I was really glad to go with her and Taylor and to enjoy the wonderful morning there.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fun at Donut Falls

On Saturday, after we went on our morning hike to Ensign Peak and then to Sara’s soccer game with my mom, we went home for a few minutes to prepare for another little afternoon hike!  The Harts [except Brynn who was at a birthday party for a friend of hers] met up with us at Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  It was so beautiful!  I think it was the most crowded Taylor and I had ever seen it, but that was alright.  At least people were out enjoying the wonderful place. 
The air was nice and cool and fresh.  There were lots of pretty wildflowers to admire.  Curtis, Sara, and Kelcie’s friend Zach climbed up to the top of the falls!group photo on the trail to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood CanyonSara sitting on a bridge and looking at the river in Big Cottonwood CanyonKelcie sitting by a tree in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah a cluster of purple wildflowers with yellow centers near Donut Falls in Utahbeautiful trees and a mountain top on the way to Donut Fallsgroup photo on the trail to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyonbright red berries at Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah people walking down the trail to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utahpeople walking down the trail to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon UtahSara sitting by some trees on the way to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon UtahDonut Fallsbeautiful trees in Big Cottonwood Canyon Sara and Curtis climbing up to the top of Donut FallsKelcie and Melanie chatting by Donut Falls

It was a such a lovely afternoon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ensign Escapade

My mom came to visit and she stayed with us at our apartment!  She arrived on Friday evening and then departed on Tuesday morning.  We went to Ensign Peak on Saturday morning!  We had never been there before, so it was very fun to see the historical markers, monument, and the beautiful views from the peak.  We also met a nice British couple on the trail.  They were incredibly friendly!  On the way up to the top, Mom pointed out the red berries on the sumac trees and told us about all the health benefits of them.  The weather was perfect!  It wasn’t too hot and there was a very nice breeze.Mom at Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City Utah
Taylor, Brooke, and the view from Ensign Peak in SLC
The view from Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City Utah
Mom and the view from Ensign Peak in SLC 

After our little hike, we went to Sara’s soccer game.  It was entertaining to watch.Sara at her soccer game at Woods Cross Elementary School