Monday, August 11, 2008

Hiking at Solitude

We took the kids up Big Cottonwood Canyon to get out of the heat on Sunday.  The hike started off pretty easy.  All I had to worry about was one of the kids falling off the boardwalk into the swamp, but at least that fate is better than falling off the edge of a cliff.



On the drive up the canyon (yes, this picture is out of order) I just stuck my camera out the window a few times.  Every view was better than the last.

Heres the girl.  Why is she holding her arm up like that?  She's showing me her Statue of Liberty pose.  Oh.  Of course.


The climb was one mile, but 700 vertical feet.  For some reason I wore Tevas instead of hiking shoes.  I really didn't think we'd get off the boardwalk.  When I thought I couldn't go over another rock, I looked to my left and this is what I saw.


When I looked down, though, THIS is what I saw.  Is that a black widow?  It sure looked cool.


We missed the height of wild flower season.  There were still some flowers blooming as the elevation increased, though.  These flowers were so sheer that I could see through the petals.


Here's the boy in his Brett Favre jersey.  He announced yesterday that he is no longer a Packer's fan.  Now the NY Jets are his team.  This photo was taken about 45 seconds before he fell in the water up to his chest.  This lake was our reward for making it to the top of the trail.  A storm was blowing in and the wind was whipping.  The temperature dropped about 25 degrees and Harrison was freezing the entire mile down the mountain because he was soaking wet.


Found this old sign.  We loved that some handy man probably put it up with whatever screws he had in his tool belt.  No two are alike.

We made it to the bottom without getting rained on, without breaking any bones, and without any whining.  I love that the kids are getting acclimated to this kind of outing.  

Best part?  It's free entertainment.  

11 comments:

Jay said...

Sounds like good times! That's definitely not a black widow. No idea what it actually is though....

Crazy MomCat said...

I can't believe you live in such a beautiful place. WOW!

Uh, don't ever come to Texas. You might be disappointed with our scenery...(grin)

shrimpfriedrice said...

DITTO. I'm so jealous. It was 106 degrees here in Texas. Everything is flat and brown. Keep the pictures coming so I can dream.....

Anonymous said...

okay...i love the toothless smile of the girl!

so very sweet!

Melissa

lostinutah said...

Now, I believe you need to point out to your son that he CAN be a BF fan and a Jets fan all at the same time.

I'm doing it...just because I love Brett so much.

kbreints said...

Veru cool-- those pictures look like postcards! I would have jumped off the cliff after seeing that spider!

Erin said...

I unfortunately saw a black widow this past weekend. Although that isn't one, it's horrifying enough!

Modern Crush said...

Actually that is a tarantula. Glad you didn't step on it!

Wendy said...

Okay, I am totally inspired now to post the photos I take out the car window, too (for this exercise the hubband either slows down or aims for bumps, depending on his mood).

Lovely pictures - thanks for sharing!

My Life My Life My Life said...

BEAAAAAAAAAAAAutiful shots! I"m jealous of your skills AND where you are to have great scenery.

Melinda said...

Bee-yoo-tee-full! I love these pics. I wish my travel companion/guy were as adaptable as your kids....but I digress.