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Spring Break 2017: Day 1

Hiking and camping at Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park

Lake Blanche in Winter

Winter was the season for my first visit to Lake Blanche.

Winter at Utah Lake State Park

A weekend of winter wildlife viewing and scenice views at Utah Lake State Park.

Chimney Rock & Hickman Bridge

Revisiting the Chimney Rock Loop and Hickman Bridge in Captiol Reef National Park.

Ruby Falls Cave

A tour of the Tennessee's beautiful Ruby Falls Cave within Lookout Mountain.

Myakka River State Park

Wildlife viewing and more at Florida's Myakka River State Park.

Shelling at Marco Island

Hunting seashells and sand dollars at Florida's Marco Island.

Stewart Falls

An early winter's visit to a locally popular waterfall.

Buffalo Peak

A fall family hike up to Buffalo Peak.

Highline Trail: Day 5

Documenting Day #5 along the Uinta Highline Trail.

Nov 1, 2018

Beehive Traverse - Through the Heart of Capitol Reef's Waterpocket Fold

Sometimes things can come together so well it's as if catching lightning in a bottle.  That happened this fall when such things played out into allowing me the opportunity to fulfill one of my top bucket list hikes since I found out about it.  To do what's been called the Beehive Traverse, a route that takes one through the heart of the geological wonderland that is the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park.  It is a 17 mile route for the main leg, plus an additional 8 to 9 for an optional extension.

Aug 15, 2018

Bryce Canyon and Beyond

For our big family vacation this year, we opted to head south to check up on Bryce Canyon and visit and explore a few other features nearby. In fact, we'd only spend one day at Bryce and ended up setting up our base camp down at nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park.  I had wanted to take the family to Yellowstone for this trip but we decided to hold that one off for another year.

Aug 14, 2018

Hayden Lake: A Reverse Relay Trip

Over the summer, after my wife had successfully enjoyed her first solo overnight trip in the Uintas, we hatched an idea to do a reverse relay trip of sorts whereby I would drive up to a trailhead in the Uintas and hike out to a destination for the night, then continue on to another trailhead where she'd meet me with our kids at another trailhead and then she'd do the same course in reverse, driving my car home.

Jul 19, 2018

5 Guys on a Trail: A Tour of the Southwestern Uintas

What happens when three guys from Ohio and two guys from Utah get together to spend five days in the High Uintas Wilderness when the only mutual connection between them all is Youtube? Amazing happens!

Earlier this year, a guy named Tim Watson who runs a well-followed YouTube channel was scheming with his two neighbor buddies in Ohio (both named Josh) about where they were going to take what has become an annual big backpacking trip for them out west.  Devin, a fellow local Utahn friend of mine who I came to know first through YouTube as well, pitched to Tim the idea to come out to Utah.  Things got serious quickly and plans were made for the three Buckeyes to to fly out to Utah for a meet-up this past July.  This is the story of that amazing trip!

Jul 4, 2018

Ruth Lake Drop Off

After a month of getting out with the kids, one by one, I convinced Jessica that she needed a night out.  She had never done a solo backpacking trip before, so I helped her choose a location that was short, simple, yet offered seclusion on a mid-week night where she could feel safer and a bit more confident.  A lake neighboring Ruth Lake in the Uintas was chosen for her first solo backpacking stay.  For a family activity, the kids and I would escort her in and help her choose a campsite then leave her be.

Jun 27, 2018

A Night up Provo Canyon

Not to be left out, Everett wanted to go camping with Dad as well.  I obliged by taking the opportunity to take him up nearby Provo Canyon for a relatively quick night of camping at Nunn's Park right next to Bridal Veil Falls.

Jun 21, 2018

Fern Lake: Chasing Friends in Grandaddy Basin

Granddaddy Basin in the Uintas gets a lot of love it seems.  It seems to have quite a reputation of being a great fishery and is a popular go-to destination for those whole like backpacking in the Uintas.  For the number of trips I've done in the Uintas, this is a basin I'd yet to spend any time at.  Then an opportunity to do so suddenly presented itself when a friend and a friend of his reached out and invited me along on a trip.  They were going to spend 2 nights touring the basin, work limited me to just one...

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Will Will lives at the footsteps of Utah's famed Wasatch Mountains. He enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, sports, running, vegetable gardening, nature, food, photography, art, and spending time with his wife and kids.

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