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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.

Apr 11, 2018

Halls Creek

If you've been following me and my posts over time, you probably know how often I visit the Capitol Reef area.  With my in-laws now living in Torrey and my wife being a great-great-granddaughter of the man considered to be the father of Capitol Reef National Park, Ephraim Pectol, I've essentially married into the park.  With the many visits over the years, I've been trying to get familiar with as much of the park as reasonably possible.  Halls Creek and its narrows had been looming for a long time.  Thinking it might well be the best of the park, at least subjectively, I had been saving it for last, with some meager plan to progress southward through the park. Alas, after reviewing some older and newer trip reports by others on a forum I frequently participate in, I couldn't resist any longer and took the opportunity to make a trip to it sooner.

Apr 8, 2018

A Night on the Wedge

For March, I had penciled in a camping trip with all my kids "somewhere in Southern Utah".  As the date for it grew closer, I settled on a spot on my list of places I had yet to see that was still kid friendly...a place in Emery County out on the northern flanks of the San Rafael Swell known as The Wedge.

Mar 9, 2018

Camping in Moab: A Land Before Time

After taking his sisters out for a camping trip the prior month, it was now my son's turn for a camping trip.  Since he loves dinosaurs so much, I took him down to the Moab area where we enjoyed a dinosaur-themed trip, visiting some dinosaur fossil and track sites, a dinosaur museum and park, in addition to a few other points of interest in the area.

Jan 31, 2018

Bluff Balloon Festival 2018

Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet up with some friends for an overnight camping trip down in my first visit to Valley of the Gods with the expectation of waking up to balloons rising nearby as part of the annual International Bluff Balloon Festival.  Weather conditions kept the balloons grounded that morning.  This year, I opted to return, this time with my daughters, in hopes the weather would be more accommodating to the balloon pilots this time around.

Jan 10, 2018

1st Trip to Yellowstone National Park

In August, I had the opportunity to accompany a youth group consisting of young men from our church congregation on a trip to Yellowstone National Park.  This trip would be my first trip to this iconic, world-famous park.

Jul 27, 2017

Bullion Canyon & Delano Peak

For some time now, I've been wanting to bag Delano Peak of the Tushar Range in Fishlake National Forest down in Southwest Utah.  Delano Peak is the highest peak in the Tushars, the third highest range in Utah, beneath the Uintas and La Sals.  Standing 12,169 feet above sea level, It is also the highest peak of two Utah counties: Beaver and Piute.  For those aiming to bag all the county high points in Utah, like myself, it offers a twofer.

Initially, I thought I'd end up hiking it the typical way which is to drive up from Beaver to the west and then hike the route up the western face of it.  However, after studying out maps a bit more, I saw that it could be done from the east via Bullion Canyon just outside of Marysvale, but with a few more miles of hiking.  Logistically, approaching it from the east actually made more sense for me, because I could make a drive over from Torrey whenever my family was visiting down there.  A prime opportunity presented itself when my family recently went down for the weekend of July 24.  Due to the distance I still had to drive to the trailhead, weather patterns for the season, the distance up the trail and so forth, I opted to make it an overnight backpacking trip.  Little did I know just what a treat I'd be in for.

Jul 24, 2017

Clyde Lake Loop

My sister, Melinda, was in town from Phoenix for a conference and had wanted to hike Mount Timpanogos.  However, I dissuaded her on account of the sketchy snow conditions that remained up on Timp and because she had some recent problems with her feet, only recently being cleared by her podiatrist for more aggressive activity.  She had never been hiking up in the Uintas, so I figured the Clyde Lake Loop would be a perfect way to introduce them to her.

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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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