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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.

Aug 23, 2015

Hayden Peak



I've had my eye on a peak in the Uintas for quite some time - Hayden Peak. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the Uintas, serving as a backdrop to heavily visited Mirror Lake. With my wife's family having a cabin just south of the Wyoming border along the Mirror Lake Highway, a junior high summer science camp trip, and having camped and hiked a number of other times in the area, I've traveled through the shadows of Hayden Peak many, many times. So when a local group on Facebook organized a hike up to Hayden yesterday and having the day open, I jumped at the chance to join along.

Jul 23, 2015

Overnighter on Mount Timpanogos - July 2015

Last week I sent out an invite to a few friends and acquaintances to see if anyone wanted to brave the crowds with me and hike a local favorite as an overnight backpacking trip, the ever popular Mount Timpanogos, the second highest mountain in the Wasatch Range at 11,752 feet.  One of them, also named Will, accepted.  To distinguish ourselves, I referred to myself as "Little Will" and he who joined along as "Big Will".  While the trip would lead to a fourth time on the summit for me, it would be Will's first summit of "Timp".

Jul 9, 2015

Provo Peak

Sometime last year a colleague and former supervisor of mine, Steve, and I came up with an idea to do a little backpacking trip above nearby Y Mountain and go for Provo Peak.  He and another friend, Larry, regularly hike the Y (a large concrete block "Y" representing Brigham Young University that sits high on "Y" Mountain eastward above the Provo campus) almost every week to help with their fitness goals. Early on this year we settled on the dates of July 2nd and 3rd.  

Since I live near the base of Slate Canyon and the Y sits right next to Slide Canyon just north of Slate, I was familiar with a route that would allow us to make a full loop with the trip, or at least very close to a full loop with this particular trip.  We determined it would be best to start up Slate Canyon and finish the trip coming down Slide Canyon.  We opted to set up a shuttle with Steve's car parked up at the Y trailhead to spare ourselves of what would be another 2 miles of hot afternoon hiking exposed to the sun if we were to make it a complete loop.

We convinced Larry to finally commit to it the week prior and got a neighbor of mine, James, to join along.  

Jun 28, 2015

Clyde Lake Loop

It was a long time coming.  My 6-year-old, Ellory, finally got her turn out with dad.  This daddy-daughter trip would take us into the Uintas, where we would backpack what has been dubbed the "Seventeen Lakes Loop" and include a little day hike to the Notch. The main objective, though, was to try and land a first fish for Ellory.

Jun 20, 2015

All Alone in Naturalist Basin

For the month of June, my shift at work has me getting Tuesdays and Wednesdays off.  I had Naturalist Basin penciled in for the last week of June.  Due to wet and muddy conditions earlier in the month in the area I had planned a daddy-daughter trip with my second oldest, I decided to allow a couple more weeks for it to dry out and green up and postponed that trip until the final week.  So now I had a free "weekend" the third week of June. 

In a spur of the moment decision, I asked my wife, Jessica, if she'd be alright with me dropping her and the kids off at her parents' place for the night in Park City while I backpacked up to Naturalist Basin.  It was like an early Father's Day gift when she ok'd it.  

  

Grove Creek - Battle Creek Loop

I was hoping to take each of my older girls on daddy-daughter trips in the Uintas, expecting most snow to be melted out early this year.  That didn't happen.  My oldest daughter, Willow, didn't want to drive that far either; and, I missed out on a loop hike up Grove Creek and down Battle Creek I had planned to do earlier in May due to my wife, Jess, going into a false labor with our infant son (born 2 weeks later). Rather than making the long drive into the wet and muddy Uintas, I took my oldest, Willow, and made the short drive to Grove Creek.  Win - Win.

Jun 16, 2015

Father Son Campout - 2015

Every year our local church congregation sponsors a father-sons campout.  My 2 (almost 3) year old boy, Lennox, is of the age to really start enjoying them now.  

Silver Lake


At the beginning of the year, I penciled in a number of backpacking, hiking, and camping trips for 2015.  For June, that included daddy-daughter trips with each of my girls and a father-sons outing.  June finally arrived and with the first week, I took my four-year-old daughter, Raylee, up to where I had enjoyed my first ever backpacking experience. Silver Lake.

May 29, 2015

Little Rock to Rock Canyon Loop

I've had a goal to get at least one bag night per month.  May was going to be tricky because my wife, Jessica, was expecting.  I had planned a short local trip at the beginning of the month that fell through because we thought she was going into labor the night that trip was to take place.  I had also penciled in a quick trip even closer to home for Memorial Day weekend, a loop up Little Rock Canyon, up to Buffalo Peak, and down Rock Canyon.  Despite having a week old baby, Jess was gracious enough to let me go.  

Apr 16, 2015

Going Solo in Capitol Reef

Every now and then, one can be fortunate to find themselves hiking a route that offers breathtaking and beautiful scenery just about every single step of the journey.  This proved to be just such a route.

Feb 2, 2015

5th Water Springs in Winter

This past Friday, a group of old and new friends and I set out on a winter backpacking trip up to 5th Water Springs. For some of us, it was our first ever backpacking experience in the winter. For others, it was the first time camping at all in the winter. Somewhat surprisingly, given the weather forecast, the group had grown to 10 by Friday. All proved to be pleasant company.

Jan 15, 2015

Kings Peak (June 2013)


Ever since I was a scout myself, I always wanted to hike King's Peak.  It seems like a must do for all Utah scouts, all but the troop I grew up in.  Most of the guys in the troop I grew up with would rather have sat down to a movie or video game with a pizza and a 2 liter of pop.  It also didn't help that our scout master at the time, as nice as he was, was some 65+ years old and not really capable of high-endurance activities.

Spring Break in Moab (April 2013)

April 2013. Spring isn't only the season for getting gardens started, March Madness, and the start of baseball and soccer.  It's also a time for spring break getaways.  Our oldest is only in kindergarten, but we took advantage of her recent week off to take the three hour drive down south so that our kids could get their first experiences with some of what Moab, Utah and the surrounding area has to offer.  Here are just some of the sights we were able to take in.

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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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