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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 27, 2016

Uinta Highline Trail - Day 6

Day 6 would mark our final day on the trail.  There were no breathtaking and jaw-dropping views as we had been spoiled with over the last few days.  There were no passes, no storms, no other major drama.  Instead, there was much reflection and celebration.

Aug 26, 2016

Uinta Highline Trail - Day 5

Day 5 marked a new milestone for me, extending the most nights out for me in one trip on the trail to 4.  We made it yet another 2-pass day with both Dead Horse Pass and Rocky Sea Pass.  Other features we'd visit along the way included Dead Horse Lake, Ledge Lake, Helen Lake, Lightning Lake, and Pigeon Milk Spring before settling in for the night at Olga Lake.

Aug 25, 2016

Uinta Highline Trail - Day 4

Day 4 would be the longest and most exhausting day of the trip, yet it also proved to be as fulfilling as any. I was able to make a solo summit up Wilson Peak in the morning before reuniting with the guys to head down Porcupine Pass, cross Oweep Basin, meander through Lambert Meadow, and take shelter from a storm, followed by Red Knob Pass and setting up camp in West Fork Black Fork's basin.  As a group, we put in about 17 miles on the day, plus 2 more for me in the scramble up to Wilson Peak and back.

Aug 24, 2016

Uinta Highline Trail - Day 3

Day 3 on the Highline Trail would take us up the highest pass of the trail and subsequently, the high point of the trip (and the state), Kings Peak. We would then descend Anderson Pass into the Yellowstone drainage on our way to crossing over Tungsten Pass before setting camp near North Star Lake.  We finished the day with about 11 miles, including the side trip up Kings Peak.  This would also be the first of a streak of three two-pass days.

Aug 23, 2016

Uinta Highline Trail - Day 2

After using our first day to actually hike to the Highline Trail, we'd now be on it the rest of the way.  What started out as overcast skies developed into a consistent drizzle as we traveled almost 13 miles, mostly under the cover of trees, to reach our 2nd camp in Painter Basin where skies cleared up a bit and left us with a gorgeous sunset.

Aug 22, 2016

Uinta Highline Trail - Day 1

Among the adventures at the top of my bucket list has been the Uinta Highline Trail.  An attempt to do it last year with another friend fell through.  Due to the logistics involved with a long drive to eastern end, it can be difficult to arrange a shuttle, even from loved ones.  When a fellow Internet forum member and campus colleague, Adam, made such a shuttle arrangement with a neighbor and reached out and invited me to join him and his brother, Steve, this last August, I was thrilled.

Aug 13, 2016

Family Backpacking: Ruth Lake

Two years ago, our family ventured out on its first backpacking trip together as a family.  That was to Ruth Lake in the Uinta Mountains.  Wanting to get one last adventure with the family in before school started, we opted for another backpacking trip, and once again, to Ruth Lake.  This time, as with the more recent Clyde Lake trip, we had an additional member of our party.

Aug 2, 2016

Backpacking South Thunder Mountain

Two years ago I joined a group that led me up to what immediately became one of my favorite parts of the Wasatch:  Lake Hardy, South Thunder Mountain and the surrounding terrain.  I had an itch to revisit it again this year and recruited a few people to join along in retracing much of the same route as before.  A couple of them had to bail leaving it to just a neighbor friend and myself.  For the second week in a row, I'd get to spend a night in the beautiful Lone Peak Wilderness area.

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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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