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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.

May 18, 2017

Backpacking to Diamond Fork's Fifth Water Hot Springs

Eager to take my new Tarptent Notch out for its first night on the trail, I ended up selecting a very popular destination not far from home: Diamond Fork's Fifth Water Creek Hot Springs.

May 11, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Day 6: Lee's Ferry & Horseshoe Bend

Day six of our trip featured an early morning hike up the Spencer Trail at Lee's Ferry for myself, followed by a visit to some of the historic Lee's ferry cabins, Navajo Bridge, and nearby Horseshoe Bend with the family.  We ended our day in Torrey, Utah to stay our final night of our trip at the home of Jessica's parents.

May 10, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Day 5: Slide Rock State Park

On day five we turned our journey northward back toward Utah.  We drove through Sedona, Arizona to make a stop at Slide Rock State Park before moving on to Lee's Ferry to set up camp for the night.

May 9, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Day 4: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

On day four we explored the nearby Green Valley Waterfall trail near our camp at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  We then set off for Casa Grande, Arizona to visit and stay the night with my parents as well as to visit some siblings.

Apr 27, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Day 3: San Diego Zoo & Ocean Beach

Day three featured a full day's visit to the San Diego Zoo followed by a quick drive out to Ocean Beach.  We finished off the day setting up camp at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Apr 23, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Day 2: Valley of Fire, Joshua Tree NP, & San Diego

Day Two of Spring Break 2017 started out with a bit more exploring in Valley of Fire State Park followed by a stop at Joshua Tree National Park before finishing off in San Diego.

Apr 20, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Day 1: Valley of Fire State Park

Spring Break for this year has come and gone but left in its wake many memories with adventures in places both new and old.  Our first day would take us to Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park.  For Jessica and I, it would be our 2nd visit having camped there for the final night of our honeymoon, but for the kids, it was their first.

Mar 6, 2017

Winter Hiking to Lake Blanche

Due to weather and lack of time the week before, I returned to Big Cottonwood Canyon to hike up to Lake Blanche.  This hike is a very popular hike all year long and it's one that's been on my list for a long time, but never did set aside the time to drive up and do it, until now.

Feb 22, 2017

Winter Hiking to Willow Lake & Donut Falls

With a day off from work, I joined up with a local Facebook hiking group for a short hike up into an area I had not been before and then to an area I had: Willow Lake and Donut Falls.

Jan 31, 2017

Winter at Utah Lake State Park

I recently discovered that Utah Lake State Park was known to be a winter home for a few bald eagles.  After experiencing the thrill of seeing one out in the wild on a recent trip to Florida, I was eager to see if there really were some only minutes away from my home.

Jan 18, 2017

Chimney Rock & Hickman Bridge

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend in January, we went back down to Torrey to visit the in-laws.  While there, Jessica and I were able to hike the Chimney Rock Loop followed by a short hike to the Hickman Bridge Loop in Capitol Reef National Park.

Jan 13, 2017

Ruby Falls Cave

Tennessee has a lot to offer from the Great Smoky Mountains of the Appalachians to Graceland to the world famous music hub that is Nashville.  Nothing may be more beautiful and spectacular in Tennessee however, than Ruby Falls Cave.  Jessica and I took the opportunity to tour it after awaking in the town of Chattanooga where we had stayed for our first night of our drive back from Florida to Utah.

Jan 12, 2017

Florida's Myakka River State Park

While on our visit to South Florida, I had hoped to sneak in a drive out into the Everglades to look for some alligators as we had gotten to see on a day trip to Miami from Ft. Myers on a prior trip several years ago.  Unfortunately, our schedule became so full of other activities we couldn't swing it.  However, the man assisting with my grandmother's trust referred to us Myakka River State Park, knowing it wasn't much out of the way for Jess and I on our drive north out of state and back to Utah.  It was said to be full of gators.

Jan 11, 2017

Shelling at Marco Island, Florida

While visiting Florida on some family business at the end of December, my wife and I took an opportunity to spend an afternoon out on Marco Island in Florida.  It is known for being a place where sand dollars can often be found along its shores, and that was reason enough to go out there.  I had collected plenty of seashells before as a child living in Florida and on visits to other beaches, but never a sand dollar.  We also found the wildlife to be abundant as well.

Jan 4, 2017

A Drive from Florida to Utah

This post is slightly different from the norm usually found on this blog. While not wholly about an outdoor adventure along a trail or out in the backcountry, this trip did feature visits to some natural settings and landscapes with an abundance of wildlife and a gorgeous cave. However, it also included a lot of history and other sight-seeing stops throughout western and central Florida and across much of the country. I wanted to document it all just the same...

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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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