Thursday, July 31, 2014

Liam: Official Chipmunk Spotter

Last weekend we wanted to escape the incessant heat we've had, so we headed up into the mountains for an afternoon hike!  We can be in the mountains & at a trailhead in about 20 minutes; this is one of the incredible things about life here in Utah!  We started at a small lake where Liam could explore at his own pace, find some sticks, & spot some wildlife.  Our little boy can find a chipmunk just about anywhere!  Not everyone has that skill...  We passed by a family with two little girls who were discussing "the mouse, or maybe it was a fox" that scurried by.  Mouse...fox...very similar, I know...

We let Liam walk/hike when he wants to, but he also enjoys being on Conor's back for a rest and pretty spectacular view!  This particular day we did an almost straight up & rocky hike, so Liam got to relax while we did all the sweating & heavy breathing.  We made our way up to a reservoir that was just beautiful.  Liam was in rock heaven!  He ran around gathering up the biggest ones he could find and then plopped them in the water for a big splash!
The views were spectacular & the weather perfect!  We spend 2 1/2 hours hiking around, and the time just flew by.  We attempted to take a less rocky trail back down the mountain, but this was a poor choice.  About half way down we were lost.  Somehow we ended up on a ski trail and were on our way to Brighton resort.  While I had a mini panic session thinking about having to hitchhike to our car, Conor talked to a fellow hiker (with PBR in hand, smart guy) and got us back on track.  We ended up doing lots of trailblazing and then found ourselves walking amongst some beautiful ski-in/ski-out cabins.  I always love a little "cabin" window shopping!
And then we ended our day with a sunset dinner on the back deck.
The things summers are made of right here!

9 comments :

  1. Wow it really is beautiful where you live!

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  2. looks like the perfect summer day!

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  3. So insanely beautiful! And how cool (no pun intended) that you can be in the mountains in a mere 20 minutes!

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  4. What a beautiful hike! And some great pics! :)

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  5. Beautiful photos, love the one of your deck at sunset!

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  6. Glad you found your way in the end. Absolutely gorgeous hike. Love your deck, we really need a deck table - how fun.

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  7. Such beautiful scenery! And I love your back deck... where is your table from? I love it!

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  8. oh my gosh how cute is he! can i have your deck.. and your table? lol

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  9. Sounds like my kinda day!! What a beautiful places. That's awesome you guys are so close to hiking/mountains. We need to get out and do that more.

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