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Day hikes, backpacking, high pointing and trail running.

Wind Caves

Wind Caves

On Sunday we decided to honor our father’s with a hike. Which is a nice way of saying we wanted to double date with Cora and Ethan. The weather was perfect, sunny and hot, with enough scattered breeze and shade to keep us going. The trail was not overly busy and the wildflowers were gorgeous, with dozens of butterfly and dragonfly sightings as well. It is such a blessing to have outdoorsy friends, and a couple who are quick to…

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Girl’s Hike

Girl’s Hike

First, an announcement: I was blessed by an offer of employment for my dream job at a publishing firm. To say I am excited is an understatement, and I start Monday. Due to my new hours, I texted Lindsay to schedule some last minute hiking plans. Thankfully, she was as ready for an adventure as ever. I loaded up Zara and then cruised by to pick up Lindsay. We caught up on everything as we chatted to the trail head….

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Summer Snow

Summer Snow

When Cody and I first moved here I was post-surgery and rather weak. I dragged myself up this mountain. We returned 6 months later for another crack at it. I am pleased to report my legs and lungs were at their best and we cruised up the trail, enjoying the greenery. The day was blistering hot, but as we neared the snowbanks, a cool breeze shifted over our skin. It was just the refreshing energy boost we needed. We turned…

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Flaming Gorge – Day 3

Flaming Gorge – Day 3

We woke covered in frost. Then Cassie won best-sister-in-law ever award from Cody for making us all scrambled eggs and biscuits. We then loaded up the car and headed to our next trail for a leisurely walk around Moose Pond. Laughing at the lack of exertion, we found a trail with some serious incline to get our blood pumping all the hot dogs from our arteries. With our legs tired, we moseyed back to camp for lunch and one final…

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Flaming Gorge – Day 2

Flaming Gorge – Day 2

Waking to the sun is one of my favorite things. It peeked between the trees, winking me awake. I nudged Cody and begged him to go running with me. He declined with a grunt. So Zara and I set off, following worn elk trails until we reached a meadow lit with morning color. I returned to find Cody in his natural habitat. If you peer close enough, you can spot the top of his blue hooded sweatshirt. Convincing him a…

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Flaming Gorge – Day 1

Flaming Gorge – Day 1

Cody and I decided to use the long Memorial Day weekend to get out of town and head to the mountains. We drove away from the city, passed through the desert, and ended up at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. We drove down a dirt road and found a campsite that fit our tastes perfectly: secluded, no RV noise, no restrooms/showers/groups of people, and no fee. Just a free patch of ground to plop our tent and roast some hot…

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A Surprise Visit

A Surprise Visit

Mom and Dad came to visit! They were headed to a concert and decided to detour to make some quick memories with us. They arrived just in time for our Wednesday night Bible study. They got to meet our friends and add to the conversation. Then it was off to bed before the next day’s adventures. The day began just how my mother likes, with coffee. Then I took them to see one of my favorite waterfalls. The weather was…

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Flower Time

Flower Time

The mountains are alive with flowers! To say I am excited is an understatement. After church Cody and I took the opportunity to go sniff the new buds and exert our legs. The weather was glorious, we conversed about a wide range of topics, and found ourselves feeling an attitude of spiritual contentment steal over us. God is so good. We are excited for the adventures and challenges ahead, ready to face them with an attitude of gratefulness. How many…

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Diamond Fork Hot Springs

Diamond Fork Hot Springs

Friday night after work, Cody and I drove to the woods for a quick over night trip. Naturally we had to stop and photograph the pretty rocks along the way. We pulled off the side of road and found a flat, grassy spot right next to the river. It was ripe with kindling too. We danced under the stars, cuddled by the fire, and finally laid out our sleeping bags. The noise of the river was peaceful and the canopy…

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Moab – Part 3

Moab – Part 3

On Sunday we broke down camp quickly. We wanted to reach the trail to Morning Glory bridge at 7 a.m. but with the sun creeping higher, I was scared it was going to be 9 a.m. and packed. We double-checked we left no trace of trash, then started the engine. The clock read 6:30 a.m. Cody and I exchanged dubious glances, waiting for it to update. We broke into grins to find we were actually on schedule. We arrived to…

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