Wednesday, September 23, 2009

utah is pretty

The moment we drove home from Vegas we grabbed our prepacked backpacks and headed up to AF Canyon to meet our friends Matt and Alissa.

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Within the fist mile a big storm hit. Once we got out of it the weather was cold but nice.

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The next morning was beautiful!

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Looking down towards Midway

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My favorite color combo in nature: blue sky, yellow field. This is looking at the backside of Timp.

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We hiked up to 10K feet quite a few times on this trip. Once we dropped down the ridge in the picture we had lunch at Catherine Lake.

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Then we headed down the trail towards Alta and Snowbird - or so we thought!

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As we decended we started coming through the ski runs. Justin was taking a trip down memory lane remembering the sweet jumps at Alta he used to go off. But at the bottom there was a map for Brighton. We came down the wrong canyon. We were so ready to just relax. Everyone but Matt was totally devestated. Matt just laughed at us wimps. After lunch we began the climb back up to 10,000 feet, over the ridge and back down the left side - to Alta and our destination, Snowbird.

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Matt and Alissa

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Heading to Alta, attempt 2.

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After all is said and done I'm glad we went to Brighton - Big Cottonwood was incredible.

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Once we got finally got to Snowbird around 8:00 pm we cleaned up and had the most amazing dinner at the Cliff Lodge. My fav was the heirloom tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella. The next day we checked out Oktoberfest, sat in the hot tub, and then took the tram to the top and hiked down Mineral Basin to our truck. We figured we did about 27 miles. I AM SORE!

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8 comments:

Erin said...

I told Jason next summer after I ween Dana and before I am pregnant again, Jason and I are going backpacking. We have always wanted to go, but have never had a chance. I don't think I could ever do 27 miles, though. =

Kelly and Nate said...

Looks like you have been busy and having a great time. Nice to be home huh?

emily said...

i love all your adventures :)

Natalie said...

How gorgeous! Utah really is beautiful!

Kara said...

Welcome back! Isn't Utah great?

Kelly and Nate said...

My email is kranae80@gmail.com. That is funny Ellie says that. Glad she remembers us.

Brennon and Lindsey said...

That looks fun. We haven't gone forever...
we need to get together soon.

Niels and Kayla said...

you guys are seriously the most active people i know...you are an inspiration for me! haha Those pictures are beautiful! I love Utah's mountains.