September 15, 2016

So. Many. Wedding. Photos.

This post is short and to the point, because you have a lot of photos to scroll through...

Our wedding photographer was Logan Walker. She is amazing!

Our full wedding album is roughly 1500 pictures... we narrowed it down to around 300 here:

If that isn't enough, you can go here and use the password "2016" to see them all.

September 8, 2016

Labor Day Weekend at Zion National Park - Part 2 (Virgin River Narrows)

This hike has been on our bucket list for a long time. We go down to Zion National Park almost every year, but this is the first time we had the logistics in place (permits and daylight hours) to walk the narrows. Its a fairly easy walk - around 16 miles from Chamberlain's Ranch to Temple of Sinawava. You are in the water for roughly 14 of the 16 miles, although with normal water levels (40 cfs) at this time of the year, you are never in much deeper than your knees.

Its truly a spectacular walk and we were just in awe almost the entire time. Our photos don't come close to doing the narrows justice.

A couple tips if you are planning to do this...

1. Use two trekking poles. Then you can look around constantly and not have to worry about your footing and slipping.
2. Neoprene socks are a MUST have! Rent them from any outfitter in Springdale.
3. Prepare for a range of temperatures. We were COLD in the morning - wearing gloves and hats until the afternoon... and the daytime high temperature ended up being ~90 degrees. It was hot and you didn't want to get out of the water by the end.

Labor Day Weekend at Zion National Park - Part 1 (Zion Canyon and Kolob Terrace)

Back in early July I threw my name in the lottery for a top-down Virgin River narrows dayhike permit. Our names were picked for Monday of Labor Day weekend, so that made deciding what to do over the long weekend a no-brainer (assuming we found somewhere to stay, which didn't happen until a week before the trip).

We LOVE Zion National Park. I don't want to play favorites, but it might be our favorite. I think we've made 5 trips there since we have lived in Utah.

We drove down on Friday afternoon and went for a nice run out to the Grafton ghost town. Our Saturday we did some hiking in the main section of the park (Observation Point). With crowds building due to the holiday weekend, we headed up to the Kolob Terrace after a longer run on Sunday and had the place pretty much to ourselves. Then on Monday we took a shuttle up to Chamberlain's Ranch and hiked along/in the Virgin River back to Zion. 

I'll save the Monday photos for another post - here's some from the first couple days of the weekend...

August 25, 2016

Europe 2016 - Big Photo Gallery

We are really dragging our heels with the Euro-blogs, but we did finally merge the photos from multiple phones and real cameras into one big Google Photos album:

This is probably our best photo album ever. We're trying to figure out how we are going to top this one in 2017.

You might need to sign in with your Google account to see the album. I'm still getting the hang of the new Google Photos. But I'm fairly certain everyone has a Google account, right?

August 16, 2016

What could go Krong in Europe?

I'm really bad at blogging in two scenarios:

1. Summer
2. Big events / trips

Its easy to sit down and knock out a post after skiing every weekend during the winter and spring. But during the summer the thought of spending 15 minutes on the computer during the evening just never seems reasonable. Outside > Inside. And when I'm inside, I typically just want to go to bed!

And the big events with lots of photos are simply hard to get started on. Luckily we haven't seen any of our wedding photos yet, so technically I'm not behind on posting those. We did, however, get back last week from a sensational 17 day Alps/Dolomites vacation... and we have hundreds of great photos to share and stories to tell. 

I think that within a week or so we'll start posting our honeymoon recaps. We are almost done sorting through our photos.

In the meantime, here's the pictures we were posting on Instagram during the trip...

You can view this gallery on a computer even if you aren't an Instagram user.

July 17, 2016

Wasatch Wildflowers at Alta

The wildflowers are out in full force at Alta right now. We are headed to Europe soon, so this was essentially our last chance to enjoy them... with how hot its been, everything will be burned out by the time we get home.

Easy walks yield fantastic displays of flowers - all of these shots were taken on the Albion Basin trail and lower half of the Cardiff Pass trail. We took lots of photos while strolling around this afternoon...

Still happily married after a full week