September 17, 2017

The Wedge / Good Water Rim Trail

Andrea running the Good Water Rim trail

I broke the blog (forgot to re-register the domain name) so in the meantime fell about a month behind on posting. There's a few things we need to go back in time and update - Andrea's Wind Rivers/Eclipse trip, and our Labor Day extended weekend with my parents to Capitol Reef and Goblin Valley.

Two weeks ago it was blazing hot in southern Utah. Now its nice and pleasant. When we saw forecasted high temperatures of 70-75 degrees for the San Rafael Swell region (and in reality it never got above ~65 degrees where we were camping) we decided to head down that way over the weekend and camp/run in our of our favorite places: The Wedge / Little Grand Canyon. We headed down after work and setup camp just after a rain storm blew through the area.

The main objective was to run the Good Water Rim trail on Saturday morning, which is 16+ miles (one way) of twisty singletrack along the canyon rim. You can run many distance variations, but the most important thing is to just do it at some points because its such a cool run!

The weather was ideal and the running was great. Andrea did her longest run in about 5 years, and I did my longest run ever (I think). We ran some parts over again on Sunday morning because its that much fun. We had a perfect campsite on the Little Grand Canyon rim, ate burritos for every meal, read books, watched the sun rise and set, and even relaxed a little bit!

Looking forward to more desert trips this fall...

August 16, 2017

Superior, Timp, and more (you guessed it!) Wildflowers!

Andrea scrambling on Superior's South Ridge

I've been posting pictures of wildflowers and mountains all summer and that isn't changing in this update. The flowers down by Timp were absolutely popping when we were down there over the past weekend (8/12). We also got in another south ridge climb recently - always fun to do a couple times a year.

The summer of exploding rainbow flowers rolls on...

Superior South Ridge

Mt Timpanogos Loop

The most crowded summit in the Wasatch!

July 30, 2017

Peak. Wasatch. Wildflowers. OMG.

Even if you HATE winter, you have to love the downstream effect of 600+ inches of snow this season - absurdly beautiful wildflowers going off for the entire month of July! And if you hate wildflowers as well, then there is no hope for you :-)

We spent the weekend doing what we do best this time of year, running and hiking in the Central Wasatch. Friday evening was a nice run on the Wasatch Crest trail before seeing the Utah Symphony at Deer Valley, and then we spent the rest of the weekend running and hiking in the Alta vicinity (spending the night at the Alta Lodge). There's no better place to be in the world right now - that's the story we are telling! We even saw 4 moose and a golden eagle. It didn't seem like the flowers could get any better than they were a week or two ago, but they somehow got more vibrant.

This is a gigantic wildflower photo dump... you have to take advantage while you can...