Monday, September 13, 2010

Cabin Fever

Like many of you already know, we love visiting Tif's family cabin in Boulder, Utah. In fact, many of you may have already been there with us. This last month we got down to the cabin twice, once with Tif's sisters and once with John and Christine Bishoff. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll spare you the text and get right to the pics.

With the sisters, we hiked up to Blind Lake on Boulder Mountain. Tiffani and I had tried to hike there on our honeymoon, but we went too early in the year and there was too much snow. We had a nice picnic at the lake and we even dared to jump in the icy water. Our swimming consisted of just that though, jumping in and jumping right back out.
This is Tiffani along the trail to Blind Lake.The next day, we didn't do too many hikes because Sarah was feeling pretty sick. So, all we did was visit the Escalante River and Devil's Garden to take some senior pictures for Sarah. Tiffani and I decided we should take some best friend school pictures too.

A couple weeks later, we headed back to Boulder with John and Christine. The first day we spent hiking to Maverick Bridge and Phipps Arch along the Escalante River. There has been so much rain this year that the trail was overgrown with greenery, which contrasted beautifully with the bright red rock, white sand, and blue sky.

We arrived at Maverick Natural Bridge with no hitches. Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures of Phipps Arch because we accidentally left our camera sitting next to Maverick Bridge. Luckily, we were the only hikers that had been up that way, and we found our camera right where we had left it on our way back down the trail.

To cool off, we walked for a ways up the shallow Escalante River.
Right by the trailhead, you can even see some remnants of an ancient Indian granary in the alcove of one of the huge cliffs.
The next day, being Sunday, we went on a few more low-key adventures. First we hit up the famous (at least to our family and our cabin guest) crevice along the Burr Trail.
There we got some pictures of John and Christine in the Birthing Tree along with some classic shots of the red/green contrast of the crevice and some goofy pictures in the cheeseholes of sandstone.
After the Crevice, we drove up to the old bridge across the majestic overlook known as Hell's Backbone.Monday, Labor Day, we had to head home. But before we left, we went on one more adventures, this time on Boulder Mountain. We visited three different lakes on our hike.

Deer Creek Lake
Green Lake... you can see where it gets its name
And Moosman Reservoir, where we even let John do a little fly fishing before we called it a day.
By the end, we were all tired, especially the pregnant lady. But we were also glad for the opportunity to get away and explore some more of God's wondrous creations that surround us.