Monday, August 29, 2011

Bryce Canyon

If you live in Utah or are planning on taking a trip here, you must go to Bryce Canyon. It's unique orange sandstone is breathtakingly beautiful, and every trail in Bryce Canyon offers a beautiful view. It's been a year since I last went, but it's taken that long for me to write about it. The first place that my family and I visited was Mossy Cave and Tropic Ditch. It was a fun first hike and really short. We had fun playing in the cool water.

Next we went to Rainbow Point. This is a fairly short hike. One of the best things about it is, like most of the trails in Bryce, is that instead of hiking up to a viewpoint then back tracking to the beginning, the trail is a loop and brings you back to where you started. On the day that I hiked it, it was extremely windy, and it was the first time I hiked it. So, I'm not exactly sure if its always that way or not. It offers some fantastic views.

An awesome sight to see is the rock formation known as Queen Victoria. Queen Vitoria sits on her throne which sits at the peak of one of the rock pillars, seen in the picture below.

Sunset is beautiful when viewing it from Bryce Canyon.

Bryce's Point is the place to be when the sun rises. The spires are said to light up like candles as the sun rises. It's a pretty accurate description.

Thor's Hammer

Here are some more pictures taken at Bryce Canyon on various trails.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rock Climbing

So, I'm kind of a beginner on the whole rock climbing business. I have never officially scaled a mountain, but I did rock climb on a rock wall. I would really love to climb a mountain someday though. I went to an activity at the university that I go to, and they had a rock wall. I strapped on the harness and climbed pretty easily to the top. While climbing the wall, I started to feel really confident and great about my upper body strength. When I got to the top, I was kind of (Can I admit this now?) scared to go back down. I couldn't imagine just jumping back and letting myself plummet to the ground. What if the equipment failed? I decided to just close my eyes and let go. That was my favorite part of the whole experience! I decided that rock climbing is fun, but repelling is my favorite! The feeling of accomplishment when reaching the top is awesome, but the controlled fall at the end is exhilarating! This is a definite MUST for all of the other extreme adventurers out there.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ghost Falls

I recently went on a pretty easy hike to Ghost Falls. It's located in the Draper mountains. One of the trailheads is found just south of the LDS Draper Temple. It was a great, quick hike. It only took about one and a half hours to hike (round trip). It's very beautiful and gives a great view of the Draper valley. In hiking this trail on foot, my family and I were constantly dodging the people on bikes. It wasn't that bad though. There are a few steep parts to the trail and there are many twists and turns. The waterfall in the end is a beautiful sight. Here are some pictures.

Here is the beautiful, blue sky that is clearly visible from the trailhead.
 It's kind of hard to see right here, but there is a perfectly formed spider-web in this picture.
 The Draper Valley view from the middle of the trail.
 Ghost Falls
 A cute water-snake we saw enjoying Ghost Falls. I love reptiles!
 More of Ghost Falls
 Here is a weird thing that we noticed as we came down the trail. In the middle of the trees (with no road leading up to it) we saw this bathtub. A little further down the trail we saw an old, over-turned truck.

A very cool looking tree.
I enjoyed this hike, and I'd recommend as a nice, easy hike for the other extreme adventurers out there.