where: we get antsy for summer

it’s happened about three times and we should definitely know better by now, but when warm weather rolls around it makes perfect sense in my mind to get a-hikin in the mountains. but it turns out the snow takes a looong time to melt. so i get excited, pick a hike, we get there and realize it will be a tedious trip in the hard-packed snow. it really probably won’t be nice and dry in the higher areas of the canyons until july. mental note for 2014!

on monday we were going to hike mt. olympus, but then woke up late. then we wanted to do a hike to three lakes called mary, martha catherine. but we got up near brighton ski resort and realized that hike was a no-go. so we improvised and picked a random hike on our way back down big cottonwood canyon, ending up on a 7-mile trail run/hike to desolation lake. it’s nice to get out and exercise in different settings.

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the trail was mostly snow-free. hooray!

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but then we came upon the snow.

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but why can’t we swim??

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oh, that’s why. maybe we’ll come back in the summer and break the no-swim rule. (even though i don’t like getting wet.)

it was an oh-so-lovely day that even ended with a super fancy car wash that the owner gave us for FREE for no reason! if he only knew how much it made the super-tight-budgeting newlyweds’ day.

and yes, it was real tough to go back to work on tuesday :-/. thanks for the memories, memorial day!

where we: embrace the sun

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we wanted to go to zion’s or bryce canyon to celebrate our birthday weekend (david’s birthday is may 10th and mine is may 12 — presh, isn’t it?), but we couldn’t get away for more than one night, so we decided to hit up our own backyard for some quality time with our pal mother nature.

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the beauty of living in salt lake city is that we really could drive 20-30 minutes in any direction and be setting up camp. but for this trip we headed north to the trails around snowbasin. we “backpacked in” — all of 3/4 of a mile — and then we scoped out a nice ‘lil spot with a view of the mountain sunset, baked some sweet potatoes and feasted on smores until we got sleepy.

after breakfast in the morn’ we took off on a three-hour hike with a beautiful view of pineview reservoir. we took our sweet time and it was oh so lovely.

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