A few months ago, we dragged grandma up into the mountains and took some family pictures. We took a lot of pictures, but very few seemed to turn out. Now that we’re finally finished sifting and editing, I’ve uploaded some of the best ones.
We got some really good pictures of Grandma with the grandkids.
And Cheryl always seems photogenic.
Of course, I thought I’d start with one of the smaller mountains closer to Spanish Fork and work up to the 12.4 mile round trip hike up Timpanogos. But when my employer Mozy sponsored a company hike, I decided I’d jump on the bandwagon. About 20 people took the hike that day, including two who got to the top (the vertical elevation gain is almost a mile at 4,652 feet) in less than two hours.
I started out keeping up with those guys. I’m sure that the embarrassment of having a newcomer like myself tagging along is what caused them to pull ahead after about 10 minutes. Yeah, that was it.
We hit the trail at 6:17am. In my rush to keep up at first, I didn’t notice much of the scenery. But it’s a gorgeous hike.
The trail consists of the following:
- Steep climb
- Bushy semi-flat walk
- Steep climb
- Meadowy semi-flat walk
- Really steep climb
This is the view of the top (on the right) from the second meadow area. Well, I thought it was the top. It turns out that you can’t actually see the peak from here. It’s a higher point behind the peak on the right. There’s nothing quite like thinking you’re at the top only to to realize you aren’t.
From the meadow, you go up this trail to the saddle where you can see Utah Valley for the first time.
This is what the trail up to the saddle looks like from the peak. The saddle is just above and to the left of center.
The climb from the saddle to the peak was, by far, the most exhilarating part of the hike. Slower going and entirely rock, but with victory close at hand.
Reaching the top was awesome. I got there in 3 hours 23 minutes.
Five of us summitted fairly close together. Mark (back left) took much better pictures with the nice camera he lugged the whole way up.
After getting down, I found out that Mount Nebo is actually the tallest peak in the Wasatch Front (and Utah County). Since Nebo is about as far south of me as Timpanogos is north, I guess it’s next on my list. Just need to get rid of this limp first.
A few weeks ago, our family spent a few days at a cabin in Duck Creek Village, UT with Cheryl’s family. We rode ATVs, visited some cool cliffs, hiked around several lakes and rented a boat somewhat spontaneously. And we took advantage of the gathering to take family pictures.
I think the kids really liked riding the ATVs. It was scary for them at fist as they learned. By the end, the level of fear (and caution) had dropped noticeably. The boys both liked the motorboat too. They each took a turn steering.
Of course the best thing was playing with their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents while exploring the forest, discovering stuff and having new experiences.
See more pictures in our picture gallery.
I’ve uploaded some new pictures to our gallery. The first album is from the trip my wife and I took to Park City this winter. Thanks for babysitting, Mom and Dad.
The next album is one of our sledding trips to the nearby elementary school. Grandpa came with us on this trip, and I think he ended up doing most of the work. :)
Next is our trip to the nearby dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point. They claim it’s the largest dinosaur museum in the world. I believe it.
Last is one from my son’s T-ball game. He’s having a great time, though he still prefers jumping on the trampoline over playing catch.
We’ve had some really nice weather recently. However, it always seems to snow one last time just as I start feeling like I can leave my coat at home. So the kids were able to play in the snow for one last day. I upload some pictures to our picture gallery along with some schoolwork the kids recently brought home.
Tyler really got into the spirit of April Fools’ Day this year and played several jokes on his parents and siblings. We found books in our pillow cases, stuffed animals in our toothbrush drawers, and various missing articles of clothing. He liked it so much he kept playing jokes on his parents over the next few days.
This is one of my favorites.