Spring Break 2017: Day 1

Hiking and camping at Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park

Lake Blanche in Winter

Winter was the season for my first visit to Lake Blanche.

Winter at Utah Lake State Park

A weekend of winter wildlife viewing and scenice views at Utah Lake State Park.

Chimney Rock & Hickman Bridge

Revisiting the Chimney Rock Loop and Hickman Bridge in Captiol Reef National Park.

Ruby Falls Cave

A tour of the Tennessee's beautiful Ruby Falls Cave within Lookout Mountain.

Myakka River State Park

Wildlife viewing and more at Florida's Myakka River State Park.

Shelling at Marco Island

Hunting seashells and sand dollars at Florida's Marco Island.

Stewart Falls

An early winter's visit to a locally popular waterfall.

Buffalo Peak

A fall family hike up to Buffalo Peak.

Highline Trail: Day 5

Documenting Day #5 along the Uinta Highline Trail.

Jul 30, 2014

Park City to Provo - 65 miles in 4 days

First, some background on this trip...

The idea for this hike was actually hatched a couple of years ago when we moved into our home in Provo. Given the proximity it has with Slate Canyon and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and the proximity of my in-laws home to the Wasatch Crest Trail in Summit Park, I had speculated about the possibilities of a route between their home and our home. I thought it would be fascinating to see if one could go from either of our doors to the other without following a road for any extended distance. The middle section and majority of the route would follow trails that are part of the Great Western Trail. The biggest question marks were finding a route from my in-law's home near the top of Summit Park to the Wasatch Crest Trail and getting across Provo Canyon in a safe and efficient manner.

Jul 29, 2014

Lake Hardy & South Thunder Mountain

A couple weeks ago, I took up an invitation to join a group on an overnight hike up to Lake Hardy above Alpine, Utah followed by a summit of South Thunder Mountain the following day.

First Family Backpacking Trip

A couple of weeks ago, Jess and I set out to take our kids on their first official backpacking trip. That is to say, camping away from the car. I had waffled between Wall Lake and Ruth Lake, knowing that both were within a mile from their respective trailheads. Both can get quite crowded with people, but eventually I settled on Ruth Lake, knowing it was a bit shorter and a bit more level of a trail with only small ups and downs. It also packs in a little bit of everything along the 3/4 mile of the way (small waterfall, meadows & flowers, stream crossing, etc.). Depending on how the kids did with that would determine if we'd tackle Wall Lake with them the next night or just go with a paid site with the car.



About Will

Will Will lives at the footsteps of Utah's famed Wasatch Mountains. He enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, sports, running, vegetable gardening, nature, food, photography, art, and spending time with his wife and kids.