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 23, 2015

Overnighter on Mount Timpanogos - July 2015

Last week I sent out an invite to a few friends and acquaintances to see if anyone wanted to brave the crowds with me and hike a local favorite as an overnight backpacking trip, the ever popular Mount Timpanogos, the second highest mountain in the Wasatch Range at 11,752 feet.  One of them, also named Will, accepted.  To distinguish ourselves, I referred to myself as "Little Will" and he who joined along as "Big Will".  While the trip would lead to a fourth time on the summit for me, it would be Will's first summit of "Timp".

Jul 9, 2015

Provo Peak

Sometime last year a colleague and former supervisor of mine, Steve, and I came up with an idea to do a little backpacking trip above nearby Y Mountain and go for Provo Peak.  He and another friend, Larry, regularly hike the Y (a large concrete block "Y" representing Brigham Young University that sits high on "Y" Mountain eastward above the Provo campus) almost every week to help with their fitness goals. Early on this year we settled on the dates of July 2nd and 3rd.  

Since I live near the base of Slate Canyon and the Y sits right next to Slide Canyon just north of Slate, I was familiar with a route that would allow us to make a full loop with the trip, or at least very close to a full loop with this particular trip.  We determined it would be best to start up Slate Canyon and finish the trip coming down Slide Canyon.  We opted to set up a shuttle with Steve's car parked up at the Y trailhead to spare ourselves of what would be another 2 miles of hot afternoon hiking exposed to the sun if we were to make it a complete loop.

We convinced Larry to finally commit to it the week prior and got a neighbor of mine, James, to join along.  



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.