Monthly Archive: August, 2016

Yellowstone National Park and a Visit From My Sister!

While we were camped outside the town West Yellowstone for our Habitat build we took the opportunity of being so close to Yellowstone National Park to spend one of our days off doing… Continue reading

Gallatin Valley Habitat for Humanity

Our 2 weeks building with Gallatin Valley Habitat in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana was a very unique experience for Tom and I, both challenging and incredibly rewarding. Beginning with the wonderful… Continue reading

Sawtooth Mountains, Part 2: Alice Lake Trail

Our hike to Alice Lake was incredible. Stunning. Amazing. And without exaggeration, one of the Top 5 hikes I’ve ever done. The latter realization reminds me that I should update my post of… Continue reading

My Happy Place: The Sawtooth Mountains, Part 1

I fell in love with the Sawtooth Mountains. Despite some automotive issues that caused our visit to be a bit shorter than anticipated, we made the most of our few days and hiked… Continue reading

Ruby Mountain Wilderness, Humboldt-Toynbee National Forest

While we were visiting Tom’s niece Katie and her fiancee Will, Tom and I had a day of hiking in the gorgeous Ruby Mountains nearby. I had only heard of the Ruby Mountain… Continue reading

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park protects a unique ecosystem referred to as an Desert Island wherein, due to extreme elevation gain, the environment transforms from high desert all the way to sub-alpine. I had… Continue reading

Tom’s Nephew and Family Come to Visit

Fortunately for us, Tom’s nephew’s family vacation was scheduled to pass through our part of southwest Utah, and so after they spent a few days at Zion they headed north to stay with… Continue reading

Lower Blowhard Trail to Crystal Springs and Potato Hollow

The lower section of the Blowhard Trail is the one major trail I’ve been meaning to hike for the past year. Beginning in the gorge and following the border of the Ashdown Wilderness,… Continue reading

Discovery of a Basalt Gorge along Mammoth Creek

Returning to Utah the first week in June from our trip in New Mexico I thought the high country would be snow free. I was not correct. And so my plan of hiking… Continue reading

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument showcases some of the finest masonry of any Ancestral Puebloan sites, in particular the Square Tower Group, Hovenweep Castle, and other dwellings and structures of Little Ruin Canyon. These structures… Continue reading