"Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least." ~Goethe~

26 July 2011

Adventurous hiking...

On our first day of exploring with Glenn a new quiet little place in the mountains was found.
There was a few wonderful moments spent examining the creek around this new trailhead before we continued on down the road to areas not seen before for us.  After the long day of exploring, stopping every so often to check out cool places along the river, we headed off to our most favorite chinese restaurant ever.  Because it is 40 miles away from home we always stop when we are right down the road from it.  It was there we decided that we would be coming back to the newly found trailhead in a day or two.
 So two days later, that is where we were to be found.
Stopping at every cool thing that was to be seen.
 Crossing the creek several times while trying to keep our shoes dry.
 Walking into a cute little aspen grove because it's always too cool to be in the middle of one and listen to the wind rustle their leaves around.
One of the best sounds ever.
 Then came a part on the trail where we had to cross the creek again.  There was no way out of getting our shoes wet.  It just had to be done.  One little person was upset because she rode on Glenn's back so she wouldn't get wet.  That didn't go over well.
 Then nearly 2 miles from our starting point we get to what we wanted to see.
Right where the creek pours into the secluded area of the reservoir.  The only way to see it was by boat or hike in.  For me there was only one 'bad' thing about this part.  It was well over 60ft. down on a steep slope.
So while the other three just went merrily down like little mountain goats, I slid down the hill on my back end (on purpose) so not to kill myself.  Heights and steep slopes are not my friends nor my favorite things in life.
 When everyone was safely down to the beach there was lots of exploring to be done.
 A steep beach but wonderful none the less.
 Big rocks to hop around on right at the edge of the beach.  It was the perfect spot to watch the biggest trouts we've ever seen.  They would come up to check us out and then disappear back into the deep water of the reservoir.  The sand just dropped off to 'nothing' on the other side of those rocks.  Too deep for my liking.
 After stressing out over who was going to fall in the deep part first, I managed to get everyone back on the creek side to explore around the rocks there.  Safer.  And I was able to find a big rock to sit on and listen to the creek run by next to me.
Much better.
 After about 2hrs of splashing and exploring it was decided that it what time to go back and eat lunch at the trailhead.
You know what that meant.
I had to go back up the steep slope to get to the trail.  See the two trees in the middle?  That is where the trail is located.
Not one of my happiest moments of the trip but I did it.
Without killing myself.
 Back down the trail our little cubs found the wild blackberry bushes again and had another tasty snack.
 Then it was to the most anticipated part of the return trip on the trail.  Purposely getting our shoes and clothes wet.  The girls had to walk back and forth a few times just because it was so neat to trudge through the creek.  Further down the trail where the creek wasn't so deep lots of little baby trout were spotted and had to be watched.  Tons of those little guys.
After getting back to the truck and eating lunch, this trip was deemed the absolute best hike ever by all of us.  Especially the girls who thought that walking through the creek was the best part.
Love it!


  1. And somehow, Kar, you managed to get pictures during all of this fun. Impressive! Sounds and looks like you all had a wonderful hiking experience. :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely hike with us. The scenery is beautiful.
    Anne xx