It’s hard to believe we’re already in the second week of August. Connor starts Kindergarten on the 30th. It’s only 2 1/2 hours long but we are very aware of how back to school time means our adventure schedule will slightly change. Thankfully, we have been doing so much this spring and summer we may welcome school for a tiny bit of a break!
Jerry started the month off by doing a solo 17 mile dayhike, Dunanda Falls, in Yellowstone. It was a hike he had wanted to do for about 10 years and he finally checked that off his bucket list. He said it was a fairly flat and easy hike (and of course he loved the waterfall and backcountry hot spring he found).
A few days after that, the boys headed to camp at Wall Lake for a night.
Connor and Moonshine each at Wall Lake
While the boys were gone, I did two separate solo hikes. While I love hiking with the family, sometimes it’s nice to just have a little self care and be alone!
Catherine’s Pass near Alta ski resort
Willow Heights up Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah
Once we were all home again, we enjoyed a good nights sleep in our own comfy beds and then packed up to head out for an overnight at one of our favorite places in Utah, Fifth Water Hot Springs . We tell everyone we know about this hike. It’s a must visit if you’re ever in Utah! This time we were lucky enough to see free range cattle on the trail and the water in the cool morning was just perfection.
Fifth Water Hot Springs in Spanish Fork, Utah
We are all getting pumped about our first family backpacking trip to the Wind River Range that’s coming up in about 10 days. It’ll be our longest backpacking trip yet! It’ll be really nice to spend all that quality time together right before Connor starts school. There is something extra special about this time in our lives. We’ve gotten to do a lot of hiking this summer but we are realistic that Jerry won’t be able to carry Connor forever on his shoulders when he gets tired and our adventures may slow down a bit the next few years until he can walk long distances on his own.