9.27.2012

Hiking Girdwood- LOTM

For today's LOTM post, we are sharing one of our favorite hikes. Being mountain ladies, hiking is one of our favorite pastimes.
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*NOTE*
These pictures in no way do this place justice

This is THE most gorgeous hike I've ever been on. It is located in Girdwood, Alaska. Not only was it insanely gorgeous, but to get across the river you had to get inside a cage and use a pulley system!! SO much fun! 
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Dad, sister, and brother inlaw
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View from the cage
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We didn't do the entire trail, that's the joys of having kiddos (who are AWESOME hikers btw!). But we made it to the bridge which had some incredible views of the river.
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Isn't this gorgeous?!
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This is my nephew and I. Apparently neither of us were prepared for pictures. Plus the bugs that kept flying around made it hard.
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Here's the crew (minus me of course) by the river and on the bridge.
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The trail
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We were all just in awe of the beauty of these mountains. I could so live here...
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This hike is so much fun and if you're ever in Alaska, it's a MUST! I don't know if another hike will ever beat this one... I challenge you to find me that hike! (don't get crazy, I'm sure it won't be hard. haha!)

Be sure to check out the other Ladie's posts!

                                                 

9.18.2012

Angels Landing

Saturday I hiked Angles Landing in Zion National Park. I had never done this hike before, unlike everyone else from Utah.
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Lets start at the beginning. Kelsey and I drove through the park gates early Saturday morning. I had only been to Zion once before and it was November, so I was not aware of the shuttle system. So we drive on through, pass the road that says "shuttles only" and drove up the winding mountain side. I don't remember this road at all, from my previous trip. Soon, we come to a tunnel. This was no ordinary tunnel. It was carved out of the mountain and felt like we were deep within a castle.
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After driving for ten more minutes we realized it was not right. So we turned around, which gave us an excuse to go back through the tunnel (YES!) and back to the park gates. After talking to the lady at the gate, we realized the turn we should have taken was ten feet from the park entrance. Awesome. So we park, hop on a shuttle and go down that "shuttle only" road.

twenty minutes into our hike, I see this girl running down the path. She looks familiar, and as she gets closer I realize... It's Shay! So I grab her arm and pulled her to a hault. We exchanged "what are you doing here"s and I found out she made it to the top this time! You can read her experience HERE. I tried to convince her to go right back up with us, but she wasn't having it.

So Kelsey and I continued on our way up the mountain. Up the switch backs, straight up. We made it to the top of the "normal" hike and took a little break. You see what Kelsey is looking at? That's what we were going to climb. All the way up and over to your left.
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If you ever do this hike, prepare to be attacked by chipmunks. They're everywhere and not afraid of humans.
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After we were rested, we headed up the mountain. This is no ordinary hike. This is a "cliff on all sides so hold on to this chain for dear life" hike.
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One wrong step and I'd be a goner.
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But we made it to the top! And it's beautiful.
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Then Kelsey pulled out her ukulele and serenaded all of the hikers.
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And we watched the chipmunks some more. As I was snapping some photos I felt something fuzzy on my arm. I looked down to find a chipmunk on my lap! I yellped and he ran away.
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some guy that brought his boxing gloves to the top
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It's quite the view from the top.
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After taking it all in, it was time to head back down.
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After some yoga on the rock.
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Such an awesome hike, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. But in different shoes...

I slipped and slid just after I took this picture. Everyone around me "gasped" and my heart stopped. But I'm ok! Alive and well.
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Read about our Post Hike Adventures Here!

9.17.2012

Tourist In My Own Town

For months now, my friend Kesley and I have been planning to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park. I'll post about the actual hike tomorrow, it was awesome.

Today, I'm going to post about all of the other amazing things we did. I love being a tourist, even if it's in my own town, and I don't care who knows it.
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On the way into the park, we noticed this "Natural Foods" cafe that had a sign which read "Pick your own apples". We made it a goal to stop there on the way home.
just an fyi... I had just done a huge hike, woke up late, and am living out of a very messy suitcase. I don't look awesome in these. I'm ok with it, so just lower your expectations a bit. this is no fashion post.
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We pulled in, grabbed a bag, and found out where the best apples are kept.
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I wanted to make sure that I was picking the ripest apples, so I took a test bite... and then 5 more. These apples are DELICIOUS! You can tell by the look on my face.
see? told ya, I look scary
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We took our time wandering through the orchard and filled our bags. Then we paid and sat on a picnic bench to enjoy some.
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They even had an apple washing station.
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Another place we had seen on the way in was "Fort Zion". It's a tourist trap if I ever saw one... and it worked on us.
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We loved all of the replica western buildings.
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he's not real, fyi. You know, in case you missed the fact that he's on a stand.
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In this fort, they had homemade ice cream. You all know my love for ice cream. One of their flavors is particularly special. Prickly Pear Cactus. It's pretty good! Like, tangy sherbet.
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While I enjoyed the sample, I stuck with my favorite and predictable, mint chocolate chip. Kelsey fell in love with the prickly pear though.
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See those purple things? Those are the prickly pears!
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Then we grabbed some of the carrots they offer and headed out to the petting zoo. These animals were awesome! Ponies, llamas, some chickens, and a donkey.
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Had to walk through the saloon doors, of course.
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She was getting a little too crazy, so she needed to spend some time behind bars.
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A few months ago I had passed this wood fired pizza stand and had always wanted to try it. Well, on our way back into town, there it was. So we flipped around and ordered ourselves some pizza.
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DELICIOUS!
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So, yes, every stop involved food. But we had just done a very good hike, and I was able to cross off a bunch of things on my "Southern Utah Life To-Do List".
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