Sunday, June 10, 2012

Explore Utah: Donut Falls and Lake Mary

Saturday hikes with Jesse and Emily! Brett had done both these trials when he was younger so we figured we would check them out again. Donut falls was first and it was beautiful. The scenery actually reminded me a lot of some of the areas back home in Idaho. It was an easy hike until you get to the bottom of the falls and there is a really sketchy trail that climbs up the cliff. Emily and I both got a little scared at some points but it was definitely worth it.

Brett seems to think that he will be a great fisherman. He pictures himself a modern day Brad Pitt in "A River Runs Though It." I think that he wouldn't be able to be quiet or sit still long enough, but maybe someday we can give it a try. 

This is where I think it looks like home. To be honest, until this year I didn't know that Utah could be this pretty. Growing up I just thought it was the desert like down at Zion National Park. Turns out I was wrong.

Jesse was such a good sport helping Emily across the creek. This was pretty early in the day, and the water wasn't exactly warm. What a good husband.

The falls goes though a hole in the rock, giving it the name Donut falls, and this picture doesn't do it justice. It's looks amazing. I didn't want to spend much time trying to get the greatest picture because I had an arm wrapped around a tree on the edge of a cliff and I was more than ready to take a few steps backwards. 

I still have a death grip on the tree. I swear my husband has no fear, which should maybe worry me a little, but  not for now. 

Still on the cliff. So many pictures on the cliff. So scared. 

Looking up above the Donut. I love narrow canyons with water falls. I think they are some of the prettiest views ever.
Once we got back to the car we drove a few miles further up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Brighton Ski Resort for the start of the trail up to Lake Mary. It turns out that it is a reservoir. It always amazes me that they will put dams on a small, high mountain creek to build it up. That would be so much work. 

It was ridiculously windy once we made it up to the lake. Windy enough that Emily and I found a big boulder to take shelter behind while the guys skipped a few rocks. And by a few rocks I mean dozens. It is always really funny when Brett and Jesse get together. They lose about three years of maturity and lots of giggling occurs. I'm just glad that the four of us get along so well. I don't think the boys would survive if their wives didn't get along. 

More pictures on a different cliff! What is the deal with my husband?!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Explore Utah: Bridal Veil Falls

Thursday was warm, so right after work we packed some sandwiches and chips and took off up Provo Canyon. Bridal Veil Falls has been on our list of things we should see, and its so close and such a short walk we realized we didn't need to plan for it, we could just go! So we did. Its a really simple hike with multiple levels, great for families. You can stay on the side path that goes to the pool at the bottom, or head up the trail to the upper pool and falls like we did.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A New Game!

So Brett and I are still newlyweds. What does that mean? That we have a little apartment and not a lot of spare money laying around to spend on dates all the time. This means we have to get creative in order to break out of the norm during the week. Yesterday we had this conversation over and over, although the sides of the conversation would trade.

Me "So what do you wanna do?"
Brett "I dunno know. What do you wanna do?
Me "I dunno. Whatever you wanna do."
Brett "Well these cookies are good."
Me "Thanks."
Brett "So what are we gonna do?"
Me "I don't know."

This went on for an hour or two before I started listening to random music from my iTunes. I would hear the first few notes of a song I didn't want to listen too, but Brett would recognize it and call out the name. Next thing we knew, we were sitting cross-legged in the living room with laptops playing a game we invented. I would have Brett's music and he had 10 seconds to guess the song and artist that was playing, and he would do the same for me. Whoever had the best percentage of correct guesses wins! It was actually fun. We found songs that we didn't even know we still had and had a few good laughs. It's a little sad that we have to make up games like that, but I guess its a good thing that we can.