Sometimes Mom gets away too!

Things might be a little quiet on the Kid Project front because this mom is throwing on a loaded backpack and hitting the trail with a group of women for four days. Yes, four days of backpacking and hopefully in the end some refreshed spirits and successful summits of Mt. Belford (14,197′), Mt. Oxford (14,153′)…

A real winner…

I have that song, “You don’t always get what you want…” stuck in my head. Probably cause I chant it to my kids often. But this time, it is echoing around the inside of my head, strumming to the beat of the flu. Yesterday we survived an epic adventure. Yesterday, we came head to head…

“Are the rocks really red, mom?”

To all who are wondering…Yes, the rocks are really red in Red Rock Canyon, NV. My kids were thrilled. Chris once said, “Don’t ever ask me to go to Vegas, cause I won’t.” The flashy lights, questionable everything, and quantity of cement and people – all of it stressed him out. And to be honest,…

Silver Falls State Park, OR

Seven years ago, almost to the day, Chris whisked (or rather dragged) me under a thundering, wet, magnificent water fall and asked me to marry him.  I don’t remember much of what he said.  In fact I could barely hear him over the roar.  But I’ve never forgotten the waterfalls.  So naturally every time we…

REI Squirt hydration system

Mixed bag… Product features: Zippered main compartment, zippered small front pocket, mesh pocket interior for 1 liter hydration reservoir, mesh side pockets, reflective piping and 1 liter hydration reservoir with bite valve. We got one of these for my daughter’s birthday and overall I have mixed feelings about it.  It is great for hiking, with…

Ferguson Canyon, Salt Lake, UT

A Quick Morning Favorite! Location: From Salt Lake, take I-215 towards Big Cottonwood Canyon/ exit 6200s.  Follow Wasatch Blvd. south past Fort Union Blvd. and up the hill. Turn left into the Prospector Drive neighborhoods and an immediate right up the hill.  Take the second left onto Timberline Drive and park in spots on right…

These are the moments…

that made a summer I will never forget… Antelope Island, UT Anibel (age 4 in photo) climbing at Red Rocks, Salt Lake, UT Peek-a-boo fun! Refreshing Esme at Lower Emerald Pools, Zion National Park, UT Abishai, age 3, sweating it up in the hot sun! Canyon Rim Train, Zion National Park, UT Skipping to the…

Dog Lake, Wasatch Range, UT

Location: Dog Lake can be reached from either Mill Creek Canyon via the BigWater Trail (end of Mill Creek Canyon Road) or from Mill D North Fork Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon (Trailhead is 8.6 miles up Big Cottonwood, on the left, across from Spruces Campground). Cost: Free What to expect: Beauty!! The wildflowers peaked late this…

Scout Falls, American Fork Canyon, UT

Location: From the mouth of American Fork Canyon, go 8.4 miles up the Alpine Loop road and take a right at the Timpooneke Campground.  Go a short distance past the campground host trailer to the Timpooneke Trailhead. Cost: $6/per car or annual national parks pass accepted What to Expect: The hike to Scout Falls is…