Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hiking the Wasatch

Don’t know where the last couple of weeks have gone – but, we sure have been busy.

The concerts have continued – both at Deer Valley and at Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City.  Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Band performed with the Symphony with some of the best banjo playing by Martin – AND, a running comedy routine.  My cheeks actually hurt from laughing so much by the time we got to the car at the end of the nightJ  There was also an excellent production of Evita at the little local Egyptian Theater here in town.  AND – the iconic Merle Haggard (still with a good voice) at the Red Butte – 

Merle Haggard concert at Red Butte Gardens - a little fuzzy because you have had a couple of vodkas!!

The cardio activity for the past two weeks has been hiking the Wasatch instead of the bike in the gym.  A MUCH better choice as the wild flowers, berries and butterflies are BEAUTIFUL!!

The first hike was a 4-miler (round trip) with a 1700’ vertical in Lamb’s Canyon.  Lots of berries in vivid reds and yogurt looking white, along with many butterflies.  Our reward at the top of the hike was a view over the saddle of the Salt Lake Valley.

Lots of butterflies along the way.

The view down Mill Creek Canyon into the Salt Lake valley from the top of Lamb's Canyon trail.

Berries, berries...

..and more berries.

Next – Deer Valley provided the exercise via the Silver Lake 4 mile loop (1500’ vertical).  This time the reward (besides lunch at Royal Street Café) was views of Jordanelle Lake and the Kamas and Heber Valleys.

Jordanelle Reservoir and the Kamas Valley - and Sally and Elizabeth;-)

Albion Basin at Alta was the next to check off the list - a heavily travelled area this time of year for the beautiful and abundant wild flowers.  We were perhaps a week to 10 days late – but, still had a great hike amidst flower carpets.  The reward this hike – Cecret Lake hidden above the rock bluffs we climbed.  Also the fact that the storm held off just ‘til we got back to the car;-)  AND – the most beautiful butterfly of all –

Cecret Lake in the Albion Basin

The hiking Three Musketeers - G, E & Sally 

We only saw one of these.  Evidently they are around for only a few days a year.

Storm clouds heading in.  Time to head for the car.

In between all this activity, E had book club at the Bus, we scouted out the Art Fest AND G had Bus envy when a gorgeous Prevost pulled in next to us for four days ----

This gave Gary high levels of "coach envy" 

It is hard to believe that we are down to only three more weeks here in Park City before we head east to Red Bay, AL to take Magic ‘home’ for a check-up.

Hope all is well with all of you as the school year begins again and fall is upon us –

Lots of Love – E & G

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