Last weekend Kiwi and I fancied exploring and going for a walk, so we drove up one of the nearby canyons and set out to find doughnut falls. so named because these small falls go through a doughnut shaped rock. We wrapped up warm and kept an eye out for moose.
Whilst pretty warm out the ground was still snowy so I’m glad I wore my awesome snow boots, the walk took around an hour/hour and a half and we slowly plodded through lots of pine trees until we found the river bed. We weren’t able to see the doughnut, in fact we barely could get to the falls as the whole river bed had almost frozen, there were impressive icicles and natural formed ice sculptures everywhere, although this was pretty slippery to climb over.
Unfortunately we didn’t see much wildlife either but we did enjoy munching on some hobnobs on the way back and getting some fresh air. We will have to return here in the spring/summer once the snow and ice has melted to get a proper look at the falls.
This turns out to have been a taster of the snow to come! We’ve just had a winter storm and a lot of snow, so I’m enjoying lots of hot chocolate, wearing my heat holders socks – best thing ever! Watching the snow out the window and getting excited for a white Christmas.
Last weekend in an effort to escape the heat – not that I’m complaining, Kiwi and I ventured up Big Cottonwood Canyon to check out some of the ski resorts and for a little wander. The ski resorts are currently unsurprising mostly closed, but the large grass runs are still visible giving us a good idea of what they might be like once the snow arrives.
We had a walk around silver lake and twin peaks lake. Silver lake is an easy hike that has a pretty board walk all around the lake. the lake itself had a lot of algae in it and a lot of marsh land, very pretty but smaller than I had imagined. We ventured off the main board walk and climbed up a naked ski run to get to twin lakes. It was quite strange being on a ski run with no snow, there will still piste signs and you had a fair idea of how high up the snow must cover in winter.
The hikes were both pretty and a much pleasant temperature. Whilst walking we didn’t see many of the windflowers that are often found around this canyon but we spotted plenty of wildlife. Whilst up on the trail we encountered a strange mice/rabbit creature with no tails. These turned out to be Pika’s, and we had found a colony of them jumping around a rocky area. They make the weirdest sounds. Whilst walking we bumped into lots of enthusiastic hikers who were keen to know how much further the walk was as well as where we were both from – I guess we must sound odd given neither of us have an American accent. Mine certainly sees the more obvious, apart from when people think I’m Australian! And someone asked me if I was from Newcastle last week – I have a very standard English accent with a west country twang, so I was quite bemused.
Some of the walkers had told us that they had spotted a moose further down, so with great excitement we scurried down the trail to walk around the lake, moose spotting. We weren’t disappointed, we spotted our first moose from the other side of the lake – they are huge! As we got closer we found two more chilling out in the grass. They are extremely large, and pretty creatures. We also saw evidence of a beaver damn, although sadly no beavers, and as of yet no bear spottings.
A few weekends ago Kiwi and I thought we would make the most of the constant hot and sunny weather and explore a little further a field. We didn’t fancy a massive hike, especially after walking to the top of Antelope island, having done a little research one item near the top of our list was to explore some local natural hot pools. Continue reading
One of the first places Kiwi and I visited since arriving in Utah, was Antelope Island. Just North of the main city, Antelope Island is a small barren island that is now home to Antelope – surprisingly! deer, sheep bison and lots of birds.
Don’t you just love it when Friday rolls around, when you have endless possibilities of what you could do with your time. Two whole days to do with as you please. I often like to fill this time with every fun or constructive thing I can. After all life is short, and there are so many things I’ve not done yet. Most weekends I’ve already booked up with something, or made a list of possible activities and ideas to do. This weekend for once my diary was completely clear, with no lists of possible things.
The recent respite in the weather has reminded me of long summer days, I’m sure there is another winter storm or two to come before it’s finally time to say goodbye to old man winter, but I’ll be embracing spring with open arms. I love the change of seasons, its always kind of rejuvenating as you prepare for the next season. I quite enjoy hibernating in winter, so spring is time to dust of the shorts, open up the windows and get outside more.