Sunday evening we drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon to see if any fall colors were still around, nothing to see. But the moon was rising at the time and it came up directly over the Majestic lift area.
This past Sunday we took a drive to look for some fall colors to hopefully photograph. We didn’t really find anything leafy, I guess we missed the colors or the wind the last few weeks have blown all the leaves away already. Whatever the case, we explored some backroads we had never been on before so that was nice.
We started out going up Emigration Canyon, without any luck we headed on until we got to Little Dell Reservoir at the split in the road. Instead of going towards the freeway, we took a left and headed North on Route 65 toward East Canyon Reservoir. We had never gone this way, so it was all new to us.
At Big Mountain Pass we stopped for a nice view of the canyon and valley below. Pretty windy up there and that breeze made the air temps feel pretty chilly. So after a few photos we jumped in the car and kept heading North.
About half way past the East Canyon Reservoir I saw some cool bushes and a pretty cloud above the lake, so we stopped for some photos. No wind down here near the lake. The only thing moving was a jet skier out on the lake alone.
At the town of Hefner we saw the freeway head Northwest towards Ogden and what looked like a pretty cool canyon, we will have to check that out another day. Instead we headed over the freeway and south towards Echo. That’s where we happened upon the Witch Rocks along the road. The rock formation looked pretty neat, and the sun was getting low, so we stopped for some photos.
Afterward we headed back home as the sun set. It was pretty nice to take a short drive and see some new terrain, always fun.
A couple weeks ago we spent the weekend at Ledgefork Campground at the Smith and Morehouse Reservoir just east of Oakley, Utah. It was our first time at this particular campground, which we really enjoyed. Each campsite appeared to be separated by heavy bush and trees. As we were setting up our site, thunder was heard off in the distance, but no rain at all on Friday.
J and I had 3-day fishing licenses for this weekender, so we went over to the lake and tried our luck, but came up empty handed. So back to the campsite to grill up some chili dogs and play some rounds of Yahtzee. V had never played before but picked it up pretty quickly and seemed to enjoy it, so that was good.
The highlight that Friday afternoon were the cute resident chipmunks zipping around for snacks. Of course we had to hand feed these cute little varmints. They enjoyed our spare hot dog bun pieces, eating right out of J’s hand. After a nice evening campfire with a few beers, we went to bed.
Saturday morning we all woke up groggy without having had much sleep. The altitude and or the first night in a new campground got the best of us I guess. Whatever the case, we cooked up a really tasty breakfast and started our day. I brought a handful of G.I. Joe figures to photograph, which was really fun in the forest environment. J and V played some games while I was dorking around with the camera.
After a light lunch we decided to try another area of the lake for some fishing. We didn’t get a single nibble. In fact I even casted off and had my hook go one way and bobber go the other. Later, we heard a kid on the shore down the way hoot and holler that he found a bobber! Good for him, at least he got something, hahaha. V tried to cast off for me a few times, he has a lot to learn though. But it was nice to see him give it a try.
After catching nothing, we got a fire going back at camp for some burgers. Dinner was yummy and I took advantage of the late summer sun to photograph a few more action figures while more games were played over at the table. The rest of the evening was spent in hammocks, playing the Utter Nonsense card game and then relaxing by the night’s campfire with some cold beer. We did see a deer eating over near the restroom before bed that night. That was really neat to see.
Sunday morning we woke up to a light rain while in the tent. By the time we all got up for the day though, it had stopped raining and was starting to dry out already. We ate a light breakfast and broke down our camp. We drove down past the lake on the way to the highway, but we didn’t stop to attempt any more fishing on the final day of our license. Better luck next time we laughed, and drove home to catch a nice shower instead.
Last Saturday evening we celebrated our 17 year wedding anniversary by having some banh mi at Oh Mai and then hiking the Lake Mary trail at Brighton. This was my second time and J’s first. While we are not hikers, we are slowly figuring out our style. A slow, steady pace in cooler evening temps is what works best for us.
I spotted this bare tree up on the top of a small hill towards the top of the trail. From below the tree, the angle was cool and the tree stuck out against the cloudless sky really nicely, especially in black and white.