Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer of Picnics #9


Place: Lake Blanche, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
Menu: Crackers and cheese, Cliff bars, grapes, carrots, cheese sticks, good and plenties, milk duds, and LOTS of water.
Description: Completely packed with hiking and beautiful canyon scenery.

We had to do a special picnic for the 4th of July. So we headed up to SLC Sunday night to sleep over. We got up a little after 6 to make it to the trail head before the masses arrived. Fortunately for us, the sun was hidden by clouds. Still hot, but at least the sun wasn't beating down on us for the hike. This is the view from Lake Blanche--behind us is Sun Dial Peak. Amazing, huh?

The river was absolutely raging!
On the trail--BEFORE it got hard (notice the pavement...lol)

Cute brother Sam

Amazing view on the trail

There were a lot of raging water falls on the way.

Almost to the top!
My Dad, getting in a good spot to snap some photos

Still lots of snow up here
If you look closely, you can see three adventurous boys at the edge of a raging waterfall

Awesome brother by an awesome waterfall
The boys had so much fun together, I hardly saw them! So fun to see three brothers hanging out and having fun. Soon it was time for a mountain top hiking snack.

We had some VERY sour grapes
When we finally got to the bottom (sometimes going down steep hills is harder than going up) I took a picture of our trail marker:

We scaled 2,720 feet in 2.8 miles up. Awesome.

Happy birthday America, and happy picnicking!

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