We've been having incredible weather here, so over the weekend we decided to hike up Big Baldy on Mount Timpanogos.
Here we are, starting up the trail through Dry Canyon. Snowcapped Timpanogos is way way above and behind us.
hugging a ledge
momma and the baby boy -- the limestone cliffs we walked past were pretty amazing
the late sunlight broke on us through the arched little forest
in a meadow of wheatgrass (bluebunch?), which Bella collected along the way
Jarom in the wilderness (see how the sunlight's diminishing?)
the three amigos
it's a beautiful trail
this is me looking down once we started the steep switchbacks up the actual ridge
a formidable group
stormin the trail
there's Big Baldy, our destination, way up there ahead of us!
Sunset over the valley/ We hiked as best we could, watching the sun light up Big Baldy, but as soon as it disappeared in the west, we knew we had only a bit of twilight to hurry back down the trail. So we turned around. We got about a mile and a half up. It was only a tiny bit disappointing, because everything else was so grand and beautiful and wondrous. We'll be back to summit this one again soon.
beautiful view looking back through Dry Canyon, with Utah Lake, the Lake Mountains, and the Oquirrhs drifting behind it all
So, true to form, I lost my beanie halfway up the trail. Then I lingered back, helping Bella on the way down, and I hear Jarom shouting out from a few hundred yards ahead of us, "Dad! We found your beanie!" Here's Amy wearing it, and Oey watching Bella and me barrel down towards them.
Jarom in the hazy waning daylight. Jarom collected rocks, Bella collected wheatgrass, and I collected a few sturdy sticks.
Here's our valley as we made it back to the trailhead.
Poor Oey had been sitting in a cloth diaper (my fault), and those things don't hold water as long as a disposable. We pantsed him before getting back in the car.