I'm not sure which was more miraculous . . . this serene slice of heaven I found just beyond Dog Lake at the top of Millcreek Canyon before heading into Big Cottonwood, OR the fact that I can wake up on the first day of October and send the kids off to school, post a little something on the blog, get laundry started / straighten the house / clean the kitchen, go help at the school for an hour and then be HERE, taking in this breathtaking scenery just an hour later . . . and then back to pick up the kids from school after an invigorating 7 mile hike.
I find that quite miraculous.
Thank you Utah. I don't think there are very many places on earth where nature and a major cultural/economic center are found so close together. Plus, the options within our canyons are boundless . . . I haven't even begun to scratch the surface on all the available trails along the Wasatch.
My hike on Monday was going to be a "no camera / stay in the present moment and breathe it all in" type afternoon. Well, that lasted until I got to the top and found myself in a peaceful meadow at the crest of the hill leading down to another canyon. It truly took my breath away and out came the phone, and before I knew it I was snapping pictures, with each one outdoing the one I took a moment before.
So, since I just LOOVVEE to share my nature loving moments, here ya go . . . our glorious mountains, bejeweled in brilliant gold:
I have to say that my iPhone takes some pretty great pictures. These photos capture the scenery just as I saw it . . . every bend more breathtaking than the last.
OK, so I have to share this little interaction I had with a fellow hiker. As I was heading up the mountain, I came upon a portion of the trail that was lined on each side with these towering golden aspens. The sky was bright blue overhead with the sun streaming through those blinding yellow leaves, the view of the canyon to the west was magnificent, and the leaves were fluttering and drifting onto the trail due to a slight breeze. It was truly one of those "catch your breath" moments.
While I was in the midst of the trees, soaking in the magic of it all, a woman and her dog came around the bend. I motioned at the majesty surrounding us, and barely above a whisper said, "oh my gosh, isn't this just magical . . . ?" Her response: "Ya, I guess it's pretty nice." Are you kidding me?? I wanted to give her a smack for so casually dismissing my reverie. Seriously, it was the understatement of the year and I wonder how much it would take to impress that woman. As for me, it was much more than "pretty nice." But then again, maybe I'm just easily impressed :).
I even took a video for your enjoyment . . .