Sink or Float

DSC02460Starting off my summer with a broken arm didn’t lend itself to lots of extracurricular activities, but I did manage to have some fun despite my bum arm.

In July, we took a day trip up to McCall, Idaho to canoe up the river. My arm still was healing, so I had to be careful with it, which meant I didn’t have to row. Yippeee!!! My husband and son rowed me while I sat in the middle like the Queen of Sheba. That was pretty nice. I could get used to having people row me around, although I would demand a more comfortable seat next time.

Wanting to please me (or terrify me, more likely) my son stood and pretended he was a Gondola driver. He made me quite nervous that he would tip our canoe and drown me since I was wedged under the bar…but thankfully Continue reading

Hiking Happiness

H is for Hiking…and Happiness. The two go together unless you wear sandals, forget to bring water and snacks, or get lost. All three of those mishaps can turn Hiking Happiness into Hiking Hell. But that’s a post for another time. Trust me about being prepared for hikes though. I prefer heaven to hell any old hiking day.

Here are some Happy Hiking Hieroglyphs (just pretend). Continue reading

Look Up!

P1010478Fall weather is the best. The temperatures are cooler and all the trees and plants put their energy into one last dazzling show before winter. It’s the perfect time to hike.  As a kid, my dad took us on random hikes all the time.  Some were half hour jaunts at Red Rock Canyon, where we did more climbing than hiking. Some were long—half a day or more.  When we visited my grandparents in southern Utah, we’d hike trails in Zion National Park (heaven on Earth).

To some, hiking might seem the epitome of pointlessness.  Why work so hard to get up to a ridge, just to come down again? And your feet hurt! If you feel that way, maybe you just haven’t gone on the right hikes…or gone prepared with the right equipment and attitude. Continue reading

Hikes around Redfish–That’s Heaven

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I’m excited for school to get out for my kids…because then we can get back to the Sawtooths and hike through some pretty country.  I’m loving my backyard right now with all the irises bursting out, but it still doesn’t compare to the mountains.

These next few pictures are of hikes near Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range.  The best thing about hiking these trails is that when you’re done and worn out, you just go sit on the beach and look out across the lake at the jagged peaks.  It’s Heaven! Continue reading

Iron Man—My version (Iron Creek Trail)

P1010458I haven’t done an Iron Man Race, and don’t plan on ever doing one…and this is why!  I’ve got my own IRON MAN I do…the Iron Creek Trail in the Sawtooth Mountains outside of Stanley, Idaho (hey, it’s got IRON in the name—so it counts).

We hiked it last year, and I fell in love!  I’d even go so far to say it’s my favorite hike ever (not counting Angel’s Landing in Zion).  This trail held my interest from start to finish!

We hiked this trail as far as Sawtooth Lake.  That was long enough for one day (4-5 miles one way, and I didn’t think any view would top Sawtooth Lake…so why bother?).  I knew going back down the trail, my feet would probably feel it, so I didn’t want to add extra miles.

This wins for awesome hikes because of the spectacular scenery–from pine forests to meadows to rugged mountains… Continue reading

Why I love Hiking

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I love hiking because I get to see new things, be in the wild outdoors, and enjoy God’s creations.  Since I’ve been focusing on the Sawtooth Wilderness in the last two exploring posts, I thought I would continue on that theme (I have lots of pretty pictures I have to use, right?).

Hiking clears your mind.  It is a great way to unwind and get back on track.  As a teen, I remember doing little lessons in my mind as I trudged along.  It was easy to do, seeing symbolism in every small flower or rock I passed.  God’s hand is visible in everything. Continue reading