Fall 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
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
I 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
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
Spring fever is kicking in big time. With everything finally getting green and temperatures warming up, I am growing very excited for summer camping. One of my favorite places to go is the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho.
This is a picture of Redfish Lake. The campgrounds here are so serene and quiet. Get up in the early morning so that you can get perfect reflection pictures before the breeze picks up and makes the lake more rippled. Continue reading