Dark Trail in Settlement Canyon

Hi friends! Today our little family geared up for a hike close to home. We also loaded up our Fur Baby, Emma (AKA Em Bemz, Emmi, Emma McMann) for her first hike since our honeymoon 3 years ago! Emma isn’t perfect, but she’s perfect for trails. It was so nice to travel a short distance to a trail.  It made me feel extra grateful for living and being in a tranquil place.

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Dark Trail in Settlement Canyon

is about 35 minutes from the city of Salt Lake and 15 minutes from Stansbury Park.  It is 3.3 miles round trip. It didn’t offer the beautiful mountain views and it honestly didn’t have a “reward” at the end! HOWEVER, it was the perfect hike for our family today and I’ll tell you why!

It was quiet, well paved, so green, running water, shaded while also having the sun peeking through, and a good elevation change of 393ft.  The most amazing thing about this trail was how there were open spots to stop and rest or in our case let Declan stretch his legs. I’ve had so much on my mind lately. Eric and I got to declutter my thoughts a bit. These conversations usually occur at the dinner table, but it was such a nice change of pace and scenery to figure it all out.

You can also take your horses on this trail and dogs are allowed as long as they’re leashed.  We saw a lot of runners, backcountry campers, and birds! This is an easy hike for anyone looking for an afternoon unwind or a quiet, shaded run out of the Utah sun! I was really glad we decided to check this trail off our list today, get regrouped, and also let Emmi get her paws dirty!

Anyone else just need some time outside and fresh air to declutter their thoughts!? What helps you feel centered and focused? IMG-1614IMG-1621

 

Buffalo Point at Antelope Island

Hey friends! Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to your spring activities! School is wrapping up and my beautiful tulips are blooming, summer is coming! I don’t know about you, but this Florida Girl was thrilled to see temperatures rise here in Utah this week.  Our little family gathered our bags and headed over to Antelope Island to try Buffalo Point Trail again.  We attempted this hike in February, but temps were still too low for our little dude and the wind was wicked.

What a beautiful day it was! We hit 62 degrees towards the end of April and in Utah that’s perfect hiking weather.  If you’re looking for an easy hike with some inclination I highly recommend heading over to Antelope Island in Syracuse, Utah. It is a State Park and a $10 entry fee per vehicle. It is about 35 minutes outside of Salt Lake City.  This hike was perfect 1 mile round trip with a lot of variation and switchbacks. Once you get to the top it’s a rock garden! All your inner childhood exploring kicks in and before you know it you’re out of breath.  I loved this hike because it provided gorgeous 360 views of the Great Salt Lake, Ogden, and the Stansbury Mountains. It’s not long at all which makes it perfect for young children. We also took time to hike Lady Finger Trail at the park as well. There is also a TON of wildlife here. Check out pictures below!

A couple things I would recommend on this hike:

  1. Bug Spray- the mosquitos and gnats that swarm are insane!
  2. Sun Screen- 62 degrees on a clear day and no sunscreen= sunburn for you. We all used our 50 SPF Baby Bum Sunscreen which we love!
  3. Tube Socks of some sort or breathable hiking pants- to avoid scratches and plants that are irritating along the narrow trail path.

Alright, now I need your help! Eric and I are ready to bite the bullet and get a hiking carrier for Declan. He’s got the neck strength and he’s super into everything that’s going on around him. What hiking carrier reqs do you all have? We don’t want something super bulky and some type of a shade for Declan.

 

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A Weekend in Moab, Utah

Eric and I took a weekend trip to Moab, Utah in 2017. We were only there for 4 days in June, so incredibly hot, but worth it! Moab is without a doubt one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been.  I want to share our weekend trip with you. Before I went I did a lot of research and had our hikes planned to the day and time.

We flew into Salt Lake City (SLC) Airport and it took us about 4 hours to get to Moab. And guys it literally is 4 hours of desert and tumbleweeds. So pack some snacks!

We woke up at 4:30 AM to make the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. It is an absolute must, so plan to start with this hike first.

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Make sure to bring a light sweater because even in the heat of the summer, the morning air is thin and brisk. It was pretty crowded when we went and it’s a short hike to get to this spot.

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Next we headed to Aztec Butte (still not sure how to pronounce that…) and it is a giant rock and we picked this hike because of the history it entailed. These trails weren’t really marked as well as most, but we made the best of it. We did get a little lost looking for the Anazsazi Granaries. They are hidden under cliffs, some more obvious than others, if you look for them you will find them! So cool!

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Heading to Crater Overlooks and Skyline Loop. I want to go back and hike Skyline Loop, it was a bit longer and our energy was low and the heat was getting up there so we opted to do the shorter one.

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There are two theories that are responsible for this crater. One is the Salt Dome Theory and the other is that it was caused by a meteorite 60 million years ago.  There are two overlooks we went to, this is the first you will approach and then the next is a mile or two past it. img_2263

We did these three hikes all before noon and started at 4:30 AM on Day 1. On our way out of the park we hit up Dead Horse Point

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Day two we took on Arches National Park to see the main attraction. We actually were able to only do one hike and it was a longer one to Delicate Arch. It was hot and there was no shade. I cried on this hike, I felt like I was running on empty, eat you a good breakfast and hydrate before…duh.

Pictures don’t really do this one justice, it’s insane and doesn’t even seem like it was meant to be on the earth that surrounds it. There were a TON of people here and since the hike was very long, a lot of people were camped out at the top.

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We called it a day after this and decided to go to a local swimming hole that I found on the internet. I wasn’t even sure if this swimming hole existed and in fact we were both skeptical once we were about half way through the hike following some random document I found online…BUT IT EXISTS!

Mill Creek Swimming Hole was the coldest, most dreamt of water after that hike and so so worth the heat. It was about 2 miles round trip. You do have to cross some water and we did see snakes, just be mindful. Pack your swimsuit and waterproof shoes. This is the address we followed to begin this hike Powerhouse Lane, Moab, UT 84532.

 

One of the best places we ate while we were there was a breakfast diner, Jailhouse Cafe. A little bit of historic diner and then we drove out to Red Cliffs Lodge for dinner at sunset. The food was great and so was the atmosphere.

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