Family Uinta Hike

We’ve traditionally gone on a hike over Labor Day weekend. Last year we did the Lofty Lake loop and had a good time.

This time we’d be bringing along our new dog, Finley. So, we didn’t feel like we could make it a very long trek. We decided to hike to Watson lake, which is a short 3-mile (round trip) hike with little elevation gain that passes along several beautiful lakes.

We took our sweet time, watching for fish, taking lots of pictures, skipping rocks, and enjoying the beautiful day in the mountains. Even though the parking lot at the trailhead was full, we didn’t see too many people thanks to this lesser-known trail.

We did have one slight mishap. We stopped for a long lunch at the north side of Cliff lake. I was trying to teach the kids the finer points of skipping rocks into the lake and showing off my skills. Poor Claire decided she could get a better angle if she threw from the rock about a foot off shore. She made a good throw, but almost too good, because it unbalanced her enough to cause her to fall into the lake, soaking nearly every part of her. Thankfully, it was a warm day and she was able to change into a dry spare sweatshirt and hike the last mile back to the car.

It was a great day in the Uintas.

Finley Joined our Family

Okay, this decision was not an easy one. Our kids have been begging for a dog for years and years, at least five, possibly more. I started to sway about a year or two ago, but Seth was pretty firm on his decision that we were not a dog family. He likes dogs, but just didn’t think we had enough leftover time to give to any animal.

After starting the research process to see what kind of dog we could and would want to get IF we convinced Seth it was a good idea, we came up with a mini F1 Goldendoodle puppy (Golden Retriever mom mated with a toy poodle dad). We knew we wanted a smaller dog, but still a dog that would run, jump and be able to play hard with the kids, but small enough that he could be indoors. We also knew that we couldn’t handle shedding. Several of us have mild allergies and it just wouldn’t work for us. Plus, we needed a puppy that would be good with kids and well tempered. The very over-priced Goldendoodle fit the bill.

The process began as we starting going out to meet the puppies. The kids immediately fell in love with nearly every puppy they met. We tried to find a puppy that fit our family just right. Finally we convinced Seth to come and meet some of the puppies. He agreed. After meeting all the puppies we were interested in, we started to see Seth break a little. Finally after a little begging he agreed to purchase one and we put down a deposit. We had to wait until they got a little older to take him home.

On July 30 we went to pick up our pup, but decided to play with all of the ones that were left. Strangely, one puppy in particular kept sticking out to us and the one we originally wanted didn’t seem to notice we were even there. So we made a last minute decision and we switched and took home the cutest, sweetest little pup we have ever known. Finley, our blonde headed warrior, had joined our family.

Everyone loves him, I mean everyone. Some kids are more attentive and can’t wait to spend time with him, but everyone loves him and none of us can imagine our family before he joined it. He is a smart little stinker and is already potty trained. He can sit, shake, lay and rollover (thanks to Katelyn). He has already brought so much love into our home. We are loving this sweet little guy and are so grateful we finally took the plunge!

Finley’s first night at our home.
Ahhh, isn’t he cute? And that name tag…
Most days you can find Fin hanging by my side.
He even made it into the “back-to-school” photos!
I am pretty sure Katelyn loves him as much as her siblings!
Ellie getting in play time with Fin.

Solo Summit of Mount Nebo

I thought I had a free pass for the day, so I took off to hike Mount Nebo all by myself on Saturday.

It was a beautiful day for a hike. The weather was awesome, but the trail wasn’t super busy. I passed a few groups here and there, but I walked for miles without seeing another soul. Nebo apparently gets much less traffic than Timpanogos. Maybe because Nebo is significantly steeper.

When I reached the summit, I ate one of my sandwiches, snapped a quick photo, and began the descent. Not much reason to hang out for too long at almost 12,000 ft.

I took two liters of water, a couple PB&J sandwiches and a couple snacks figuring it would take me about 4 hours. I was wrong. I definitely could have used another liter of water. I drank my last drop with more than a mile to go and was quite thirsty by the time I got back to civilization.

I recorded the hike using a new cool tool called GaiaGPS, which is a great backcountry mapping app I used on my iPhone to make sure I didn’t have a misadventure like when the family attempted Ding & Dang.

Nebo has been on my list since a few of my college roommates did it without me one Saturday many years ago. It was nice to check that one off and spend a beautiful day in the Utah backcountry.

Trek 2017

Both Megan and Jake were able to go on Trek this year. They went to Muddy Creek, Wyoming with our stake. They left on Thursday morning and returned Saturday evening. Although I was unable to attend with them I was able to see them off, pick them up and enjoy all their fun stories.

Neither of them went into super excited, but when I picked them up they both admitted that it was a really wonderful experience for them.

Jake, Meg, Kynli and Gigi

Yardwork FHE with Great Grandpa Cryer

We try to visit my Grandpa Cryer for FHE every once in a while. He’s one of my all-time favorite humans, and it’s so neat that my kids have a chance to hang out with their great grandfather.

Grandpa Cryer has always been a great gardener and he had lots of chores around his home that required just a little coaching, but some willing hearts and limber knees. Count us in.

Everyone had a job, and we all just worked hard.

Grandpa dug in too, and offered plenty of good advice.

Afterwords, we all got to enjoy some popcorn and ice cream and visit for a while.

We had a great time.