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Utah Vacation: Canyoneering

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Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.
Our entire vacation to Utah was planned around one activity: canyoneering. I've had that item on my bucket list for almost 10 years and I knew I wanted to do it before we had kids. I love trying new, adventurous sports. Canyoneering is a combination of hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, and, in some cases, swimming through slot canyons.
Canyoneering is a technical sport and since we had never done it before, we hired a guide from Zion Adventure Company in Springdale, Utah which is just outside of Zion National Park. We met up with our guide, Mike, at ZAC before the sun was even up. He fixed us up with our gear and then we piled into a 4-wheel drive vehicle for a 45-minute bouncy ride down rugged roads to the canyon trailhead.

We donned our packs (loaded with ropes, helmets, dry suits, warm cloth…

Utah Vacation: Bryce Canyon - Day 2

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Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.
On our second day in Bryce Canyon National Park we hiked the Figure 8. We started at Sunset Point and tackled the switchbacks on the Navajo Loop Trail. 

Just as we set out a whole busload of tourists started parading down the trail. We picked up the pace to put as much distance between us and the noisy mob as we could. I wish I had taken a picture looking up at all of the people but I was in too much of a hurry to get away from them!

At the bottom of the switchbacks we entered a canyon. The high walls create microclimates which allow trees to thrive even in the intense summer heat. Pretty neat!

From the Navajo Trail we picked up the Peekaboo Loop Trail which is also used for the horseback riding tours. Since we were there early in the morning we knew we wouldn't run into any horses.

This trail had…

Utah Vacation: Bryce Canyon - Day 1

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Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.
On our first day in Bryce Canyon National Park we hiked the 8-mile Fairyland Loop. We started at our campsite in the North Campground and made our way up to the Rim Trail where we got our first look at the remarkable hoodoos.

The trail followed the rim for awhile and then dropped down into Fairyland Canyon.
Mind-blowing scenery was around every corner. What a strange and spectacular landscape.

The Fairyland Loop was a long and strenuous trail but took us away from the crowds at some of the more popular stops. 
On a different note - signs were in the campground warning of a mountain lion sighting. Yikes! Good thing I was ready to defend myself. LOL. (It was 27 degrees when we woke up in the morning. That was the only night of the trip that I was cold.)

Up next on our trip: more hiking in Bryce Canyon.

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Yarn Along: Cape Edgewood

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I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.


Knitting: Shoulder Cape
On Fridays I meet with a group of ladies to spin at The Copper Llama, my LYS in Clintonville, Wisconsin. We all decided to spin yarn and then knit the same project. Originally we were going to knit a vest and I needed over 400 yards of a single color to do it along with about 100 yards of a contrasting color. Now we switched our project to a shoulder cape which is way more my style. The body will be in the grayish color but I am adding in a diagonal stripe in the purple. I think it will turn out really cool!
Pattern: Shoulder Cape by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: My own handspun

This is a photoshopped image of what I hope to accomplish:


Also Knitting: Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL
I don't want to spoil anyone's fun so if you want to see my progress, please visit my Rav project page. I started with Clue 1B and now I'm doing 2B. I'm really glad that I signed up for this KAL because I'm learning a lot…

Our First Post-Solar Bill

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We got our first electric bill in the mail since we hooked up our solar system. We MADE money! 



Sure, it's only $0.62 but the system was only hooked up for about 1/2 the month of December. Looks good to me! I can't wait to see what our system can crank out during the longer summer days. 

Utah Vacation: Willis Creek

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Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.
After our failed attempt to get down Bull Valley Gorge, we found a wilderness campsite close to Willis Creek slot canyon. What a chilly night - temps were close to 30 degrees fahrenheit!

Since we camped so close by we were able to set off down the creek early in the morning before other people arrived.

Check out this huge tree we saw in the canyon!

In no time, the creek dropped and the walls rose above us and we were in some pretty narrows.

One great thing about hiking in the morning: amazing light!

Willis Creek is a very accessible, easy slot canyon to get into. While the creek flows through it, the water was never deep enough to get your feet wet.
Up next on our trip: Bryce Canyon National Park.

Utah Vacation: Bull Valley Gorge

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Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.

In early October the government shutdown closed all of the National Parks. We weren't sure if they would be back open by the time we left for vacation (they opened 2 days before we left home) so I started coming up with other plans in case the Parks were still closed. While National Monuments were also affected by the shutdown, I called a state park close to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the ranger assured me that we could still get into the two slot canyons that we wanted to see.


Bull Valley Gorge and Willis Creek slot canyons are very close to one another and you can actually make a loop hike out of them because they empty into the same canyon. Our plan was to backpack down Bull Valley Gorge, camp on Sheep Creek and then hike up Willis Creek canyon in the morning and then ba…