Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Adam’s Canyon


We slacked the last few weeks in getting some nature in. Time is running out the weather is rapidly turning cold, as it tends to do in Utah. Our falls tend to be a couple of sporadic days in between Utah flipping drastically from Summer to Winter.

Anyway, I found the little trail and it sounded nice so we went. The trailhead is in Kaysville, an area I am not at all familiar with. Here are the directions to the trailhead:

To find the trail head take hwy 89 north to Layton, turn right on East 1200 North road then immediately turn right on Eastside road. Near the end of eastside road you will see a dirt parking area. This is the trail head parking. (Lat:41.066275 Lon:-111.909903)

Thank goodness they provided GPS coordinates We completely missed the turnout for 1200 north, by a long shot. So we used the GPS on the phone to help guide us. From what I can tell the street is not labeled at all. Pay attention to the addresses up to the area and you will see a tiny like, 10 foot road that leads to a road going parallel to 89. The parking area is not far down this road. Be advised it really is a dirt parking lot, and not a very well maintained one.

From there, we hiked. :) The trail starts up next to some properties. It is a very sandy, beach like trail, unlike any other I have hiked locally before. It starts with a bunch of switchbacks to quickly bring you up to the Bonneville shoreline. From there, you get your view.

It had been really windy these past few days So I had just assumed this was dust being kicked up, which it may have been at this point, what I did not know was that we had a huge fire burning all the way at the south end of the next valley over.

The falls colors are starting to set in.

After the switchbacks, and the kind of strange quick broad flat expanse of the shoreline, the trail starts to turn more woody, the view changing from awesome valley/lake views to pretty forest.

Before long you start to hear, and quickly see the creek flowing down the canyon. You know, I am not sure what this creek is called.

Ahead of it’s class.

It had definitely been too long since our last hike. We both had to stop and take quite a few breaks. I seemed to need more water than usual. Mental note for future hike, extra water. I made it without being dehydrated, but would have appreciated a little more.

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Huge Pine tree.

This random piece of graffiti actually amused me. (I guess really the difference is 2 things. 1) do not graffiti nature. 2) don’t be gangsta with it.) This is on the replacement bridge, which instead of replacing the original, now useless bridge they placed upstream about 10 feet, which is kind of a harder climb. Thanks for the new bridge, but, wouldn’t it make more sense to have just replaced the now defunct one?

The first small falls. Kind of pretty.

As seen from the boulder to the right.

There will be more photo’s on the way back down, because. as we rested here we heard a group come up behind us. I was really hoping for a least a moment of alone time at the main falls so I pushed up up at a harder pace than normal. It was worth it.

Getting Closer.

The falls. I saw one reference to Adam’s Falls, but I have not been able to find anything definitive on it’s name. Most people seem to refer to it as the “main falls” So in the interest of being the first to offer a name I submit: Double Slash Falls. Or Slash Slash Falls. :)

When we arrived there was a family chillin by the falls, but they quickly took their leave to allow us some alone time, which was very much appreciated.

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Our candid shots in front.

From below. Not only is this waterfall absolutely breathtaking, you can, very easily walk right up to it, even without getting your feet wet.

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The view down from the falls.

At this point the group behind us had caught up to us. I appreciated the few minutes we had alone with the falls, as from what I read this was a popular trail. The parking lot was full, and we passed a lot of people going down so I honestly did not anticipate getting even a second alone. After resting a few breaths more, we decided to grant them the same courtesy and started back down.

This is a section above the lower falls that almost tricked me into thinking this was the so revered falls at the top of the canyon. Fatigue almost convinced me so, luckily I decided to push on.

It still boggles my mind going from a (estimate) 5 foot wide waterfall that is astounding, to downstream a waterfall that might be 5 inches wide at the top.

Not further downstream offers this cool shot.

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More fall colors.

With a view

This trail is just beautiful.

Smoke on the water

On the way back down it becomes obvious this is not just dust being picked up by the winds, we have a fire somewhere, of course this is now accompanied by the telltale smell.

Relevant news article on the fire I looked up upon returning home.

I know I tend to say this a lot, largely due to me being experimental with hikes lately, but this is by FAR my newest favorite hike! Absolutely gorgeous trail, offering amazing views until you hit the forest, then you have a beautiful forest trail, a nice stream to listen to and watch, a couple beautiful cascades, culminating to one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen locally.

It was classified as moderate but I would say it is semi/advanced. It is rather steep, starts in the sun, and has some very rough parts. Also, it has a lot of forks, which is at first rather confusing, but they do seem to all go to the same place. Towards the end (after the skeleton bridge) pay attention to your choices. There are a lot of safer choices to take than appear to be obvious.

It is also a rather popular trail, which at first worried me, but this was the almost perfect amount of people. Enough people that you felt safer on the trail, but not enough to feel crowded, or touristy.

Final score: 9 out of 10 squirrels.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Photo Of The Week September 12th – 18th



I submitted a few photo’s into the state fair this year, and I got a ribbon. This was a good day.

Landis pointed out that this technically makes me an award winning photographer. Which, yes is technically correct, but I think I will save that honor for the day I place.


Original Image taken 5/25/2009. This is, if I remember right, Canary Springs in the Mammoth Hot Springs area within Yellowstone National Park. Constantly changing, always absolutely beautiful! If you ever go to Yellowstone, make sure you plan some time in this area.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Karaoke, Booze, and FIRE! Round 2.


I haven't posted anything a a while, and I have this event I meant to post months ago, so why not kill 2 birds? So this event happened in July 2010.

I really need to start this post the same way I started the last one of the same event. My friend Vee, REALLY knows how to celebrate her birthday. Seriously, she goes all out. Some of the best times have been had at her parties, and her Birthdays are always better.

Exhibit A:

DSC_0761  Shortly after I arrived they were putting together a stripper pole. No, there were no strippers, it was just for people who felt like dancing… with a pole.

DSC_0764 This image makes me giggle as it came with 2 thoughts. 1) is it in yet? and 2) doesn’t it kind of resemble that iconic American picture of the soldiers raising the flag? but in a much more uhm… just in a different way.

Exhibit B: Karaoke

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Finally Exhibit C: THE FIRE!!!!!

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I realized too late I had chosen the wrong place to sit and watch the show. Unobstructed view yes, but I was on the wrong side of the show.

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Vee is starting to get really good at this!

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Then, for a special birthday treat, Vee got a special Poi dance from Jess. She is still learning Poi, so for safety reasons she is using glowing balls, rather than actual flamage. Still cool though.

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I guess the color of light changes so I caught these cool multi colored light streaks.

DSC_0938 DSC_0945 DSC_0952 After that the entertainment came to a close, and the evening moved to typical party debauchery.

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See. I told you, no strippers.

Again, it was an excellent event. Something I look forward to every year. Not just because it is by far one of the best sources of photography for me, but also because it is a great time with a lot of great people.

If you would like to see more, here is a link to Last Years Post.