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Trips and other outdoor adventures we’ve taken as a family, in and around Utah, including photos.

Rope Swing At Burraston Ponds (Mona Rope Swings)

Rope Swing At Burraston Ponds (Mona Rope Swings)

South of Mona, UT, is Burraston Ponds, with a nice walking trail around it, and is a decent place for a short hike or job, or taking some photos. But who are we kidding… everyone comes here for the rope swings. From what I can gather, the rope swings have been here for decades, and although I have heard of a few injuries from people letting go too soon and dragging themselves along the shore or the shallow water on…

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Utah State Parks — Just the ones I want to visit with the family…

Utah State Parks — Just the ones I want to visit with the family…

Over the past few weeks, I have done a few road trips and visited all of Utah’s State Parks. I’m slowing blogging each one, with photos (see below). (And I’m instagramming them, too). I expect it will take me a couple months to get all of them posted. In the meantime, I now wanted to list out the parks that had something special about them that make we want to go back with the family to spend more time exploring. …

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Buckhorn Draw – Petroglyphs, Caves, and Canyons in the San Rafael Swell

Buckhorn Draw – Petroglyphs, Caves, and Canyons in the San Rafael Swell

Buckhorn Draw Road cuts through the northern part of the San Rafael Swell. Driving through it, you can connect between I-70 west of Green River, up to Cleveland and Price on Highyway 6.  It is a far more interesting way to pass through that part of Utah, instead of just following 60 miles of 2 lane highway from Price to Green River.  We did the drive yesterday, dodging between thunderstorms on the way. I’ll describe the route coming from the…

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Cascade Springs – Short Hike near Midway, UT

Cascade Springs – Short Hike near Midway, UT

Cascade Springs sits between Deer Creek Reservoir and Mount Timpanogas. It is a series of ponds, springs, and small waterfalls, with a decent amount of shaded trails. The trail is made of 3 loops through the springs, all of which are short and easy. All of the trail is paved or made of boardwalks over the water. There are some steep stops, and one of the loops has some stairs, but most of the area is accessible to just about…

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Local Adventures

Local Adventures

As part of my newfound unemployment, we’re scaling back a bit on our expenses, including gas money, so we’re moving our adventures more local, and probably going to be doing less big weekend outings. On the other hand, we’re doing many more small local outings. All the kids now have bikes. Erreth wanted to be a bit older before learning to ride a bike, but this summer we are working with him on it, so we can start doing family…

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Obsidian Weekend

Obsidian Weekend

On my quest to start trying to figure out how to make good chess sets from rock, I want to try to make a black set from obsidian. I know of a few places to get obsidian, so T and I went out Friday evening to see if we could find pieces large enough to carve chess pieces. When we left, it was cold and windy. We drove through rain, hail, and snow. We got off the highway, and the…

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Geode Collecting

Geode Collecting

A warm Saturday in March without major plans. That is unusual on many levels, but we embraced it, and went down to the San Rafael Swell to see if we could find any Geodes. We hiked around just off I-70, about a half mile north of the Interstate, at this one spot.. fairly well known, where there is a gate directly off I-70 you can pull straight off the interstate, through the gate, and onto dirt roads. It took us…

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First Outing of the Season

First Outing of the Season

Tuesday afternoons, my boys both have music lessons, which leaves my daughter and I home alone for the afternoon. We took advantage of it to go down and try to pick up some rocks to work on the chess set that I’ve been wanting to carve all winter. So we drove down to Nephi and heading up the Nebo loop. The gate was still closed for winter, but it closes about a quarter mile shy of where I wanted to…

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Lava Tubes

Lava Tubes

We are still here but I have been trying to avoid typing for the last few months so I have not been posting anything. Today I am experimenting with a new WordPress plugin that lets me speak a blog post so I can still put things here without having to actually type. Two weekends ago we went down to the lava tubes near Fillmore and ran around there for an afternoon. The kids were enjoying the time that we had…

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Spring Adventures

Spring Adventures

The lack of posting here should not imply a lack of adventures this spring… I have been out exploring the areas around Milford, UT, bringing home some obsidian, and a few other shiny things. The entire family spent a day collecting crystals out near Marysvale… the kids mostly found chunks of Selenite, but they were big and shiny so it made everyone happy. I found some rocks that had obsidian mixed up with sandstone, something blue/grey, and flecks of gold….

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Perseids

Perseids

A couple nights ago, the Perseid meteor shower peaked. On a cloudy, rainy day. But as the sun went down, the clouds cleared to the west. So we drove out to Utah Lake. It was full of bugs, and not the best place for stargazing, but we did lay down, stare at the night sky for an hour or so, and watch some meteors go by. There was only one great bug impressive meteor, but many smalls ones. And the…

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Weekend Adventures – Early May 2015

Weekend Adventures – Early May 2015

Last Weekend – Diamond Fork Canyon A trip to Diamond Fork Canyon barely counts as an adventure – it is only 10 minutes form home. But I wasn’t feeling up for an overnight trip, so we decided on just heading up here for a bit. It was E and T’s turn this weekend, and they invited their Cousin, K. We went first up to “that place up there with the red rocks”: And much fun was had hiking around the…

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Weekend Adventure 4/25/15 – North San Rafael Swell

Weekend Adventure 4/25/15 – North San Rafael Swell

For this week’s adventure, we had been planning it for a week. Camp out on an old volcano in the west desert, soak in some hot springs, and go collecting crystals in the mountains on Saturday. Sadly, the weather cancelled this entire plan. Everywhere within 2-3 hours looked like it was going to be rainy and cold. But we looked at the weather radar, and found one hole in the storms, on the north end of the San Rafael Swell….

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Weekend Adventure 4/18/15

Weekend Adventure 4/18/15

Springtime is here. It is time to escape the home on the weekends and getting outdoors. We have a lot of choices here in Utah, but we’re starting with a simple rockhounding trip close to home. Just east of Eureka, UT is a fairly well-known spot to collect agate. IT is listed in the rock hounding books and guides, and ┬áthere are quite a few posts about it online, so I expected it to be fairly well picked over. But…

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