I arrived in Salt Lake city on Friday evening for a week with friends and training and bachelorette backpacking. On June 18 two of my all time favorite people in the world are getting married and I will be racing bikes in Missoula. Fortunately for me I get to spent some time with them before the wedding, and the first thing groom to be Bill did was take me on Coyote loop outside of Heber on Saturday morning.
And that's when I realized the flaw in my 'Europe is the only beautiful place' thinking. Holy smokes is Utah beautiful, like jaw dropping, make me smile 'till it hurts beautiful! And that was the revelation of the day, you don't have to travel across the world to be in incredible places, and even though one adventure is over, there will be many more incredible places near and far to look forward to and appreciate.
|The very start of the hike... already unbelievably pretty!|
There were waterfalls, quaking aspens (that's what they call the shimmering leaves in the wind), giant evergreen trees nestled in with neon other trees, and snow... lots of snow!
|This the the bride Taryn. She loves waterfalls.|
|I give backpacking an A+ for being hiking but harder, especially at altitude. I have no idea how high we were, BUT with this much snow, I would say we were pretty dang high.|
|Frozen lake, just starting to think about becoming unfrozen.|