Friday, December 30, 2011

South Mountain Redux

Returned to South Mountain today with my mom, uncle and cousin. A lot less snow than when we went up earlier this year... in fact less than when I went last week. The views, however, were just about as good...

Thanks to my new SPOT, I automatically got this Google Earth .kmz file of our journey!

Also worth a look, a panorama shot from the summit:

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Prehistoric Animals

Visited the new Natural History Museum of Utah this afternoon, and found some interesting creatures...

This is an absolutely horrifying bison with gigantic horns...

...I felt much less threatened by this Saber-Toothed Cat.

Here's kitty, along with a mammoth in the background, and my favorite...a short-faced bear.

Check out the sweet five-toed paws!

Here's a deinosuchus, eating my skull...

...they have protective bones all over their back. I'm thinking prehistoric life was tough.

Here's a nice exhibit with a modern kitty cat...

...and a sobering reminder...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lake Mountain Petroglyphs

Took a short cruise up the eastern slope of Lake Mountain this afternoon, along the way enjoying some nice views of the Wasatch and exploring ancient Native American petroglyphs - nevermind the target-shooting off in the distance...

Looking east over Utah Lake to the Wasatch range

Ancient people

Ancient sheep

Ancient people catching ancient sheep

Ancient "Sunglyph"

Mom enjoys the hike and the view

Sweet new hiking poles!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wasatch Christmas

Nice views of the Wasatch enroute up South Mountain this afternoon!

Lone Peak, Box Elder, and Timpanogos, from the moonscape

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mayflower Gulch

A few shots from today's snowshoeing expedition up Mayflower Gulch, in the heart of the Rockies!

Photo credit: Amy E.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Idyllwild Camping & Tahquitz Mountain

A few photos...

Loaded and ready to roll!

First night in the new tent... (Photo credit: Amy E.)

...with skylight

Enroute to Tahquitz

View to San Jac from the Tahquitz summit fire tower

Back at camp, warming up for a chilly night

First snow arrives in the morning!

Loving it!