Some of the best adventures we've had are the ones aren't planned and just happen on a whim. We woke up last week and decided we needed to get away, so we packed our bags that morning and headed down to the Abajo Mountains also known as the "Blue Mountain Range" near Monticello, Utah. These mountains peak at over 11,000' and this forest is thick and rugged. We found the bright blue skies and bold yellow and red colored leaves and it was just what we needed in a weekend adventure. Being in the mountains in September is truly the best time of year!
Even though we were in familiar places where we've been before, it felt different being there this time with our kiddos. Our hiking pace was a little slower, we had more stops for snack breaks, we stopped at practically every river, lake, and puddle we found to throw some rocks, but it was so fun to be there with them making new memories! When we revisit our favorite places with kids it really is like seeing it for the first time again. We love giving our kids as many opportunities as we can to run wild and let their imaginations be free!
Boating, camping, fishing, sandy beaches, and warm waters usually bring visitors to Yuba Lake every year. This year the drought in Utah has been so severe that most of the reservoirs, lakes, and rivers are extremely low and Yuba is no exception. We had heard that this reservoir was only about 10% water capacity so we decided to drive down last weekend to check it out for ourselves and turn it into an adventure.
We have been to the San Rafael Swell more times than I can count. It's no secret this is one of our favorite places to go since we've done multiple blog posts about the Swell and it's where our site title came from. 😉 It's where my husband and I fell in love, where we escaped to relax and recharge when we needed a break from our 50 + hour work weeks... and now it's where we are taking our boys so they can grow up exploring and loving this place as much as us.
Utah is amazing, its iconic red rock and arches are picture worthy and we definitely love to visit these areas... but some of our favorite adventure spots aren't your typical touristy destinations like Zion and Arches. We love to explore off the beaten path to some of the more unknown and less popular areas where we aren't fighting crowds and tons of people. These spots still offer the amazing views that Utah is known for, if not better! This past week we headed down to the Mineral Mountain range by Beaver to explore some new territory. It was rugged and wild.... just how we like it!
For us, this was the optimal feeling of what getting in the wilderness is all about. It felt like the perfect weekend outside...Blue skies, sunshine, time with the people we love the most just enjoying the simple pleasures in life!
The countdown is on until this next baby comes and we're still trying to squeeze in a few last adventures while we can! This past weekend we knew we wanted to get out and do something, but didn't know what. So we just packed up our stuff and loaded up the truck and set out on a drive and didn't know where we would end up.
Camping and hiking with toddlers. A lot of people can feel overwhelmed with this idea so they opt not to do it... but if you're prepared and plan your trips out well ahead of time it's so fun to make these special memories with kiddies outdoors and give them new experiences.
We're always striving to keep giving this guy new opportunities and experiences, access to nature and the opportunity to run wild, and let his imagination be free.