It’s the Fourth of July weekend and definitely one of our favorite weekends of the year!! For us, the Fourth of July always involves: fireworks, barbecues, and getting outside. Today we decided that we would try and beat the heat with an early morning hike up the back side of Timpanogos Mountain.

Morning hikes are the best because you get to feel the cool, crisp mountain air before the trails get to hot to enjoy the scenery. This time of year everything is still so lush and green and the trails are lined with so many different types of wild flowers, and my favorite… the monarch butterflies! The trail wasn’t too steep, just a gradual incline, and one thing we all liked was hearing the rushing water from the big falls because of the snow runoff. Plus there were lots of smaller waterfalls and creeks around every bend that made it interesting when we had to cross them. We made it up into the lower basin but couldn’t go any higher because of the snow, but it was was cool to have the contrast of the summer sun while standing on mounds of the snow. We took a break before heading back down to have lunch and had fun playing around and sliding down the snowy slopes. It was such a fun day being outside and now we are getting ready for our barbecue! Hope everyone has a great Fourth of July!!