If you are like us even though you love the holidays it may also feel a little hectic and stressful. The desert has been calling our name, so our cure for the holiday stress was to take a break and hike the lonely red rock canyons.
Over Thanksgiving weekend we headed out to fill our Christmas tree permit and finally get started with the Christmas season. We love having a real Christmas tree and the experience of going to the mountains to find and cut down our own. With high hopes of discovering the perfect tree we drove to the Manti-La Sal National Forest and started our search.
When we realized we were near Nine Mile Canyon we decided we had to check it out! Nine Mile Canyon is known for it's extensive rock art and has been nicknamed, "The World's Longest Art Gallery." Despite the name "9 mile," this canyon is actually a 40 mile long road that winds through ranches and old settlements that date back as far as the 1880's.
As we were talking about the places we have been and making plans for what we still want to do, we couldn’t stop laughing at some of the things that happened to us this past season. While we go to these amazing places for the scenic views, and hope for a perfect experience and trip, it’s always the unexpected moments, or the funny, unplanned things that happened to us that leave a lasting memory.
Recently we headed to one of our favorite spots in Utah in search of some Indian Rock Art that we have vaguely heard about, but never seen. We love to look for the lesser known sites and knew it would be a challenge to try and find them, so we were excited to venture out together. Knowing we had a hefty hike in front of us we got as close as we could in the truck and then took off on foot the rest of the way (with lots of snacks) in search of this place.
This past week Todd went on a back packing trip in the back country of the Wasatch Mountains. We usually go out and explore together, but I sat this trip out since it was a little too extreme for me. I love to go camping and hike all day, but to carry a 50 lb pack straight up hill and sleep in a make shift lean-to is not my idea of fun.
"I had the great opportunity to travel all over Utah this summer and had some unforgettable experiences that forever changed me. From deep in the heart of the Uinta Mountains where I slept outside in freezing cold weather, to the furthest slot in Zion National Park where I hiked all day with a sweat stained t-shirt — and everything in between."
This road meanders in and out of the park and starts you out in low desert terrain, and takes you up to the high mountain valleys where you will reach the highest point in Zion. If you have never been to the park before you definitely need to see Kolob Terrace Road because it gives you a different feeling and experience from the hustle and bustle of the main canyon.
It's always fun to see the random sights and old cities and towns one might think to just drive right through. Even though we were a little disappointed we didn't have any ghost encounters we still had the best time!