Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{Kauai} Under The Sea


H and I had many opportunities to swim and snorkel all over the island. Underwater life is just so cool. Some of the best spots we snorkeled at were Tunnels Beach, Anini Beach, and Hideaway's, just to name a few.


And that's a snip-it of Kauai under the sea.

Happy Trekkin'!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Kauai} Hiking the Okolehao Trail and Beyond

A look at Hanalei Bay

On September 13th, H and I decided to hike the Okolehao Trail to get some awesome views of Hanalei Bay and a good portion of the North Shore. We started out on the trail with no problems but couldn't find the "lookout point" that our guide book had talked about. We decided to keep on hiking on a trail of sorts on the spine, with heavy vegetation, drop offs on each side, as well as gnarly rope climbs up several steep cliff walls. [This is one adventure you don't want to be doing in the rain. It could be deadly.] It was so awesome and we reached a point that gave us amazing views of a good portion of the island. We headed back with perma-grins on our faces knowing we had just done something that not many people do, let alone tourists. 
When we arrived back at our car, I looked in our guide book and it talked about a crazy, death defying trail that you shouldn't climb, but we sure did (on accident) and it was AMAZING! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip. 
[One recommendation if you're wanting to do this hike is wear long pants. Due to the veg overgrowth, our legs where cut up pretty bad. Totally worth it though.]

It was crazy seeing these kinds of tree's. Reminded me of home.

Hanalei Bay

Shot by Heinz

Shot by Heinz
These picture's really don't give justice to the steepness of the trail.
Shot by Heinz

Shot by Heinz

Shot by Heinz
Shot by Heinz

Happy Trekkin'!

{Utah Hiking} Mount Raymond & Gobbler's Knob

A look at Mount Raymond from the Bowmen trail.

Last week H and I decided to hike Mount Raymond and figured since we were going to be up on the ridge, why not head over to Gobbler's Knob, which is only about 2 miles away from Mt Raymond. 
We started hiking up on the Bowman Fork trail (Porter Fork trailhead) in Millcreek Canyon and took it all the way to Baker Pass. Baker Pass is the trail in between Mt Raymond and Gobbler's Knob and gives spectacular views of Big Cottonwood Canyon. We hiked up to the top of Mt Raymond first, which is a really fantastic peak to stand on with it's 360 degree views of beauty. After soaking in the sites, we headed back down to Baker Pass and then up to Gobbler's Knob. From Gobbler's Knob we headed down Alexander Basin that took us all the way back to the Millcreek Canyon road and then walked the road the rest of the way to our car. So from Bowman Fork to Baker Pass to Mt Raymond to Gobbler's Knob down Alexander Basin and back to the Porter Fork trailhead we ended up doing just over 12 miles. Not a bad way to spend a beautiful Fall day.
Check it out for yourself!

H on the Bowman Fork trail.

H heading up Mount Raymond.
H atop Mount Raymond

Atop Mount Raymond
Shot by Heinz
Atop Mount Raymond

A look over at Gobbler's Knob from Mount Raymond.

Shot by Heinz 
Atop Gobbler's Knob.

A look up Alexander Basin.

H throwing the first snowball of the season. Heading down Alexander Basin.

Happy Trekkin'!