Wednesday, October 15, 2014

{Kauai} Random Shots Around the Island

You know those photo's you take that are just so random and don't really fit on their own or with anything else? Well that's what I have here, random shots from around Kauai. Enjoy!

Sunrise at Anini Beach

Purple flower by a favorite coffee shop.

Kauai's endless beauty and farming country.
Beautiful little flowers I found before a big hike.

Cool table art and iced coffee.

Totem poles with sweet carvings.
George & Blue were are buddies on Anini Beach. 
Juice Bar on Hanalei, North Shore
Cluster of tree's on the side of the road.

Clouds and color on Anini Beach.

Good mornings at Anini Beach.

Happy Trekkin'!

{Utah Hiking} Maybird Lakes

The upper Maybird Lake with the Pfeifferhorn standing tall in the background.

Yesterday was, yet again, another gorgeous Fall day, I couldn't think about spending it inside. I decided to hike up to Maybird Lakes because I had never hiked to them before but I have looked at them from several ridges and mountain peaks above. This trail is pretty straight forward as it starts from the White Pine trailhead in Little Cottonwood Canyon and follows the Red Pine Lake trail for about 2 miles before breaking off to the right (you will come to a bridge that will take you across another river) and continues into Maybird Canyon for an additional 1 3/4 miles. 
This is a pretty gradual hike that takes you up and around the mountain and steadily gets you to these little blue-green lakes with amazing jagged cliffs surrounding them. I think you have some of the steeper parts on the Red Pine trail, so it's a great one to check out. Maybird isn't as highly traveled as the very popular Red Pine and White Pine Lake trails but the trail is still pretty obvious. I had a bit of snow the majority of the way up to the lakes but I think it actually helped with my traction. No problems here.

I know this picture is dark but on the left is the Red Pine Lake trail on to the right is the bridge that you cross to take the Maybird Lakes trail.

Another part of the upper Maybird Lake.

The Pfeifferhorn

A look at the lower Maybird Lake.

Lower Maybird Lake

A little Fall color looking down Little Cottonwood Canyon.

What a great way to spend the afternoon on a perfect Fall day.

Happy Trekkin'!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

{Kauai} Cruzin' in Kapa'a

Photo: Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

One thing that we didn't do the first time we were in Kauai was bike along the coast. We made that a priority on this trip and had a blast riding along the East Shore of Kauai. In the town of Kapa'a, there is an awesome bike path right along the ocean that gives amazing views as far as the eye can see. We road as far as the path would allow (and maybe off trail a bit:) from Lydgate Beach Park, to Wailua Bay, to Waipouli Beach, to Kapa'a Beach Park, to Kealia Beach, to Donkey Beach all the way to a secluded cove and then back again. It was fun peddling along, checking out new beaches and soaking in the beauty.

H showing off his moves.

Photo: Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Secluded cove

Donkey Beach

Kealia Beach

Lookout point
Photo: Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Happy Trekkin'!

{Utah Hiking} Solitude Mountain

Part of Fantasy Ridge

In Utah, we have had the most amazing Fall. With the cool chill in the morning to the perfect mid 70's during the day, I can't think of a better time of year to really explore our beautiful Utah mountains. 

Last week H & I headed up to Solitude Mountain Resort to do some hiking and take a look at some of the ridges that we want to climb. We started out on the Honeycomb Return Trail that went up Honeycomb Canyon. We stayed on this trail all the way up to the Summit Pass. We reached the pass and decided to head back down on the Summit Trail, taking us down past Lake Solitude and connecting us with the Kruzr Trail that took us the rest of the way down. When we got back to the car, the clouds and light were beautiful, a true reward.

[Side note: This trail would be an excellent trail runner.]

The moon was out.

Another part of Fantasy Ridge

View from the Summit Pass - the top of the Summit ski lift.

Looking over into Brighton Ski Resort.

A small pond below Lake Solitude.

A look at the color change and part of Solitude Village.

Happy Trekkin'!