Spring Hike 2014 – Timpanogous Cave and Alpine Loop

On May 31, 2014 I went on a hike with my father and husband to Timpanogous Cave.  It was a very nice little spring morning on the shady side of the mountain, which was good since we’re all (except my hubby I guess) kind of out of shape and going up an incline is hard.  We stopped for a lot of breathers.  Taking pictures is a good excuse to stop and breathe, so I took lots of them.  Have a look at some!

IMG_0002_2

Some kind of plant growing out the side of the rock wall.

IMG_0005_2

Bird in a tree!

IMG_0010_2

Some yellow flowers.

IMG_0011_2

It’s a tiny tunnel.

IMG_0021_2

A pretty purple-pink flower.

IMG_0027_2

Millipede!

IMG_0039_2

My dad taking pictures.

IMG_0045_2

Look at the contrast of the shadow side of the canyon versus the sunny side!

IMG_0066_2

I liked how this broken-off branch stump looks like a cloven hoof.

We hiked all the way up to the cave.  It’s kinda up there.  The cave was pretty cool.  Too dark for pictures inside, but beautiful and fun and we had a fantastic tour guide.  Something I found extra cool about this cave was that it had a door!  There was a door in the mountain!

IMG_0072_2

It looks so cool! I want a story with a door in a mountain now.

IMG_0074_2

Close-up of the door.

We took long enough in the cave that the sun had moved over the mountain and we walked in the sun on the way down.  Lots of animals ran around and I had fun getting pictures of them.

IMG_0007

Lizard!

IMG_0010

I like the shape of this tree.

IMG_0011

The other side of the cool tree, with my hubby in the background taking pictures of something.

IMG_0021

Some pretty little yellow flowers.

IMG_0029

White flowers.

IMG_0032

Pretty red flowers.

IMG_0040

The red and white flowers together.

IMG_0041

Dangling flowers.

IMG_0046

There were a bunch of humming birds, but they’re hard to see sometimes. I hear them humming and buzzing around and then they zip by so fast. This is the best picture I was able to get of one. We stopped and stood and watched the humming birds for a while, and this little guy came and drank from flowers only three feet away from us. It was pretty cool.

IMG_0048

Chipmunk!

IMG_0054

I am so pleased with my chipmunk pictures! He sat still for a very long time chewing away on his grass seeds.

IMG_0055

Om nom nom.

IMG_0060

They’re so cute. 🙂

IMG_0061

Yummy nummy grass!

IMG_0066

And then there was a squirrel!

IMG_0068

He was really close the the trail, so I was able to get some nice detail shots for reference.

IMG_0075

Tree roots get everywhere.

IMG_0084

Lichen! Did you know that lichen is made of a fungus with algae living in it? It’s a combination of two different kinds of life.

IMG_0091

More lichen. It looks so cool! I love the colors and patterns and textures.

IMG_0095

Sedum.

IMG_0115

Moss!

IMG_0136

My dad taking a picture of me.

IMG_0157

A thing in the ground.

IMG_0162

I love her outfit!

After the hike my dad drove us around the alpine loop.  Back in the day when he and my mom dated he would drive her around this highway on a Sunday afternoon.  It was really pretty.  Here!  Have some pictures:

IMG_0186

Backside of Timpanogous, I think.

IMG_0189

I liked the composition of this. I noticed this while I rested my arm on the ledge with my camera on.

IMG_0190

Simple mountain road up in the mountain tops.

IMG_0191

Lots of pretty pretty aspen trees!

IMG_0192

Even more pretty aspen trees!

IMG_0193

More pretty trees!

IMG_0194

And some meadows!

IMG_0196

I love mountaintop meadows.

Ta-da!  That was my pretty weekend hike and drive with my Dad and Hubby.  I would do it again.  I must hike more this year!  It’s the only hike we managed in 2014.

today in the life of me

I got a spiffing awesome new camera for Christmas, a red canon power shot SX170 IS, and today I took it to work with me so I could wander through the woods and see what I could find to take pictures of. I found a few birds and two lovely paper wasp nests.

While I wandered I followed some animal tracks through the snow away from the people paths. Much ducking and getting caught in branches happened, and when I went to take some more pictures I realized thethe shuttery lenses cover thing was missing. The front of my camera looked skeletal with just the small middle pieces remaining.

So then my twenty minute nature walk turned into an hour search for those black bits in the snow. I found them, though! My camera looks good as new.

Lesson for today: silly modern cameras have flimsy lenses covers. Put cameras away when finangaling through nature.