Saturday, June 20, 2015

{Lexi Loo} Senior Photos

My sister is my favorite model. She is gorgeous and so photogenic. We always have so much fun on our photoshoots together. We did a little photoshoot at Liberty Park one evening both for college senior photos and mission photos. I love how they turned out! They capture her sweet, beautiful, compassionate personality so well. Lexi is definitely one of the most beautiful people I know. 






Tuesday, June 16, 2015

24 :: Birthday in Zion

I had the best 24th birthday - thank you everyone for the love!

The Subway in Zion National Park


Back in March, I submitted for the lottery to hike the Subway (apply for the lottery here). You have to submit 3 months in advance, choose 3 different dates and pay $5. This was the third month I had entered the lottery. I selected my birthday as my first option, not too hopeful that we would actually receive the permit (after 3 times trying). Well, we did! Talk about the best birthday present ever

I love our national parks, I love nature and the great outdoors, and I could not have asked for a better birthday. We found some good friends from high school to go with (that had done it before) and we had a blast.

 

The subway is much different than I think a lot of people expect. Most of the time is spent hiking - in and out - of the canyon. We started out with a brief hike through a little forest and came out onto this white rock (pictured below).

The hike in total is close to 10 miles and takes all day. We started the day around 8/8:30am and finished up around 4pm. 

 

Which then quickly turned into the most beautiful red rock. None of these photos are edited. 

 

And then we hiked down into the canyon...







Getting close to the Subway as you can tell by the new rock formations.

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^This was my view for lunch. We sat perched on a rock across from these little waterfalls and it is incredible. You can see the shape of the Subway here.




And then we started our hike out of the canyon. This was easily the longest part of the hike with ~4 miles remaining from this point. The walk out along the river is beautiful, however. The trail seems to disappear at spots but we walked out most of the way through the river. The views from this part of the trail were incredible and there were so many little waterfalls. 






^This was our FAVORITE. Natural slides! We all took a turn going down...so fun!








Cedar Breaks


That same evening after we cleaned up from the Subway, we took a little drive from Cedar City about 30-40 minutes into the mountains at Cedar Breaks to watch the sunset. It was a perfect way to end my birthday - the view is incredible.




Angels Landing


The next morning we headed out early again to then hike Angels Landing...always a favorite! This is my 4th or 5th time doing the hike and it is always a blast.






^Nothing like a little yoga on the edge of a cliff ;)



^Love this cute boy and his cheesy smiles. 

 


Saturday, June 13, 2015

{Neff's} Canyon :: SLC, Utah


Neff's Canyon has quickly become one of our favorites. It is SO green and beautiful! It is perfect to go in June as the wildflowers are starting to blossom. It was also raining a little bit as we were hiking up and it was so peaceful. The hike is not nearly as populated and has the some great views out into the valley. Even better, it ends in a large open meadow surrounded by the most stunning cliffs. I can't wait to do this hike again.

Distance: ~6.2 miles roundtrip
Location: Just to the south of Millcreek Canyon, at the top of White Way (4275 South 4260 East) - There is a full trailhead and parking but it does fill up quickly!


^My favorite spot on the hike is only about 1/4 mile up the gravel road into this grove of trees where you find a few swings to hang around on...so fun and a perfect way to start or end a hike. You can even do this little walk just to go here. This would be the perfect distance for little kids. 




 










^The prettiest meadow I ever did see. I was in heaven here.