Sunday, September 27, 2009

Enjoying it while we can

We didn't get much of a summer, so since we've been back we've been trying to get in as much of the outdoors as we can. I don't want winter to come. Usually I'm excited about snow and Christmas time, but this year I'm not. Maybe it's remembering how cold and sick I was all last winter. Yuck! One thing I am looking forward to is our one year anniversary, how fun that I have an anniversary! I never even had one of those with a boyfriend(I never had a boyfriend that lasted longer then 2 months before Grant), this will be my first time celebrating an anniversary! But this post is focused entirely on sunshine and the BEAUTIFUL, mild, Provo weather. The first weekend we were back we planned to go on a hike. We drove up, couldn't find the trail head we were looking for, turned around and drove all the way back down the mountain to fill up with gas, drove back up, still couldn't find the trail head, finally decided to hike around and find some kind of trail to hike for a few hours before it got dark. Well.... turns out we found the most beautiful little trail! It follows this creek and is so green!

The trail had all these fun bridges made out of cut logs to cross the creek in certain places.

The next weekend we decided it was time to camp. The Sunday of Labor Day weekend we loaded up after church and drove up to the Nebo Wilderness. It was GORGEOUS. We followed Payson Canyon up to a place called Maple Lake. It was pretty busy because of Labor Day, but we found an awesome spot for our little tent.

Our campsite

All we had was this small little hatchet so Grant put his manly muscles to work and chopped our firewood. I tried, after about 3 whacks I was too tired and my arms hurt... what a wuss.

I was the "gatherer" I found the best kindling out there... and even a few logs.


Maple Lake looks like a dirty pond/swamp... but it was still nice to be around water.

I LOVE this picture! I can just picture this look on our kids after they've been caught doing something naughty.

Frolicking through the cat tails.

We had the yummiest hot dogs for dinner. I love campfires... the best part of camping by far!


Night lover love.

Good morning. ha. I forgot how uncomfortable sleeping on the dirt is. I think I slept for max 1 hour at a time before waking up feeling like that side of my body was bruised. Growing up we always had the thickest and nicest foam pads, but our camping budget didn't fit that purchase for this trip. Next one for sure!

Snuck in a game of phase ten before we had to get back to finish homework... oh homework always ruining the fun.

Camping with Grant was one of the best experiences I've had with him. It was so fun just the two of us in the mountains. I don't think I've laughed so much in a while either. I love this boy.


Matthews Family said...

I love the photo shoot of you guys on your camp out. I felt like I actually was there with you along the way. I'm jealous of the beautiful Fall weather you get to enjoy in Utah.

Meridith said...

Phoenix and Paige want some marshmellows too!!

G and G Nut said...

Who in the world was your photographer??? You are quite the outdoors couple!

Brooke said...

What a fun campout!! If our family ever makes it back to Utah or you make it here we would love to camp with you two love birds. :)

bloggingchristy said...

Holy cow, those pictures are so cute!! AHHH to be young and in love (and to go camping with no kids!!!). I'm glad you guys are having fun now that you don't have to do the s-word anymore and that I have converted you to my favorite show biggest loser!! You will have to take notes from Jillian so you can be my trainer next summer and whip my post pregnancy butt into shape!

elizabeth scott said...

You guys are a crack up! Too Cute!