Thursday, August 4, 2011

The End of July Found Us In Adventure Mode

Last Friday night we were in the mood for a date night adventure. We considered going on a bicycle ride but decided hiking to Doughnut Falls would be the perfect activity for a hot summer day. As we drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon, we were struck by the beauty of the towering cliffs and the lush green vegetation. The well-traveled trail to the falls meandered through meadows covered with wild flowers, quaking aspen groves....

...and evergreen forests alongside a turbulent stream.

Because of the excess amounts of water cascading down Doughnut Falls, getting close was almost impossible. Jim bravely clambered over some rocks, soaking his feet in the process, to get a better view and a photo or two.

After several attempts, we finally got some pretty good photos of ourselves.
Meadows filled with yellow wild flowers caught our eye as we drove from the trailhead parking lot. What beauty and serenity!

We continued the drive up the canyon to the ski resort Solitude, hoping to find a place to have dinner. The first restaurant we encountered was packed. Even the appetizers at the second were out of our budget. We explored Solitude for a few minutes, in spite of our rumbling tummies, and found ourselves enchanted by the place. It's already on Jim's list of favorite places to ski! We ended up stopping at our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner as we made our way home.

Early the next morning, we loaded our bicycles in the truck and drove to the Jordan River Parkway for a bicycle ride along the river trail. We rode for about eleven miles along a paved trail through cow pastures, natural areas and developed parks. The sights and smells brought back memories of my childhood and the farm, located in an area a few miles north, where I spent about nine years of my youth. It was a fantastic ride!

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