Hike 1: Catherine's PassCatherine's is the pass that separates Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. If you climb up from the Alta side, you look out over Brighton Ski Resort. It's crazy to realize how interconnected our mountains are from above when you're not limited by travel by vehicle - it would take 45+ minutes to drive between Alta and Brighton in the best of weather, and we made the hike in that or less. It's also crazy that I love this little turn in the path so much that I've photographed it for 10 years!
|Ben, Cody, Sam 2010|
|The Cases, Jamie, WanYing (in baby carrier!) 2012|
|Sam leads the way, 2011|
|Sasha and Dad walk into the sunset, 2018|
When you get up to the Catherine's saddle, you can see right into Millie lake on the Brighton side. It's a lovely place for a snack and a photo.
|2011, WanYing not so sure about this whole thing|
|Apparently apples were the theme in 2012|
|WanYing, Sam, Apples 2012|
|Steve and Jamie (in case you didn't recognize us) 2012|
Hike 2: Cecret LakeReportedly named by miners with poor spelling skills, this "secret" lake is a favorite in Little Cottonwood Canyon. When you're not up for a big hike, you're always up for a stroll to Cecret. And, yes, all photos must be taken on this particular rock.
|I'm pretty sure this was our 2005 Christmas card photo|
|The boys sporting some sweet hair, 2007|
|Morningstars and Powells (Sasha in carrier), 2010|
|Sasha and Dad, 2018|
Hike 3: Snowbird to AltaOur very favorite hike is a big one. We drive down to Snowbird, take the tram up, and then hike across and down to Alta. It's the best!
|Look at all of those little babies! 2005|
|Ben and Zack are still friends... although they don't hold hands anymore, 2007|
|Still great friends! 2018|
|We all had a good chuckle at the "no swimming" sign in April|
|And here we are in August!|
The second blog-worthy story came on our final evening of camping at Albion. Our friend Josh came up for the evening and remarked that he could go for a pizza. Keep in mind that the closest pizza was several miles down the mountain at Snowbird, so we were joking around about needing a delivery service. Eventually Josh said something about paying $100 for a pizza delivered to this remote campground.
A few minutes later, Ben says, "Were you serious about that $100 thing?"
Long story short, Ben embarked upon a 3 hour, 10 mile, $70 profit unicycle ride to Snowbird and back. At sundown we started to get a little worried about him and Josh drove down to make sure he was doing ok (there's no cell coverage at Albion). The kid has grit.