October Santa Ana Winds

The wind yesterday was at another level. We're glad our tree was removed this Summer, we found rot at the core, the winds would have blown it over. That isn't rain it's dirt.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Our Trip to Brian Head this year was highlighted by a freezing snow, which greeted us on the Tuesday after checking into the resort. We decided to take a hike, driving to Bryce Canyon we made a 8 mile trip on the Hoodoos. The views were spectacular and we got a work out. The weather held up, climate change pulled a trick on us, and the day was warm despite a bit of wind.

This was the highlight of our week in Utah. The trail wasn't crowded but we did share some pleasant conversation with our fellow hikers. Around every bend another stunning setting. To describe the any view in one word is hard but I can try here:

Mount Charleston Slot Canyon: Fletcher Canyon Trailhead

We escaped the Las Vegas Heat by hiking from Fletcher Canyon Trailhead up a slot canyon called Fletcher spring. We extended the hike by climbing up a waterfall. I ended up scraping my knee. The blood did not stop us from pushing on, because we had a few emergency kits with antiseptic ointment and bandaids.

After climbing the waterfall we pushed on for another half a mile, but we didn't find an end to the path, instead there was a lot more scrambling. We decided to turn back. I had to face my fear of heights as we reversed our course backdown the waterfall, thankfully there was a stone grip I could grab onto which made the descent easier. We "celebrated" with a rib dinner.

Mount Charleston NV: Mary Jane Trail

Our trip to Las Vegas took a tangent detour to the mountains one hour North of "The Strip". Times three this year. More pictures.

The Aspen Trees adorned their fall Yellow color. It was a nice day for a hike. Heading back to the strip we made a stop at Lucille's BBQ and picked up our new traditional full rack of ribs. Heading home after the trip we made good time on the dark I-15 in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Thanks Nevada, we love the sights and sounds.

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