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Hiking and Backpacking

Happy Canyon Narrows Backpack – day 1

April 22, 2024
Emilie Phillips

This is the 4th post from our 2024 Trip to Utah. A warning to anyone hiking from the Happy Canyon airstrip down the narrows to the Dirty Devil river: the pictures on the web showing a dry sandy floor in the narrows are all from people hiking in from the lower end. There are significant […]

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This is the third post about our 2024 Trip to Utah and the first day we all three get into the back country. Isaac and I caught up with Tyson in Salt Lake City. He had parked the airplane at Skypark (KBTF), the community airstrip north of Salt Lake City and south of Hill Air […]

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Zealand Falls

May 26, 2024
Emilie Phillips

For all the times we have skied past the turn off to Zealand Falls on the way to Zealand Notch, we have never taken the half mile detour to see the falls or the hut. In the summer when the road is open, it is an easy 6 mile out and back. Isaac enjoyed the […]

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Bear Rocks

November 25, 2023
Emilie Phillips

For a proper adventure, you need to do just enough planning to make it fun, but not too much planning. The two guys who came running towards us yelling for help while we were exploring an unmarked track between Beaver Dam trail and Dobbin Grade had clearly not done enough planning. Their phone was dead […]

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Exploring old and new trails on Watatic

October 29, 2023
Emilie Phillips

There is an old power line that goes up the south side of Watatic. Ages ago, when Tyson lived nearby, he explored the power line and found an alternate trail that started from the same parking lot and climbed up some ledges with nice views. When we came back in 2013, the trail was faint […]

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Monadnock, separately

October 22, 2023
Emilie Phillips

The three of us couldn’t quite agree on where to go hiking. Tyson wanted a pleasant foliage hike. Isaac wanted a quick charge up and down a mountain with Mom so he could talk about Minecraft the whole way. I wanted a long tiring hike. We ended up splitting up. Isaac and I charged up […]

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Monadnock, but faster

October 15, 2023
Emilie Phillips

We hiked Monadnock twice in the past few weeks. The two hikes should have been fairly similar. We started both around lunch time. Our hike on Sept 30th started after morning chores. This past weekend was after finishing Isaac’s Halloween costume. Both were gray days with some fall foliage. Both days Isaac complained about having […]

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Monadnock

September 30, 2023
Emilie Phillips

After chores Saturday, we enjoyed an afternoon hike on Monadnock. We stayed off the main trails until the top to avoid the usual crowds. The fall foliage crowds haven’t arrived yet even though the swamps are turning red. On the way up, we found tons of red efts and a few green newts. Isaac proposed […]

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Hiking is easy to do with a family. All you need is a pack with the 10 essentials, and a plan for where to go. When we aren’t doing something else fun, you’ll find us relaxing with a nice hike, or going on a multi-day backing adventure.

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