Wow. Wow. And Wow!
What can I say about our short trip backpacking in the Uintas? First of all, it was very much needed. We have been struggling with the heat, and it was some sweet relief to get up high and to some slightly more moderate temperatures. As we left the valley, it was hard to imagine that anyone would ever need long sleeves and a beanie. But we did, and it was good!
Aside from enjoying the more bearable temperatures, we got to hang out with some good peeps (thanks for letting us tag along!), experience rain for the first time in forever, and explore a little more of what Utah has to offer. There’s some green bits! Lush meadows in fact. And pine trees galore.*
All in all it was an awe inspiring trip, getting us back into the backpacking swing of things. Take a peek at this selection of my photos from our Uintas adventure.
After a day of running around, gathering borrowed gear from here and there (thanks to the lovely peeps who helped us out) and cycling from this supermarket to that, we were packed and ready to go.
As we climbed higher, the clouds darkened and thunder rumbled around the peaks. The first raindrops dotted the trail. Mini dust explosions increasing in frequency ’til the ground was wet. The initial elation at feeling cool raindrops on warm skin faded: Raincoats on, camera in bag, head down, trudge to camp.
But oh, how we were rewarded! Rainbows, evening lake mist, a beautiful sunset, campfire good times, morning meadow mist, and sunshine to dry everything out once more.
Exploring to Rocky Sea Pass
Can you find Brent in one of these?
Freshly caught fish, a little fish prep lesson (Grover had a little sniff, but laid down for a nap after his initial interest), and fire-cooked fishies for tea.
Last Light on the Last Night
Golden sunlight on red rock is a pretty special sight.
If you’ve made it all the way down here, thank you! I hope my photos showed you a little of the beauty of the Uintas, and perhaps transported you briefly into the mountains of Utah.
I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or send me a message, and tell me your favourite.
*Sadly, many of the pine trees are dead, destroyed by bark beetles. These beetles have been around for a long ol’ time, but the changing climate has increased their range and sped up their cycles (read more about that here).