On May 31, 2014 I went on a hike with my father and husband to Timpanogous Cave. It was a very nice little spring morning on the shady side of the mountain, which was good since we’re all (except my hubby I guess) kind of out of shape and going up an incline is hard. We stopped for a lot of breathers. Taking pictures is a good excuse to stop and breathe, so I took lots of them. Have a look at some!
Some kind of plant growing out the side of the rock wall.
Bird in a tree!
Some yellow flowers.
It’s a tiny tunnel.
A pretty purple-pink flower.
My dad taking pictures.
Look at the contrast of the shadow side of the canyon versus the sunny side!
I liked how this broken-off branch stump looks like a cloven hoof.
We hiked all the way up to the cave. It’s kinda up there. The cave was pretty cool. Too dark for pictures inside, but beautiful and fun and we had a fantastic tour guide. Something I found extra cool about this cave was that it had a door! There was a door in the mountain!
It looks so cool! I want a story with a door in a mountain now.
Close-up of the door.
We took long enough in the cave that the sun had moved over the mountain and we walked in the sun on the way down. Lots of animals ran around and I had fun getting pictures of them.
I like the shape of this tree.
The other side of the cool tree, with my hubby in the background taking pictures of something.
Some pretty little yellow flowers.
Pretty red flowers.
The red and white flowers together.
There were a bunch of humming birds, but they’re hard to see sometimes. I hear them humming and buzzing around and then they zip by so fast. This is the best picture I was able to get of one. We stopped and stood and watched the humming birds for a while, and this little guy came and drank from flowers only three feet away from us. It was pretty cool.
I am so pleased with my chipmunk pictures! He sat still for a very long time chewing away on his grass seeds.
Om nom nom.
They’re so cute. 🙂
Yummy nummy grass!
And then there was a squirrel!
He was really close the the trail, so I was able to get some nice detail shots for reference.
Tree roots get everywhere.
Lichen! Did you know that lichen is made of a fungus with algae living in it? It’s a combination of two different kinds of life.
More lichen. It looks so cool! I love the colors and patterns and textures.
My dad taking a picture of me.
A thing in the ground.
I love her outfit!
After the hike my dad drove us around the alpine loop. Back in the day when he and my mom dated he would drive her around this highway on a Sunday afternoon. It was really pretty. Here! Have some pictures:
Backside of Timpanogous, I think.
I liked the composition of this. I noticed this while I rested my arm on the ledge with my camera on.
Simple mountain road up in the mountain tops.
Lots of pretty pretty aspen trees!
Even more pretty aspen trees!
More pretty trees!
And some meadows!
I love mountaintop meadows.
Ta-da! That was my pretty weekend hike and drive with my Dad and Hubby. I would do it again. I must hike more this year! It’s the only hike we managed in 2014.