Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hike to Silver Lake... or close to it

Yesterday we hiked the trail to Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon. We didn't quite make it to the lake, though. We got about 2 miles up and found a lot of snow, which was too slippery for the boys, who were also really tired at that point. So we turned around and went back. But it was a lot of fun, and the boys did way better than we thought! Cormac hiked the whole way up and back without being carried, and only whined a little when we were nearly done. Russell hiked all the way up and we made him get in the hiking backpack on the way down. He was too slow (picking up every stick/rock) and we didn't want to take too long getting back. We knew we were probably getting a little sunburned... the trail wasn't as shaded as we remembered -it wasn't quite spring up there yet! Luckily the boys barely got burned, since there was shade from bushes and they wore clothing that covered them well... better than me! But now I'm ready for summer. I learned my annual lesson  :)

We didn't take many pictures, since we were both holding on to little boys who trip a lot. We had to cross two streams, and sadly I fell in the second one (though thankfully not while holding a little boy!). And Scott lost his glasses  :(  So it became a $200+ hike. But we really did have fun! And it's a good trail, so we'll definitely take the boys back again sometime. Perhaps in June one year when the snow is gone, and definitely with sunscreen!

Here are some of the pictures we did take, on the hike and on the drive back (the lake is Silver Lake Flat, the reservoir below Silver Lake). It was a beautiful area, and luckily we were leaving when everyone else was showing up!

Now, what should we do for Memorial Day??