Summer in the Mountains – Part III

Here’s the 3rd and final post on our Summer in the Mountains.

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One beautiful evening we headed up to Brighton Ski Resort to walk around Silver Lake. Such a lovely area! I’d love to buy an A-Frame there one day.

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We enjoyed the walk around the boardwalk. Well, we mostly enjoyed it. There was one tense minute. You know how, as parents, we like to tease our kids sometimes? You know how when you’re around bodies of water you like to grab onto your kid and pretend you’re pushing them in? Well, a few minutes after I did that to Madeleine she decided to do it to me. Except she actually pushed me. I was facing her and the boardwalk curb was directly behind my feet so I flailed! I was THIS CLOSE to falling into the water and mucky guck. My arms were instinctively trying to grab onto whatever was closest, which was Madeleine of course. So my instincts were saying HOLD ON! and my motherly sense was saying LET GO! After what felt like forever I finally caught my balance and was safe. It was a miracle. Buuuut…my reaction towards Madeleine was less than pleasant. I started yelling (later realizing that I’m sure it echoed around the entire lake to the ears of many other people) and had to walk away to cool down. She started crying. Ugh. I’m pretty sure Rob was quite embarrassed but he was smart enough not to say anything. After a couple of minutes and a couple of apologies everything was good again.

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Halfway around the lake we decided to start going up another trail toward Twin Lakes. We only made it halfway because we weren’t prepared for a longer hike and didn’t have jackets. It was getting late anyway so we headed back down but not before getting a good look at 4 deer.

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On our way down the mountain we stopped at a pizza place at Solitude. It was a perfect night. Except for the yelling.
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This was in Fairview and at a lake up the canyon. She’s getting so big.

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We wanted to take the kids on the hike up to Timpanogos Cave and decided to invite our super fun neighbors along. We left the littlest ones with a babysitter and up we went. The kids all did great!

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Nate looks so excited here.

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Hehe.
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There were two negatives about our venture into the cavern, though. First, a family who also went into the cave at the same time as us brought their tiny newborn baby who screamed the whole time. This family also kept touching and sitting on everything and the ranger had to keep saying, “Please don’t sit on the formations.” Haha.

The second incident was that Nate drank his whole camel pack on the way up so even though we stopped twice for a pee break before entering the cave, a third of the way through the tour he was needing to go again. Make that desperate to go. No, he was going to go! But what were we going to do?! We couldn’t go backwards by ourself, the tour wasn’t close to over, and we couldn’t make the guide run us all the way through with everyone else who had hiked all the way up to see the cave. Obviously Rob would not have been game to let Nate pee on the wall in a dark corner so instead he pulled out an empty water bottle. Haha. Gross!! Then Nate had to pee again right as we were exiting. Sheesh!

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