I have not been to the actual tip-top of the summit...only to Emerald Lake two years ago. Which lies at the base of the glacier field plunging down from the peak. 2012 was my year to summit Mount Timpanogos!
We love hiking with the Lehnardt family, a bunch of cute boys and one angelic girl child (not with us this day). After several failed scheduling attempts, this hike had been on the calendar since last summer.
You can see why we love hiking with this bunch...always an adventure! Erik, imitating a passing "shirtless" hiker is probably going to be mad at me for this photo. But hey...he knows I'm a blogger and always packing the camera!
It is what we call "a butt kicker!" Thanks for posing Izzy!
A few miles in...the group began to separate which makes Izzy very antsy. Whining, she paces back and forth between the two groups.
|This is the only group photo I have...actually taken at the end of the hike with my iPhone.|
With the amount of daylight hours numbered we made the decision to separate and sent the older teenage boys ahead to the summit. Erik, Michelle, Dean, Lisa and Gabe would meet the hikers at Emerald Lake...which is still a tough hike...at 13 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain! Admittedly...for a second I considered joining the teenage boys.
On most hiking trails you have to rough it..with no facilities ANYWHERE! Passing this sign the last time I was on this hike, I wondered what kind of a "toilet" they would have all the way up here? Nature called...and well Michelle and I listened and investigated...hesitantly!
And finally, Emerald Lake...beautiful glistening glacial waters. Utah is in the midst of a serious drought this summer, and the usual snowfield has melted down to almost nothing.
And for me...I listened intently as the boys recounted their hike to the top, happy that they spent quality "boy bonding" time together. I didn't even think twice about not reaching the summit.
Safely down at the bottom again, surrounded by my boys I ponder what a lovely time I had hiking today with my friend Gabe, oh and his family too!