Hiking Adams Canyon Trail in Utah

Hiking Adams Canyon Trail in Utah

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Some days it is just hard, even to get out of bed!  One of the most intense weeks I’ve had in a long time, was a training that I did in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October.

I landed in SLC at 23:30, exhausted, because it was past my bedtime! LOL.  And, because I had been lugging around bulging luggage all day, with my hiking gear needed for my upcoming class and adventures!   Being in Utah, and knowing I only had 2 different days to do very little exploring, and hopefully hiking, I was up and at it by 7 a.m. the next morning.  Good Lord, where is the coffee?

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This is the trailhead for Adams Canyon Trail.

Adams Canyon Trail was my choice of “torcher”, this early fall morning. Already feeling sluggish,  the trailhead was not very motivating.

Get a hold of those boot straps, and put one foot in front of the other!  We have all heard something like that before, right?  So, off I went. Up, up, and more up.  Trust me when I say, I was seriously second guessing my steadfast commitment to getting at least a small hike in today.  Seriously!!  Why do people start hikes off with 11-12 switchbacks?  I know it is the fastest way to climb, but I wasn’t enjoying them today!  😉   But you know what?

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One of many switchbacks. Good news here is you can lean against the railings to catch your breath! ;0)
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The colors and contrasts were so rewarding!

It  actually forced me to stop and take it all in!  Several times!  You know what else?  Every time I had to stop, I would look around, take sips of water, and just breathe.  I had to just slow down, and it was then that I realized, that was EXACTLY what I needed.  I needed to slow down my pace, and my mind!  I had been going a zillion mph, getting all the details in order, just to come to my training, and I almost missed one of the best parts of being there; BEING THERE! For the remainder of the hike, I was in 100%!  After the switchbacks, the terrain changed significantly.  I love it when it does that!

From that point on, the trail scenery changed several times.

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Views like this excite me! What will I find?

I really enjoy trails like this, when it feels like I am going into an enchanted forest!  The trail is obvious, but there is no way to tell what is inside without actually going inside.

A spot like this on a trail, is where confidence is built, especially when hiking alone.  Traversing the unknown.

BONE:  IF YOU NEVER PUSH YOURSELF, YOU WILL NEVER MOVE FROM WHERE YOU ARE. 

Success, change, accomplishment, etc…… These things don’t always come easy.  But at the end of the day, isn’t seeing views like this

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Places like this heal my spirit and sooth my soul!

way better than feeling defeated at the end of a trip, or day, or year?  I went, I saw, and now I can share!!  I did not actually take the trail all the way up to what is suppose to be a fantastic waterfall, as I kept finding wonderful people to stop and talk to, and small waterfalls to just sit and listen to and photograph.  I saw several happy dogs and giggling children, and I came out of this hike feeling like a million bucks, and ready for my coming week of training!

If you would like to read about hike #2 while I was in Utah, you can do that here.

Pumpkin Town Farms ~ It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! 50 Years!!

Pumpkin Town Farms

Rarely have I met a person who does not love Fall!  When the heat of summer gives way to crisp air and vibrant and golden colors, the hustle and bustle begins!  And as the gentle breeze begins to blow through open windows, and hair tickles the sides of faces, we can’t seem to help ourselves; we have to go get all things pumpkins!  What better place to do that than at Pumpkin Town Farms?

I had the pleasure of being allowed to bring Hendrix along, on our family visit.  What a wonderful place this is!  

Pumpkin Town Farms  is a family owned business that has been offering fantastic family fun since 1999.  Right in the middle of town, you will find 20 acres of something-for-everyone entertainment!  From the itty bitty family member, to the way-too-much energy child, to the members of the family who are still just young at heart; there truly is fun to be had by all! 

Check out this list of  Awesome Things To Do!

Games for all ages, train rides, little slides, big slides, corn mazes, food …… Need fall family photos?  Options are limitless!  Did I mention food?  My husband and I went to the fair the night before, and the corn dogs and funnel cakes were exponentially better here! 

Not enough to convince you to go yet? Boy, you are a hard sell, but that’s alright.  There are a LOT more tricks and treats to tell ya about!  

Check out this list of MORE Awesome Things To Do !

You can actually rent a space to have your own bon fire!  How cool is that? Pony rides, hay rides, etc…. Should I go on?!  Private and/or group party options, senior and military discounts!  

Okay!  If all of this is not enough to encourage you to come out and enjoy this family fun, I have one more reason!!

HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO “IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN”!!!  

Do it for Charlie Brown!!

As for pricing, at Pumpkin Town Farms, there are several options, to meet most budgets, and tickets can be purchased online, or at the gate.  And when you are all done, and just can’t take any more fun, don’t forget to stop at the desk on the way out!  Ask about the “bounce back” option!  Hint:  Wanna come back again, for a fraction of the cost?  Gwen was an absolute blast at desk! 

As always, don’t forget to check out Hiking With Hendrix’s Facebook for a lot more picture fun! 

And just one more thing before you go!!!  Do you need new holiday hair bows? (Don’t we always need more bows?)

Here ya go!  

ESquared Boutique

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Keystone State Park In Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Keystone State Park – It is always a shock to me, when I discover a wonderful place that has been just down the road for years, and yet I never knew it was there.  I blame it on the parenting years of 5 children.  I never had time! 

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While starting a new business, (ClubSavage on Etsy.com), and the holiday season for crafters being in full swing, my time is limited, but I just needed to get out of the house, and see something pretty, and Oklahoma almost never fails to offer amazing sunsets!  Score!!  

Keystone State Park  is a 716 acre park, with a 26,300 acre lake!  And in true Oklahoma fashion, the grounds are very well kept, and access to the lake is fantastic.  What’s your pleasure?  Tents, RVs, cabins?  They have it all!  While just driving around the park, I could see several prime location options, for enjoying the lake and park, for every person’s fancy.  Pier 51 is a fully equipped marina, including a bar and grill, The Crow’s Nest, which is open during the summer months.  


My post would not be complete without discussing the hiking options, and the hiking options are what I am most excited to go back and explore!  I had a chance to chat with the park ranger, who was patrolling and keeping everyone safe, if there was indeed hiking.  I was almost giddy when he answered with a resounding “Yes!”  From beginner lever, Green Loop, to expert level, Black Loop, Keystone Trails boosts some great hiking opportunities! 

So, wanna know more?  Stay tuned, as plans are in the works to explore this place a lot more very, VERY soon! 

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