Memorial Day. A holiday that is based on reflection. One to honor those who have come before us and are no longer with us. I have always felt that honoring our departed was best served having fun in their honor. I hope when it is my time, everyone does the same for me. Me and the ladies had planned to head south for the weekend, but some things came up, so it was going to be a staycation for our family. We spent most of our weekend getting caught up on the house and projects. And being with my family is so much fun, it is kind of a vacation when we can just relax and enjoy each others company. We ultimately decided that an over nighter was in order, and we figured since we live in a very nice wilderness right here in our backyard, why not go and enjoy it! We hiked in Sunday evening, and spent some time at the lower lake, just relaxing, fly fishing, and just enjoying the evening temps. my friend Chris had just hiked up there, so we spent some time fishing and hiking the area before we parted company and we made our way of the Bells Canyon Trail. The evening light was great, and the temps were still very nice. As we were crossing a meadow, a deer came right across the trail, and we watched it forage the bushes for a minute before moving on. A few uphill sections and we crossed the bridge.
We found a nice little spot not far off the beaten path, and we set up the tent and got camp situated. The sky was clear, and relatively no wind at all. The sound of the the running water from the spring runoff was soothing. Kind of drowned out the overactive mind, and brought a sense of feeling relaxed. This is something I have missed since last falls final outing. Of course snacks were in order. Eventually we decided to turn in, and get some much needed rest. The hike out on the main trail was busy on Sunday, as I guess everyone else decided to get out and enjoy the nice weather. The temps were substantially warmer on the jaunt out, and we were all relieved to get to the car for cold drinks. What a very nice way to start off the backpacking season by heading out in the Wasatch. Let the adventures begin!