I was looking back through some of our photos from our sabbatical trip to Utah and realized that I hadn't share a few of the great experiences we had. I will share these below.
Yellowstone National Park
We traveled with our good friends the Dutsons to Yellowstone National Park and spent several days with them there. The Dutsons have a pop-up trailer, which makes camping much more enjoyable. We stayed at Buffalo River Camp (I believe) about 40 minutes from the west entrance to Yellowstone.
|The Dutsons and the Gardners at Yellowstone National Park.|
|Omar and CK looking at one of the many weird anomalies at Yellowstone.|
|Here I am at a pretty awesome waterfall in Yellowstone. The scenery was quite incredible.|
Hiking near Alta, Utah
A few weeks later we drove up the canyons east of Salt Lake City to the town of Alta, where there a several world-class ski resorts. We decided to hike to Cecret Lake, a pretty little lake high in the mountains. Here are some pictures of the hike and the beautiful scenery. (For whatever reason, I didn't take a picture of the lake itself...)
|CK hiking toward Cecret Lake.|
|Me at Cecret Lake looking across the canyon.|
Hiking with Dr. Nick Eastmond
One highlight of my time in Utah was a hike with Nick Eastmond, one of my former professors and dissertation committee member at Utah State University. Nick and I attended the same church congregation when I was there, and I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him. He is one of the people who inspired me to earn a PhD and to become a professor. I enjoyed drawing from his knowledge of nature as we walked, and he shared some of his many international experiences, which were illuminating.
|A picture from the hike in Cache Valley with Dr. Nick Eastmond and my brother-in-law, Chris Walker.|