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Fall Break

October 11, 2011

I mentioned yesterday that we got to enjoy a very nice 4 day weekend with our little family.  The only bad thing about it was today, when Scott had to wake up at 4:30 so he could catch the early bus to work and proceed to be gone for 14 hours.  We need to move.  Like yesterday.  This commute is killing our time together as a family.  But the good things were wonderful.  Beautiful scenery, a beautiful place to stay, warm fire, good food and snow.  Lots of snow.  Creamie loves it as much as I do.  Here are a few pictures from the weekend, and I might share a few more tomorrow.  I mean, I did have to narrow it down from about 500 to these…

navajo lake snow

This was the deepest snow we found to play in.  We just stopped on the side of a very muddy road and hopped out into a foot of snow in this mountain meadow.  Creamie loved it.  And because the top few inches was pretty crusty, she didn’t sink to her hips and was able to stomp around and make tiny little snowballs.  It was hilarious.

navajo lake

This is Navajo Lake, the same lake in the picture I posted yesterday.  Only this year it was a bit colder.  Actually the highway this lake is off of had to close over the weekend because of an avalanche that took out the road.  Estimated reopening? Between two weeks and next spring.

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snowy trees

Most of the young aspen trees (those are the one’s with the yellow leaves) that we passed were all bent over with the weight of the snow.  Ideally, their leaves should fall off before it snows.  Otherwise they hold too much snow on those leaves and the weight will literally snap them in half or pull them out of the ground as they bend over.  It was incredible.

building snowmen

Helping her dad build a snowman.  This was the very first order of business, as soon as we unpacked those little boots.

cedar lookout

Yesterday we drove to Cedar Breaks National Monument.  A little sign directs you to a parking lot and a short trail.  Which looks like this.  And then when you get to the edge of that fence?

cedar breaks

Beauty.  Pure Amazing Beauty.  The rim of Cedar Breaks is over 10,000 feet, and this rock amphitheater plunges 2,500 feet in amazing rock formations. A photograph just can’t do it justice.  Last year when we went it was not as snowy, but there was a bitterly cold wind.  With that in mind we came prepared this time.  (Also, this year Creamie didn’t have to wear her mittens on her feet due to poor planning on her parents part… ahem.)  But there was no wind, just warm sunshine reflecting on the snow and amazing beauty all around us.

over the edge

Her preferred vantage point.  HA!  Also, you’ll notice her snowpants are soaked…

stomping in puddles

It’s because the only thing she really wanted to do was stomp in the puddles.  Over and over and over again.  Then she’d throw little snowballs in there and stomp them again.  I think I took about 200 pictures just trying to time that moment and catch the perfect splash.  Victory!

cedar breaks snowman

I built a happy little snowman to watch over the mountain and keep visitors company.  Also, Creamie thinks snowmen are the greatest friends ever.  I’ll share a few more pictures tomorrow and then it’s back to real life.  Halloween is coming up and I’m almost done writing a tutorial for her first Halloween costume.  It is by far my most popular post and I get requests for instructions all the time.  This week!  Yay!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2011 11:30 am

    Wonderful, wonderful pictures! You made me enjoy the snow! (I’ve had a sour taste in my mouth for it after last year. Which I’ve never had in my life….) You blew me away with that SURPRISE pic – and then when you get to the fence…. awesome! Just awesome!!!

  2. October 11, 2011 12:23 pm

    Ha! I tried to go to Cedar Breaks this weekend and got blocked by the same road closure. J-Mo and I took a deliciously winding snowy dirt road and ended up in Zion. 🙂 Yay for weekends!


  3. October 11, 2011 1:56 pm

    Aww, what beautiful photos!! There’s nothing like freshly fallen snow and crisp clear mountain air! Thanks for sharing. The canyon is breathtaking and I do love your cheery little snowman.

  4. October 11, 2011 6:55 pm

    How wonderful you and your family go to spend such a great weekend! Your daughter has grown so much from last year. Thanks for sharing the snow. We are expecting 90 some degree weather next week here AZ. 😦

    P.S. Can’t wait to try the pumpkin tutorial!

  5. October 11, 2011 7:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing your photos of this absolutely beautiful scenery! Sounds like a really fun way to spend a long weekend.

  6. October 11, 2011 9:06 pm

    Gorgeous photos! You guys are adorable. Glad you had such a nice weekend.

  7. Deborah in Atlanta permalink
    October 16, 2011 9:57 am

    Looks like you had a lovely time. Your photos are breathtaking!

    I stopped over here from “Diary of a Quilter” where you left a comment saying your sewing machine won’t allow you to move your needle left or right to allow for sewing a scant 1/4″ seam. You said you’d have to find another solution. Here’s what I ended up doing – when cutting my fabric – I took that scant 1/4″ seam into consideration and cut my fabric to allow for it. Maybe you can try that. It works for me!


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