I chanced on the spectacular Falls while visiting Timpanogos Caves. This was one of those serendipitous discoveries that you just feel so lucky to have encountered.
Truth be told, I totally screwed up and kept driving until I crossed the entire pass and did the male thing and kept driving. SO happy that I did. I did not go down into canyon but am determined to do so and clamber up the mountain and touch these falls.
There are more snaps of my adventure. This collection encompasses the Bridal Veil Falls, Alpine Pass and my journey up and down hike to experience the Timpanogos Caves. WARNING: there are many snaps! I think I stopped like every 17 feet in breathless wonder. Check it out here.
I continue to be awed by the splendor and majesty of the beauty of Utah.
Literally less than an hour drive from downtown SLC, this monument was beckoning. I did not really have any hope to score a ticket into the caves, I was determined to take the hike up the mountain and get my Passport book stamped.
Changed into my hiking boots…yes I do have hiking boots. Slathered on SPF 800 cream onto my very exposed head (note to self: buy one of those cool ranger-style hats.)
Made sure that my snacks and water were actually IN my pack.
After a brief safety introduction from the nice Park Ranger (this is a way cool job), off I went. This trail is paved so it was pretty easy. 1,000 vertical feet over 1.5 miles. There were some fairly steep parts but by and large, I felt really good going up.
I am really liking this hiking thing. Who knew? Being from NYC, it never really entered my consciousness.
I could not get over how absolutely majestic and beautiful the mountains are. Again, being from NYC, who knew? Looking at the mountains, you could almost feel their power and how much effort it took to create them. The valley floor where they originate is totally flat. Nature is so cool.
I met a group of people on the trail and struck up a conversation. I guess they liked me. They asked if I would be interested in purchasing there extra ticket. WOULD I? Gave them $20 for a $7 ticket. Sweet deal to me. Good deal for them. Win win.
Caves at 7,000 feet above sea level. Crazy. My brain keeps thinking of caves being at sea level for some reason. Again NYC…
So the caves are dark, wet and so stunningly beautiful. Seeing the actual fault lines in the mountains is mind boggling. Being inches away from the stalactites and stalagmites that have been around for eons is doubly mind boggling. The sense of time within these caves is massive.
There are 3 main caves within this system. Walking through them was like walking through a history of the Earth’s evolution. It is truly remarkable how these caves were formed and how they are alive and change every day.
I cannot say enough about my experience hiking up the mountain and experiencing this cave system. It was a wonderful introduction to our national park system. I wish that I had embarked on this trek much earlier in my life. I now feel that I need to rush and witness them all in my remaining days.
Again, I blame it on being born and raised in NYC. Who knew there was this amazing world outside of the city?
Hope you enjoy these snaps as much as I enjoyed experiencing them.
Other snaps can be experienced here.