Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I know those of you who read my blog are going to be so happy when I quit talking about fall. Well, today is not that day! The morning before our return trip to Texas we headed to Big Cottonwood Canyon which is about 35 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. First off I have to say that I had no idea this canyon was so close to SLC or I would have visited it on one of my many trips and secondly, can I just say, WOW! As we were about half way up, there was a construction crew setting up and they were all bundled up. I mean we are talking hats, heavy coats, gloves, the works! I made a smart comment to my husband something like "geez you'd think it was 30 degrees or something." When we got out of the car, guess what? It was like 30 degrees or something, well 38, but none the less I felt bad for making fun of them, so to the road crew of Big Cottonwood Canyon, I'm sorry! Thankfully I had packed a light jacket and Ron a flannel shirt so we didn't freeze! It was just so strange because it was almost 60 in Salt Lake City that morning! We are driving up and the both of us keep saying "wow, or look over here." We are just amazed at every turn. A minute or so later we pass a babbling brook with color around it. So in an instant the car was pulled over because what could be better than water over rocks and fall color? Well, nothing in my book! I just stood out there in amazement of what I was seeing with my own eyes and listening as the water fell over the rocks. It was just like a little piece of heaven! We continued up and got all the way to the top where the Brighton Ski resort is and we pulled into a little parking area. We got out and realized it was a wetlands area that had a path around it. So despite having my Crocs on and my feet being cold, we started out for a little walk around this pond. Everywhere we looked there was just more color. I just couldn't get over it all. As you can see I was a very happy girl! Each little turn brought even more fantastic sights like the trees reflecting in the pond. Just too beautiful for words. What amazed me the most was the variety of color. I know, I know it shouldn't have but I truly have never seen yellow, orange and red leaves all bursting out at the same time. We got towards the back of this area and saw some hiking trails and were just so sad that we didn't have time to explore them as I can only image what we might have seen even further back in the woods. Even so, this was an experience I will never forget. It's one that I intend to repeat again next year because now that I've seen true fall color, I know I have to witness it again! The way down we continued to enjoy it as long as we could. We both decided that while we enjoyed the whole weekend, the weekend was worth it just to see the colors of fall!