Erica came to visit last weekend and we’re both quickly learning there’s always some sort of adventure when she comes to visit. Last year, she was trying to find the Ragnar Trail Series and this year, we were trying to find a yurt.
I reserved a yurt a few weeks before she booked her trip. There’s quite a few yurts out here that you can “check out” like you would a cabin. They come complete with bunk beds, stove, heating, wood, porta-toilet etc. People use them year round and it’s an awesome way to get outside like camping in the winter because the yurt is warm with the stove and heater. My kind of winter camping!
We left Park City for the 2 hour drive with plenty of time and started our hike around 3:30 after a leisurely lunch at a brewery in Ogden.
Pre trip photo of the crew minus Erica (taking the photo). Notice Kaya in front of Kim? We chose not to bring Penguin to give her some practice staying away from home. She stayed with our friends Tim, Rebecca and their dog Memphis.
Stopping to take some photos.
A pretty spot at about 0.5 miles into our almost 4 mile hike to the yurt.
Chris fell down!
A pretty shot of “wavy” snow. Not sure how this happens!?
I’m pretty sure Erica would fit right in here. Looks like a Yurt trip natural!
I’m apparently looking off into the distance. No yurt in sight.
A photoshoot with a sunset. Erica and I did this while Kim and Chris were reading the GPS and map.
Nice sunset, mom?
After the sun sets, it normally gets dark. It got dark and we still didn’t find our yurt. We hiked up a ridge and got 0.3 miles away from the yurt and had to cross a pretty sketchy avalanche danger area to go directly there. We decided it was much too RISKY to cross the avalanche area and we should hike down around and back up the correct ridge. We hiked down and it was DARK.
At this point, we’d have to hike back up 1,000′ in the dark and hope that once we got to the top, we’d find our yurt. Our yurt was white in white snow and hidden in the trees. Our chances weren’t real great. So at this photo above in the dark, we decided to follow our snowshoe tracks back to the car and call it quits. We drove back to Park City and got there after midnight.
I didn’t want to give up on the yurt, but Chris and Erica are better at making the smart decisions than I am, so I let them take the lead and do the right thing. I’d normally just go for it and get overly determined to find it and possibly get into trouble. Thank goodness for Chris and Erica’s less risky ways!
Here’s Kim’s recap of the yurt trip via instagram – Getting ready, hiking, more hiking and turning around in the dark. That’s it.
Erica and I had a really relaxing Saturday, made some great food and had a really nice walk around Park City – not getting to that yurt was okay at the end of Saturday. I’m glad she came to visit!