Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Carry That Weight

Over the long weekend I was trying to decide what to blog about on Monday.  I had some general ideas, but I didn't realize that most of my blog this week would happen on Monday itself.  

My brother Gordon invited me to on an early hike to Silver Lake with him and one of his neighbors.  That worked out well with it being Labor Day and I was scheduled for a 3 mile run. This would give me a similar workout since the hike is about a 4.6 mile round trip. 

I haven't been to Silver Lake for quite a few years, but I remembered that both the hike and lake were pretty.  I got to my brother's house at 6:30 and we climbed into the van and off we went. 

I have mentioned before that I feel really blessed to live where I do because there is so many outdoor opportunities.  I love to hike and within a half hour or so, we can be to many wonderful trail heads.  Extend that out to a couple of hours and the options are limitless.

After last week's disaster hike, I wondered how this one would go.  I decided to go very minimal with what I took and it ended up being a good decision in more ways that one.  I didn't even take my hiking poles with me on this one.  I felt really good on the hike and I had more than enough energy and endurance for this one.  I was very encouraged.

Silver Lake

Me and my brother

Reflection of the sky.
As we were there at the lake, we were approached my a guy who had been camping overnight.  He asked if we were heading back soon.  When we said we were, he told us of another camper who had hurt his back and needed help getting back down the trail.  He said his group could help him, but they had full packs themselves and were wondering if one of us could take his pack down.  I said no problem since I didn't even have a day pack on.  Both Gordon and I both know from personal experience about back problems so we were glad to help.  We went over and helped him finish packing.  I know how hard it is to get up and down when the back hurts so we finished packing his tent up.  I put the pack on, Gordon gave me his hiking poles and we took off.  It was a little over 2 miles back, so I decided to hike as quick as I could with the pack on.  I made good time back to the van.  We prearranged a place to leave the pack.  Hopefully all went well with him getting down with the other campers.

Later that day, we had already planned as a family to go to Lisa Falls.  I haven't been there in years either.  It is up Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake.  The hike is short and easy and the falls are pretty as you can see.

The main falls coming down a granite face.

Not really big, but pretty.
We didn't stay long.  We made it back home in time to see "The Help."  Great movie!

Hope you had a great holiday weekend.

Hang in there and I will too!


  1. Ahhh how nice of you! It's so wonderful there are still kind people in the world who can remember what it's like to be in someone else's shoes. How much did the pack weigh? ;)

  2. The pack weighed about 35 pounds. Backpacking is a great reminder how good it feels to lose extra weight. What a difference when you take the pack off at the end of the trail! I've lost about three of those packs so far.

  3. Yes, you do live in a beautiful place. Those pictures are amazing!. Nice work helping out with that pack. You make it sound easy, but, I bet it wasn't! Love how you equate it to weight loss in that comment above. 35 pounds is exactly what I have lost!

  4. Bruce,
    If I lost 35 pounds, I'd be back to where I was in the Navy. Since 30 pounds or so is the general weight of my pack when I go backpacking, losing that weight would make a big difference! Hikes like that one yesterday will go a long way! I am still a bit slow and need to rest periodically, but I endure to the end! :-)

    I saw on the map that there is a Silver Glance Lake about a mile above Silver Lake. No official trail, and very steep climb from the descriptions. Scenery, however, is breathtaking! Might have to try that someday.

  5. Great pics, Bruce. Cool story. Feels good to help others, right? You're doing great getting out there and hiking.

  6. I love the pictures and I love that you were able to help someone out this time instead of needing help. I love you and am proud of all the good you do in your life. You are amazing. Keep it up.

  7. Uncle Bruce! I just read much of your blog. And I have to say you have really motivated me to be a better person. Everything you write has such great perspective! The pictures of your hike are really beautiful. But most of all your accomplishments and viewpoints on how to achieve are what I need right now. Thanks so much for taking the time to write these things down!!