Monday, August 30, 2010

Utah Olympic Park

The Utah Olympic Park is located north of Park City, Utah and east of Salt Lake City. During the 2002 Winter Olympics it served as the venue for Nordic Jumping events and sliding events including Bobsled, Skeleton, and Luge. It still serves an active training center year round for Olympic and development level athletes. Other facilities in addition to the Nordic Jumps and Bobsled Track located on site include a 2002 Winter Olympics Museum, Ski Museum, summer aerial training splash pool, ziplines, and mountain coaster.

120 meter Nordic jump

Our home away from home at Jordanelle State park

In this video you can see the Nordic jumper make the 120 meter jump

Here you can see the Nordic jumper going down the 120 meter

Here a jumper practicing at the jump pool

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Monday, August 23, 2010

ATV’ing on the Paiute trail, Utah

The Paiute ATV Trail is a 900+ mile ATV trail system, a trail system with no beginning and no end, making it the largest in the nation! It is truly impossible to put in writing how you feel as you sit on a ridge at 11,000 feet looking a hundred miles into the distance, or maneuver your ATV through a dense forest on a four-foot-wide trail. We rode over a 100 miles of trial and didn’t even scratch the surface of things to explore on the Paiute.
This is the city of Richfield in the distance

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lehman Caves, Nevada

Lehman Caves is a beautiful marble cave ornately decorated with stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and over 300 rare shield formations.

Shield formations
Shield formations

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Great Basin National Park is home to the only glacier in Nevada, and one of the southernmost glaciers in the United States. The Wheeler Peak Glacier sits at the base of Wheeler Peak, in a protected cirque around 11,500 feet in elevation. The glacier measures 300 feet long and 400 feet wide. Exact depth is unknown. The park is also notable for its groves of ancient bristlecone pines, the oldest known trees. The bristlecone pines are a small group of pine trees that are thought to reach an age far greater than that of any other single living organism known, up to nearly 5,000 years.
Our home away from home

If your feeling stressed out, just watch this short video and relax!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Thousand Lake Mountain, Utah

We headed out into Fishlake National Forest to Thousand Lake Mountain for some camping. It’s all boondocking here, no campground and amenities. Thousand Lake Mountain is located in the easternmost section of Fishlake National Forest. A section of the Great Western Trail traverses the mountain from north to south.

Time for some smores!

We headed into Capitol Reef from the national forest, its all dirt roads and 4 wheel drive this route. We made it to the beginning of the water fold in the reef. It’s an incredible view from here and not a human being to be found!

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