Nature

Campout #7 2019: Strawberry Reservoir

We went camping again last night. This time we went to Strawberry Reservoir.  Lots of bugs at this campout.  More than any of our other campouts combined. But all in all, it was still a good campout. Our campsite wasn’t the best logistically… it wasn’t very flat and the lack of shade and bugs made...
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Sweden Unit: Midsommar Campout / Payson Canyon

Campout number 6 for 2019! We went to Payson Canyon and we couldn’t have had a more perfect campsite to celebrate Swedish Midsommar. I loved spending time in the forest. My Swedish blood was felt so at home. 🙂 Scandinavia has long, dark winters, so the arrival of summer is a big deal throughout the...
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Morning Nature Walks: Noticing Little Details

We have been going on a walk around our neighborhood every weekday morning since the boys got out of school… so today will be our 15th walk I think. It’s been good for us to get outside and get some fresh air first thing in the morning. I have been noticing that it is also...
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Chasing Fireflies

A fond memory that I have of summer in Missouri (where I grew up) is the warm nights, watching, chasing, and catching fireflies. Fireflies are magical. I love them. Until recently, I didn’t know that fireflies existed in Utah. I was always sad about this and felt like something was missing from summer nights. Well,...
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Campout #5 2019: Echo Reservoir

Campout number 5 for 2019: Echo Reservoir. Forgot the swimming suits so the kids just waded around in their clothes. Haha. We made some awesome (healthy? no) fried chicken in the Dutch oven. Slack lined over the water, went fishing (no luck), threw a lot of rocks in the water, found a cool Robin’s egg...
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Campout #4 2019: Spanish Fork Canyon

Campout 4 for 2019! We went up Spanish Fork Canyon and it was so pretty and green up there… except for all of the black burned trees from the huge wildfire last summer. We hiked up the mountain, played in the tall grass, picked wild flowers, and watched Jershon slack line across the mini river....
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Morning Nature Walk: Watching a Snail Eat Grass

This morning we found another snail on our walk!  It was in the grass and we sat there and watched it eat for about 15 minutes.  I had never seen a snail eat before and it was pretty cool!  In fact I didn’t even know that snails eat grass.  haha.  
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Morning Nature Walk: Snail on Porter’s Shoe

We have started going on a walk every morning before breakfast. I really want to bring more nature into our daily life and sometimes I feel so confined, living in a suburban area. So even though it doesn’t feel exactly the same as walking through the woods, walking around our neighborhood is at least better...
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Campout #3 2019: Goblin Valley

Campout # 3 of 2019! We usually camp about an hour or less away from home but this time we decided to go to Goblin Valley which is 3 hours from our house. We lucked out and were able to find an awesome campsite, complete with our own private slot canyon (or cave as the...
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