8.25.2009

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Two days ago, on a whim, I decided to take Miss Katie & Baby Connor to hike Timpanogos Cave. It is no easy hike, especially with 30 extra pounds of Baby Man on your previously surgically corrected spine. Katie had no problem of course, she never broke a sweat. That may be partly due to the fact that we hiked in the rain.

You can't enter the cave unless you're on a tour, which we were, and it takes a long time to get through it all. I HAD NO IDEA HOW AWESOME THIS PLACE IS. I've lived in UT for 16 years and this was my first time to the cave. It's literally 8 or 9 minutes from my house. IT IS INCREDIBLE. I can't get over how awesome it was. So much cooler than I expected. It's full of helictites:




This is "The Heart of Timpanogos". It's over 5 feet long and weighs 2 tons:





And here is the view from the cave exit. You can see Cedar Hills:

And this is what we saw on the trail on the way down. Yeah, it's a rattlesnake:

I'm going to try to go up again in the next week or so. They'll be closed for the season in about a month so I gotta get on it.

5 comments:

Taylor said...

We are so excited to take the boys there someday. Thanks for sharing your experience and photos (minus the rattlesnake...ewwww). Miss you! (oops, posted as Taylor again - Shenay)

Sally DeFord said...

I love that place. I couldn't get over how clear the water was in the cave. It was almost like it wasn't there it was so clear. I agree, it's a pretty steep hike.

Holly said...

there are so many things here in utah that i haven't done yet. it's quite shameful actually.

and i am a bit freaked out by that rattlesnake.

Kaerlig said...

That is no easy hike but so worth it.

Linda Dickinson said...

You are an awesome mom...somtimes we have to go do those things w/o daddio too. If we wait around their busy schedules...our kids could be 18 before they do it...HAHA!