September 20, 2010

"You need to get out of the water and carry your raft!"

   On Saturday, Lois and the girls and I went river rafting. We floated the Provo River from below Deer Creek Reservoir down to an area above Bridal Veil Falls. We were worried about the weather being too cold, but as it turned out it was very warm and sunny. Perfect weather for river rafting. We stopped at Bridal Veil Falls and took several pictures.

 Mountain crop just below Timpanogos Cave.

Burned out observation deck above Bridal Veil Falls

   As I was taking pictures, I kept noticing a structure at the top of the Falls. I pointed it out to Lois and the girls thinking it was an observation deck and told them that there was probably a trail that led up there. Later after I did some reading on the area, I learned that there was an aerial tram that led up to the deck and that there used to be a restaurant. It was built in 1967 and the only way up there was by tram or helicopter. The tram was destroyed by an avalanche in 1996 and then was rebuilt. There was a second avalanche in 2008 that left the place in ruins and a fire later burned the ruins. A month later the tram lines were cut down and removed.

 Jeni discovers there is another way of exiting a vehicle.

    This is our third rafting trip. Our first was up at Flaming Gorge when we did the Green River and a couple of months ago we did Henry's Fork of the Snake River up by Island Park, Idaho outside of Yellowstone. We are starting to get pretty good at it. 
   This company actually told us that we had to get out of our raft, lift it over a fence and carry it past two bridges. "It's only 50 yards people!"
   "You want us to do what?"


 This is a part of the old Heber Creeper Railroad line that is no longer in service.

    The Fall colors were so beautiful that Lois and I got up around 6:30 this morning and drove up to Park City and Heber to take some pictures and then came back around through Provo Canyon. I am going to be posting them over on my Reflections blog tomorrow.
   We also went out to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and took some other pictures that I will probably post later on. Great day for a road trip. 


Laoch of Chicago said...

Neat, I must try this someday.

The Gaelic Wife said...

I can't believe there are fall colors on the trees already. Beautiful.

Laura said...

so glad you are getting out and having so much fun with your family!

Bitter_Angel said...

wow that looks like such a fun day.

The Wanna Be Photographer said...

That looks like a great day.

Crystal Iris Photography said...

I am so thrilled to see you and your family taking such great adventures- I however have turned down many a rafting trip because I am a chicken. You all make it look like fun!


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