Saturday, January 31, 2009

Up the Peak

Over the Memorial Day weekend, my cute roommates and I decided to go snowshoeing. None of us had even been before, so we decided to rent some shoes and head out. Did we know what we were doing? No. But it turned out to be a TON of fun.

My cute roommates Trina and Kortni on our way to Squaw Peak.

Once we got there, we first started walking in just our tennis shoes because we didn't feel like we really needed the shoes yet. As we continued walking up this path area, we saw this little "turn off" area where we felt like we could go and have it be a little more intense. As we looked further up, we didn't think it would challenge us enough, so we continued on. As we continued up, there was a guy walking down this trail area. He told us how we probably wouldn't be needing our shoes because the snow was so compact. HOWEVER, my roommates and I had already decided to take a more "advanced" track...


So, up we went. Kortni started out leading the way...

Our ascent...

My turn being "the fearless leader"!

We had to pull on trees to get through certain areas. This one area, was little a mini forest of dead trees. The scary thing about snowshoeing up a mountain is you never know what's under you... Kind of a weird thought as you are throwing your weight around to make it up.

A view from the [almost] top.

So when we finally got to our "destination", we started hearing gun shots. Right next to where we started our climb, we passed an area marked "Provo Gun and Rifle Range". However, when we heard the gun shots, it didn't sound like they were coming from the range next to us. We looked over the ledge and saw this man just free shooting. We then looked closer and realized he was shooting EXACTLY up the "trail" we were considering going up before. We then started laughing and saying how "WE COULD HAVE DIED!" But really, there would have been no way he would have seen us. We seriously could have been shot! Haha! What a fun story that would have been!

On our descent down..we took a different way. We decided to explore a little.

We found this road/trail on our way down. It was such a fun day!

When we finally got down to the bottom, we actually met and talked with the man who was shooting. He was CRAZY! It was so funny. My roommate asked him how he was doing and what he was doing there. He wanted to reassure us and make it VERY clear that it was still the right of an American to carry a gun. (We weren't arguing... :) We then asked what he was shooting and he told us he was looking for a moose that he had seen signs of. (That's all well and good, but he was NOT shooting in an area where shooting was/is permitted. WE COULD HAVE DIED!) Haha. It was quite the memorable day.

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