Hike to Fifth Water Hot Springs

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A terrific hike.

It was new, involved two canyons, two rivers, five miles, 870 feet of elevation change, four people, lots of beautiful scenery, a gorgeous waterfall, and some VERY HOT WATER.

The view of the springs and the throngs who come to enjoy the warm waters

The trail head is about a 45 minute drive from my house. The drive goes through Spanish Fork and heads up Hwy 6. The actual trail map is shown here.

The trail

My trail compadres were my daughter Yana, and our friends Emmily, Ann and their two dogs Griffyn and Poppy. The hike is quite beautiful and there were many beautiful waterfall views along the path. There were a few scenes I chose not to shoot because I knew we would be racing the sunset.

At the end of the trail is a beautiful waterfall and several VERY HOT SPRINGS. Also, there were a lot of people there soaking in the warm water. There were several parts where the water was so hot that I could not keep my feet in them. Seriously.

The waterfall had heavy flow and was very refreshing in the presence of the very hot water!

Once we settled in at the waterfall and hot springs area, Yana and Emmily started playing in the waterfall using my Muvi camera. They discovered several holes in the rocks. They were too afraid to climb in them, but they did find an area behind the falls. They told me about it and I spend some time behind it shooting video. You can see the video highlights below.

One of the many incredible views along the trail

The Oregon Coast

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I had a chance this last week to go to Oregon for work. I flew in to Portland and then had to drive several hours south down to Coos Bay and Bandon. The coast was beyond remarkable.

I had a challenge that I have never faced before at such a photogenic location - my camera batteries were dead. Apparently I left the camera turned on. Since I did not have my camera bag, I put my camera and lenses in my work bag. As I was traveling the camera was moving around a bit and the shutter release kept getting hit turning the camera and the screen on. This drained the battery.


So all the photos in this post are from my cell phone.

A beautiful garden at Shores Acres State Park

I put together a compilation video of a few locations. This gives you a sense of just a few locations. There are so many more to explore! I hope to do so sometime soon!

A small lighthouse out in Bandon Bay

 Sky, rocks, water, colors

Sky, rocks, water, colors

Two Days, Three Canyons

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Lori in the wilderness of AF Canyon

This past weekend was terrific and Saturday, in particular, was an ACTION-PACKED day!

We had a friend, Lori, in from CA. The girls were so happy to have her here as they spent time with her last year in CA.

On Friday we took a quick morning drive into Provo Canyon. The morning light was wonderful and I was able to make a few nice images.


Provo Canyon in the morning light

I really like the photo above for some reason. I like the composition, the light and shadows and the misty clouds. The 2 photos below were taken at the same location near the entrance of the canyon. The one on the left has one of my favorite subjects in the background: Mt. Timpanogas. The one on the right is taken looking about 180 degrees from the first. You can see the Uinta range in the distance.

The last photo from this Friday morning micro shoot is of another location that has frequented this blog - Bridal Veil Falls.

 Spring color is alive at the falls

Spring color is alive at the falls

I am such a rugged outdoorsman!

After getting the girls situated at school and having a delicious breakfast at Ernie's in Orem, we decided to take a trip into American Fork Canyon. We drove up to Tibble Fork Reservoir, made some fun "outdoor" pix and then stopped along the American Fork River for some more pix.

I shot a video at the location shown in the beautiful photo below. It was a lovely and peaceful place. I want to come back to it in the fall and see what colors there could be.

It was a picturesque and fun day. The next morning we loaded up the van with the girls and a few friends and headed to Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington. I have posted pics and some fun video from that portion of the day HERE.

My attempt to show the steepness of the trail

However, after arriving back from the park, getting a bite to eat, we headed out to Dry Canyon trail, this is the same trail that I took on my journey to Big Baldy. I wanted to go back and climb the cliff that I photographed on my initial hike through the canyon to Big Baldy. We arrived at the trail head about 30 minutes before sunset and had about a 1 mile very steep climb to get to the cliff.

When I got to the cliff portion, my fear of heights kicked in. It was so bad, that I literally had to crawl on my hands and knees for the last 50 yards or so. I could not make it to the highest point of the hill on the cliff, which I now regret. Nonetheless, I was able to make this beautiful shot below of the trail that continues on up into Big Baldy.

I love this shot! Love the color, the perspective and the last waning splash of sunset light at the top.

Thought I would use one of the photos from last week's hike back down from Big Baldy to show from where I took the above photo. The red arrow shows the spot where I was standing when I took it. The second photo below is a photo that gives a little perspective of the height of the cliffs. This particular photo is showing a portion of the cliff that is actually not as tall as the portion of the cliff designated with red arrow.

A hiker looks out over Dry Canyon at sunset