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4 Wheelers & Gun Shooting in Utah

Today February 18th, 2013 – Presidents Day – can be counted as one of our best days ever! We shall cherish this memory in our heart as long as we live. We spent this beautiful day with Pastor Jeremy from Westside Baptist Church, St George, UT and his lovely family: my dearest friend Trena and their 3 sons Dillon, Cody and Chase and their dog Rusty. We were also introduced to Grandma Virginia and her beautiful and very gentle Granddaughter Rachel. We met at the Hargis family house around 11:20am. The 4 wheelers were all set up on the trailer so within 5 mins we were all heading towards the beautiful Red Cliff mountains. Once we left the paved road, we put our truck into 4 wheel drive and crossed a river, horned to tell a couple of cows to move a bit on the left. After a few bumps we finally made it to destination and were very appreciative to have a truck!

After installing the rails so that the 4 wheelers could be removed from the trailer, we headed for a short hike to enjoy the beautiful landscape that lay in front of our eyes.

Mrs Trena hargis, Grandma Virginia and my dearest husband

Mrs Trena Hargis, Grandma Virginia and my dearest husband

My husband with whim I shared so much fun

My husband with whom I shared so much fun

Our kids and Beauty on a mission!

Our kids and Beauty on a mission!

Ready to go! Pastor Jeremy and Sabrina for the first time on a 4 wheeler, way to go my baby!

Ready to go! Pastor Jeremy and Sabrina for the first time on a 4 wheeler, way to go my baby!

Sitting on the back to go and driving on the way back! That's my girl!

Sitting on the back to go and driving on the way back! That’s my girl!

Papa teaching Philippe how to drive.

Papa teaching Philippe how to drive.

1st time ever on a 4 wheeler and still in one piece!

1st time ever on a 4 wheeler and still in one piece!

Pastor Jeremy bringing back some wood for our fire.

Pastor Jeremy bringing back some wood for our fire.

Miss Trena preparing the ground for our fire

Miss Trena preparing the ground for our fire

Chase and Cody having a ton of fun!

Chase and Cody having a ton of fun!

My son driving me. I never thought that this day will come so fast. Philippe is actually a very smooth driver.

My son driving me. I never thought that this day would come so fast. Philippe is actually a very smooth driver.

Dillon going for a clay pigeon. Well done!

Dillon going for a clay pigeon. Well done!

Job done!

Job done!

Papa's turn to provide for his family.

Papa’s turn to provide for his family.

Pastor Jeremy on the job!

Pastor Jeremy on the job!

The youth watching!

The youth watching!

Philippe trying a 2.2mm

Philippe trying a 22mm

Philippe displaying a great level of concentration.

Philippe displaying a great level of concentration.

Way to go darling!

Way to go darling! Shooting a point 375 Magnum!!

Sabrina hitting the target!!

Sabrina hitting the target!!

I did hit the target once!

I did hit the target once!

" I shall not give up following them wherever they may go"

” I shall not give up following them wherever they may go”

Don't they look happy?

Don’t they look happy?

Yes they climbed all the way up there. I wisely stayed down with the good excuse to take a picture!

Yes they climbed all the way up there. I wisely stayed down with the good excuse of having to take a picture!

Adding to the troop came Chase and Philippe

Adding to the troop came Chase and Philippe

Beauty on a mission to follow the human puppies

Beauty on a mission to follow the human puppies

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Utah

 
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A Desert Oasis

The Emerald Pools create an oasis in this desert environment that is Southern Utah. You won’t be able to see the color of the Emerald Pool on the picture below as it is frozen but aquatic green algae give a pale translucent green color to the pool hence the name of the Emerald Pools.Zion - The Emerald Pool and Par'Us Trails - January 4th 2013 032

The Lower Emerald pool in January

The Lower Emerald pool in January

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The waterfall created a mini pool as it freezes before reaching the main pool

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The tall waterfall

The rock ledge above the Lower Emerald Pool is harder and more resistant than the underlying formations. Geologists say that over a long period of time, the softer, lower canyon rock layers have slowly eroded away, leaving the 100 foot drop and waterfall that you can see on the pictures below.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Utah

 

The Lower Emerald Pool at Zion National Park

Today is our last day of this Christmas holiday. To end up this wonderful Christmas break, we decided to hike to the Lower Emerald Pool at Zion. The hike starts across the Zion Lodge (where we had our Christmas dinner).

You can hike three trails that respectively lead to the Lower, the Middle and the Upper Emerald Pools. As of January 4th only the Lower Emerald Pool trail was open because of the snow and ice.

The Virgin River from the bridge across Zion Lodge

Our trail was icy but practicable with caution.  As you will see on the pictures below, the scenery is breathtaking. The nice part of walking this trail in January is that it is not as crowded as it will be during the summer months. As the trail is quite narrow this was most appreciated. Having  snow added greatly to our enjoyment. Hikers usually describe the emerald pools as an oasis in the middle of the desert. The excitement was such to walk on a trail covered in ice and snow with the Virgin River flowing on the right hand side and the red cliffs on the left that in my wonderment I told my family how meaningless was the fact they were starting to be peckish. Looking at my family faces I realized that I was the only one ready to skip a meal! We enjoyed our picnic facing the waterfall at the Lower Emerald Pool. Besides the fact that I had planned a hearty picnic, we had to cut short the final course as our hands were changing color from the cold. Sabrina commented on the fact that nobody can mistake that I am French because (1) I was sorry to have forgotten our paper plates and (2) I was telling my family what food to eat together and in which order! They are slow learners… but I shan’t give up! This hike is family friendly and worth doing at different seasons to experience the changes in the waterfalls and the vegetation.

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View of the Virgin River

View of the Virgin River

Philippe, Sabrina and Jonathan on the Lower Emerald Pool trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colors of the sandstones rocks at Zion never ceased to amaze me!

The colors of the sandstone rocks at Zion never cease to amaze me!

The bridge crossing the Virgin River between Zion Lodge and the Emeralds Pools

The bridge crossing the Virgin River between Zion Lodge and the Emerald Pools

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Utah

 

Our Campground in Utah

View from our campground in Hurricane, Ut

View from our campground in Hurricane, UT

The Club House and Mini Golf at our Campground

The Club House and Mini Golf at our Campground

The Club House and Mini Golf at our Campground

The Club House and Mini Golf at our Campground

Across our campground: The Red Cliffs

Across our campground: The Red Cliffs

Entering the Red Cliffs National Park

Entering the Red Cliffs National Park

The Beginning of the Desert

The Beginning of the Desert

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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Utah