Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ruth Lake - Uintah Mountains

The Grovers and Ye Stewart Clan are, almost certainly, blood relatives through the Loll line, and even if that's just folk lore, we've been best friends for decades.  And as long as Ye Stewarts have known the Grovers, we've heard tales of the famed Ruth Lake in the Uintah Mountains, and we've talked of one day going there together.  And finally, one day arrived.

And it was everything the Grovers had described it to be.  Gorgeous mountains freckled with glistening lakes, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and high-wilderness solitude, all within an easy, family-friendly, one-mile hike from the parking lot.  Here are some of the highlights:

Tennyson doing his best "Blue Steel" pose in front of alpenglow-bathed Hayden Peak.

Jacob and Amelia sauntering through the wildflowers.

Ye Stewart Clan by one of the lakes along the trail to Ruth Lake.

Uncle Thomas with Jacob and Eleanor

Sunset over Ruth Lake

Julie, who insisted on walking the entire trail back to the car, despite not sleeping the night before. 

Tennyson, who insisted on jumping from rock to rock -- until he plunged into the icy waters.

Tait, who insisted on hiking backward, in his pajamas.  And Suzy, who insisted (to no avail) that Tait turn around before he tripped and got hurt.

And the Grovers, who insisted on being awesome (by, among other things, taking us to Ruth Lake and bringing an enormous amount of delicious treats to eat around the campfire).

I sense a tradition coming on!  Thanks, Grovers!


Hillary said...

I can barely hike into the Target when the parking lot is full and I have to park by the cart return that is further west. You guys give new meaning to the word "ambitious"

Thomas said...

We had a great time. Looking forward to next year!

Daisy Chick said...

Oh, thank you for posting those pictures. I wish so much we could have been there. My kids desperately miss going to Ruth Lake and we are all very jealous. But the pictures are wonderful. So glad you were able to go. Much love to all of you.