There’s a place in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah called “Silver Lake.” I’ve been going there since I was a young girl. It’s a lovely location just 20 minutes from Salt Lake. There’s a beautiful path that goes around the lake that is very accessible. It’s a lovely place for a nature walk.
This place became special to my husband and I while I was pregnant with our son. Just one month before he was born we took the picture above. That day the snow was still knee deep, even though it was the end of April. But the sun was shining and the weather was warm! We laughed and talked about everything under the sun. We sat on the back rest of a bench (because it was buried in snow up to the seat) and talked about the future. It was a lovely day and will always be a very special memory for me.
Just six days before our son was born, we returned again to Silver Lake. We couldn’t believe what just under one month could do to the landscape and the snow! We snapped a picture of my husband standing in the same spot he was in the photo above. This day was also wonderful, and full of anticipation as we awaited the birth of our son. We didn’t know when we’d get up the mountain again, so we really took advantage of the fresh mountain air.
It was July before I was able to visit Silver Lake again. Levi was 6 weeks old, and my husband had gone golfing one Saturday, so I decided to head up the mountain for a little nature walk. It was lovely, as always.
We visited again in August as a family. We didn’t have much time, so we walked until we could see the lake, snapped a picture, and went home.
Don’t mind the squinty eyes, there’s a reason I take pictures in sunglasses on sunny days.
Finally this past week we were able to go up the mountain with Levi and really spend some time. He was awake and alert for the entire walk, and we really felt the wonder of our little man taking in all the new sites, sounds, and smells. I love the way we are already learning to see the world through his eyes. I cherish this family time with our little family of three. Mountain drives and hikes always make for the best conversations. There are no phones (except to take pictures, of course) and no other distractions. We truly get to be together and enjoy one another.
Where do you like to adventure as a family??
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