Big E, little g and I enjoy an afternoon by the Provo river after a busy memorial day. It’s so peaceful to listen to the rushing water.
Yesterday our adventure was a hike around the natural springs nearby. Cascade Springs is located in the Uinta National Forest off the Alpine Loop road. The Alpine Loop is a beautiful drive on its own, connecting Provo and American Fork canyons and sporting grand vistas of the Wasatch mountain range. Off the loop road is a Scenic Byway that takes would be adventurers to Cascade Springs, another amazing drive with views that my young children didn’t appreciate. The springs has a series of interconnected paths and boardwalks that meander past natural springs. The path is paved but there are stairs in parts so strollers are not recommended.
On this adventure my sister brought her four boys along too. With our children ranging from age 10 to 9 months we raced, walked, jumped and climbed our way through the maple, box elder and oaks. Thanks to the signs along the trail we learned about yellow warblers, forest fire, and stinging nettle (yes it really stings). The hike isn’t too strenuous, there are water fountains along the way and it’s beautiful. All in all it was a great adventure.
When I asked Big E where he wanted to go yesterday he said Bridal Veil Falls without a second thought. I tried to encourage a choice that didn’t involve packing, loading, buckling, driving, unbuckling, and unloading but in the end it was worth it. The paved trail makes for easy stroller access which is more comfortable for me than the hiking pack anyway. Like all of our adventures it seems, this one involved water and throwing things into it. The great thing about Bridal Veil is that the water was low enough that I wasn’t worried about letting Big E splash around by himself while little g and I watched from the side. It’s beautiful, has easy access and was quite fun. However it was cold water, for sure.