Sunday, October 12, 2014

Backpacking Fossil Springs

Now that it's October and starting to cool off a little we have to get out and play before it gets too hot again. The next few months is like our Summer. 

We went with some friends on a overnight, backpacking trip to Fossil Springs. 

It was about a 3 hour drive and then we started hiking. 

I was so excited to go backpacking. I'd never been until now. Luckily Jake had two backpacks and a small tent from his boy scout days. 

After 5 miles we found a great camping spot. Right next to the cleanest, clearest river I've ever seen. 

It was about 5 pm so we decided to go and check out the waterfall. I didn't necessarily plan on jumping that night but decided I couldn't resist! It was COLD.

We could see some dark clouds rolling in and then the brightest rainbow so we decided we better make it back to camp. 

As soon as we got back to camp is starting pouring down rain. Buckets! We all hung out in their tent (since ours was TINY TINY TINY) until the rain stopped. When it did the men cooked us some super gourmet roman noodles in the dark!

We all hung out in the tent for several hours laughing and joking until Jake and I crawled (literally) into our tent. It's SO small! I think it was 3 ft tall and 3 ft wide!

Luckily we woke up to some steam and sunshine!

Jake was wearing a pretty fantastic outfit the next morning… I had to document!

We went back to the waterfall and swam around a bit. We went into a cave that was so cool. There was even a part of the cave (above Dave's head) that Jake and I tried rock climbing. I was actually impressed at how well we did. 

 We did a bit more jumping… 

It took a lot of guts to jump off the waterfall. Not only because it was high but because you had to launch yourself off the top. There was a huge rock at the bottom that stuck out at least 8 ft. Luckily gravity helps. 

That's probably my new favorite picture.

There was a really cool 'toilet bowl' sort of thing to one side of the falls where you swim under the rock and get up in there… or you could jump in. But the water was pretty crazy looking and I didn't want to jump in- but the guys did. 

After swimming for a while and going in another cave that was under one of the waterfalls we decided to hike back to camp for lunch: Tuna, salmon and crackers. 

After lunch we packed up camp and hiked back. The weirdest thing was that the hike was just as hard going out as it was coming in! We all had an amazing time and I seriously loved it so much. Maybe in 12-15 years we'll go back and camp with our kids :)