Ouray is the perfect mountain town. I thought I would have more time to take photos this trip, as we usually go for the ice festival, but even on our own, ice climbing takes up a lot of time, especially with perfect weather and the ability to walk from your hotel to the ice. I was able to snap a few photos on our way in and out (after a storm blew in).
We recently spent an amazing week on Oahu. This was my first time visiting Hawaii, and it far exceeded my expectations. We swam with turtles and beautiful fish, hiked through bamboo forests, waded through pools at the base of waterfalls, climbed cliffs, and took lots of photographs. I was surprised at how incredible the hiking is on the island. We hiked through tropical storm flossie, which made for beautiful cloudy shots, and took shelter in a World War II bunker with its walls now covered in graffiti and its floor covered in debris. And I was probably most excited to stumble upon an orchid growing in the wild. I grow orchids at home, but to see one growing in the middle of the island was simply beautiful. I cannot wait until our next adventure and to explore more islands!
We had beautiful weather over the Easter weekend, and we took advantage of it with two great hikes in the Utah canyons, Adams Canyon and Ferguson Canyon. If you live in or are visiting the Salt Lake City area, I would highly recommend the book 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Salt Lake City by Greg Witt. It has a variety of hikes from short strolls, to alpine lakes and waterfalls, and up to longer, more strenuous summit routes.