zions

Must Do Hikes In Zions National Park

If you’ve never been to Zions National Park, don’t let the crowds keep you away. There is a reason it’s crowded. It’s AMAZING!

Peak times are: Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Easter week (date varies – usually in April), Labor Day (first Monday in September), and Utah Education Association break (October).

Weeping Rock

This is a short easy hike that is paved with stairs to a deck area to check out the rock that is weeping.

Angels Landing

This is a must do! Don’t let the chained area keep you away.  Even if you get to the top and decide the chained area isn’t for you, the hike up to that point is still amazing. The best part is Walters Wiggles which is a section of switch backs that are a site to see.

Emerald Pools

Lower Emerald Pools and Upper Emerald Pools are listed as two separate hikes, but I recommend doing it as one hike.  This is such a fun hike.  You will see pools, a wall of water (watch your step, it can be slippery), stepping stones and winding trails.  You will not be disappointed.

Canyon Overlook

This hike is found on the east side of the tunnel (you have to drive through the tunnel during your visit). Parking lot is on the right side of the road and usually crowded, so come early.  Cross the street to the trail head and don’t forget your camera.  The view is spectacular!

The Narrows (Bottom Up)

Take the Zions shuttle to the last stop, Temple of Sinawava. Hike in as far as you like and turn around at any time. You will be hiking through water, and over slick rocks so wear appropriate shoes.  In spring the water will be colder from the snow melt.  This is a great hike in the hot summer months and definitely less crowded in the fall, when water is lower.

Par’us Trail

A nice evening stroll along the Virgin River. Bike, dog, and wheelchair friendly.

 

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

snowy day

9 Items You Need to Keep Warm

It’s hard to enjoy the winter when you’re cold. Follow these steps to stay warm and enjoy being outside this winter.

1. Good Base Layer – These are my two favorites.

SmartWool Thermal Long Underwear-Merino 250 Base Layer-tops and bottoms

Hot Chillys Base Layer – Hot Chillys Peppers Bi-Ply Base Layer-tops and bottoms

2. Mid Layer Top – A sweatshirt or fleece top like these:

The North Face Powder Guide Midlayer

32 Degrees – FAUX CASHMERE PULLOVER WITH SHERPA LINING

3. Mid Layer Bottoms – Either snow pants or lined windproof pants.

Klim Transition Pant

Swix Lillehammer Pants

The North Face – Powder Guide Pants

4. Socks – SmartWool hands done are my favorite socks. All styles.

SmartWool PhD Ski Light Socks

SmartWool PhD Ski Medium Socks

5. Shoes

Bogs – Classic Ultra High Insulated Boots

Sorels – Women’s Winter Carnival or Women’s Caribou Boot

6. Hat – Any hat is better than no hat.  I have many, but here are the two warmest.

The North Face – Women’s Fuzzy Earflap Beanie

Carhartt – Acrylic Watch Hat

7. Gloves

The North Face-Denali Thermal Etip Glove

Dakine – Sequoia Insulated Mittens – Don’t underestimate the warmth of mittens. I swear they keep your hands warmer, especially when you drop a Hot Hands hand warmer in them.

8. Scarf – The multi use miracle warmer 🙂 Cover your neck, face, or ears. Don’t leave home without one.

Pistil-Frenchi Infinity Scarf (check out their hats as well)

9. Hot Hands – Hand and foot warmers. These stay warm for up to 8 hours and are a lifesaver.

Hot Hands

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

Sledding

5 Sledding Hills in the Salt Lake Valley

Make some memories and enjoy the snow at these 5 sledding hills in the Salt Lake Valley

 

 1. Sugarhouse Park-

The sledding hill is located on the south, west corner of the park. Enter on 2100 south and follow the loop around. You won’t miss seeing the hill. There are hay bails at the bottom of the hill for sledders safety.

2. Flat Iron Mesa Park-

This is not a large park. The hill is on the north side and very visible.

3. Eastridge Park-12151 S 1000 E, Sandy, UT 84020

Park on 1000 east. The hill is on the south end of the park and is easily seen from the street.

4. Creekside Park (Big Cottonwood Regional Park)-1664 E Murray Holladay Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84117

This park is easily accessed from Murray Holladay Rd. There is a great pavilion, so bring some hot chocolate and enjoy the hill.

5. Mountain View Park-

This is a newer park and is fantastic year around. Enter off of Fort Union Blvd. The sledding hill is on the south end of the park.

 

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

Lost Focus

14 Must Haves for a Fidget Kit

Create a Fidget Kit for a child/adult with ADHD, ADD, Autism, OCD, or Anxiety

silly putty

1. Silly Putty

fidget spinner

2. Fidget Spinner

fidget cube

3. Fidget Cube

binder clip

4. Binder Clip

Flippy chain fidget

5. Flippy Bike Chain

Bike Chain Roller Fidget

6. Roller Bike Chain

mesh squishy ball

7. Mesh Squishy Ball

soybean fidget keychain

8. Soybean Keychain

Tangle jr

9. Tangle Jr.

Mesh and Marble fidget

10. Marble and Mesh Fidgets

magic rainbow puzzle ball

11. Magic Rainbow Ball

slow rise squishies

12. Slow Rise Squishies

cube snake puzzle

13. Sensory Snake Cube Puzzle

spiky ring

14. Spiky Sensory Finger Ring

 

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

10 Family Board Games

10 Family Board Games

Spend some good quality family time, playing good quality games.

oh, snap!

1. Oh, Snap!

Try to remove a disc, without moving the bar. Made for 2-6 players, age 8+.

othello

2. Othello

A classic strategy game. Sandwich your opponent and dominate the board. Two player game, age 7+.

farkle

3. Farkle

Dice rolling, risk taking game. Two or more players, ages 8+ (However, my six year old beats me every time).

spontuneous

4. Spontuneous-The Song Game

Say a word and the first person to name a song with that word in it, takes the round. 4-10 players, ages 8+.

codenames

5. Code Names

Two rival spymasters try to make contact with 25 agents, knowing only their code names. 2-8+ players, ages 14+.

qwirkle

6. Qwirkle

Tactical maneuvers, strategical planning, and forward thinking. 2-4 players, ages 6+.

triominos

7. Tri-Ominos

A triangular domino game combining strategy and luck. 2-6 players, ages 8+ (though there are different version of this game for kids).

cranium

8. Cranium

A game with word play, sketching, sleuthing, acting, and more. 4+ players, ages 16+ (Jr. versions available).

pandemic

9. Pandemic

Treat infected populations, discover a cure, or build a research station. The world NEEDS you! 2-4 players, ages 8+.

othello

10. Clue

Who done it? Miss Peacock, in the Kitchen, with a Rope? You be the detective. 3-6 players, ages 8+ (Jr. edition available).

 

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

 

 

Passion Led Us Here

12 Date Night Activities

Date night is essential for couples, here are 12 great ideas.

1. Snowshoeing

Never been snowshoeing? A great place to start is Solitude Nordic Center.

2. Springville Museum of Art

Unique, cultural, and FREE! Visit SMOFA

3. Take a Hike

Use this site, pick a trail, and go. You will not be disappointed.

4. Bird Watching

You might raise your eyebrow at this one. But don’t knock it until you try it. HERE’S a good place to give it a try.

5. Mountain Biking

https://www.mtbproject.com/

6. Disc Golf

Watch this video to learn how to play, grab a couple discs, and have fun.

My favorite course is at Dry Creek Trail Park 100 West 1600 North, Lehi City

7. Kayaking

Highland Glen Park (4800 Knight Ave, Highland, UT) is my favorite.

8. Goga (yoga with goats!)

This will be an unforgettable date. Visit GOGA.

9. Rent a Tandem Bike

Midway Adventures is a great place to rent, and then take the Midway to Heber bike path located right outside of the store.

 

10. Governor’s Mansion Tour

Take a walk back in time and see superb craftsmanship at the Utah Governor’s Mansion.

11.  City Bus Tour

This city tour is highly recommended.

12. Concert in the Park

Pick a city near you and I’m sure you will find a fun (sometimes interesting) band to listen to.

 

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish