Friday, May 20, 2016

Hike: Diamond Fork Arch

Since Dripping Rock was such a short walk we decided to check out the Diamond Fork Arch. To get there head east on Hwy 6 and then take a left onto Diamond Fork Road and follow it until you see the Red Ledges Day Use Area on your left. 

We thought that was more of a hike too so we got out of the car and hiked straight up through the rocks (not pictured) and I mean up. I don't recommend it since it was more of a climb and technically dangerous in some spots. I snapped a pic of the Cactus Flower (above) while I was up there. Initially, I was following my brother but then noticed he was at the bottom and I was at the top. 

As it turns out, the arch is located 170 ft east of the bathrooms via the gravel path so technically, this is not a hike even though we got one out of it. The info we found told us to go north so we didn't even look.

Hike: Dripping Rock

To get to Dripping Rock take Hwy 6 East and take a Right on Powerhouse Road toward the Spanish Oaks Golf Course. You will turn Right onto River Bottom Road before you get to the golf course and then a quick left into the trail head parking lot. This sign (above) is there but I found it to be useless. It's like it's upside down so ignore it and go to your left and head through the tunnel. On the other side of the tunnel you can cut through the dirt and go straight to meet up with the paved path or you can follow the paved path to your right and take the first sharp left. It's not very far at all so when the paved path ends turn around and look harder if you think you've missed it. 

The entire trail is paved and you can hear the dripping rock the entire way. There were about four good spots when we went. You can climb down to the stream but some spots are easier to access than others.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hike: Upper Falls

I have lived here since the early 90's and had no idea this hike was right here or I would have definitely done it sooner. I had seen the path heading behind the building but thought it was for something else... I really wish more of the trails around here were marked better. 

Upper Falls is located just east of Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon. The internet tells you to park in the Upper Falls Picnic Area parking lot (accessible from the Bridal Veil/Nunn's exit) and cross this foot bridge (pictured above) over the river. Unfortunately, it is blocked and says No Trespassing so I would recommend parking at either Bridal Veil or Vivian Park to access the trail head via the Provo River Trail. The trail head is located behind the old pump building (pictured above) and it is very rocky.  There is one fork in the trail so stay to the right. It goes straight up and is pretty steep, but don't worry, it's short. 

Here are a few of the pictures I took of the falls. There's a little fall above that you can see better if you stand back or go over to the right but I was too short to get them in my photo. The falls are about 40ft.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Dog: Max Update

Max has been doing fabulous since the original Cancer scare/diagnosis back in January so I thought I'd do an update to let you know how great he is doing. The pic above is his napping position of choice. I guess he gets good airflow this way. It's adorable either way. He snores a lot and it's loud but we love him anyway. Other times he sleeps quiet as a mouse.

I didn't share these before because he didn't want me opening his mouth. I gave him time and now he's fine with it. I guess too many people were poking and prodding for a while there. Non-chew-able pills are out so he's on the actual Rimadyl which are chew-able. The lump may be a little larger now than in this picture but not much. This is a very slow growing (non painful) cancer. I'm thankful for that. We want him around.

Here's a cute close up of Max with his little brother Mick the photo bomber in the background. I had something he wanted hence the state of focus in his eyes.

Rolling in the yard as usual. He does a lot more rolling than he used to for three reasons. One is to rub his head/face, two it that we got new grass, and three is pre-potty. He always rolls before he poops. It's just one of his routines.

Back to the situation and keeping him happy and comfortable. As I said before in the original post, you would have no idea he has anything wrong with him other than seeing his snotty nose. This is because I pay close attention to him. The biggest side effect of Rimadyl*that I have found is constipation* and if you keep him regular then everything is wonderful. At first I was having to wake up every two hours at night for him to poop just a little and then I had a revelation. Soft food! I add only about a tablespoon to his morning food and he is now very regular. He sleeps through the night no problem now.

*What appeared to be pain was simply constipation. He would lift his head and gasp a little. It really looked like he was having trouble but he just had to go to the bathroom!!!!!!
*He tested for side effects and he passed.

We're going into month five since his diagnosis in January. First sign of snotty nose was around November of 2014. Max is 11 years old and he his happy and full of life. He still does all of the things a normal dog does.... good and bad.