To celebrate the Fourth of July we headed east to the cooler temperatures and magnificent scenery of Utah's Uintah Mountains--the only major east-west mountain range in the USA. Our neighbors the Hodsons joined in the fun. We followed another Scenic Utah Byway--Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (highway 150).
We listened to the whole cast recording of Hamilton on our way there. Sarah explained the plot to us novices and sang along with much of it (proving she was able to learn something in the depths of senioritis).
Next stop was Bald Mountain overlook.
We drove up and over Bald Mountain Pass (10,759 ft.)--the highest road pass in Utah--to Mirror Lake which was packed with holidayers so we opted to have our picnic lunch at Pass Lake.
We then hiked the one mile up to beautiful Ruth Lake.
Will is always reluctant to go on "hikes" so I had to entice him by describing easy "walks" of less than a mile, with water falls and lakes and the promise of an end of adventure milk shake. In the end he always has tons of fun exploring, climbing, hiking, swimming, sliding and balancing.