The most direct route to the wedding would have saved us some time, but we wanted to make a detour through Logan Canyon in northern Utah.
Driving around Bear Lake was like stepping into Matt's childhood memories. With their destination on the other side of the canyon, the drive through Garden City and Logan Canyon marked the end of their family's regular long cross-country journey to Grandma's house. Matt & I shared a famous Bear Lake Raspberry Shake that I've been hearing about ever since I married into this family, and then raced against the sun to make it to our campground before dark.
Our campsite was the happiest little surprise of our trip. The campgrounds were deserted, and we had the running Logan River all to ourselves. Serene mountain views surrounded us as we enjoyed the melody of bugs, toads, rushing water, and a crackling fire.
Anxious to explore the canyon before we headed back out on our way, we decided on a 2 mile switchback hike up to the wind caves. This turned out to be a very forgiving hike, with canyon breezes, shady cover, and generous level paths interspersed throughout the climb.
And then, after such an easy distance, we reached the top. The wind caves are the perfect respite after such an ascent, standing as an impressive monument to nature, with views not found wanting.
The mouth of the caves frames the landmark feature of Logan Canyon deemed "The Great Wall," altogether making this location idyllic for two travelers out to capture the beauty of the place and enjoy the magnitude of nature the West has to offer.
I still can't believe this whole stop was so uncharacteristically spur of the moment. It's a testament to me of the proverbial need to "stop and smell the roses" along the way and find joy in the journey. We're ever learning to live our lives this way.