A couple of weekends ago, we went camping with our friends Jamie and Taylor.  We all met at the beginning of Desolation Trail in Millcreek Canyon.  It took us about an hour and a half to hike up to the top of the trail (it was steep, too) but the view at the top was so worth it.
This is the view we saw when we reached the top: the whole canyon with a breathtaking view of the city below.
Taylor, Jamie, and Brian at the top.
We had hiked up with sleeping bags, backpacks full of gear, and both of our dogs.  Next time we do some serious hiking like this, I've got to have a better backpack and sleeping bag.  I didn't know the hike would be that long, and ended up carrying my huge, rolled up sleeping back to the top.  Everyone else had a more efficient sleeping bag that rolled up and attached to their backpack, so I need to get one of those for next time to make the hike much easier.
The dogs were so funny on the trip.  Our dog, Samantha, was super hyper and tripped out the whole time because she was in a new place and there was so much to see and smell.  The Kricks' dog, Babz Rhonda, was really calm but decided that she didn't like Samantha at all.  She would growl at Sam when she came near her (it was very menacing because Babz is like 4 pounds) and it cracked us up.  I think that the next camping trip they will finally discover that they are BFF's.
So much fun getting to hang out with Jamie and Taylor.
Babz Rhonda is a cute little photo bomber.
While the sun was setting, we were able to look over the valley and the Great Salt Lake.  It was really cool to see the city light up from above.
We ate our burritos and foil dinners that we had packed after heating them in the fire.
I took this picture of our tent the next morning as we were getting ready to leave.  Our tent is the perfect size for Brian and I, and the weather was pretty good. It did get a little chilly during the night.  Samantha was tied up to a tree in a comfy spot right by our tent, but sometime during the night she got loose and was just wandering around for who knows how long.  We're so glad she never likes to run away!  When we woke up in the morning she was right outside our tent, wagging her tail and waiting for us.
Few things are better than camping in the summer- now I'm just waiting for the next trip.

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