|David, Natalia & her brother|
We were introduced to Lubica Skumatova. David met her on his mission while serving in Zilinia, Slovakia. Then we were introduced to Derek Jenson (me for the 2nd time) who was David’s companion while serving in Zilinia. David and Derek left the MTC together and finished their mission together. We also met Brandon Olsen who was David’s companion in Bratislava, Slovakia. Brandon wasn’t able to start the hike with us but he met us later on and finished it with us.
There were wildflowers everywhere and David got several pictures they were all beautiful and I was very glad I had a Zyrtec and Flonase in my system before we left.
The hike was very steep the first mile, after that first mile we reached Lake Mary. Lake Mary looks like a man made reservoir with a dam. It was very beautiful and we sat there and rested a bit before continuing on.
The next mile or a little over a mile wasn’t as steep and an easier hike. We passed by Lake Martha on our way up the mountain to Lake Catherine. Lake Martha was still pretty but not a lot to look at, it was quite small. The trail had several switchbacks but we were thankful for the shaded trail most of the time and less elevation change. Isaac was our leader the entire 2+ miles up the trail he had so much energy and had to stop and wait for several of us many times. All the kids had their walking sticks and all the Adults with us along with several passing hikers commented on how cute they all were with their walking sticks and how they are all such great hikers.
When we got to Lake Catherine we sat down and had lunch/snacks and played in the water a little bit. All three lakes are off limits to swimmers because they are a water source for the Salt Lake Valley. We did let the kids wade in to their ankles and David invited them to dunk their heads with him, per his tradition since his mission.
David and I took several pictures at Lake Catherine of all the head dunking, a couple chipmunks that the kids loved seeing everywhere, we remembered Gabie in the sand on the beach of the Lake and some how Madison became very popular and everyone wanted their picture taken with her. Lubica said it was because of her beautiful long hair. I think everyone enjoyed watching the kids pretend and play like they were pirates, Indians, & hobos rowing a boat out onto the lake. They were very entertaining but Madison is usually the leader with the great imagination.
The rest of the way down we again very steep and Isaac and Jenna were struggling so David and I brought up the rear holding their hands all the way down so they wouldn’t fall. David and Jenna still made better time than Isaac and I. Isaac was whining with every single step he took saying his legs hurt and his feet hurt and he was too tired and he wished we hadn’t gone up so far so he wouldn’t be so tired. He wanted me or Katie to give him a piggyback ride but it was to steep for me to feel like that was safe. When we got to the car we were all exhausted and ready to head home.
|Derek, Ada, Lubica & David|
We had a great day with everyone and would love to do it again anytime. It was great to meet these wonderful people from David’s mission and see David be able to visit with them and remember good times.