Monte Cristo: Camping

Twice in September we went camping in Monte Cristo, which isn't very far from Ogden. Plus the drive out there is so pretty.  Monte Cristo is huge!  It's a 30 mile mountain range.  There are campsites everywhere.  The deeper you go into the range the more remote sites you'll  find.  We saw lots of animals while out there.  A mommy and baby moose, heard of sheep, two mule deer, a bat and a bunch of chipmunks! 
First Trip
Our first trip we found a campsite nestled in some aspen trees next to the side of the mountain.  A little way down from the site was a couple small ponds and a forest at the bottom.  It had a great view!
The weather was much cooler up in the mountains.  It got very cold at night!  Our first night and day out there it rained and stormed like crazy! The lightening was scarey at that altitude.  There was a couple times I thought we might get hit by lightening!

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The first morning after the rain was so beautiful.  Here is a picture of the two ponds.  I caught Ella swimming in them a couple times. And chasing birds out of the nearby bush.
We stayed out there 4 days for the holiday weekend.  There was a trail by our campsite so we went on a couple hikes and some extra exploring in the mountains. 

Photos from our hikes:
< I wanted to proclaim Robert and my love for one another on a tree. Kiley told me she wanted to be a part of it too, so she was added.  Our friends came out for a couple of days and brought their homemade zip line.  It wasn't high enough for us adults to ride it long, but the girls had a blast.  Kiley was very adamant about being caught, which I don't blame her cause I think me, Kirby and Heather all ate dirt trying to stop ourselves on our own.  It wasn't a very high line, but it was fast!

Second Trip
Our second camping trip was initially planned to try out our new sleeping bags we got.  We found some 20 degree mummy bags on sale for half off.  We found a site far far off in the mountain.  We didn't see another person for a few miles.  We were pretty remote!  It was in a valley on the edge of a pine tree forest and next to a natural spring.  It was so quiet and beautiful.  We want to go back out again soon, but don't know if we can handle the colder weather.  This trip was much much colder and the temps are dropping again this weekend! 
We only stayed two nights.  The weather was perfect and no rain.  But, the nights were super cold!  We did stay warm in our cool new sleeping bags!  Since saturday was our only full day camping we went exploring.  Found a trail in the pine forest next to us and another down the road at Baldy Ridge.  Two hikes in one day, over 3 miles and Kiley did it all!  Looks like the area we camped at has a couple spots where the herders keep the sheep at from time to time.  We found a couple of trees hollowed out used for feeding animals and a lot of poop!

We found beaver dams along the spring!  A lot of them!  There are a couple of good sized ones.  In the photo below you can see Robert standing on top of one.  Didn't see any beavers, but did find gnawed trees, and you could tell they were chewed recently.  
Everywhere we hiked the trees were so tall.  It's starting to get extra pretty this time of year with all the leaves turning colors.  
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This is by far our favorite camping spot ever.  I think Woodi and Ella enjoyed it the most  because there was no other dogs or people romping around to bark at or be worried about.  Ella had a great time playing in the spring and chasing bees and chipmunks and Woodi enjoyed himself by sun bathing and laying around as usual. 

The picture is a bit hazy, it was taken after dusk, but you can make out the moose that was only about 40 yards from us!  It was the coolest thing!  The baby moose was so freaking cute!  
So to all our family and friends, What the heck are you waiting for?! Come out and visit us!  Both these beautiful trips were free!  I can't imagine what'd it cost to stay at a place like this in Texas! ;)


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