Explore UT {Flaming Gorge}

After a week in Steamboat Springs, we headed north last week. Internet is super iffy here. I have more pictures from Steamboat to post sometime, but for now I wanted to share an un-plannned stop in Ashley National Forest. When you have your own forest it is mandatory to take a jumping shot by the sign. Mandatory.
6.14flaminggorge-1We were headed to Wyoming and took a route through Ashley National Forest that brought us to the Flaming Gorge.6.14flaminggorge-26.14flaminggorge-36.14flaminggorge-46.14flaminggorge-56.14flaminggorge-6

Chris walked up to the edge and instantly shouted, “IT’S GREAT TO BE ALIVE!!” He shouts that often. It will be one of those things the kids will always remember about him. I love that. The gorge was spectacular.

“Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.” ~ Psalm 65:8

Indeed, He inspires shouts of joy!

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  • Cassie - This is beautiful! Makes me crave a camping adventure!

  • Ryan / The Blooming Thread - What an amazing view! The water just looks beautiful flowing between the mountains like that. Thank you for sharing that bible verse too. I’ve never read or heard that one before, but its absolutely satisfies the feeling i get standing in front of the ocean over here on the west coast. Committing this one to memory πŸ™‚

  • kensie - If you are still in Utah, your kiddos would LOVE Goblin Valley. It’s basically piles of the coolest round rock formations great for running and climbing.

  • Bambi and Birdy - β€œIT’S GREAT TO BE ALIVE!!” Thats something about my father I will remember my whole life. He maybe never shouted it out but he definitely lives life as it is the most amazing thing in the whole world!

    I would be so happy, if my kids had this inspiration in life as well!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!
    Love from Germany and the fatcatconnection

    and see, Bambi can see again πŸ˜‰

  • a - Utah it beautiful. Your trip looks wonderful. I hope you give out your road map and I can copy cat your trip. So fun. In a few years you should road trip down to southern Utah. Arches National Forest and Lake Powell are beautiful. great hikes and a land built for boys and firecracker girls.

  • Rebecca Harrington - Yes! I love the scripture, love the shouting and love the pictures. Pure beauty! πŸ™‚

  • Jenna Lou - Looks like such a fantastic trip. If you ever have time to share the camera settings I would LOVE to know! I ALWAYS love when you include that!

  • Julie - Perfect verse! Love the girlies cuddling.

  • Regina - Beautiful view and photos! I love seeing the way you capture your family in pictures.

  • kimberly oyler - adding this to my list of places to visit. your kids are going to remember this trip for so long. so so so special.

  • Amy Espinosa - Outstanding photos Ashley! It looks like you are all having the time of your life! Keep the pics coming!

  • jami - Agreed with the above comment.. If your close they would LOVE Goblin Valley!! Also Little Sahara State Park… Sand dunes for miles..so fun to just play in… If you need a place to crash and let kids play..dump and refill you always welcome in Nephi!! I’ve been following your blog for years and am so inspired by you. Enjoy your journey!!!

  • Melanie Britt - Beautiful!!

  • Jenny B. - I thought your post title was “Flaming George.” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It looks beautiful! I am feeling nervous just reading the sign, “guard your children.” High places make me feel nervous and weak in the knees. I love that you said that your kids will remember Chris shouting “It’s great to be alive!” I recently read an article about our perception of time, and it said that scientists think paying attention to life makes it seem to pass more slowly because periods of increased brain activity feel longer in retrospect than periods of little brain activity. So… seize the day! (and remember it). πŸ˜‰

  • angie webb - All so breathtaking. But my heart leaped when I saw the photo of Firecracker snuggling Little One. Doesn’t your heart just leap for joy at that?!

  • Izzy - It’s so cool you found your forest : ) love the jump shot! The view in that last photo is beautiful on screen, must be breathtaking in real life. It’s great to be alive!

  • Christina - Beautiful stop – been there many times. There is this great little geologic drive around there as well. I of course forget the name, but it’s on the maps. πŸ™‚

  • Taylor - Gorgeous photos! I love that little piece of scripture that you added at the bottom; beautiful.


  • Heidi Jo the Artist - Looks amazing!! Might have to borrow the, “It’s great to be alive.” What an awesome, positive thing to say. πŸ™‚

  • elizabeth H - breathtaking. SO,SO beautiful!!
    love seeing these photos!!