Taking the Scenic Crescent Lift to See the Changing Leaves in Park City, Utah

During the summer and autumn months in Park City, there are a few lifts that will take you into the mountains where you can have amazing views. There are less lifts available in the autumn season, but with the leaves changing, it is absolutely stunning. The scenic crescent lift is located at the adventure park with the mountain coaster, alpine slide, and other family activities. The lift is used for transporting mountain bikers and their bikes as well as hikers or those just wanting to enjoy the views to mid-mountain.

Aspens and Burnt Orange Bushes
View Heading Up the Lift
Colorful Hillside
Views of the Valley Below
Alpine Slide Winding Amongst the Trees
It Was a Beautiful Day

Unfortunately for us, to get tickets for the scenic crescent lift you have to wait in the same line as the people getting tickets for all of the other activities at the mountain adventure park, which took us about thirty minutes. Fortunately, once we had our tickets, there was no line to get on the lift and we were quickly on our way up the side of the mountain to enjoy the amazing views. The lines for the other activities were much longer as it was a Saturday and families were taking advantage of everything that the adventure park had to offer.

Can Never Get Enough of Views Like This
Aspens Below Us on the Lift
More Orange Than Golden in Places
Golden Aspen Groves
Mountain Coaster
Looking Off to the Left from the Chair Lift

Unless you decide to hike all of the way down, you take the lift back down to the base of the mountain, which provides a completely different view than those on the way up the mountain. The leaves were still in the process of changing, so there was quite a variety of colors as we we rode the lift and when we walked around after getting off at mid-mountain. Although it was worth the wait in order to get our tickets, we probably would have preferred to go on a weekday had we known about the crowds.

Stunning Views
Vibrant Colors All Around Us
The View of the Steep Descent to the Base
Dense Trees Next to the Lift
People on the Zip Line
Entrance to the Adventure Park
Another View from the Lift
Miniature Golf Course

Getting Above It All in the Amazon Rainforest

We have been fortunate enough to take several trips into the Amazon Rainforest and to say that it is amazing is certainly an understatement. One of the most obvious things about visiting a rainforest is that you are likely to get rained on. Even when it isn’t raining, you are going to experience heat and humidity, so having proper clothing, what we refer to as our “jungle clothes”, is an absolute necessity. The other interesting thing is that the humidity will often cause the clouds to wrap themselves around the treetops and settle into the jungle itself while above them it is more clear.

Heading Down Towards the Rainforest
Eerie Views
Clouds Hanging on the Hillsides
Barely Able to See the Bird on the Tree

Because of the pockets of humidity, clouds, and changes in altitude, the views can be both ominous and beautiful. We obviously take lots of photographs during our trips and some of the pictures where we are actually above the clouds and not in an airplane are eerie, yet calming. Whether driving through the mountains or climbing to the top of the canopy, seeing the clouds floating below you is quite fascinating.

Above the Clouds
Standing with Our Guide, Clouds More Visible than Us
Clouds Drifting Downward Towards the Rainforest
Above the Scarlet Macaws as the Clouds Lift

At the time, of course, the clouds seemed like a bit of nuisance as we’re trying to scan the trees for birds, monkeys, sloths, or other wildlife. Looking back, however, the photographs seem interesting as the clouds contrast the dark jungle foliage. We have shared just a few of our pictures that we took from above the clouds during our time in the Amazon Rainforest.

Clouds Blanketing a Village
Contrasting Views
Colorful Scenery if You Could See It
View Driving Down Death Road

The General Itinerary for Our Upcoming African Safari

It is hard to believe that we are only a few days away from departing for our 12 day African Safari. To be clear, until we’re sitting on the plane leaving from Frankfurt to Nairobi, the last leg of the outbound trip, we are taking nothing for granted. Although we are fully vaccinated, we still have to get a negative COVID PCR test that is taken 96 hours prior to arriving in Nairobi. We don’t need one for flying from the United States through Frankfurt, but obviously we will have them anyway. Once we arrive in Nairobi this Sunday evening, our adventure will start first thing that Monday morning. It will be a very full itinerary, but one that we are very excited about. (pictures included are not our own as we obviously haven’t been on the safari yet 😉)

Day 1 – We drive from our hotel in Nairobi to our lodge at the Amboseli National Park, which is located in Tanzania. Even though we will start our day with a several hour drive, we will still spend the afternoon enjoying our first game viewing drive. This is one of the few lodges where we will spend more than a single night, but fortunately we’re packing light.

Day 2 – We have a full day in the Amboseli National Park, which has views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. We will either spend a full day out on game viewing drives or do a morning and afternoon game viewing drive with time at the lodge to relax in between. We will certainly enjoy having the opportunity to spend a second night in the lodge.

Day 3 – In the morning we will drive from Amboseli National Park to Lake Manyara. We will once again enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive before spending the night in the lodge.

Day 4 – We will have the opportunity for both morning and afternoon game viewing drives before making the drive from Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro. Ngorongoro features the world’s largest, inactive and intact volcanic caldera, but it is the abundance of wildlife that are the true attraction.

Day 5 – We make the drive from Ngorongoro to the Serengeti National Park where will we spend two nights at our lodge there. We will get to go for an afternoon game viewing drive inside of the Serengeti National Park.

Day 6 – We get a full day exploring the Serengeti National Park with either a full day game drive or once again breaking it up into morning and afternoon game viewing drives. The Serengeti is a World Heritage Site and will certainly be just one of many highlights of our safari.

Day 7 – From the Serengeti, we drive back to Kenya to visit the famous Masai Mara. Along the way to the last of our two-night lodge stays, we will get to enjoy a variety of wildlife.

Day 8 – We enjoy a full day in the Masai Mara, which boasts some of the most diverse numbers of wildlife anywhere in the world. Due to COVID, we will likely not get to go to one of the local villages, but we are hopeful that we have that opportunity.

Day 9 – Continuing our circular safari circuit, we go from the Masai Mara to Lake Naivasha. We will get to enjoy an afternoon boat ride followed by more game and bird viewing.

Day 10 – We make our way from Lake Naivasha to Lake Nakuru, which is famous for the flocks of flamingos that visit the lake, although their numbers have diminished somewhat. Both lakes also provide opportunities to see hippos, which are one of the most dangerous animals for people on safari.

Day 11 – Exhausted, we leave Lake Nakuru to return to Nairobi and enjoy a relaxing evening in our hotel there. After 10 nights in lodges and tent camps, a night in a modern hotel will be a nice change of pace.

Day 12 – We have a full day tour of Nairobi where we’ll enjoy seeing a baby elephant orphanage, the famous Giraffe Center, and see the local bead artisans. It will also provide us the opportunity to get our COVID test, which is necessary for our return trip to the United States.

Day 13 – We have a full day on our own in Nairobi. We have nothing planned at this point and will likely use it visit some of the local markets or simply relax before the long flight home that doesn’t start until late in the evening the following day.

As you can clearly tell, when we said that we had a very full itinerary for our trip, we weren’t kidding. In addition to everything listed above, at one point during the safari, we are hoping to go for a balloon ride to see the amazing scenery and animals from the air. Not only is it our first trip in over a year and a half, it is likely the only time that we’ll have the opportunity to visit this part of Africa, so we wanted to make sure that we made the most of our time.