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“Don’t go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.” This song by TLC had a powerful underlying message, however, in literal terms, as a family that likes to find adventure – we will seek/ chase waterfalls and more.
Often times when my family is feeling tense or stressed, my husband and I look at each other and know what we need. Nature. The great outdoors.
“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere, I want it more than I can tell.” – Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.
Our family needs nature time, our church, our reset button. We love to go on nature hikes but sometimes we NEED it. I can’t express to you enough how good it feels to connect with Mother Nature – even taking a light walk and breathing in the fresh air is good for the soul. Living in Utah grants us so many opportunities to discover new areas and explore the ‘great wide somewhere.’ We don’t always seek new locations, some trails are our “go-to” spots. My husband can spend hours searching out new hikes here in Utah – I love this passion of his. He is my mountain man.
Recently, we veered off from our local hike and headed north to a gorgeous waterfall. Rocky Mouth Waterfall is a gem here in Utah. It only takes about 35 minutes to drive there and you begin your hike in a gorgeous and quiet neighborhood. (We were just about whispering as to not disturb any neighbors.) Then just passed a beautiful large estate you see a tiny pathway leading to this gem. The beauty of birch trees guarding both side of the trail, the rocks tempt you to scale them and there’s even caves along the way. Off to the right down a ravine is a tranquil riverbed. The trees that droop and hover over this creek is stunning – something sthat draws you to pause and let your littles hop from rock to rock as the water trickles by. The caves are full of wonder, but my Mama-brain kicks in for the unknown that could be nesting in there.
It is a shorter hike to get to the falls, but if you wanted to add some length to it and are skilled to, you can head upwards on the hillside and add some difficulty with more mileage and a steeper grade.
When you reach the waterfall, you are greeted by a peaceful rock stack known as a Cairn. A cairn is a man-made rock stack or pile, folks carefully stack rock on top on rock, often times, these cairns are used as markers for something like a destination or pathway. We each took the time to find our perfect rock and add to the cairn, respectfully and carefully placing our rock on top.
Behind this cairn that my family was a part of now is the majestic Rocky Mouth Waterfall. There was another couple UP on the “viewing spot”, so we patiently waited for them to have their experience before preceding. It was now our turn to enjoy this natural beauty, we each scaled the (rather slippery) boulders to take in the moment of this calm waterfall. This is one of Utah’s gems that is a must see!