Ten Investment Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone has a list, and well, I have quite a few including the ten mental errors of investing that few can afford to make. We all make mistakes showing great insight at times, but at other points may lapse into ‘less than bright’. Today’s topic includes a few of the ‘less than bright’.

Over Confidence                  

Forecasting errors often begin with an over confidence in our own abilities, experiences, and what we qualify as knowledge. And of all the mental errors, overconfidence is perhaps the most deadly. We are just sure we can pick a bottom, catch a falling knife, or just know that Company ABC is the next great winner.

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Granite Flats

the Campground

Granite Flats is located in the beautiful American Fork Canyon with camping sites scattered among Aspen, Douglas Fir, and Spruce stands. Campsites are easily accessed and conveniently located near water and restrooms. Picnic tables and fire pits are available.

The campground is a part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and is a fee campground and area.

Granite Flats, American Fork Canyon, Utah
View from Granite Flats

At roughly 6750 feet, evenings are often cool, and a nice escape from Valley heat. Children and adults can enjoy fishing and picnicking at Tribble Fork Reservoir located a short distance  away (about 1 mile). The small reservoir/lake is stocked with Rainbow trout with some resident brown trout, etc.

View from base of Timpanogos

Hikers can explore any number of area trails including a steep but beautiful climb up to Timpanogos Cave, the Baker Fort Trail, or up to Box Elder Peak. In winter months outdoor adventurers enjoy family sledding or cross- country skiing.


Per USDA: “From Salt Lake City, Utah, take interstate 15 to the Alpine-Highland exit (exit 284) and go east on Highway 92 for 8 miles to mouth of American Fork Canyon. Go 5 miles up canyon to junction, take the North Fork (Forest Service Road 85) to Tribbles Fork Reservoir, stay left on paved road for 1 mile to campground. ” The campground is easily accessible with paved roads to the 44 single & 8 double campgrounds. (Skip to map below)

Granite Flats

In my 2014  visit to the campgrounds the grounds were clean, well kept, and the  forest and site staff friendly. We enjoyed our stay along with quick trips to the reservoir, Timpanogos, or site seeing along the road.

Granite Flats Campgound — Map


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Hiking | Salt Lake City, Utah and Utah County area

Hiking in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City and the surrounding area (including Utah County) features versatile hiking trails from easy to challenging, mountain trails to city walks for the individual and family. Some of my favorite include hiking City Creek (yes, City Creek and Temple Square count) , Donut Falls, and Silver Lake.

And of course there that are waiting on the ‘To Do List’ …which someday I/we would hope to make! For now, here are a few to get you started.

Orson Smith Trail and Park

Donut Falls, Utah The Orson Smith Trail (and Park) is an easy hike — a little over a mile each way. The trail and park is fairly well maintained and includes benches,  tables, trailhead, adequate parking, etc. The trail itself is decorated (by nature) with wild flowers, birds, and native grasses. The trail grade has a gentle slope with an elevation gain of ~ 350 feet that allows for hikers of all skill levels. The times that I’ve been there the trail was not overrun with visitors but a nice mix of joggers, hikers, and others. read more


Jordan River Parkway

Donut Falls, Utah Jordan River Parkway has trailheads located in a number of areas, some of which have restrooms, picnic tables, and play ground sets. I would rate all of trails as easy with typically county maintained paths… read more


Donut Falls – Spring

Donut Falls, Utah

Donut Falls is certainly beautiful in summer months, but the spring snow adds a rustic, rugged look. Melting snows and lingering ice can make the hike a bit slippery, but this past Saturday (May 17) there were many toddlers, children making it up to the falls — with Mom & Dad’s help of course… read more


Donut Falls – Summer

Donut Falls

Donut Falls is a popular, family friendly hike that can be enjoyed by most everyone. The trail wanders along a beautiful stream as it passes through woods and meadows on its way
up to the falls. The trail is well marked, child friendly, and provides scenic views of the mountains, forest, and wildlife … read more


Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes is about a 1 mile hike (each way) with the trailhead branching off the trail around Silver Lake.
And even though I would rate
the trail has having a pretty good elevation rise (about 700 feet), I still saw many toddlers — several on the shoulders
of Dad — making the trek on a recent Saturday.

The hike is … read more


Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Silver Lake at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon

Silver Lake is a family friendly area with picnic tables, fishing (with a Utah State fishing license), and hiking
for a great summer outing. On a typical Summer Saturday morning families with toddlers, even babies in strollers, can be found enjoying the 3/4 mile (approximate) walk around the lake.

Benches and picnic tables… read more


Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail | Upper 2/3

A bridge alone the Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Hiking the complete trail — approximately 7 miles — is a great workout for the biker, jogger, and most hikers. The path is very popular — especially on Saturdays — with a combination of couples,
singles, a few with gray hair, and even some 3-8 year olds.

The trail winds along a beautiful stream… read more


Bell Canyon

Bell Canyon

Hiking the complete trail at Bell Canyon is probably for the more adventuresome, i.e., sections will likely require some serious huffing & puffing even for the experienced!

Love the trail — the stream is beautiful and once you get up the hill, the view of the valley is striking. … read more


Temple Quarry Trail / Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Temple Quarry Trail

The Temple Quarry Trail is a popular & family friendly destination that includes natural and historic points of interest that range
from mountain scenery to any number of historical tidbits. On the historic side, Mormon pioneers once used
the granite from the quarry in their temple construction beginning in 1862.

The Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail is a little more taxing and continues… read more


Ledgemere Picnic Area

Ledgemere Picnic Area

Ledgemere is one of my favorite picnic areas with convenient highway access located approximately
1.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road.

The site runs along Big Cottonwood Canyon with a number of hiking trails across the highway. Tables are located along a gentle river with scenic views of the mountain and surrounding area…  read more


Wheeler Farm

Wheeler Farm

Wheeler Farm is a family friendly site that children love, especially the little ones. The farm is well laid out with paths that wander along the river/stream, around duck ponds, and the farm areas. Cattle and sheep still graze on the farm, ducks & geese are well, just about everywhere at times, and lots of birds (robins, pigeons, etc.) abound.

Wheeler farm is a wonderful destination for an afternoon picnic, jog… read more


Hiking in Utah County and surrounding area

Bridal Veils Falls

Utah County (and the surrounding area) also sports a number of great locations for hikes including Bridal Veils (which is beautiful even in Spring), the hike up to Timpanogos Cave, many more.

Trails are typically well kept although, as in other areas, are quite popular on Saturdays. A few of my favorite are shown below!


Timpanogos Cave – the Hike

Timpanogos, Utah

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a popular destination for adventurers and families wanting to explore underworld caves. But did you know that it is also a very popular hiking destination!

The trail up to the cave has incredible scenic views of American Fork canyon and the surrounding area. The hike is about 1.5 miles … read more


Battle Creek Falls

Battle Creek Falls, Utah Battle Creek Falls is located along a narrow, and occasionally steep trail just outside of Pleasant Grove, Utah. The trail itself continues 2.4 miles below and above the Falls, intersecting the Curly Springs trail at 1.1 mile before joining the Dry Creek trail at 2.4 miles… read more


Granite Flats

Granite Flats, Utah Granite Flats is located in the beautiful American Fork Canyon with camping sites scattered among Aspen, Douglas Fir, and Spruce stands. Campsites are easily accessed and conveniently located near water and restrooms. Picnic tables and fire pits are available… read more


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Mexico Destinations

Cabo San Lucas


Known for its warm climate, beautiful coast, scuba diving, and marine life, Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations. The city is located along the southern most tip of the Baja peninsula…. read more

Things to do in Cancun


Cancun is a popular destination that features incredible water sports including snorkeling / scuba diving, jet skiing,
parasailing, and beautiful beaches. A short distance away are the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza. Several shopping districts and restaurants with great food are also located throughout the area… read more



Tulum is located along the Yucatan Peninsula coast just a few miles from Playa Carman. Although Mexico is quite famous for its Mayan ruins (including Chichen Itza), Tulum is the only major archeological site located on the Caribbean coast…. read more

Isla Mujeres – Travel Tips

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a popular destination for visitors to the Cancun area that features
incredible snorkeling / scuba diving, beautiful beaches, scenic cliffs, and great food. The island,  located about 8 miles off the coast, is a short ferry ride from Cancun for a quick day trip, or all week, depending upon your travel plans.

The island is a little over 4 miles long by less than 1/2 mile wide
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Isla Mujeres: Punta Sur

Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres

The Video clip is a short presentation of images from Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres. The island is a favorite scuba dive destination as well
as a scenic and fun spot! 0:49


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