Saturday, October 23, 2010

Farewell to fall

Winter is here with a vengeance, and much like almost everyone else in the state I am not happy about it.

This last summer was one of the best summers of my life. Fall too. We resolved in the spring that we would get out there and enjoy life and the great outdoors as much as we possibly could, and we did! Not only did we travel to St. George, the Caribbean, New York, and Moab, we spent oodles of time in our local mountains, which was amazing. We bought an annual pass to American Fork canyon and went up there almost weekly to go hiking, biking, camping, etc. Mainly though, we had campfires and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and cooked Dutch oven dinners. It was awesome. Claire LOVED it and I am so glad she's been able to get out and develop a love of nature. Summer= heaven.

This last week we made the last s'mores of the season. We were so sad that we had to say a few words as we extinguished the fire-
"To the best summer and fall we've ever had! We can't wait to do it again. We'll always have the memories!" (or something like that...)

Neither of us are really winter outdoors-y people (too cold!), but maybe we'll have to learn to love it so we can survive the loooonnngg winter ahead.

The leaves were fantastic in AF canyon last week (the pictures don't do it justice)-

The Saturday before (the 16th) we went hiking up Little Cottonwood Canyon with my parents and Claire. Can you believe the color? It was an unbelievably gorgeous day.

(You know you think those hiking boots are hot)

Goodbye warm weather! Please come back again soon!!!!!!

Hee Haw Farms

Man oh man, do I love fall! This one has been especially nice so far. We took a little family trip to Hee Haw Farms to enjoy the classic fall activities such as hay rides and picking pumpkins. Fun was had by all. I already can't wait to go again next year.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


A little over a week ago we went down to Moab with my family for a fun-filled day of hiking. Brady had never been to Moab before, so it was a fun little family adventure. Claire stayed home to be doted upon by Brady's mom while the rest of us hit the road.

We really were only there for one full day, and what an action packed day it was! The whole town was busy, so we were lucky to get a room at their cheapest motel. That added to the adventure. The place was a dump! But it was kinda comical, in a way. I lay down on the bed that first night and looked up at the ceiling that was taped together in various places and my first thought was, I feel like a cheap hooker. And then I felt bad for all the hookers that have to work in crummy cheap hotels.

ANYWAY, we of course hiked to Delicate Arch, which was even more breathtaking than I remembered it being.

We then did the Fiery Furnace, a 3 hour guided hike. It was amazing! We were taken down into this labyrinth of red sandstone by a 65 yr old guy who looked like he wouldn't survive a walk around the block. Looks can be deceiving though, the guy was a freaking mountain goat! The hike was pretty challenging in some parts. We often had to use our hands to scale rocks and climb through tight crevasses. That was the best part though!

The scenery was absolutely spectacular. It was made even better by the fact that I had my family with me.
By the end of the day we were exhausted and sore, but we had a great time.

And of course, there's always energy for wrestling over tater-tots. I knew you guys would be disappointed if I posted about a trip we took and there wasn't a single mention of food.