Sunday, May 27, 2007

Run for the Hills!

Can I just tell you, this week has been rough. Tuesday evening I received an email from the owner of the company asking me to run a report, and it's been downhill ever since. I've been working on reports nonstop, with no end in sight! Not a big deal, except for the part where I have all of my regular responsibilities clammoring for attention. Yikes. So when Friday came around, I was more than ready to pack my bags and run for the hills. After a brief but necessary nap, of course.

Yay! Hunter and I threw a change of clothes, sleeping bags, tent, and RC toys in the truck and hit the road! Or tried to anyway...until we discovered the truck had a dead battery. Great. We scanned the empty parking lot of our neighborhood and wondered what we were gonna do. Hunter had a few tricks up his sleeve but they were to no avail; we still had a dead truck. So we got brave and headed to a house across the street...the only other place that appeared to have someone home. Fortunately we found a good samaritan who saved the day, and our truck was ready to rock and roll. Phew! Praises for good neighbors!

So we were off. We met up with my sister Esther and hubby Nathan in Heber, and Nathan's brother Blaine and wife Chantel joined us as well. We headed for the hills. After making our poor truck climb the steepest hill ever invented, we found ourselves in the mountains near Strawberry Reservoir and settled on a decent camping spot. We pitched our tents and proceeded to chow down on some good 'ole campfire cookin'. YUM! Needless to say, we stuffed ourselves. Here's our lovely campsite:
Isn't that the best looking sight you've ever seen? The scenery is quite pretty as well. Here's some more pics of the campsite: That's my cute sister Esther, or Messie as I prefer to call her. See the baby in her belly? It's a girl!!! Woohoo! She should be arriving sometime near the end of September. Yay, I can't wait to meet her.

Anyway, back to the story. So we stuffed ourselves silly and went to bed. I love camping and being far away from work, but sometime around 3:00 am I came to a tragic realization...I'm getting old. It's sad, but true. Due to my past relationship with Accutane, I now have minor joint problems. Apparently those joints did not appreciate being subjected to a night of 'sleep' on the cold hard ground, and they complained loudly. However, I managed to mostly ignore them and still caught a few Zzz's.

So the next morning we had more excellent campfire cooking, compliments of Chef Messie! :) Then we packed up and the Rigby crew (Essie, Nathan, Blaine & Chantel) headed home. Hunter and I took the RC trucks for a walk and then took a drive of our own through the mountains. It is absolutely gorgeous in the Uintahs, and spring has arrived early this year. Here are a few of our favorite shots:

And, my personal favorite:

Monday, May 21, 2007

Road Trips, Commence!

Woohoo, summertime! I am so happy to be rid of the snow and the gloom that comes with it. Last year, as many of you know, Hunter and I took several epic roadtrips on our trusty steed:
The V-Strom of joy! This little buddy has taken us to Santa Fe, Glacier National Park, Monument Valley, Lehman's Caves, Chama, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Roosevelt, Jackson Hole, and the list goes on. This weekend he took us to Henrieville, woohoo! We went to visit my favorite parents and see the Bar J Wranglers perform in Panguitch. Okay, I admit it sounds random but the Bar J Wranglers rock! Well, maybe twang is a better Whatever it is, they are really good at it! Check out their website here. My dad and Hunter have both been big fans for several years, so when Gary found out they were coming to Panguitch we knew this event was not to be missed. Here's some of the Bar J dudes with my parents:

We had a great time. I am always in awe when I witness such amazing talent, and I'm grateful when people are willing to share their gifts for our benefit. Yay.

So the next day Hunter and I were both so tired of having allergies. This spring has been especially brutal...we are constantly sneezing. Let me tell you how cool it is when you sneeze while wearing a riding helmet...yikes. Not only do I have to clean the inside of the visor as well as the outside, but Hunter is always appreciative of the high pitched ACHOO in his headphones. Anyway, you get the idea. So we decided that since we weren't riding that day it would be a good time to try out some allergy medication. Which brings me to another topic.

Ya, so me and allergy medication have a love-hate relationship. I love to be allergy-free, but I hate the side-effects. I have tried all kinds of allergy meds with pretty much the same result: I'm a zombie. If I can, I will sleep for hours after the medicine kicks in. If I absolutely cannot sleep (i.e. someone is holding my eyelids open), I'm in a fog. I feel like a zombie that is sleepwalking. I want to drop down on the spot and submit to peaceful oblivion. It's brutal, and I detest it so the allergies have to be pretty bad before I will even consider meds.

So we both took allergy meds. Hunter, fortunately, is not cursed with instant zombiness the moment he glances at a package of medicine that barely suggests the possibility of drowsiness. And since we were not in the city, he wanted to be outside enjoying the clean air and solitude. We had taken our RC trucks with us, so we decided to take them for a walk. He had the Land Rover and I had the Hummer, and we headed out. We walked through the wash behind the house, and by the time we reached the bridge I was officially in Stage 3 sleep. Alpha waves and everything. Of course, H thought I was still awake because I was walking, and would respond when spoken to. But I was definitely somewhere else!! We walked to the Henrieville Reservoir, which turned out to be quite a journey. By the time we returned to the house we were both famished, exhausted, and dying of thirst. Our little walk had turned out to be a three hour hike of sorts, and I was pretty proud of myself! Of course, after eating lunch I promptly zonked out for the rest of the afternoon but hey, I earned it! During our walk the clouds came in and we got a teeny bit of rain. Here's some pics of the sky:

On Sunday we returned home, and we had to head out early to beat the storm. We rode through some of the most incredible terrain; it was absolutely breathtaking. We took Hwy 12 through Escalante and over Boulder Mtn into Torrey. From there we went thru Bicknell and up thru Fremont. Then on to Huntington, and Huntington Canyon, Fairview Canyon, Spanish Fork Canyon, and home. It was a gorgeous, stunning ride that we will definitely do again! These pics don't even come close to doing it justice, but I have to share them anyway:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Subscribe This!

Did you notice the new item below the ABC slides? Since I know you are anxiously awaiting sordid details of our uber-exciting adventures, I am pleased to announce that we have added a new feature. Yes it's true, you can receive email notification whenever we add a new post to the blog! Woohoo! Merry Christmas! Good times will be had by all. Or something like that, anyway.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Red Bull Gives You Wings!!!

We went to the Red Bull Air Races in Monument Valley on Saturday, and it was INCREDIBLE! We left Friday and travelled with Hunter's friend Ted and Ted's brother Mike. We rode through Spanish Fork Canyon which is always gorgeous, but still kinda scares me cuz semi-trucks have a tendency to explode there. Anyway, we rode to Moab where we stayed with a friend of Mike's, and crashed for the night. I was pretty wasted.

Saturday morning we dragged ourselves out of bed and encountered a dilemma. What were we supposed to do with our bulky riding gear during the airshow? With temps in the 90s, wearing it all day was out of the question…we'd have heat stroke for sure!! Carrying it wouldn't be any better, and if we left it with the bike we may as well attach a sign that says "Free to a Good Home". We could fit our jackets in the trunk, but the riding pants were a lost cause. After consideration, debate, tears and bloodshed we made the executive decision to nix the riding pants. So, we hit the road wearing helmets, gloves, riding jackets…and shorts. Ya, I was really praying the road didn't hit back.

We arrived at Monument Valley about 2 1/2 hours later with plenty of bug guts on our knees. Yikes!! I sure didn't think about that before we left! The venue was amazing. The crowd was limited to 5000 people, and we were on the side of a mountain. The air races actually took place in the valley below, so we didn't have to crane our necks to see the planes. The pilots raced thru a series of pylons while performing aerobatic stunts at exhilerating speeds. It was absolutely phenomenal. Here are a few of our photos:

This was seriously the coolest event ever!! We hope they do this again next year, and if so we're taking all of you guys. This definitely should not be missed!!!

After another 2 1/2 hr ride, we returned to Moab exhausted, famished and sunburned. Ya, remember how we wore shorts? Our white legs are now lobster red. Especially Hunter's. I have a red stripe just above my knee that is pretty angry about life, and Hunter has two legs matching this description. He has a sunburn of's awful!! I'm whining and wimpering about my poor miserable stripe and he occasionally mentions his 'uncomfortable' legs. How does this poor guy put up with me?? I do not know, but I'm sure glad he does!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Buddy Blessings

Last weekend I went to Minersville to visit my little buddies. My sister Sarah and her family were in town, so I got to meet their new arrival Reagan. What a sweetheart! It's been a while since we've had any new buddies join the gang, so it was fun to remember how sweet they are at that age.

It was also cute to see his cousins interacting with him. Kazie wanted to hold him all the time, and kept giving him kisses. For some reason, it cracks me up how toddlers are so fascinated with babies. It's funny because hello, they are babies themselves! And I swear it was only a few minutes ago that they were the same age.

Anyway, my buddies are so cute. Ayden, Kazie and the twins (Kenzie & Kasia) are all turning two this month! We had a joint bday party for them, but unfortunately the twins had the flu and couldn't attend. I made alphabet books for each of my sisters' families, and gave them to the two year olds (refer to slides in sidebar). They loved them! And I love seeing the little guys read.

After spending the weekend with the cute kids, I returned home to the cutest one of hubby! He is definitely a kid at heart, and I love that about him. He is my sweetheart. :)