Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mystery

The other day, I received this in the mail:
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The return label was EasyBakeware.com...and other than that, I have no idea where it came from! I visited their website, and apparently you can sign up and receive a free gift...this silicone breadpan is one of the free gift options.

The weird thing? I didn't order it...

So who did?!?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Alaska Photos

I've uploaded our pictures from the Alaska journey to my Shutterfly Share site. You can check them out here.

Also, for those who are wondering...you can create your own Shutterfly Share site (for free!) by creating a Shutterfly account. If you already have an account, just log into your Shutterfly home page and click on the "Create a Share Site" button. It's a great way to share photos, notes, even blog posts!

Enjoy.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Poor Messie

Have you seen this?
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Not the movie, just the ad campaign...the movie itself looks messed up.

Boy do I love this ad, though...HYSTERICAL! Esther, on the other hand...

not amused.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Camping Maniacs

We went camping last weekend. We went again this weekend too. I guess you could call us camping fools. Our experience last weekend was not so positive...our spot was positively mosquito-infested.
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We heard horror stories about the mosquitoes in Canada, and came prepared...I was did not get bitten once during that entire trip. Last weekend? I managed to get bitten about 10-15 times. Yikes! I was not so happy about that.

This weekend we stayed in a different spot, and it was beautiful. There were still mosquitoes, but not nearly as bad...this time I was only bitten twice. We went into the high Uintahs, and had to travel some ATV roads to reach our site. These roads were insanely rough!
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The best part about these roads? Very few travellers...we practically had the whole mountain to ourselves!
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We pitched our tent next to a little babbling brook, which sounded so pretty as we fell asleep that night.
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It was a nice, relaxing weekend. But the story isn't over yet...a few minutes after leaving camp we spotted something in the road up ahead. Hunter thought it was a fox but decided it was too small. We looked closer and realized it was a little dog! Poor little thing looked terrified, too. We stopped and picked her up, and then looked around. There wasn't another soul for miles...what to do?!
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We brought her home and named her Suzi.
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Of course, we're still looking for her true owners. I've put an ad on KSL and we're taking her to the vet tomorrow...maybe she has an identity chip. Otherwise, I think Hunter has found a new friend!
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

The End

The following refers to day sixteen of our journey: Sunday, July 5th.
ak so day 7
Lots of driving.
Even more driving.
Finally home.
This place is way too hot.

It's good to be back.
Now, when is our next road trip? :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Memory Lane

The following refers to day fifteen of our journey: Saturday, July 4th.
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Hunter had fixed our air mattress the day before, and I'm happy to report that it held up during the night! Praises! We packed up camp and headed south. On our way out, we stopped to check out this car that had obviously hit a large animal; probably a deer.
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It was no surprise that the car was registered to an Albertian...we have discovered that those folks are frightening on the road. They fly by at the craziest speeds, and they have no problem passing on a double yellow. I'm truly surprised we did not see more of these cars on the side of the road. As for cops? Yeah, we didn't see 'em. I'm not sure they even exist in Canada...Hunter saw maybe five on our entire trip. We saw more cops in our first 30 minutes back in the States than we did the entire time we were in Canada! Crazy.

We traveled no more than ten minutes before spotting another black bear; needless to say, I was happy to leave that campground behind! Holy cow, there have been far too many scary furry creatures in this region.

We drove for several hours when Hunter spotted something worth checking out. It was Fort Steele Heritage Town, and they had a steam train ride! Woohoo! No vacation is complete without a train ride, at least if you're with Hunter. :)
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The ride took us around to a view of the Kootenai River. The river is gorgeous, and this particular spot was especially impressive. The river is two colors because the St. Mary River joins the Kootenai at this point. As a result, the river looks striped! I thought it was pretty cool.
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The train ride itself was pretty short, but fun.
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After this worthy diversion, we headed to the border. I thought it was quite fitting to return to the States on Independence Day. :) We crossed the border into Montana, and reached Eureka shortly thereafter. I called my mama to let her know where I was, and she was pretty excited...she grew up in this area. She asked me to find her house, and I told her I really didn't think I'd be able to. I was 11 years old the last time I'd been there...that was more than a few years ago! So, I didn't hold much hope.

Well, we found the main street that leads to the former Lifferth house and decided to give it a shot. Hunter drove slowly and I scanned the side roads to see if anything looked familiar. After driving for several minutes we encountered a road that looked promising. We took our chances...and sure enough, it was the right one! We pulled up in front of the house and almost immediately my eyes welled up. I'm not super-emotional (thanks to the wonders of Prozac) so I could not believe how overcome I was. This little spot in the woods holds so many cherished memories, particularly of my Grandpa who passed away in 1995.
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I tried to compose myself while Hunter took a shot of the house. I really wanted to show Hunter around and share some of my memories with him, but we weren't sure if anyone was home and I really did not want to impose. Especially because we had been camping, and I didn't want to scare anyone...lol. Man, I would give anything to have one more Lifferth reunion there in the North Forty, with my Grandpa. I sure wish Hunter could have known him; I think they have a lot in common. :)

We headed back down the road, and eventually drove by Dickie Lake...another spot that is close to my heart. I was just opening my mouth to tell Hunter about the turtles we used to find here, when wouldn't you know it...we saw a turtle in the road!
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Hunter stopped to help him off the road so he wouldn't get squished...and the poor guy was trying to run for his life! Unfortunately, he was running back toward the middle of the road so Hunter had to herd him in the other direction. Finally he got the right idea and headed for safety.
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We continued driving and eventually stopped in Polson for dinner. Polson sits on the south end of Flathead Lake, and we found a restaurant that overlooked this gorgeous body of water.
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It was beautiful; we love this lake. After dinner, we went down to the shore so Hunter could take Old Yeller for a spin.
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It was a beautiful evening.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Beautiful Day

The following refers to day fourteen of our journey: Friday, July 3rd.
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Today was wonderful, because we were not in a hurry to get anywhere. We had beelined it to Jasper so we would have an extra day to spend sight-seeing. Now that we had arrived, we were going to take advantage of the light schedule!

We stayed in a hotel the night before, so we awoke fresh and ready for the new day. I am so grateful every time I get the chance to take a shower! We started out the day by eating breakfast at Subway...
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Not something I recommend! It was far from being the best breakfast I'd ever had. We continued on to the Jasper Tram. We had to wait about 90 minutes to get our tickets, but it was worth it!
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Of course, wouldn't you know it...as soon as we got to the top our camera battery died. There was absolutely nothing we could do about it up there! Darn it all. There was a short hike at the top of the tram ride, and I gave it a valiant effort.
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However, the heights were really getting to me. It wasn't on the edge of a cliff or anything; just a gentle downward slope on both sides. Somehow it all combined to give the impression that you were standing on top of the earth...which is cool enough until the vertigo kicks in. I was already a bit nervous from the ride up, and the hike just sealed the deal. Yikes...I like my vistas, but it really helps when I'm in a very secure position behind a guard rail or something, lol.

After the tram ride, we visited Sunwapta Falls.
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The power of these falls is incredible; I was amazed at how loud they were. Cool stuff!
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We then headed onward to Banff National Park. We stopped to check out some incredible glaciers, cornices and other gorgeous sights along the way.
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Eventually we arrived at Lake Louise. It can be summed up in one word: wow!
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We went for a canoe ride on the lake. I loved every minute of it...even though it was hard work! Poor Hunter had to paddle three times as hard; my efforts were almost worthless. Good thing I brought him along, lol!
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After the canoe ride we decided it was time to head towards camp. We left Lake Louise and headed to Kootenay National Park. And you know what? We finally saw our first grizzly bear. Dangit! I'll be honest, I was hoping they were an urban legend like sasquatch. I mean, as long as I hadn't seen one myself, who's to say they really existed? Unfortunately, I can no longer live in this fantasyland. I saw one, and he was as huge and as scary as I had feared.

Not long after our grizzly bear sighting, we spotted a regular black bear. Yeah, those guys are still scary too! The worst part about that sighting is that this guy was roughly twenty minutes from our campsite. I was saying some mighty prayers as we pitched our tent that night!
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Yikes...I've had my fill of bears for one lifetime! :)