Sunday, September 28, 2008
I also found a good article on Happiness in the NY Times. You can google his name and find others as well. Well, carry on, readers of blogs and go for a walk, or a swim, or a bike ride, or SOMETHING!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This is almost at the top of American Fork Canyon. I think it's about a 3000 foot climb from my house to the top (with grades around 6 or 7%). Maybe somebody out there that knows better can correct me but that pretty close. Traffic wasn't too bad and I even had a couple of cars stop and clap ("we don't know what else to do so we're clapping").
This is my favorite picture that I took. This is the backside of Mt. Timp. I have NEVER climbed to the top (can you beleive that). Next year for sure. It's a pretty popular hike and I think it actually TOO popular. I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't 1000+ hikers on Labor Day. I was really enjoying my ride. I was enjoying the solitude and the beauty.
This is a shot on the road to Cascade Springs. The aspen trees haven't started changing but the maples and oak trees are their bright orange and red. The road to Cascade Springs is pretty darn steep I would say 9 maybe 10%?
This is a shot going up South Fork of Provo Canyon. This side canyon is pretty short and not that steep but quite pretty.
When all was said and done, I had riden about 65 miles and 5000+ feet of climbing. Not bad for a nice Saturday ride. The weather held out nicely (except for some nasty wind at times). I was cruising down Provo Canyon and this much better cyclist (riding a sweet Seven bike) came up behind me and asked me if I was enjoying the wind. I don't think we'll have many more days where we can ride outside. Then it's back to the trainer (how fun). I hope everyone else out there takes advantage of the few times we have left before the snow flies (unless you live in Florida or somewhere like that.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
"Moneywise, I can't support a candidate who promises to tax the bejeezus out of my bracket, give the windfall to a bunch of clowns with a 14 percent approval rating (Congress), and hope they spend it wisely.
Unfortunately, the alternative to the guy who promises to pillage my wallet is a lukewarm cadaver. I'm in trouble either way."
One thing I can agree with and stand up for is that in this particular poll the highest economic priority was education. Besides our out of control spending I think education is the most important issue. Energy and Security are below this. I really feel strongly about the need to address the education of our children and our children's children. What we are doing now is not working. We are falling further and further behind the world's learned.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Shortly after 9/11 the citizens of Sandy organized the Nation's first Healing Field. Since then, more than 200+ other healing fields have been created around our Nation. If you have a minute, I would highly recommend reading Paul's letter of how this all got started. You can also learn about the new Pentagon Healing Field which is adjacent to the new Pentagon Memorial. My children (missing JJ and adding Blaze) learned about Ellis Island, took a mini immigration test, and then the Immigration Oath. I thought it was very cool. Just like Memorial Day I believe it is important to teach our children. Do I remember? Yes. I was in Denver preparing for a groundwater conference. I turned on the TV just after the first plane crashed and witnessed the second crash. It was difficult being away from my family. This event has changed us all. On our soil we were attacked. We must be diligent in preventing this from ever happening again. Enjoy the pictures.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
While I was here, one of our favorite places was this Mexican restaurant, El Gallito. It was owned by a member of our church and we could go there once a week and eat for free. And I'll be, that place is STILL there. I couldn't beleive it. It was very good then so it probably is STILL pretty good now. The sign on the front indicated that they were doing some remodeling of the kitchen and would reopen in another week or so. Too bad. I would have LOVED to grab a bite there. Anyhow, that was my trip down memory lane today. I worked really hard in this area. It was the last 5 months of my mission. It was here that I got my "Dear John" letter just a few weeks before I came home. So long ago but I have fond memories of the people here in Coachella Valley.
My two favorite pictures are the ones that BA took of Olive, Nicky, and Becca, and then one of the teenagers. Those classes that Blaine took sure did help. He's a great photographer!
This was Olive's favorite scene, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Can't you see them? BA and I joked through the entire tour about how much imagination and make-up-stuff the tour guides come up with. "Hey, everyone, this is Casper. Over there is a witch, and there is Abe Lincoln, the entire solar system, a collection of ants, grasshoppers, and butterflies". Whatever! It's just like in the summertime, looking up at the clouds and saying, "Hey, can you see the pirate ship?" Oh well, the kids liked it, and BA loved "the cave bacon"
I tried locking my sister (and everyone else behind her) in the cave, but she was too smart and figured out how to get out.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
First off, my two sisters Jen and Kath (or is it Kath and Jen) planned for a fun weekend up at Bear Lake. We were all going to stay in a cabin close to the lake. It's too bad that Sharon P and Wolf were in Germany because they really missed out on a great family experience. After school (and after Tri-Rich and I finished the B-Fit B-Day Challenge) the kids and I packed up the TL. An SUV the TL is NOT but we got everything in that we needed and headed out. JJ was super excited because I let him drive for the first part. He got to drive on I-215 and also I-80. The kids were excited to see their cousins and to have a mini-vacation.
We rolled into Garden City not too late and everyone was still up waiting for us to get there. The cabin was plenty big for all of us (5 adults, 4 teenagers, and 5 younger ones).
The morning of the first day we started out with a bit huge breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, yogurt, and course oatmeal for me. The day was gorgeous and we went to the lake. The lake temperature was around 66 degrees. We had a nice spot on the beach and drove our cars right out on the sand. We thought that was a great idea until the mob came and boxed us in. By mid-day there were tons of people, cars, waverunners, and such all having a great time. BA in an effort to run back to the cabin to watch his Utes pound on Michigan got stuck trying to get out. We had to borrow a shovel and with the help of a dozen or so people we were able to push him out. Krat got a pic and put it on her blog. I think for a few minutes, BA was thinking that he wasn't going to get home to see the game.
We had a great time at the lake. We had little raft boats and floaties. Of course the kids made sand castles and buried themselves in the sand. Adrian and Terrell (I mean Matt and Jake) played football for a good portion of the day.
I had a great time playing with my kids and nieces/nephews, talking to my sisters, and also reading. I picked up this book this week. Pretty good stuff. We decided to leave my car and come back later after everyone had left. Good choice.
Time for dinner. Again, it was tons of fun all being in the cabin. Lots of noise, TONS of food, and great memories. We had tacos and everyone was super hungry. After dinner it was time for shakes. On thing that Bear Lake is famous for is their fresh raspberry shakes. Yum Yum!
I think I'll end this post and continue with another one. How could any day that ends in yummy shakes not be the best day?