Saturday, September 15, 2012

I've been....On Top Of The World!!!

George came home one day and told me not to make any plans on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend because we were hiking Nebo.  He was almost counting down the days because he was so excited about it!  I on the other hand, because I have done it a few times before, had to muster up some excitement.  The morning of the hike came and when we woke up there was sounds of thunder and flashes of lightening shining in through the window.  My biggest fear is getting struck by lightening so I insisted we wait and go another day.  He wasn't having any of that! Luckily the friends we were going with had my same fear/smarts of lightening and called to say we had better reschedule.  Needless to say I was relieved!
Later that day Angie and Karri called to have us go to Manti and hike over there so that we could at least get a little taste of what we had been planning for.

We rescheduled our Nebo hike for September 15th.  It turned out to be a beautiful day!  No rain in the forecast at all.  We had quite a party of hikers in the end.  BJ & Nicole Hoaldridge, Nicole's sister and brother in law, her dad, my sisters, RaNae and DeAnn, Karri Stevens and Amy Taylor.
We started out at 5:30 from Andrews.  It was dark!  George had control of the flashlight.  Hmmm, how did that happen?
We had a great time and  I was so proud of George for making it to the top!  It's one of those "hurts so good" sort of things.  What I love about hiking a BIG mountain like Nebo is that it totally gives you a whole new appreciation for it.  It's almost like it becomes yours!
Starting off in the dark

A beautiful sunrise

We made it to the ridge

So close, yet so far away

BJ, George and Karri walking across the "football field"

Ready to make the final ascent!

The Book of the Brave-proud to have our names there!

Karri, Me and RaNae (sadly DeAnn had a panic attack and didn't quite get to the top :(

George, BJ & John at the top

Our very own mountain!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I've been.... ENTERTAINED!!!

Talk about an easy blog post! I took lots and lots of pictures while we were in Park City and Sun Valley and couldn't possibly put them all on my blog individually. I'd be nuts by the end and I'm sure I'd lose everyone's attention anyway!

 I have been having so much fun lately! Kylee had a list of things to do while they were here so there was hardly a day without some type of entertainment. One of the things on the list was spending a day in Park City. We did that a couple of years ago and had a great time. This time was just as good!  We got the most out of our Alpine Day Passes and the most out of our day too.  The kids were all so good inspite of being worn out.  I love spending days like this with the ones I love!

Kylee and Conner were finishing up their vacation in Seattle.  Micci, Conner's mom, had a great idea to meet in Sun Valley, ID first.  That meant that they needed a ride there.  That's where I come in!  I absolutely loved it there!  I had a hard time coming back home especially knowing the condo was sitting empty for three days.  But, even so it was a great way to end their visit. 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I've Been...With Some Girls With ALTITUDE!!!

This blog post is basically a gigantic photo album!  I took A LOT of pictures.  I didn't put them all on or know one would make it to the end of this post. 
Wasatch Back-Ragnar Relay has become one of my favorite events of the year,  It is so much fun spending time with friends and family challenging yourselves in beautiful country!  It's my goal to do every leg of the race before I quit.  Hmmm, do we think that can happen?  Since I'll be 61 by the time I'm done I better get the hardest legs out of the way!  Truly, that is one thing that amazes me about this race, is that you see all ages and all shapes and sizes of people.  It is not surprising when you see someone sixty-one years old!

Tammy in the BIG RIG!  We love her, and we love the ride too:)

Our pre-game meal at Rumbi Island Grill in Logan, yum yum!

Girls with Altitude Van 1
Tammy, DeAnn, RaNae, Sue Ann, Jill and Me
Decorating our rig.

Me, I was leg 1.  I started at USU and ran into the mountains and then down through town into Nibley.  I think it was a 7.7 mile run.  I've got to say it felt good to go first and get it over.  The anxiety that comes with waiting is almost the hardest part.

RaNae, leg 2.  I'm so glad she agreed to be on our team this year, and guess what, she's doing it again next year too!  It's so much fun, it becomes addicting!

DeAnn chasing down Mr. Mohawk

Jill getting ready to hand off to Tammy to start over Avon Pass

Tammy booking it up the mountain!

Showing a bit of team spirit!


Two of three of my girls!  Can't wait until Kylee joins in the fun next year.  Kaydee and Linzy were Girls With Altitude, Van 2.

After our first set of legs.  We're smiling because now we can take a little break and have lunch!

Kaydee, runner 11, coming into Snow Basin to pass off to Talysha

Talysha taking over from Kaydee and heading to the mountain trails.

A very common sight at every exchange, the Honey Bucket lines

This is one of my favorite pictures!  It tells what it's all about.

This picture also tells what it's all about!

This one too!

This picture was at the last major exchange where van 2 takes over and finishes up the race. 

We wanted to be there to support our van 2 runners for their last legs.  Here is Linzy coming into the Homestead.  It was SO hot.  She did awesome!

Jill and DeAnn, not sure what they are doing though...

Me, DeAnn and Sue Ann

Sue Ann running down the other side of Avon pass into Liberty.  A pretty run!

Talysha coming down from the ski runs in Snow Basin

My 2nd leg running 8.6 miles out of Snow Basin and into Mountain Green


DeAnn's last leg from Oakley to the Jordanelle overlook.

Jill coming into exchange in Midway

We found Linzy and had her stop to drink some water, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Jill giving her niece Erin water as she treks up the first part of Ragnar. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Kaydee on the 2nd part of Ragnar.  Me giving her water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
I gave my camera to DeAnn to be my photographer while I was running.  She didn't pan out so well!  We joked that this was the only picture of me that she took!

Crazy fun in the car

When we were finished with our last legs we went to McDonalds to treat ourselves to some breakfast.  Sue Ann was surpised when she got her SUPER MINI fries.  Hardly the reward she was hoping for!

The view from the road up Ragnar.  To think we had come all the way from that valley down there, amazing!

Girls With Altitude 2012