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Logan Camping Trip – Part 2

Logan Camping Trip – Part 2

I woke before Cody and Ethan and Kalyn. I gave a quick head nod to Collin, who was bleary-eyed but sitting up, and then Zara and I went on a quick morning trail run. I returned and we hung around camp until about 9 a.m. when Brad, Secily, and their labradoodle Rue arrived. The whole group together, it was time to hike! When we got back to camp, we nearly roasted to death. We all joined Zara in the shallows,…

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Logan Camping Trip – Part 1

Logan Camping Trip – Part 1

Our Bible Study group planned a camping trip. We all wanted to be back in time for church Sunday, so we found a nearby canyon and decided to spend two nights under the stars. It was raining when we arrived, but thankfully it died off. We set up a the tents as a precaution to getting drenched. Well, those of us who checked for tent poles before we left set up. The clouds continued to roll about, making for early…

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Family Camping – Day 2

Family Camping – Day 2

That is what greeted us when we woke. The cows and bulls mingled all throughout camp. Thankfully our dogs were wonderful and did not upset the moms and babies. They called to each other throughout the night, and cantered past our tent and into the trees beyond. We woke with rueful comments about wanting cheeseburgers as pay back for their constant noise. That’d make an odd breakfast, so instead Cass and Jase provided us with pancakes, delicious ones too. Mom…

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Family Camping – Day 1

Family Camping – Day 1

Now that we live a day’s drive from our family, we are all making an effort to meet on the weekends for camping excursions for the summer. It is a genius plan because I miss them quite a lot. So Friday after work, Cody and I drove up into the mountains to meet them at a lake. We arrived at midnight, and hastily set up our tent, the night air brisk and free range cattle lowing. I slept so hard…

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Ben Lomond – July 4th Celebration

Ben Lomond – July 4th Celebration

We decided to celebrate our freedom in this wonderful country with a hike up a local peak. At 16 miles round trip, we spent the day climbing up one steep grade only to find another awaiting us. Warning: Tons of photos ahead. I couldn’t exclude any! Snow swathed the switchbacks so we had to find an alternative route. We scaled the rockier sections on our hands, climbing to find a snow-free ridge line. A 1/4 mile after completing that section,…

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Crimson Trail

Crimson Trail

Cody and I will be married 4 years on July 27th. Since we will be celebrating at our best friend Travis’s wedding then, we decided to have an early getaway for ourselves. We rented an AirBnB cottage in the mountains. Our weekend was spent exploring the farmer’s market, eating at new restaurants, playing chess on the front porch by the river, and of course, hiking. The day was beautiful and sunny, with just enough breeze to keep us from keeling…

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Sunset Running

Sunset Running

I can’t decide which I love more, sunrise or sunset running. The sunrise is glorious, but I am sleepy. The sunset is glorious, but rock picking in the dark is risky business. But that is the challenge and the fun, so I think right now dusk running is my favorite, with the option to change my opinion at anytime. I am so grateful to God for this beautiful place we live; strong legs, lungs, and heart; and for my two…

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Meeting Ryker!

Meeting Ryker!

Haylee gave birth to a strong, huge baby boy named Ryker. Alyssa and I visited her and Kyle and met Ryker for the first time this past weekend. We oohed and ahhed, watched dozens of Netflix episodes, ate pizza and ice cream, and caught up on all the adventures of our lives. I am so blessed to have friendships that have lasted since high school, with people who never fail to crack me up. Haylee was a relaxed mom and…

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Wind Caves

Wind Caves

On Sunday we decided to honor our father’s with a hike. Which is a nice way of saying we wanted to double date with Cora and Ethan. The weather was perfect, sunny and hot, with enough scattered breeze and shade to keep us going. The trail was not overly busy and the wildflowers were gorgeous, with dozens of butterfly and dragonfly sightings as well. It is such a blessing to have outdoorsy friends, and a couple who are quick to…

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Girl’s Hike

Girl’s Hike

First, an announcement: I was blessed by an offer of employment for my dream job at a publishing firm. To say I am excited is an understatement, and I start Monday. Due to my new hours, I texted Lindsay to schedule some last minute hiking plans. Thankfully, she was as ready for an adventure as ever. I loaded up Zara and then cruised by to pick up Lindsay. We caught up on everything as we chatted to the trail head….

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