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The things we do to feel alive.

Summer Snow

Summer Snow

When Cody and I first moved here I was post-surgery and rather weak. I dragged myself up this mountain. We returned 6 months later for another crack at it. I am pleased to report my legs and lungs were at their best and we cruised up the trail, enjoying the greenery. The day was blistering hot, but as we neared the snowbanks, a cool breeze shifted over our skin. It was just the refreshing energy boost we needed. We turned…

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Flaming Gorge – Day 3

Flaming Gorge – Day 3

We woke covered in frost. Then Cassie won best-sister-in-law ever award from Cody for making us all scrambled eggs and biscuits. We then loaded up the car and headed to our next trail for a leisurely walk around Moose Pond. Laughing at the lack of exertion, we found a trail with some serious incline to get our blood pumping all the hot dogs from our arteries. With our legs tired, we moseyed back to camp for lunch and one final…

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Flower Time

Flower Time

The mountains are alive with flowers! To say I am excited is an understatement. After church Cody and I took the opportunity to go sniff the new buds and exert our legs. The weather was glorious, we conversed about a wide range of topics, and found ourselves feeling an attitude of spiritual contentment steal over us. God is so good. We are excited for the adventures and challenges ahead, ready to face them with an attitude of gratefulness. How many…

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Diamond Fork Hot Springs

Diamond Fork Hot Springs

Friday night after work, Cody and I drove to the woods for a quick over night trip. Naturally we had to stop and photograph the pretty rocks along the way. We pulled off the side of road and found a flat, grassy spot right next to the river. It was ripe with kindling too. We danced under the stars, cuddled by the fire, and finally laid out our sleeping bags. The noise of the river was peaceful and the canopy…

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Moab – Part 3

Moab – Part 3

On Sunday we broke down camp quickly. We wanted to reach the trail to Morning Glory bridge at 7 a.m. but with the sun creeping higher, I was scared it was going to be 9 a.m. and packed. We double-checked we left no trace of trash, then started the engine. The clock read 6:30 a.m. Cody and I exchanged dubious glances, waiting for it to update. We broke into grins to find we were actually on schedule. We arrived to…

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Moab – Part 2

Moab – Part 2

The sun woke us…and the sound of gobbling wild turkeys. A single turkey would call, then a chorus would repeat back to him. We had fun joking about possible conversations at the turkey town hall meeting. Then we dragged our carcasses from the warm sleeping bags, and set out for our first hike. Our first destination? The iconic Corona Arch! But first, a desert hike to reach it. Cody said I looked like I was holding it up. He lied….

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Moab Adventures – Part 1

Moab Adventures – Part 1

My birthday is not until the 28th, but due to scheduling time off work, Cody took me on an early birthday adventure. I woke to find the car packed, our destination a secret, and a three day weekend of fun stretching before us. He’d even burned me a special mixed CD of my favorite songs. Details like that make it even more special. We had firewood, snacks, and our pup, so I knew the weekend held outdoor adventures. I pestered…

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5 Life Lessons from Questival

5 Life Lessons from Questival

Questival was a grand adventure, but we also learned some important life lessons from our 24 hours of exploration. 1. Hometown Perks Questival is a great way to explore your own city and rediscover the joys of your hometown. Even if you have experienced certain things before, seeing them in a different light brings on a stronger sense of appreciation. 2. Contentment While driving toward Jump Rock Falls, Alyssa and I fell into a pensive silence. We looked at each…

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10 Reasons to Sign Up for Questival

10 Reasons to Sign Up for Questival

1. Competition: We did not win. We did not come close to winning. But it was fun to race the clock, earn points, and try to get as close to the leaders as possible. 2. Food: Many of the tasks revolved around eating food local to the state or community. We ate our way around Boise, and it was delicious. 3. Adventure: Questival pushes you out of laziness and Netflix and into the world. With all its wonders. 4. Laughs:…

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10 Free Weekend Adventures

10 Free Weekend Adventures

The weekend is upon us and with it comes fresh sunshine and spring air. If flowers are blooming near you, bust out a picnic and enjoy them. If winter snow clings to the ground, enjoy one last snowball fight before the heat sets in. The following 10 adventures that are free, fun, and relaxing. Be sure to click the titles if a particular image intrigues you for the story behind it. 1. Dance Party 2. Trail Running 3. Cliff Jumping…

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