Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Archives - May 2021

May - the flowers are coming and it's warming up. I planted these babies in the fall of 2020 and look - miracle!

But the pros at Thanksgiving Point plated these, and Lacey and I went to see them. 

With my new matchy purple shoes. 

 Puzzles and cats don't mix. 

But we love them anyway. 

Family hang time. Little H is turning into a teenager. 

Q did some braids on me. Not bad!

This cat springboards from the floor to the toilet to the shelf (which has open bars, it's not solid) into the window in one fluid motion. He's amazing to watch. 

Started our garden - lots of learning. These little ones didn't do so great for awhile until we got a trellis, but we should've gotten a different one. Next year they'll grow even more. 

Anthony got a custom cave suit from Bulgaria. I didn't know such a thing existed. 

I got some new clothes too. Time to head back into the office post-Covid work from home. No clue what to wear after a year of sweats. I paid for Nordstrom to pick out work clothes and send them to me. They did a pretty darn good job. Never would've picked this jumpsuit myself, but it's comfortable and classy. 

Anthony, making use of all that caving gear that he's purchased. 

New rug purchased around this time. Somehow I completely mis-measured the room and got a size too big. Thanks to Instagram, I learned that I could take it to a carpet shop, and they could cut it down and bind the edges for me. It's pretty cheap to do, though I had them re-attach some fringe, but I'm really glad to find a solution. 

Sometimes when I eat goat cheese and tomato balsamic toast, I eat it for days on end. 

Friend Dana had a birthday, and Adam got her these fancy crepe cakes from a cute Japanese dessert place in town. They were excellent. 

Little Q graduated from pre-school, but her parents were too sick to take her. I got the lucky honor to watch her ceremony and the cute songs her class sang. 

I took my little ladies from church on a hike - I'm always trying to get them outside and exploring.

One of my favorite dishes to make - crispy chicken thighs and smashed fresh peas with lots of herbs. Trade Joe's always has fresh peas, and I don't ever see them anywhere else. 

Miriam in a bag. 

We had a gift card to burn at Pago, so we had a nice patio dinner. Those nights are the best. 

Little bro Tanner was in town for a quick trip. He had work in Idaho setting up new flights into an airport there, and he flew in and out of SLC. It'd been awhile since I'd seen him in person!

Anthony flew to Texas for about a week to see his little sis graduate from high school. 

Sun babies kept me company. 

Spent time with Julie and Jesse - I am so bad at drawing. I wish I could tell you what this is. 

Sunset over the lake. 

Anthony was still gone on Memorial Day, so I popped up to Bear Lake with Meghan and to hang at the Hubrich's place. My first time in Bear Lake! And first time getting a famous raspberry shake.

Let's end May with a Leo pose. 

Friday, January 07, 2022

Weekend in Capitol Reef - May 2021

The first weekend in May we popped down to Capitol Reef. It's the closest park to SLC - about 3.5 hours drive, and I'd never been. After being there, it might be my favorite park. The scenery is incredible, and it's quiet! The campground in the park was full, and I didn't quite feel like roughing it that weekend, so we got a motel room. 

We spent the first afternoon in the Grand Wash. Anthony's been here before, and it was a good starting point. Easy walk, mostly flat, lots of looking up. 

Fruita is an old settlement and the heart of the park. There are some incredible pies made here, but we missed out this time. 

Can't get over how pretty this is. 

Checked into motel room. was not ready for us. And it was an awkward exchange when I went back to the front desk. We went to dinner while they fixed it up. 

First location of Curry Pizza is down here, and we're fans of it. 

Next day we headed into the Cathedral Valley. If you want to do the full loop, they recommend a high clearance 4WD vehicle (which we do not have) because YOU HAVE TO DRIVE IN A RIVER for like 100 feet. It was a foot high around the time we went. Did not want to try, so we drove to the other starting point of the loop and went until we wanted to turn around. I'd really like to come and rent a jeep for a couple days. It really seems like the best way to see a lot of this backcountry area. 

I really wanted to see the Temple of the Sun and Moon, so here we are. Hardly passed anyone else out here.

This is part of Glass Mountain, full of selenium. There are so many different kids of earth formations out here, it's incredible. 

Look at those layers!

The layers, the colors, it's amazing. 

On the way back through town we stopped to see the petroglyphs on the side of the rock. 

Dinner in Torrey at a place that was packed, but so-so. 

The last morning we took the scenic drive down to Capitol Gorge. 

There's the Pioneer Register, where all the past folks who came would stand on top of their wagons and carve their names. Up high, so flood water didn't wash it away. 

This is a really great area to explore. 

On the drive back we pulled over at this trail and started up the hill. 

Rain clouds and lightning soon arrived. 

We decided to get outta there before the storm rolled in over us. Funny story - we came back to this hike in Thanksgiving, and I hated it. Worst hike here. Don't do the wagon trail, it's dumb. 

See ya later, Fruita. 

Archives - May 2021

May - the flowers are coming and it's warming up. I planted these babies in the fall of 2020 and look - miracle! But the pros at Thanksg...