Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Here's the first glimpse at our Havasupai Falls Trip.

Havasupai Falls are west of the Grand Canyon, a little oasis in the beautiful desert canyons. Here are just a few pictures, but there are more to come. Half of our group included Jeff Larsen, Taletha Judy, Kelly Fitzsimmons, Brooke Stoddard, Skyler Richards, Brooke Silvester & me.

Havasu Falls

Taletha, Skyler, me & Brooke

Moonie Falls!

Stretching on our way out of the canyon. We did some special stretches for Skyler and Brooke.

Moonie Falls in the distance as we were hiking through the river.

This was an awesome trip with some great friends!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Tagged - 4 of 4

Brooke Silvester tagged me recently, and I decided I'd finally play along. I saw that Jeanna and Gina did, and figured I will too. The tag is to post the 4th picture of the 4th folder.
This was in the winter of 2005 over Christmas Break. I was with my family driving to the Denver Av's Hockey Game. For some reason I was chillin' with my iPod and playing with my camera. Hmm. Anyway, the Hockey game was fun to watch but the California Kings had complete control the entire game and won. The girls - Mom, Jana and I, had the nosebleed tickets while the guys - Dad, Ryan, Brandon & Devin, had the box seats. A few days later at the Denver Nuggets game we switched and Dad, Mom, Jana and I were in the box and Ryan, Brandon and Devin had the nosebleeds. The mascot jumped up on the ledge of our box, right in front of us and danced all along the ledge. Needless to say, Jana and I were dancin' as well (while filming the dancing mascot, of course).
Family times. Good times.

I tag: Jen Wecker, Christy John, Natasha Rodriguez, Katie Anderson & Julie Brown!

Monday, February 23, 2009

More than just Insurance

Tonight I finally called and updated my car insurance. I received a quote from Progressive last night and called to review everything and pay for it and had an interesting conversation. The sales associate lives in Ohio and it is about 1:30 in the morning her time, but she is very helpful and talkative. I asked her how she likes Ohio and what fun things are there and she told me about this incredible roller coaster that is the biggest in the united states. Sounds amazing. I'll have to visit sometime. She asked about Idaho and said she could not imagine what it looked like, so I asked her if she'd heard of Yellowstone National Park. She had and I told her it was close and she could come visit and see the geysers, buffalo, and go river rafting - this she was very excited about. I told her about our cute little down town, the Temple near the River, and how fun it is to have so many outdoor adventures close. She said she'd always wanted to come to Yellowstone and knowing that there's rafting she'll have to come.

She asked if I had any trips planned and I told her I was going to Havasupai soon. She has been to Lake Havasu. What random person has been to Lake Havasu? She said she learned of it when her son was in grade school and one of the kids presented a book report on the London Bridge. Apparantly Robert P. McCulloch purchased the London Bridge for 2.5 million dollars when it began to sink in the River Thames in London, and brought it to Arizona - on Lake Havasu. One website explains it took 3 years and another 7 million dollars to dismantle, ship and rebuild the London Bridge, which now connects Lake Havasu City with an island in the lake. The same site says the bridge's "massive body of stone brings the essence of England to Arizona". When she heard this story about the bridge she and her son had to go and see it. As she described her trip I googled Lake Havasu and saw the London Bridge. Random! I was excited to learn one more fact about this place before our trip. I don't think we'll even go to Lake Havasu on the backpacking into Havasupai Falls, but we'll see. We talked for at least 30-40 minutes and had a great time.

Finally we finished up the payment and email confirmation of the insurance policy and said goodbye. Before hanging up I had to find out the name of my new and now lost phone friend. Her name is Joy. I wish Joy the best.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween!

A Beautiful Halloween Morning!!!

Emory and Christy came to visit me at work to trick or treat. Emory played with her new friend Harlee, my co-worker & friend Claudio's daughter.

Sonny and Cher singing "I Got You Babe"

Halloween party

'90s Flashback - NSYNC RevivedYou can watch our little dance at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12VL9m6Tn80

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

West Coast Trail

Flying early in the morning from Idaho Falls, to Boise, to Seattle

Where we ate lunch and where a scene of Sleepless in Seattle was filmed.

Fish market

Some great reading for preparation for the trail

Navigating in Seattle

Funny little smart car
Arrived in Victoria then drove to Bamfield, Vancouver in British Columbia. This was at our base camp the day before we left.
Our last meal before we began the hike the next morning.

The story of the MAT!
I didn't have a mat to go under my sleeping bag and the first night at base camp just wasn't very comfortable. I went to a local hardware store in Bamfield and the kind owner/clerk went home and got me his old mat and gave it to me! I told him I officially like Canadians because of him! :) I slept well almost every night because of this man's generosity and so I decided to take pictures with the mat and I am going to send him a thank you card with the pictures of where his mat traveled on the West Coast Trail.

The first day as we started the trail...

One of the easy logs to hike on...

Huge Slugs!!!The first and smallest of about 150 ladders

Mike & Ike bush :)Trina and Aneka about to sample the Mike & Ikes

Two photos brought to you by Trina Hill Photography:

A lou with a view!
Not really...

Really...and Trina was supposed to be keeping watch, but used my camera instead!

The crab stand - fantastic crab, yum!

The last day with my mat.
Saying goodbye to my mat.

Surprise picture while I was sleeping on the ferry.

Riding in the taxi from the Clipper trying to get to the Seattle airport in time....and we made it!

We flew to Boise and stayed with Alisha and Ryan for a night and then drove home to Idaho Falls.