Sunday, March 4, 2018

Moab Weekend

Justin had a work trip to Moab and I was able to tag along and hang out while he visited with bike shops.  The weather was a gorgeous 65 degrees albeit, quite windy.  I didn't think shorts would have been needed, but I was wrong.  We left Thursday night and drove one and half hours south, after Price and found a place off the road to sleep.  It was 18 degrees when we woke up.  Well, we technically didn't really wake up because we were awake most of the night.
Camping area South of Price. Brrrr! 
Cool orange moon but not a cool photo.
We hiked to Tower Arch, and were lucky to be the only people.  It is along a dirt road, so not many people go there; me included.  I didn't realize it was an area we could go to.  We left with not much sunlight, so on the way back it was very dark and we lost the trail.  We were easily able to find our car.  
Justin rode his mountain bike on the Captain Ahab trail while I hiked in the canyon across from the parking lot.  It was fun!  It is a trail but very poorly marked/cairned.  I saw one other mustached dude that told me there were petroglyphs or I might have turned around at a really tough spot.  Once you got on top, it was quite level and fun to explore.

We had The Best Nap Ever then drove back to town intending to try out the local quesadilla truck but we got a flat tire on the way there. And the truck was closed so we ate at Giliberto's and it was no bueno.
The flat tire caused us to be later than expected so we stayed over night on Willow Flats again.  It wasn't windy during the night, but at dawn it was straight up gales.  We ended up making it home at noon safely through a winter storm, just in time to make it to church.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Random Sunday Family Photo

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Africa! #1

Landing in Africa.  I was supposed to bring an affidavit signed by Justin to bring Allison into the country, but I had Jusitn write on a paper.  They kind of laughed at it, but let her in after a moment saying she was old enough to know for herself and that she trusted me.
At the rental car agency, Sixt, I noticed that I left Justin's tablet on the plane.  Long story short, I got it back.  There are good people in the world!  
We left the airport later than expected, I was the first to drive so it was VERY hectic.  Plus Allison got immediately sick and puked before we could get her something.  Ewww.  Poor girl.  Then she proceeded to sleep about four hours like the dead.
We bought groceries at a "black" store but felt safe.  It was rapidly growing dark and we were a few hours from our lodgings.  Dad was having a hard time driving in the dark because of so many ginormous potholes the size of elephants.  I was driving and thought I missed the biggest hole ever but wham!  Nailed it!  i thought I was off free, but after a minute it became obvious that it was a flat.  Dad and I emptied the trunk and got the jack and spare out and were fixing it when  truck stopped with a white guy that offered to help.  Dad quickly said yes.  He was speedy and proficient.  We talked about how they potholes are terrible on this road.  He said, not this road.  ALL of the roads.  He offered to let us sleep at his ranch with him.  We felt good about it because we still had at least two hours of driving left and were nervous about it.  His name is Johann and is a lovely gentleman.  Seriously the nicest host.  He said that God told him to help us.  His ranch is nice and by a river.  He has 19 cows on it.  He built a garage with an apartment (amazingly decorated!) and plans to build a home  on it in the future.  Mom and Dad stayed up late talking including the Book of Mormon.  Dad gave him a cabochon and a Book of Mormon.  We even showered which felt amazing after traveling so long!

The next morning we drove to our lodging Zur Mine Lodge.  What a lovely little spot on earth.  and a delicious jungle to boot.  We were advised by the owner that the weather the next day was going to be foggy so to go see the vistas today at Blyde River gorge.  He also told us about a sweet restaurant that serves native African food, no electricity by the river.  Highlight for sure.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Airplane flights were relatively good.  Of course sleeping on a plane is never good.  We had two nights, two sleepless nights.  During out 10 hour layover in Frankfurt Germany, Allison, Dad and visited the city while my mom stayed at the airport and watched our bags.  We ended up walking so much, that Mom would have hated it.
It was a holiday so the shops were closed, but we were able to see two churches and a festival of some type in a town square.  We were told it was a reunion for schools.  With a town band to boot.
We had local ice cream, a cheese pretzel and ate at a hamburger joint with amazing sweet potato fries.  
All in all, I was glad to see it, but felt like I would like to see OUT of the city more.  

                                                          Cheese Pretzel

               Toilets                                 Dad taking a nap in the city

Burger King.  It delivers.

Cool shopping mall with a hole in it.

Cat tail