Saturday, September 2, 2017
One of my goals this year was to visit a new National Park. Glacier National Park was pretty high on my list... but I couldn't find many people that wanted to go with me because it is a 10 hour drive. Well... my friend that does my lashes hooked me up with one of her friends that is single and loves to travel and loves the outdoors like me. We met up for dinner to chat and see if we meshed and then decided we were ok to take an adventure together and decided this would be our first adventure. It was a holiday weekend so we had an extra day PLUS Melanie had always wanted to go to Glacier National Park too. She dreamed of seeing Lake McDonald. The largest Lake in the National Park.
So we made the 10 hour drive to Montana on Friday after work. We spent the night in my car somewhere in Idaho, but got to the National Park by the next afternoon. First thing we did... Go to Lake McDonald. That is actually the only thing we did... that story will come in the next blog post. Nobody told us that the National Park was on fire before we went. Or that pretty much Idaho to Montana was all on fire. It was pretty bad. That being said... the Lake was beautiful and we enjoyed our time there.
One of the things that Lake McDonald is known for is all of it's colorful rocks. We had fun looking at them and picking out our favorites. I even brought a few home to put in my Fish bowl.
What a beautiful place. I will have to go back when it is not on fire to see what it looks like. :)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Ever since I started becoming obsessed with being outdoors, I have seen and been so fascinated with Van and Bus conversations. I love the idea of being able to stay in your car instead of having to set up and take down camp or staying in a hotel. I obviously don't have a van or a bus... so I couldn't do that as much as I wanted to. However... I do have a car that is big enough that I can sleep in. So I started searching online to see if other people had come up with a solution for smaller SUV's like mine. I saw things here and there that I liked, but nothing like what I wanted.
SO... I came up with my own design and asked my cousin Dave if he would be up for a cousin project. Thankfully he said yes and he enjoys building things. So I told him my idea and he loved it and got to work. No plans.... just measuring my space and cutting wood and improving my plan as we went. Love it! Dave is so talented.
My idea? Well, I wanted to build a platform that had 2 or 3 drawers underneath. With the size of my car and what I wanted, 2 made sense. I wanted one to pull out and be a long table that I could prepare food on or for me and a couple other people to eat on or whatever other reason you need a table. The other would pull out and it would be an actual drawer with storage and then at the end of it would be a sink so that I can wash a dish, brush my teeth or wash my hands. Dave one-uped my idea and turned the sink into a transformer. Then of course on top of the platform is the bed. It is pretty comfy too I might add. It is an air mattress with memory foam on top. Now I just need to make covers for the windows and I think I am set.
To personalize the entire thing, I decided that I wanted to do some wood burning on it. I of course have never done wood burning before, but I thought I would go for it anyway. I like some of it more than others... but I love how my tree around the sink turned out. My mom even helped me wood burn some of the trees.
I LOVE how it turned out. Dave it amazing. It may sound weird to some, but I love that I can sleep in my car. I also love that on a road trip... if we get hungry, we can just pull over to a pretty spot and set up quickly to make lunch or whatever. It is just so easy and convenient and awesome. It was the best solution for what I wanted from a Van conversion for my SUV. I will make a video at some point to give a tour of the entire thing... but until then, these pictures will have to do. Thank you Dave for helping make my vision come true.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
I was itching to go outside and Drew had never been to the Uintas. So... we decided to take a day trip up there. It was a beautiful day.
Something that I appreciate adventuring with Drew, is that he love photography like I do. So we both took our time and took pictures and just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings.
I had been to Provo River Falls before.. but never explored down the River from the Falls. It's beautiful.
I also brought 2 hammocks so that we could kick back and relax by the lake while we were there. Drew had never hammocked before! Can you believe that? Well, he loved it. I'm pretty sure that he wants a hammock now.
After we explored and relaxed and took lots of pictures... the sun went down and we decided to head home. So happy to have Drew as my co-worker and now friend and sometimes nature/photography buddy and so glad that he wanted to explore the Unitas with me.
Monday, August 21, 2017
I don't know why, but I thought this eclipse was going to be like the last one I saw. However it wasn't. If I would have known the difference between the Eclipse's I would have traveled to Idaho to watch this one.... but I'm dumb and treated it like any other day and went to work. What a mistake.
I did however go full Tracy style and dress for the occasion. AKA I wore my moon shirt.
Work did give us glasses and made a party (ish) out of watch the big event. So my team all went outside... along with a lot of the rest of the company that was around to watch as the time got closer to the totality of the eclipse which for us in Utah was at 90% I think.
Although the temperature became cooler and the lighting did get a little weird/darker... it wasn't anything like I heard it was in the states of complete totality where it got dark like night time and got a lot cooler outside. My sister, Jamie and brother in law, Dan made the trip to Idaho to see it. I really with I would have also. Here is the picture Dan got in Idaho.
Here is the picture I got here in Utah.
Yep... I know... pretty lame. I guess that means I will just have to travel to the next one. At least my co-workers and I had some fun. And yes, we listened to Total Eclipse of the Sun while it was happening.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
I was able to take the day off of work today, sooooo I decided to drive up to Big Cottonwood Canyon and hike to Lake Mary by myself.
It was nice because there were not many people around since it was a week day in the middle of the day. Sure I would rather hike with someone... but it was nice to go at my own pace and stop and take pictures and lay out on a rock at the lake. Just relax and enjoy the peace and quite. I even ran into some little critters. I also tried to catch the last of the wildflowers. Yep... they are on their way out and it makes me a little sad. I'm always sad when summer comes to an end.
Great day off of work. Love being outside.