Thursday, September 15, 2011

Viva Las.... Venetian!

Charise and I got to talking about going to Vegas together while we were out hiking one day. That same day I found out that Charise is a secret travel agent! We had that trip planned and booked at none other than the Venetian!!!! That's right, the Venetian!!!! And I have the pictures to prove it!
We spent the first day shopping, taking a guided tour of our suite (okay, not officially), and dinner at Gonzales & Gonzales! Yum!
That night we went to see the Blue Man Group! Wow! It was phenominal!! After one of the blue men was chasing Charise around taking her picture with some random guys camera, and trying to hold her hand! It was great!
The next morning we woke up happy because we really were staying at the Venetian, it wasn't just a dream!!! So we headed down to the pool where we our cabana's were waiting for us...
Well, someday we will have cabana's! Then it was more shopping and people watching before we had to head back to reality :/ It was a short trip, but well worth every minute!!

Bonneville or Bust!

This August the gang (Dad, Cory, Nate, Lisa, and me) headed up to Bonneville Speed Week!
We met up with our some of our most favorite people in the world, The Hansen's: Steve, Carrie, and Seth
Salt, Sun, and Hot rods everywhere you look! Pretty much heaven on earth! Bonneville is like being in another world...
....you can drive where ever you want and as fast as you want.. (this is Seth's truck and guess who got to drive it?!? Oooo! Me!)
...a place where you ride your bike right alongside the traffic and have a conversation with the person driving next to you (ahem! Papa John)..
...where you have a front row seat at the take off line, or stand right in between the race cars as they take off
...the place hot rodders tell you to quit lookin' at their ride and to jump on in!
...the place where you get sunburned from the above and below...
...it's a place that you're amazed that someone can actually fall asleep?
Most importantly it's a place you can enjoy friends & family, beautiful cars, and be in awe . Can't wait for Speed Week 2012!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

These Keen's are made for hikin'...and that's just what they'll do!

I love hiking. There is nothing like seeing what is hidden around you and you feel like you're on top of the world when you can look all the way across the valley.








My friend Charise and I, after much hesitancy, finally convinced ourselves to go hike the C-trail and now have become hiking fools!



There have been a couple of other hiking pals that I've been able to hike with this summer... but none that can gab quite like Charise and I!

The C-trail was of course our first defeat. The first week we got close to the top, but were not aware how close! The next week we decided we were going to conquer that beast, and after 5 hours of hiking we did! Luckily there were some nice scout masters at the bottom who made their scouts get us some water. We must have looked like we were dying.





Then there was the Blowhard trail! Beautiful and green with great views of Cedar Breaks...by the name you would never guess that.






I also did this hike with Ned, my co-worker, one evening. It was fun and he even brought snacks :)






(way to adhere to the sign Ned! I'd hate for you to just have to close the gate after you went through it...)



Kanarra Falls Hike. Wow should about describe it, but if you must have details... it is like hiking in the desert and rainforest all at the same time. It is all around amazing! I hiked this one with one of my cute x-ray students, Kelli.















And the Razorback trail! This one is as adventurous as they come! On this particular day we ended up hiking pretty much the full length of Cedar. Up and down, this way and that! It was a blast!







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