Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Grandma Loves Fall

I'm grateful there are people in this world who can decorate, because I cannot. Maybe my girls will pick up a few tricks from their grandmother - this is her display at Olson's Garden Shoppe in Payson. 

BYU's Grounds

After Elder Ballard mentioned a stand of exotic trees at BYU, we decided the Sabbath merited a stroll on campus. I haven't been on the south side since the Botany Pond makeover.  It was shockingly gorgeous!

Labor Day

Our favorite labor days are in Wasatch County:  sheep dog festival in the a.m., picnic lunch at Huber Grove, a hike, the playground, and a leisurely drive down the canyon back home. It was a perfect day.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Double Arch

We purposely kept our vacation very relaxed - we didn't want to feel like there was anything we "couldn't miss" - we're only three hours away, so we'll be back. But we decided to drive past Double Arch on the way out, and Dean was desperate to stop because there were kids swarming all over the boulders beneath it. I'm so glad we stopped. We'll bring a picnic next time! It was a wonderful, low-key visit. We went to the Moab Pool a few times - a great indoor/outdoor setup, visited the Farmer's Market and I had a killer chocolate-dipped chocolate-cherry popsicle. Wowee. Plus seeing old friends. And spying an 80% cacao Sharffenberger baking bar in a local market - I almost bought it, but decided that at $9, I didn't really need it!

Landscape Arch

This was our last hike on Saturday, and we had some great wildlife interactions. A young rattlesnake coiled and was willing to strike Laurel, our leader, because he wanted the right of way. Fortunately Luke recognizes the rattle sound - we gave him some space and he slithered across the trail.  Dean also found this wicked big ant!

Sand Arch

This was our destination on our first trip to Arches.  We borrowed our friend's sand toys, brought a picnic, and had a delightful time just relaxing in the shade. 

Balanced Rock

If you go, rent the audio cd tour from the Visitor's Center; there's a good story about Balanced Rock on it.