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Wildlife In Utah

Utah Trip

On our trip to Utah we saw tons of amazing scenery. From Delicate Arch to remote places of the Needles to random slot canyons, we saw as much as we could get to. However, while everyone else was looking up at the scenery I was looking down. So, I probably couldn’t tell you what a lot of what the scenery was even like lol. The truth was that I wanted to find a rattlesnake. The sad part was that I didn’t ever actually find one. This fact seemed to be pleasing to my mom for some reason, but honestly I was kinda disappointed. If you are like my mom it is a good thing if you do not see any wildlife that is even remotely dangerous; however, it is important to be knowledgeable about the wildlife that could potentially be harmful in case you do see them. For example, if you are setting up a tent and there is a spider web, you might want to know what kind of spider it is before you decide to destroy its web to make room for your tent. It could also be important to know that scorpions sometimes like to crawl inside shoes during the night. It is always better to be prepared than to simply pretend they don’t exist. For those of you like me, it is important to have a healthy fear of dangerous wildlife. If you find a rattlesnake, first, you are luckier than me, but second, don’t pick it up. Living is always better than being dead. In short, just be smart. Pay attention to wildlife warning signs that are usually located at the beginning of trailheads so that you know what to look out for. Keep reading

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Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute!

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I had a flashback earlier today. This one went way back. Back to my childhood in the 1970’s and early 80’s. I saw a big owl picking up trash until he had a bunch of other people following him around picking up trash as well. He exhorted us to not be “a dirty bird” and ended with his trademark slogan, “Give a hoot! Don’t pollute.” Anyone else ever have those kinds of flashbacks? I’ll never forget Woodsy Owl spreading his message about doing our part to keep the environment clean. Let me tell you what brought it all back to me. Keep reading

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Family pic at the top of the Grand Canyon

We Went, We Saw, We Conquered

Utah Trip

Well…we’re back. We went, we saw, and we conquered. You know that your vacation has been long enough when you don’t dread the fact that you have to go back to work. It was a lot of fun while it lasted. We were rejuvenated, motivated, and just ready to get back to life. That’s what vacation is for anyhow. So, in other words, it fulfilled its purpose. Plus, we got a lot of material to share with you. This week we wanted to share with you each of our top takeaways from the trip while it is still fresh in our minds. Keep reading

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Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

LocationsUtah Trip

A week or so ago, I was talking to the clerk at the bookstore in Moab, UT. We were talking about sights in the area and how few of them are seen. The majority of tourists come through and see the same viewpoints that everyone else sees. Take the same pictures. Visit the same landmarks. He told me an axiom that he had heard and I’ve thought about it a lot this trip. He said that 98 percent of people see 2 percent of the land. It’s always been a goal of mine to be one of the 2 percent; to see some of the things that the other 98 percent will never see. Keep reading

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Ding Dang Dome

Ding Dang

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Ever heard of Ding Dang Canyons or Ding Dang Dome? Neither had we until Friday morning. I’d heard my Uncle Harold refer to someone as a ding dang dummy, but that was about the extent of it. We were talking to the camping neighbors on Friday morning and one of the guys asked if we’d ever hiked Ding Dang Canyons. “Oh, you got to hike them,” he said. “They are two of the best slot canyons in the area,” Steve told us. Steve was one of eight guys that came in and set up camp next to us at 12:30 in the morning on Friday. Keep reading

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Happy Birthday!

Well, We’re Off

Utah Trip

I know it’s hard to believe, but we’ve been at this blog thing for a whole year already. I know, you can’t believe you’ve been waiting eagerly every Saturday morning at 8am for the email to arrive to update you on what we’ve been up to for an entire year now. Time does fly when you’re having fun. Well, this anniversary brings with it something very exciting for us. Keep reading

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Chaos in our house

Bringing Order From Chaos

Gear: Trials and ErrorsUtah Trip

Wow! One week from today we leave on our great southwestern excursion. I don’t know how someone can be so ready and yet so not ready at the same time. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for everyone. I’ve been planning and purchasing in between work. Randi just finished her semester of piano lessons. The boys are in finals as we speak. We have spring piano recitals on Monday and Tuesday, the boys drive home from Florida on Wednesday, we pack everything up on Friday, and leave on Saturday. One might ask, “Where is this chaos to which you allude?” Well, let’s go upstairs and take a look. Keep reading

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Gavin sitting in hammock with his Jeep

Smiles Per Gallon

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Ronald Reagan once said, ”If people don’t start buying Jeeps, they’ll never know about the great places in life they can drive to!” With this thought in my mind, I made the decision to buy a Jeep Wrangler; mostly because they are amazing and arguably the best vehicle ever to own. I have owned my jeep for slightly over 3 months, and it is has given me some of the most amazing, fun, and eye opening experiences I have ever had. In this short amount of time, I have learned a few things: Jeeps are not cheap, they are a ton of fun, and they are not just a car. Keep reading

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The World’s Most Famous Arch

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AKA The Lady In The Pink Jumpsuit

Arches have been around since the dawn of time. The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis upon completion became the tallest man-made arch in the world. This modern masterpiece is built using engineering principles that are centuries old. As beautiful and magnificent as this engineering marvel is, it doesn’t compare to the arches found in nature. Built according to the design of the Creator and hewn with the tools of His trade, they stand as a testament to His handiwork. There are thousands of them the world over, but most fade in comparison to the one that is arguably the world’s most famous arch. Keep reading

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