Monday, October 17, 2011

Coyote Gulch Part 2

Mom has had a lot of responsibilities lately, so the girls and I met Grandpa and went to Coyote Gulch. The cousins were there, but I didn't tell the girls. They were so surprised and happy when we yelled down into the canyon and the echo of cousins came back.

I could not have done the hike into the canyon with the girls by myself. Thanks again Grandpa! Nora has not stopped talking about you since we got home.

Coyote Gulch is one of my favorite places of all time. Going back just reminded me of that. We just missed mom and hopefully we can ALL go back soon.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. The trip was awesome!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


After months of preparation, Angela did it! She has now officially a completed a marathon. Not just any old marathon, mind you. The St. George Marathon - ranked in the top 10 in the nation by some running magazine. Okay, I am not sure how to show my excitement, but she did it, and it was a big deal! We are all so proud. Here are some pictures of the accomplishment.

While waiting for Angela, we saw this desert tortoise pass by. We took pictures and waited some more. The Sheriff came and moved him outside the tortoise fence. (No layman can touch a desert tortoise. You have to be specially trained and certified. Otherwise you are in big trouble. All the tortoise rise up against you.)

The girls made signs for Mom and together with Grandma and Grandpa we watched for her to come past mile 23.

Here she comes! (Team Spaz in pink!)

Almost to the finish! There she goes!

All 3 members of Team Spaz finished together.

At the finish line we had a Team Spaz reunion, support group and all, and then let them recover. They all appear to be doing well today. Good thing it is Conference weekend.

So what's next? I suggested the Red Mountain 50K, we'll see though.

The Mountains and Lake Powell

Two weeks ago, Angela got asked to play the piano for Allison at church in Panguitch Lake. Of course we had to go up on Saturday and have some fun with friends, and then go to Church on Sunday. It was nice to get out of the heat, and the girls had sooooo much fun.
I wish we had gotten more pictures up there, it was so nice to spend the weekend with friends. Sunday night we had not had enough vacation, so we went to Lake Powell and Monday morning we went to Wahweap and took the tour boat to Rainbow Bridge.

It was pretty hot, so we spent a couple of hours swimming before coming home and back to life. Hopefully it isn't too long to our next break.

Side note and request: we stayed Sunday night at Lone Rock, right at the edge of the water and it was really nice. What was not nice was when we got up in the morning, Angela flipped the sand off her pants and we think she flicked her wedding ring into the sand. We looked and looked for it with no luck. We went to Rainbow Bridge and then back to the beach to look again.
So if any of you go to Lone Rock, go walk along the beach and look between restrooms 11 and 12. Don't take a metal detector though, they are illegal in the NRA. We asked the rangers if they had one, and got some funny looks. Maybe one of these days we will smuggle a contraband metal detector into the park and look for the ring. In the meantime, it makes you wonder how many other wedding rings are in that lake. I am sure ours was not the first.