Eclipse 2017

August 25, 2017 § Leave a comment


Here is my attempt to photograph the 2017 Eclipse from my front porch.

After processing my first photo, this is the result.  I think it’s pretty cool.

DSCN5754Then, after it started to get close to the 91% that we had here in Utah, the clouds started to roll in.

This is the best one, unprocessed, as seen from the welders mask over the lens.

Being the amature, I think I did okay.  I’m sure glad Eric welds!

The last one, February 1979, was the day my mom handed out journals  to me and my sisters.  Our first assignment was to write about the eclipse.  All these years later, I still have that journal- and now, my OWN pix!


Eclipse Watch 2017


50 Things

August 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

My Pharmasister made me a cute thing for my birthday.  Her Pharmahusband got one for his birthday, so I was hoping I’d get one, too.

There was one word I didn’t know: Trypanophobia (fear of needles).  I laughed.

I love, love, love this!


Greetings from 12, 169 Ft.

August 25, 2017 § Leave a comment


Those were the first words of the voicemail left for my husband from a very tall mountain.  I was surprised that we had phone service.  August 5th, I took a very steep hike to the summit of Mt. Delano.  It been a very long time since I’d hiked it, and I don’t recall starting from where we did this trip or the hike being THAT steep.  I found later that we took the steeper route.  The other people we saw leaving in another direction might have had the easier route.  Next time.  LOL

My brother in-law led us up the one track trail, and it was evident that since Grand Canyon, I’ve not done a whole lot of anything resembling hiking conditioning.

We got to the top and my blonde sister commented that it wasn’t windy.  I do recall the other 3 times I’d been there, it had been windy and cooler.   Jacket weather!   This time, it was warmer and calm.  I say warmer, but even in my gloves, the tips of my fingers were so cold it was was hard to write my name in the notebook.  They didn’t thaw out until the trip down the hill in the rain and hail.



From the top, you see Mt. Holly off to the southeast.  Thanks a really great zoom lens could we find Mountain Goats.   These were the only ones we saw.


Mountain goats- mamas and babies

We parked ourselves for about 30 mins and watched as a storm rolled in from the east.  Picking our way down the hill, it started raining and then hailing.  After we got to the treeline, we wound our way down through the trees to the road.  The ground almost resembled winter as the hail piled up.


Back in Beaver, it was sunny and warm.  About 50 degrees warmer than where we came from.  My feet were soggy and pants beginning to dry as I hit the freeway for home.   Thanks to my blonde sister, brother in-law, niece, and Lily the dog, for making it a fun day!

Approaching the Big One

May 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

This year I turn 50 years old, and I am pretty excited about this, mainly because I’ve never been this old before and it’s gonna be great!  Since I’ve now accomplished the goal of Rim to Rim, my new goal is to ride my new mountain bike 50 miles on my 50th birthday.   My route is set and now I just have to do it.


May 23, 2017

I began the first step to my goal…5 miles up the canyon to a campground.  Yikes!  Uphill was tough today.  I’ve never attempted to ride a bike up here before.  So, I am now contemplating the wisdom of jumping on a bike with somewhat sore legs from Grand Canyon.  I had time to recover before I went back to work…I may have just screwed that one up.  🙂

***UPDATE:  June 28, 2017***

I’ve been on a few rides since the last post in May.  I’ve been hiking and busy with a work related training program. Unfortunately,  we were informed that the final technical evaluation is the afternoon of my birthday.  I felt a bit shot down.   So, I’ve had to put the 50 miles on the 50th birthday aside, for now.   Check back.  There will be a post about a reaching that goal successfully.  I promise!


The Artist

May 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

Live intentional.

Be kind.

Let all your actions be that gallery masterpiece to which you would be proud to sign your name.

We’ve Joined the Club: Rim to Rim

May 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

20170519_202112aWe did it!  May 20th, we completed the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike in just over 16 hrs. I read that is about average.  Yesterday and today I am doing the “Kaiabab Shuffle”, so sore, and I seem to forget that I can bend my knees when walking.

We started out at about 6 a.m., and decided to participate in a Rim to Rim hiker study conducted by New Mexico University.  After a few questions, weigh-in (person and pack), biometric reading, O2 percentage,  BP and blood draw (for my sisters, not me–I need to be upright) we went on our way.  I was given a Fitbit to monitor heart rate and and iphone to play two games every three hours to monitor mental fatigue during the hike. There was a device on my pack that monitored temperature and elevation.




In all my hurry, I left my hat in the car in Utah.  My 10-year-old nephew let me use his hat, bless his heart.  This hat made lots of people happy on the trail. “I love your hat!” they would say smiling as they passed.  I adored this hat and I am getting one of my own. Funny, I hate the color yellow, but minions are fun and I love this hat.  I also left my trekking poles home. Ugh! They would have been helpful.

This was a learning experience of what I will make sure to pack for the next time.

Just to get it out of the way early, I slipped and felt my ankle twist during the first mile. Walk it off.  The ankle was great, but the knee started to go downhill and made going downhill severely painful.  Medical sisters to the rescue!  I love them and glad they are medical people; that’s why they make the big bucks.  I brought band-aids and IBU 800mg. Valerie packed an ace bandage and the pharmasister had some super fix-me up cream for muscle/nerve pain and we were off.  It really didn’t feel good at all, but better going up hill, about 14 miles later.  By the end, both knees were complaining.

The South Kaiabab Trail doesn’t change much, so I only took a few pictures.  It’s a whole lotta downhill at a 14% grade.  The temperature was just right and we shed layers and gloves as we went.   A lot of people decided this would be a great day to hike or run the trails.  I met someone who thought he would get out of his Los Angeles comfort zone and ride the mules.  He said, “never again”, but he was still smiling.  I liked him.



We decided that Grand Canyon is the Happiest Place on Earth.  Everyone seemed to be having a great day.  Everyone was smiling and friendly- not a grumpy person…I still think it was the hat.


Bright Angel Trail was the first water stop.  Cold, good water.  They chose a horrid time to close the restrooms for cleaning, tho.  So, pressing onward, we ventured to Phantom Ranch where we ate in the shade of trees and rested.  It was at this place we met a man and his dog, Charleston.  We would cross paths with them frequently for the rest of the hike.  He works for LVMPD as an IT guy, and does Search and Rescue.  We had that in common, anyway.

The longest 6.5 miles of the entire trek were next.  They tell you to avoid the “box” during the hot afternoons for very good reason.  I didn’t have short sleeves and it was sometimes horribly hot.  Shade was a very welcomed treat on the trail.  We’d quiz people along the trail to see how far Cottonwood campground was.  Every person we talked to said, “2 miles”.  We felt like we were on a treadmill going nowhere.  Clay and I ran out of water just before the campground, so when I asked the ditzy blonde girl she said, “What campground? Oh, about 2 miles.”  REALLY!?! There were some intelligent looking people not far behind her that pointed just ahead.  Hallelujah!  Fifty yards away was some bless-ed water and bathrooms!  We bandaged, taped, medicated, took the bandage off my knee, snacked and rested for a while.

Arockbubble3.jpglong the trail there were a lot of squirrels, lizards, a few bridges to cross, and a newly formed water feature in the middle of the trail (probably a broken pipe) that made the ground vibrate.  We were amused and Valerie thought it made a great foot massager.

A Rim2Rim2Rim hiker told us it wasn’t there earlier in the day.  We didn’t meet many people after Cottonwood and almost seemed to have the place to ourselves.  Going up the North Rim is BEAUTIFUL!  Much better scenery to enjoy.  Yucca, cactus and a lot of other flowers bloomed.  So pretty.


Valerie walked faster than this gimpy sister, but I wasn’t too far behind her.   Caroline and Clay walked and rested.  I’d keep an eye out for them.  Clay was probably the youngest person I saw on the trail.  He did pretty well for a 13-year-old.  We are all proud of him.

About 5 pm we were out of the sun for the rest of the journey.  Sooooo much better!  Off came the shades and hats and temperatures cooled down as we ascended.   Some of the best features were in this stretch.  Next time, I will try the Bright Angel Trail to North Rim.


Caroline and Clay arrived at my rest spot after I’d had dinner consisting of salmon in a pouch, some cliff bar and peanuts.   Yummy!


Remembering to eat was difficult.  I eat when hungry, and in this heat, I wasn’t.  Caroline reminded me to eat something just after I hurt my knee as she handed me a handful of chewy Sweetarts.  That second game I had to play for the study was evident I was not eating enough, so I became pretty vigilant about self-assessments.   My brain was on the fritz.  It’s amazing that a body burns the amount of calories it does on this trip: a whopping 5,000 minimum.


As it got dark, it got colder, so we dawned our headlamps and layers.  Pretty soon, it was really dark and we four hiked together.  It was cold enough to see your breath!  It’s really different, hiking in the dark.  You have no sense of where you are, only what’s in the beam of the headlamp.  I hope to see the rest of the North Rim on the next trip.

We arrived at the last water stop and soon a group of Chinese people came along, listening to the Carpenters of all things, so we had a little sing-along, and then Jeff and Charleston made it in a few minutes later.  We kept hiking and hoping to see a tunnel that let us know we were less than 2 miles away from the top.  That tunnel took forever to show up! Caroline told me and Valerie to hike ahead and find her family to tell them we were doing okay.   So, off we went.  I kept stopping and waiting to see their flashlights on the trail or calling until Caroline could answer me.  I started to get worried and didn’t like leaving them behind at all.  Valerie traveled on ahead of me.  Stopping to take a break, I noticed a broken branch just hanging in a bush, so I walked with my staff and it was so much better for my knee.  I knew then I would NOT forget my trekking poles next time!

The stars were so bright and clear.  The constellation of Scorpius seemed so large at that time, and Antares was so vibrant.

North Rim “steps” are harder.  No going fast! The grade incline on the North Rim is 20 percent and I am used to 15 percent.  I stopped to get into my pack and met a man coming down the trail looking for his friend.  He told me I was only 10 minutes away from the top.  I was elated!  On the way out, I also passed a sign that said, “No Pets on Trail”.  I wonder if that was why the Ranger asked us if we’d seen “a man with a dog” at Cottonwood.  Ooops!

20170522_065611.jpgI gave the university students their equipment back, finished my last games and took their survey.  Caroline and Valerie finished their testing and we loaded up to go back to Utah.

Brent gave us all a nice surprise as we got into the car, t-shirts for our accomplishment!

We’re in the club!

More Hikes

May 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

The hiking continues with my sisters and doing inclines on my treadmill.  I am finding it difficult to get myself outdoors without other people and would rather ‘hike’ in my house.   The scenery isn’t as compelling, and only deepens the compelling need to dust and vacuum the patio room or pull the weeds outside the windows.

The 10 mile hike was to be at the Subway, but it was closed due to snow.  So, we ended up in Snow Canyon and had a good time there.

The next group hike was in Beaver.  We walked from my sister’s house, around the South Creek Loop, up to the ‘B’ on the mountain and back to her house.  The second part of the hike was from the North Creek Loop to her house.  I had trouble with my new hiking shoes…really with the insert I bought.  I think it had a lot to do with my shoe eating no less than eight band-aids, 5 moleskin (tape and fuzzy stuff) and giving me a blister from hell.  My pharmasister called my dad to come and pick me up a mere 1.30 miles from the end.  Bummer.  I still went 18 miles!  YAY!

No hiking for me for the next weeks to get the heel to heal.  I tried a 5 mile on the treadmill yesterday, and decided to still let it rest until we hit the Grand Canyon.  So, I get to ride my new bike instead!

I am very grateful that we set this goal.  Really, the last 4 months of 2016 I was not exercising, quickly becoming unhealthy and not feeling great.  So, the goals we’ve set for this hike have been so motivating and fun, I set another goal:  to ride 50 miles on my 50th birthday!   I have my route planned and I am going to work up to it for the next couple of months.  I wanted to to something different, so I think the tattoo is just going to have to wait for another 10 years.


Beaver City as seen from the ‘B’





Pharmasister and son send their greetings from the bottom of the ‘B’

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