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Easter Weekend 2017

April 19, 2017 § Leave a comment


This is not my photo


Easter Weekend began Friday, April 14th, with a seven mile hike with my friend Sue.

She lives in Parowan, and has always wanted to hike to Valentine Peak Trail.  In the 1950’s, someone noticed that on Valentine’s Day the sun rose directly over the peak.  Cool!  So, we drove to the trail head at the Parowan cemetery and began our 2,000 ft. ascent to the top.


Our trail guide, Rousey, kept up on the right track!

DSCN5321Sue did a few FaceBook Live updates for those that cared to follow our adventure.



This direction to…my DAD?


After a few times of thinking we were AT the end, we finally reached the summit.

This is a really steep hike in places, and is rated Moderate/Difficult. I loved it and plan to come back again in the fall!  This was the maiden voyage for my new backpack and hiking shoes.  Both were great!



We wrote our names in the registry at the top


Standing on the top of Valentine’s Peak

I read that this trail has existed in some form for many years.  A resident of Parowan made recent improvements to the trail.  We met Mr. Vito Locatelli as we were beginning our hike.  He is responsible for the benches and chairs on the trail, and the cool bench and sign at the top.  There are even a few places with bowls and a container marked “Dog water”.  He met us about the last mile on the trail on our way down to make sure we were okay (he was watching the FB Live updates).   I thanked him for his time spent working on the trail.


The next day, Eric and I hopped into the jeep and rode out to Frisco.  I’ve not been to the ghost town there since I was in grade school.



We visited the cemetery and the charcoal kilns.


Gates didn’t permit any one getting close to the mine, so I had to be happy with a really great telephoto lens.


On the way back, we decided to cruise the streets of Milford to see how people live there. ‘Spot the Jeep’ was the a game, because it seems that everyone there seemed to have one. We ate at a local diner and then made our way home.


This was the best Jeep that we saw!

Observation Point

April 19, 2017 § Leave a comment

The first weekend of March, I went with two of my sisters, a nephew and niece to Zion’s National Park to hike.  This was a really steep walk up the Observation Point Trail.   20170304_133035We hiked two and a half miles up, ate our lunches, and then the two kids were ready to go back down.  I really wish we’d gone to the top.   Even in the canyon there are reminders that winter was just here with some ice and snow along the trail.  It was a fun day!

We’d planned to hike the Subway at the end of the month, but they closed it due to snow.  Maybe another time.                            20170304_13040720170304_12553320170304_131740

Entitled Wind Bags

November 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

When I was in high school my friend and I created a “Gripe List”.  The list contained names and ideas that were frustrating and gripe-worthy for a high school and college student.  After I was married, I found that notebook and continued to add to it for a few years.  Today, I have no idea where that notebook is, but many of the items that I recall stand true for me at this age.

It is funny that within the content of Banana Suzy-Qs, Girls with syrupy-sweet personalities, studying intently and getting a C+, ballpoint pens that leak and breaking a fingernail was the “Entitled Wind Bag (ie, Donald Trump, etc. ).”  Having satellite TV did wonders for the Gripe List in the late 1980s.  I watched a lot of East coast television and some of their local commercials and programming content included Trump and his socialite wife, Ivana.  She was beautiful and he just seemed to be all about self-promoting. An outspoken bag of hot wind, equal on my opinion scale with some of the people I knew in school.

When the Presidential race began and Trump threw his hat in the ring, I couldn’t believe he was serious and was completely skeptical.  Entitled Wind Bag turned politician blah, blah, blah.  I am not a political person; Eric is just the opposite and to him I am apathetic-yep, that’s me. Politics make my eyes glaze over. My husband was in with Trump from the beginning.  I just couldn’t let myself get on the band wagon, because of my old perception was that he was out to enhance his ego and add to his list of accolades.  Then, the unthinkable happened and I let myself listen to what he was saying and paying attention to him.  It sounded great, but was is too good to be true?  There was no way that this sleeper was going to get very far with the public.  A year ago, I would never admit that I even liked what was being said for fear of the let down, and yes, ridicule…always keeping that Gripe List entry in the back of my mind.  I’d always perceived him ridiculously larger than life, why would I like him now?

Eric is so outspoken about who he does and doesn’t like about a candidate, I was trapped.  Political talk radio was everywhere in my house and it was stressful.  Listening to his vitriolic tirades over anything the current administration/Hillary Clinton said or did was a guaranteed part of my day. If you’ve ever seen the movie “Mars Attacks”, Eric would imitate her in the alien voice; it was a rather good impression, I must say.  Her voice irritates me just as much.

I deleted my Facebook account in January because of the hatred I saw spreading through the internet for Trump and my own emotional angst as I slowly drank the Kool-aide.   When Trump became the Republican nominee it was obvious that I would not know peace until November…and even then it was iffy.  I clung to hope for the better outcome, pondering that should Eric be satisfied with the President-elect, would I be seeking for a therapist because he wouldn’t have anything more to rant over?  My ‘normal’ for the last eight years would change drastically.

The elections are over and I am proud of Mr. Trump.  I am still not a political person, but this process has been utterly fascinating for me.  More so, for my own transformation into a person that sees that change is coming and I am excited to see what happens next.  Mr. Trump thank you for not quitting and I believe you can be the ‘hope and change’ we never saw.  Maybe because I am not a politics fanatic, I never did see this race as the ‘better choice between the two evils’.  Although not perfect, Trump continues to be the perfect, clear choice for my conscience.

The turmoil continues just days after the election and Eric is still fired up as usual.  As for the “Not my President” protestors when are your flights out of the country?  I’d like to be there to see you off.   Just my thought, Trump should offer his plane to fly a bunch of them out of here and drop them off somewhere else.

I am still not looking for a therapist, but looking forward to the future with President Donald J. Trump.  That is still a head shaker for me.  I can’t believe he got there, and can’t believe that among the 700+ entries in a notebook of ‘serious’ gripes (that I can’t find), 30 years later I would ever want to erase an entry.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment


Fall is my favorite time of year.  The leaves, harvest time and the spookiness that is Halloween!   This basket of Johnathan apples will become applesauce very soon. dscn5237I took a trip up the canyon and took fall leaf pictures.  I collected some leaves for my table in the house.




Luckily, the weather has been perfect this week. I will have the week off…to include Halloween!  I love the time to enjoy my holiday and relax with some of my favorite things:   Halloween Radio has been playing since September, scary movies, knitting, sitting on the porch with a hot cup of soup and/or coffee, Jujube fruits (our trees had quite a few this year) apples, and all the “terrorific” things that this time of year brings.



The lawn rake is one of the best investments I ever made.  Everyone should have one.  I sucked up all the leaves from the front yard and Eric cut the grass and sucked up the leaves/clippings in the back.  I picked apples.  There are 3 trees that haven’t quite let loose with all the leaves yet, so I am sure we’ll take another tour around the back yard.


Mojjo will be hanging out on his coat rack to ‘greet’ the Trick-or-Treat kids.  I am hoping he stays put this year (I’m not really wanting to have another Samhain Snake Hunt like last year).  HAPPY HALLOWEEN, everyone…remember, whatever you do, DON’T FALL ASLEEP!

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