Emigration Canyon Hike

My roommate bought a book titled 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Salt Lake City. I’ve decided its a summer must have.

In my constant quest to finding alternative recreational/fitness opportunities, I’m hoping to do at least one or two hikes a week. I think its time I started enjoying the mountains I have the priviledge of living by, year round.

So to start my pursuit I hit up “Emigration Ridgeline Trail” with my roommate Melody. (technically my second hike of the season, Moabs Fisher Towers being the first.) I wasn’t particularly a fan of the first part of the hike which leads you past petroleum fuel lines and up a steep rocky accent. After that the trail slowing becomes overgrown with shrubs, small trees and wildflowers. I would characterize the hike as rolling. Up, then down, then up, then down. I personally prefer more consistent hikes with mellow accents but thats just me and my prosthetic mechanics.

It really was a beautiful hike. The seclusion, views, and wildflowers made it worth it. Here we are on the hike:

The last half of the hike was easier going and just the kind of thing that makes you appreciate being alive.

I’m very aware of how lucky I am. I’m not only breathing but I’m living. I have a good and flexible job with a promising future. My family and friends always have my back and my roommates are simply awesome. I can walk (currently) and have the opportunity to participate in so many activities. I keep following my dreams and I’ll be I’ll be booking my flight for New Zealand next week. Hey guys, thanks for being apart of my life and making it amazing!

Meet Mouse.

We caught the mousy in our house. Have a look:

This is what my roommate, Melody has to say about mice: (pictures speak louder than words!)

C to C

So, this is not me, but I just thought you should all know that I can totally do this!

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Yay! I’m quite proud of the accomplishment. Not as easy as they make it look. Not at all. Now its your turn! Do it!

Moab-ing

Moab,

Some friends and I, some being about 20 people crashed moab this weekend. . . . along with everyone else in Utah and southern Colorado. The weather wasn’t exactly co-operative and they ( I left early for work) were eventually driven out with broken tents and soggy sleeping bags.

Oh the memories.

Heres some evidence or our excursion:


Fisher Towers hike.


Nick fixing problems from the rain. . . red-neck style.

Kayaking and Knees.

I have evidence that Kayaking is not all fun and games. Even though I would have you believe that! Wednesday I was working on rolling. You need to be able to flip yourself back over if you end up upside down. Every time you can’t roll back over, you’ve got to get out of the boat before you drowned. Being the newbie that I am, I haven’t quite mastered the art. Every time I have to abandoned ship I ended up twisting me knee funky and bumping it on the edge of the kayak.

So When I got home, my knee looked like this. The poor thing takes a beating in everything I do! (I’ve got some major arthritis too look forward to. Yipee!)

Taste the Rainbow

I have traded in my cinnamon bears for a semi-temporary fancy for skittles. They are just the funnest little buggers. I confess that my first encounter with skittles(this year) was at work when I spied them on. . . a desk. I took one, then two and maybe just a smidgen more. It was at this point when I realized how AMAZING they are. Fruity and tiny and sweet and wonderful. I personally will only accept the highest quality of original flavored ones.

So this leads me to my point. Where did skittles come from and the who is the genius behind them?

Skittles are produced and marketed by Mars, Incorporated. Which is owned entirely by the Mars family. I couldn’t find the exact inventor as I bet it was a colaborative effort but credit goes to Forrest Edward Mars, Sr. (who invented M&M;’s) for the credit of getting them to the US market.

They were “invented” in 1973 but didn’t make it to the US til 1982. Today they are also made in the Czech Republic and Victoria, Australia. If you visit their website, skittles.com, they have made the move to social media i.e. Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter.

For those of you who care to know (and or didn’t already figure it out), the inside is mainly sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oil along with fruit juice, citric acid, and natural flavors. Taste the Rainbow!!!

Japanese Game Shows

I was couch potato(ing) with my roommates a few months and we started raiding YouTube for a laugh or two. We ran into this video back then and I just ran into it again. If you haven’t seen it, enjoy. If you have, well. . . . enjoy again.

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