Jun 22, 2009

Our Adventure in Zion!

On our way down! Rich and Celeste and Ryan and Ana Maria came down with us. We also had other family and friends too, but our trip wasn't exactly as we planned...

Playing games like "pass the pigs". If you've never played it before, you need to :)

Little did we know at the start what an adventure lay ahead of us!

Rich and Celeste

This hike, called "Fat Man's Misery" was well named. However as Rich said, "It became skinny man's misery too"...
We got a lost down the wrong canyon and had some help getting back out of some pretty technical stuff. We had fun coming down though as we repelled some pretty fun drops and also we had fun coming out too as we were in pretty good spirits. We ended up getting back a little after midnight and hiked for 15 hours! What a day!

Yuck! Shandi fell into that...yea who knows what's in those little ponds

Waiting our turn to repel down...

Thankfully no big injuries but a few little blisters here and there. We love our Chacos!
Hmm Tay what could you be doing over there?
We jumped down a few higher places too that were fun as we would jump into a big pile of soft sand...

Come on Steve, you are the skinniest one on the hike!

Show off :)
This is where we got stuck and waited as each of us were pulled back up a 40 foot cliff! You can see them in the back getting the line ready.

So pretty!!!
Here's another pic of an obstacle we had to get back up and out
Celeste, Ana Maria and I
Poor Melissa just waiting for us to get home and worrying like crazy (as well as Tay's family who were waiting for us to get back). As soon as we got back and got some reception, we called them to let them know we were safe and on our way home.
Ana Maria and Ryan
Melissa, Shandi, and Steve

Jun 14, 2009

First Skiing of the Summer!

Skiing at Utah Lake...What? Utah Lake? Umm, yes it was fun and even though the morning started out a little rainy, the sun ended up coming out and the water was a lot higher this year so no touching the bottom. I got a new ski and was really excited to get more familiar with it. Rich and Celeste came and Aubs and Dad.

Ok so even though the water is higher this year...the water is still pretty murky as you can see :)
I love driving the boat!

Dad and Aubrie demonstrating the correct ski form for Celeste
Thanks Dad for always being so willing to take us out skiing!

Jun 13, 2009

Running on HeART

My brother Jake helped run a charity for an open art studio in Chicago. They drove his old car to many cities from Chicago to L.A. stopping for people to donate a dollar and paint his car which they donated to a museum in L.A. and then flew back to Chicago. It was great to see him when they stopped in Salt Lake City and fun to paint the car too! The kids painting it!