Monday, July 21, 2014

Nick Waterhouse Concert

On Saturday night Andy and I headed up to Salt Lake to the Urban Lounge for the Nick Waterhouse concert.  Andy really likes this guy and he was lucky enough to win tickets off the radio.  Score!

Andy also ran into a guy he worked at Nestle with who was kind enough to take our picture together.

I have to admit that the opening band was horrendous!  They were a "screamer" band and I really couldn't stand it.  

But then Nick Waterhouse came on stage and everything was good again.  It was a great show in a small venue.  Gotta love that!

Andy and I had a good time at this concert.  I'm glad we were able to get out and go to it!

VW Show 2014

This past Saturday Andy and I were able to stop by the annual VW show.

This year they moved the location to the Shops at the Riverwoods, and changed the time to later in the day.

It was a really hot day, but we still enjoyed checking out all the local VWs.

Andy loves the colors on this one:

I love the camper vans!

And we both LOVE these buses.  Andy was lucky enough to ride around in the blue one on a previous outing.

We both love the style of the classic VWs.  They have so much personality.  Some day we may own one of ourselves!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

4th of July Weekend at Tinney Flat

For the Fourth of July weekend Andy and I decided to take a little camping trip up Santaquin Canyon.  We were able to find an open campsite at Tinney Flat Campground.  Since neither one of us had been up Santaquin Canyon before, we weren't sure what to expect, but it ended up being beautiful!

That first afternoon we got our little camper and our campsite all settled.

We then took a little stroll around the campground to scope things out.  It was a really nice campground!

We then headed back to camp to start up a fire and cook our dinner.

After dinner Andy was determined to teach me how to play Chess.  I think I did alright.

Then it was time for S'Mores!  

The next day we decided to spend the morning hiking.  We started with a little jaunt on a trail around the campground.  It was so forest-y there!  We loved it!  We also saw a couple of deer along the way.

Then we headed up the road a bit to another, bigger trail head.  This was the White Pine Hollow Trail.

It was so pretty on this trail!  And we saw so many things!  

Lots of beaver dams for instance.

The creek we hiked along was lovely.

And we had to cross it a few times on the way up.

We also discovered this large cut in the rock wall:

Andy just had to play "Spiderman" and climb up it.

Yes, even the pregnant lady can do the "tough" stuff.

There was also a nice little waterfall along the way:

And of course we had to hike down by one of the ponds.


Traci out in the meadow:

After hiking we returned back to camp for some lunch and relaxation.  It was getting quite hot out, so we knew I wouldn't be up for more hiking.
We decided instead to take a drive further up the canyon and check out the sites.

We came across Santaquin Meadow.  It was so pretty!

And then we got to a point where we could see down into Utah Valley.  We were amazed that it opened up like that!

View of Santaquin Meadow coming back down:

That evening we just relaxed some more and read a lot.  We prepared our dinner and some more S'Mores.  It was wonderful!

Even though Andy and I spent the weekend by ourselves it was still great!  We would have like for more family to be around, but sometimes that just doesn't work out.  

I love holidays!

4th of July Morning

For the morning of the 4th Andy and I decided to do what we have the past couple of years.  
We headed over to Provo to have breakfast near the Freedom Festival and then wander through the vendor booths.
We chose to eat at Guru's since it was right across the street from the festivities.  We then walked over to the booths and were disappointed to find that a majority of them were not open yet.

Andy did find a cool guy selling aftershave and bought himself some.

But the highlight of the morning seemed to be all the people we ran into.  We saw Billy Ray whom Andy used to work with at Nestle. Teresa whom we both worked with at Sunroc.  Chalise whom I used to work with at Amp.  And then Andy's 5th grade teacher Mr. Thomas. 

Here we are with Mr. Thomas:

Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Weeks #26 & 27

I got a little behind in posting my pictures, so here is two weeks at once.

Week 26:

Week 27:

It's coming too fast!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bryce Canyon - Wagon Ride to the North Rim

For our last night at Bryce Canyon we all decided to go on a Wagon Ride out to the North Rim of the park.  We felt like we hadn't had a good chance to say good-bye to the park and this would be a good way to close it out.

Our chariot:

A view of our guides taking us out:

It was nice to just be able to sit back and enjoy the ride.  Our guide Dave (the older gentleman) was very knowledgeable about the area and the history of Ruby's Inn.  He seemed to really like telling us stories about things we saw along the way.

Silly Ethan:

Our first glimpse of the North Rim from the wagon:

Our escorts, Big Mama and Digger:

Our first introduction to this little area was a view of the "secret" waterfalls.  There just isn't that much water running through the park, so these are quite rare.

Looking out from the North Rim:

Family picture time!

It was such a pretty evening to be out there.  The breeze had come up a bit, but it was still a wonderful view.

Andy taking some time to get to know the horses:

Then it was time to turn around and head back.  

A view along the way back:

When we got back to camp we thought it would be fun to have an old-fashioned weenie roast for dinner.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy sitting around the fire to make dinner.  Kennedy even got creative and tried to roast about every kind of fruit we had collectively brought with.

It was a great way to close out our trip to Bryce Canyon National Park.
I am so glad that we take the time to get together for these trips every year!