Tuesday, April 30, 2013

intense camping in tents.

Moab and Goblin Valley Round 2.
School wrapped up and we headed out to the desert for another mountain biking/hiking adventure.
Amazing friends, hilarious adventures, sweet biking, cool hiking, and overall goodtimes... it was a memorable weekend in the desert.

Packed up and ready to go!  The essentials: bikes and tents.

Friends around the campfire as the full moon rose in Moab.
The focal point of the weekend was Marco's birthday!!
We had an impromptu hike up to "Delicate Arch" with an amazing picnic and ended up spending a couple hilarious hours up there snapping pics and making friends.
Chelsea and Megan at our amazing picnic.

The sunset skyline
 Attempting to look cool under the arch.
 There was randomly a photography class going on where the teacher "painted" the arch with light... So I took advantage of being in the right place at the right time!! It looks totally unreal!
"F11 Jeff!!!" being yelled down the canyon sparked hilarity.

 THE LIZARD.  Coolest living thing we saw. (other than each other....)
 The non-living turtle on my new favourite ride in Moab!
 smiling allllllll week!!!!!!!!!
 Slickrock at sunset.  Keely's head in the sun and Marco catching up!

After many days of mountain biking in the sun, we headed to Goblin Valley for some slot canyon hiking.
 We found an amazing place to camp!
 The fire was throwing shadows.

 this is love. haha!
 The slot canyon crew!! Keely, Marco, Marcus, Tara, and me.

 my favourite pic.
 getting extreme

 Goodbye again desert. you are awesome.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

fun from my phone

Since our trip to Moab/Goblin Valley time has flown by.
It's been a mixed bag of summer/winter conditions and it's been amazing to finally be home for a consistant amount of time.
Here's a bunch of pics from my phone..... since we are heading to Moab tomorrow I am anticipating some non-iphone pics to make up for the abundance of phone pics... but anyway - no matter the quality of the photo, the quality of fun still shines through!
GOLFING - first round of the season was.... hilarious.
Chelsea, Trevor, and Ted came to town to close down park city and have some goooood times.  THe day started with these amazing breakfast sandwiches made by trevor!
 OH CANADA> The return of the denim one-piece.  and a chicken.
 love these ladies
 we know how to DANCE!
 Marco came back from WINNING ARCTIC MAN AGAIN, and we went touring straight off the plane.
 Marcus led the way...
 And we ended up having a ridiculously amazing powder run.
 THen, winter came back.
It was awesome! Nothing better than a great day skiing with friends!
 One day at Snowbird and one day at Brighton - both were awesome.  So much powder, so little time!
 AND then summer came back again!
 While the sun was out, I was cramming for finals.
3 finals, 1 day, and a huge cup of Silver Bean!
 FRESHMAN YEAR IS OVER!! And I didn't gain the "freshman 15"! woohoo!
This was the reward: 5am wakeup, sunrise bootpack up "Superior," destination: suicide chute.

 The bootpack actually wasnt bad at all!
 Our tracks.....
 Almost there....

 beautiful white spines....
 anddddddd the view from the top!

 What a great way to end the school year and start the SUMMER!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Utah Weekend Adventure

It was raining Friday morning as we packed up the cars to get out of town! Marco, our roommates: Dane, Jasmine, Dylan, and I decided it was time to bust out our mountain bikes in MOAB.
Moab was a zoo.
Since the first time we ever went, about five years ago, each time back since, we notice the crowds growing. For good reason of course - Moab is awesome.  There's so much to do and so many really cool mountain bike trails.  The town is sweet and people are flocking to it to get their sweat on.
We, like thousands of other "Salt Lakers" pulled in around three PM after everyone else had already settled their camping spots.
We went out on a limb to find the perfect spot and decided to explore a new area in which none of us had ever been.  In the past, Marco and I have camped at Potash Road (now totally taken over by climbers) and up on Slickrock (probably the most popular spot to camp), so this time we headed way out past Amasa Back -  way beyond what my little Altima was meant to handle, and found a massive awesome camping zone.  We went down into a canyon and back out of it, through a bunch of mesas, and beyond.  There were random spots along the road and a lot less people vying for them.  We finally settled on an open space where the Land Rover could rest and the Altima could handle.  It was beautiful and we made it just in time for sunset.
Jasmine and Marco
TRIPLE CAMERAS - Dane, taking a picture.  Marco taking a picture of Dane taking a picture.  Me, taking a picture of Marco taking a picture of Dane taking a picture.
My Opus ready to roll!
Baby on a sandy mission.
Awesome red light as the sun set.
NIGHT PICS -  (I had to.)
Someone pulled in behind the rock at night, and sent out a cool looking beam of light.  Our bikes were bright in the night.

Campfire stories.
Our house for the night.
Our Amasa Back bike ride was sweet.  
 Enjoying the view from the top!
 biking rocks.

After our day in Moab we headed West to Goblin Valley to meet up with some more friends.
We had another amazing view as our backyard.
And again, made it just in time for sunset.
Hanging with the moto-friends.  Big fires, big engines, and big RV's.
Dane and Mischa!
Not a bad view.
The next morning we ventured into Goblin Valley to hike some slot canyons.
The canyons were sweet. The power of water over rock was apparent.
The guys made good use of the holes in the walls.  Rock toss!
Happy hikers!
Jasmine and Dylan, enjoying their surroundings.
Marco and I!
Making our way through Little Wild Horse Canyon!
Barely wide enough for us!
Still room for some posing.
Rocks leading the way.
Jasmine and baby.
make skinny!
slalom canyon.....
sooooo coool beyond words.


The whale's belly area.

love these two.