Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Extreme Team

I've always thought my company loved me. But it just dawned on me...I spent several winters working in Minneapolis at and experienced -40 degrees (wind chill). Today, I'm in Las Vegas and at 8pm the thermometer was registering at 118 (its a dry heat).

What is the message here :-)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Tick Tock It's Amost Timpanogos Time

I'm watching the snow melt..
I did 10 miles this weekend on a flat trail. A few more practice runs, a trip or two up to Timpanogos Cave and I'll be ready to rock and roll!!


PostSecrets 6.25.06

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Provo

Once again, I fell short of the "whole route". This time though, it was because I read about the trail post-hike. I figure now that I was half a mile or mile from the end, now that I know there was an "end" to this section. And actually, I could see the where I think the end was - because I really wanted to keep going and not stop - but I figured next time I'd start at one of the midpoints and then proceed further. I usually end up dog tired because after I go as far as I can, I still have to get back to the beginning. Enough about the shouldacouldawouldas.


This was a fabulous trek! I took poles, but didn't need to. There was a decent amount of wildlife: a hawk flew a few feet above my head into the canyon, a lizzard, ground squirrels, something waited me out in the bushes (a delicate walker - I'm thinking a deer). A stream to cross.

Two specatular views presented themselves: The view of the canyon highway between Provo and heading towards Sundance and Provo itself with Utah Lake behind it. The trail was well maintained and the grade was great for a moderate stroll.

From one of the open areas on my path I could see a trail/area that I've been wanting to explore, but didn't have a good map to see where it would take me. And now I know that I definitely want to cross the road and explore the Provo section of the Great Western Trail.

The neat thing about hiking is you can knock off a 10-12 mile hike by noon if you just "bother" to get out of bed.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Puisque je peux

Je vais à Paris en décembre !

The Grandma Factor

OK - The grandma "tolerance" gene has finally kicked in. It is a miracle transformation that I heard was commonplace, but had yet to experience. Take this scenario.

The rule was no nailpolish in the living room. Has it ever been followed? No. Same this weekend. All nails (including the boys who wanted to be really funny) were done. And this morning the inevitible happened (do the math). Bottle of polish spilled on the floor. Better yet, not just a blob, but a lightening bolt streak caused from trying to recover the dropped bottle in a panic.

My granddaughter's mother was grim and grandma (me) just plain didn't care. I checked the internet and found some possible solutions (we'll see if they actually work). We'll deal with it tomorrow after the kids leave. I just don't care. It is just carpet. Her feelings were hurt - no need. We'll deal with it. The moms in the house are like - "wait a minute - you'd freak on me". Yup - that's the Mom Factor. This is the Grandma Factor. The rules have changed.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Trail Discoveries

Last weekend I hiked along the Provo River trail and discovered a trailhead I hadn't seen before. I took on a bit of it and have decided I want to to more. It was part of the Great Western Trail (http://gwt.org). The Great Western Trail system traverses 4,455 miles through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. A whopping 1600 miles of the trail exist in Utah. Utah stretch alone is about 600 miles short of the full length of the Appalacian trail.

Today I was up on the Provo River Trail (a different stretch than last week) and found another trail head The Bonneville Shoreline Trail. It is a 90 mile path that follows the eastern shoreline of ancient Lake Bonneville from Springville to Salt Lake City.

I am on a roll - getting some hiking in every weekend. Lovin' the summer.

Air Supply

I had a post up about the Air Supply concert I attended on Memorial Day, but the picture I was trying to upload of them just wouldn't show. Trying different technical tricks, I erased the post. Anyway.

The concert was great. I really like the smaller, more intimate venues. I had a 6th row seat. The two really played to the audience, even walking through the crowd while singing and playing the guitar. It was great. I loved this song - it was the first time I'd ever heard it.

I was down my dreams were wearing thin
When you're lost where do you begin
My heart always seemed to drift from day to day
Looking for the love that never came my way
Then you smiled and I reached out to you I could tell you were lonely too
One look and then it all began for you and me
The moment that we touched I knew that there would be
Two less lonely people in the world
And it's gonna be fine
Out of all the people in the world I just can't believe you're mine
In my life where everything was wrong
Something finally went right
Now there's two less lonely people
In the world tonight
Just to think what I might have missed
Looking back how did I exist
I dreamed, still I never thought I'd come this far
But miracles come true, I know 'cause here we are
Tonight I fell in love with you
And all the things I never knew Seemed to come to me somehow
Baby, love is here and now there's