Category: Camping (page 1 of 2)

Best Friends, Blood and Balloons

It was Tuesday evening when I realized I had not blogged (last week). At that point, I figured I might as well wait until next week. Not that I lacked anything to blog about, actually quite the opposite. My dear friend Amy, from Oregon, was in town and we went camping too.


Friday night, David and I joined his family up American Fork Canyon for camping. This was Theo’s first camping experience. He loved all of it but the night time. We weren’t sure if he disliked the smoke, the vast openness or the darkness outside. He did great in the tent sleeping though.


Our campsite.


After picking up Amy, we drove straight to Silver Lake to show off a little bit of Utah’s canyons.


Me, Amy, and David, at Silver Lake.


David needed to change his camera’s film. Yes, he has started using his film camera again.


It was so refreshing to have Amy here in Utah, and I am so glad she extended her family trip a little to spend it with me.


Silver Lake is such a great spot to take family and friends. It offers such a variety, from fields to water, and forests to wildlife.





After Silver Lake, we headed downtown Salt Lake to eat at one of David’s and my favorite resturant, Squatters.




The day after Amy left, we headed back out to our spot, La Callie Trail.


Theo was so close to jumping in the water.






Down at the River on La Callie Trail.





We headed out to Bloods Lake on Saturday to enjoy a warm summer’s day. Except the day was cold, and the water was even colder.




Theo enjoyed playing with his dog friends.


We were also so proud of Theo for getting in the water on his own and swimming out to us in the lake!




While Theo was swimming, he got close to me and these are the marks he left behind.


After swimming we all relaxed on the hillside next to the lake. Sarah took a selfie with her dogs and Ashley in the background.


David enjoyed his hammock too.


Theo is so difficult to pose. He is so happy and excited he is always moving. That means he usually turns out in a black blur. These were the best photographs of him I could get.




My artistic compositions.




To get to Bloods Lake you hike down a very short but steep hill. That means to leave, you must hike up.


View from the top of Bloods Lake, looking East.



Sarah, Ashley, Bryce, and David.



Indie, Georgia, Bentley, and Theo.



After Bloods Lake, we met up with David’s family in Sandy for the Balloon Festival. Sadly, after this photo was taken, the wind picked up and thunderstorms rolled in, so they canceled the balloons.


Me and David, waiting for the balloons.


After the rain stopped the music started.


As if the weekend wasn’t already fun enough, we drove up Mill Creek Canyon at midnight to watch the meteor shower. I saw only one before the clouds rolled in and the view was blocked.


On Sunday, David and I enjoyed a relaxing day at home, which included a trip to our apartment’s pool.



NOTE: I will not be posting next week since David and I will be in Oregon for our Petersen Family Eclipse Trip! I’ll see you all the weekend after next. Love you.

Art on the Canvas and Art in the Sky

This past Tuesday, David and I had a proper date night. We went out to a local Indian restaurant and then went to the store to buy some paint supplies. We had an enjoyable time, even though I struggled to come up with an art concept I liked. Spoiler, I eventually destroyed my piece.


We have continued to enjoy our Blue Apron meals. I have stopped taking pictures of each mean. You’re welcome.


As you can see in the background, David started on his art piece right away.


It took me a long time to find something I felt inspired by.


I finally found an image of trees I wanted to replicate.


I liked a couple of the trees I painted.



David’s piece was amazing with each new layer he added.



After I finished my piece, I did not like it at all. So I ended up smearing the whole canvas and came up with a new idea. I’ll show you our finished pieces next week.


The days are getting very hot here in Utah. We tend to hold off on our hikes until just before the sun goes down.


We have been frequenting the La Callie trail again.



As we come back from our hike, we have caught some pretty colorful sunsets.




After one particular hike, we all went out to Jamba Juice to extend the night together.


This weekend, David, our friend Ryan, and myself went camping out near Kamas, Utah.


The heat was less in the canyon, so we had pretty favorable weather.


David and Ryan both brought hammocks to relax in.


I prepared foil dinners for everyone that evening.


David built a pretty incredible fire for us that lasted into the late evening.


In the morning we were greeted by some cave drawings around the fire, courtesy of David.




A close up of the drawing entitled, “Theo”.


Before the weekend ended, we took Theo to the pet store to find a new toy. He instantly took to this fox and has been playing with it since.




Sunday evening, we hiked once more with Beth, Mike, and Hendo, through La Callie Trail.



We went all the way to the end of the trail, which I had never done before. Typically we stop halfway to go down to the river.





Again, we were greeted with another beautiful sunset at the completion of our hike.


Camping Memorial Weekend Blowout

Despite a horrible turn of events, the week and weekend was a blast and a much needed respite from the world. You will soon see what the horrible “event” was. But before I get there, David and I have been trying to be better at cooking and healthy eating. We have been choosing recipes and doing more cooking than we have in the past. One of our first nights was assigned to me. I made a slow cooker stroganoff, It turned out well despite being a slow cooker virgin. The meal just didn’t stand up to my mom’s homemade stroganoff though. So I asked my mom to send me her recipe and will use it going forward.


The stroganoff just finishing up in the slow cooker.


I enjoyed a nice bath bomb in the middle of the week. A bath boom is a ball that disintegrates in the water releasing aromas and minerals in the water.


Theo enjoying a setting sun from the couch.


For the weekend we drove up to Kamas, Utah to camp with our friends Dan and Jordan. We thought our odds of finding a camping spot would be one in a million but were surprised to discover we had our pick of many open camping sites. We drove through several camping areas and nailed it down to two final sites. After deciding on the final, I started to drive to the chosen site when… CRUNCH.


A rock punctured my tire and scrapped along the side of my car.







I don’t know how I didn’t see this thing, but it did my little Chopin (my car’s name) in.


Thankfully, we drove up two cars for camping.


Dan and Jordan jumped into action, putting the spare on my car and driving me back into town so I could place an order for my tire’s replacement. My tires have to be special ordered due to their size, so I figured the long weekend would help get ahead.


Little Chopin with a little donut tire.


I did my best to put the frustrating situation behind me and enjoy the camp out. We chose a site close to the river. The sound of rushing water was a welcomed relaxant.


Jordan proud of his tent skills.


The site had a beautiful mix of trees and hills for viewing.



Next on the agenda was starting the fire.


David and Dan had no problem getting it started.


After a successful fire, we started on dinner.



Jordan made a nice lime chicken and rice dinner for everyone.


As the sun started to set, we broke out the traditional smore ingredients.



Most of us had a peaceful night sleep, and for those who didn’t sleep much (myself included) enjoyed the sound of the river.



We were lucky to find a flat spot right next to the river.


After packing up the camp site, we drove up the rest of the canyon to see if we could explore Mirror Lake.


The snow was too deep and the roads were closed, so we didn’t make it to Mirror Lake.


We did however, enjoy the beautiful winter vista.




David doesn’t like snow.


Dan was showing us his Portrait Mode on the iPhone. I then discovered I had a similar mode (Lens Blur) on my phone (which I will be using a lot going forward). Photo Credit: Dan Bunker


Jordan, Me, David, and Dan. Photo Credit: Dan Bunker


Our camping crew. Photo Credit: Dan Bunker


Sitting in town while I order some new tires. Me, Jordan, David, and Dan. Photo Credit: Dan Bunker


Photo Credit: Dan Bunker


On Memorial Day, some of David’s family went for a hike up Ferguson Canyon.



There are many rock walls that climbers scale in Ferguson Canyon.


Theo was selected to be a model for an outdoor/adventure dog leash company. So we took advantage of the hike to get some photos of him with his leash.



We are going to use this one.


Inside Ferguson Canyon.


David, ever the adventurer on hikes. He has boundless amounts of energy.


Using the Lens Blur feature on my phone.


Theo is getting more and more brave. He will go almost anywhere to follow David.





The sun was out today and it was very warm, but the trees provided shade, which gave a cooling effect for those hiking in the canyon.


Our final turn around point in the canyon was this waterfall. This is the farthest I have ever been in Ferguson Canyon.


Again, using the Lens Bur effect.


David falling, or climbing? You choose.


We then posed Theo for some more leash modeling photos.



I think we will send this one in to the company as well.


Looking North West into the Salt Lake Valley.


Full panoramic view of the Salt Lake Valley.


Ending the Memorial Day Weekend, David baked this delicious cinnamon roll, caramel apple pie. He did such a delicious job.




I guess I missed some photos from last week’s post, so here they are.


David bought me my favorite flowers last week. For as long as I can remember hydrangeas have been my favorite.


We invited Cole and Bailee over for dinner. Cole will be leaving for a few months to Massachusetts for a research opportunity.



I made a homemade fettuccine chicken alfredo pasta.


We also stirred up a caesar salad.


Cole and Bailee brought this delicious bread, which I have already forgotten the name of. It made the perfect companion to the rest of the meal.



The final meal. We had a wonderful night with Cole and Bailee. We wish Cole the best of luck in Boston and look forward to his return.

Halloween Prep

This year we sort of eased into Halloween, a little late. We didn’t get fully decorated until the week before and didn’t carve pumpkins until a few days prior. However, we had fun getting ready, at that is what counts, right?



The muck and gunk of pumpkins inners





The much needed carving tools.



For my sister, Brooke.



Cute and scary, that is what Halloween is all about.



Our lights. We were the only apartment unit that seemed to celebrate Halloween (at least outwardly).



We ran out of caution tape, but we didn’t care.


For David’s class assignment and for my musical ears, we attended the University of Utah’s Haunted Symphony concert. We had a lot of fun seeing costumes, watching dances and listening to good music.




On Saturday night, we went up to Paden’s cabin with some friends for a night in the canyon. I took only a few pictures, because I wanted to make the cabin this week’s video. Remember, it is only my second video ever. I still think last weeks was better though.



Evening fire for dinner. We did the smores inside.





Ins’t this view incredible?



A Sunday morning walk around Silver Lake.


And now, for this week’s video. I am still learning a lot about technique and story lines. Aren’t you just excited that you get to come along on my educational exploration of videos?


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