on the road: momentous occaisions

Just a quick heads-up – this post is long and personal. But I couldn’t resist sharing.

haven_engagementMy firstborn daughter, Haven Kinard just got married to her sweetheart, Ammon Simmons.
Two great names!
IMG_2547We love him!
You can tell that she does too.
H+AweddingDon’t you love their matching Converse tennis shoes?
She spent two weeks back home with me and we made her dress together.
She designed and constructed it. I did most of the patterning and fitting.
We both sewed things inside out and upside down and it still turned out beautifully!
haven1They live in and were married in Utah… which is why we were on the road.
IMG_2460She was the most easy going bride I’ve ever seen. The weather was beautiful which was a blessing.
The reception was held outdoors at a park near Sundace, up in the Rocky mountains.
We strung paper cranes all over the picnic shelter and they fluttered in the breeze.
IMG_2418This is my dad, telling stories. It looks like perhaps Haven and Ammon have heard this story before.
For food they had WAFFLES from a fantastic food truck named “Waffle Love.
We did. Love the waffles. And the nutella and strawberries and whipped cream!
IMG_8305Look at my gorgeous girls…..
IMG_8311And see their silly faces! There were a LOT of silly face pictures. That’s how she/we roll!
IMG_2551These two have been living far away from home for several years now.
How on earth did I get old enough to have two grown daughters?
And how on earth did they manage to grow up so well!?
IMG_8295Haven is low-key enough to say, “Hey friends, buy a dress you love in green!”
No ugly bridesmaid dresses to hide in the back of the closet.
IMG_8409They are definitely a silly and fun loving couple!
cake1Don’t you LOVE her cake? My favorite part about it is that she just gave the recipe to us and six of her extended family members took part in making it. She stacked it – which is a good thing.
None of us are quite that skilled.
Painted in WaterlogueHer maternal grandmother and an aunt made the cake, her paternal grandmother and sister made the frosting, and her sister and I decorated it, and everyone fought over the leftover frosting. It was a lemon buttercream to die for! This picture was run through an App called Waterlogue – more posts soon about that!
IMG_8440And there they go… off on the next and greatest adventure.
Yup – that’s me over here wiping a happy tear from the corner of my eye.

on the road: snowbird Utah

 

A trip to the top of the world…. it seems my heart lifts right along with the elevation.

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I grew up just down from this mountain. Some day I will climb it, but this day we rode the tram.

 

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Yes, if this sea-level girl was acclimated to 11 thousand feet I might have burst out into some serious Sound of Music singing! Look at that! REAL mountains… with tree lines and everything!

snowbird7And snow and sweet mountain blossoms.

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(click to see this larger!)

 

on the road: little wild horse canyon

One of my daughters found out about Little Wild Horse Canyon
and suggested that we try it out.little_wild_horse_canyon1

I love it when they get all grown up and participating in stuff… like planning!little_wild_horse_canyon2

Little Wild Horse Canyon is right next to Goblin Valley and is an easy hike.little_wild_horse_canyon3

Well – easy once you get over a little rockfall at the very beginning of the hike. We were too busy laughing uproariously at ourselves, pushing and shoving each other (mostly ME) up and over to get pictures to that. little_wild_horse_canyon8The little ones were totally easy, just hand them up. It’s only about 6′ and there are a few clamber points but I found myself to be hilariously uncoordinated – especially on the way down. Good thing we all have a sense of humor.little_wild_horse_canyon6

The canyon itself was spectacular!little_wild_horse_canyon7

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on the road: take a flying leap

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 Had waaaaay too much fun taking stop action photo bursts (and a few slow motion videos as well) with my iPhone.

flying_leap10Leaping is always more fun as a team right?

Goblin Valley, Utah

 

on the road: goblin valley utah

Welcome to the moon, otherwise know as Goblin Valley State Park.

goblin_valley_utah4We’ve all decided it’s our favorite Southern Utah Park.

goblin_valley_utah1Well, OK. It’s one of our many favorite Southern Utah Parks.

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What a fabulous morning of climbing and jumping (stay tuned!) and playing with my camera.goblin_valley_utah3

for your inspiration: lin ottinger’s rock shop

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Located in Moab, Utah near Arches National Park, Linn Ottinger’s Rock Shop is a fascinating, fun, and funky place to spend an hour or two. The crazy conglomeration of mining mechanicals out front was too much to resist. Photographs were manipulated using the Snapseed App.

for your inspiration: the beauty of rocks

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During this road trip I spent time, as I always do in this landscape, gazing in wonder at the beauty created from minerals, time, wind, and water.

on the road: delicate arch

Pictures almost never do this landscape justice. They can capture a little bit of the vastness and beauty of this landscape but I don’t have the skill (yet) to truly capture what I see. And seriously, until we have that Star Trek holodeck you just can’t get that depth and dimension, the feeling of the heat on your skin and the sharp dry smell of the desert.arches_redrockThat doesn’t mean I didn’t have fun playing with apps that stitch lots of photos together and make ghost people in the process. (AutoStitch Panorama in this case.)

arches_off_the_cliffThis is the last little bit of the trail that we skipped during our night hike. With kids skipping in and out of the narrow path of our flashlight beam I think that was a good idea. It was really interesting how different the same hike was during the day in the scorching heat vs. the cool night. For one thing, there was no little pom-pom puff ball of a desert mouse thinking that my feet were a great hiding place from the big scary lights. That was another favorite thing about night hiking … seeing a few night creatures.arches_looking_back

Another difference between night and day: when you can’t see how very far you’ve come, how very steep the path is…arches_looking_up

…and how very far you still have to go to reach the next patch of shade, the hike seems much longer. We were skipping and running around under the stars and simply trudging under the hot sun. 
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 The views all along the trail are spectacularly rewarding though. arches_delicate_arch_shoesThe hard work paid off dramatically. 

 

on the road: moab and arches national park

horses_moab1I thought I’d be posting pictures during our recent family trip. If anyone has experience posting to WordPress blogs via an iPad let me know. Because it just wasn’t working…. there must be an app for that right? No matter. Just like going on a hike – the best view when you rest is looking back at where you came from!

horses_moab3The family went to Utah for my firstborn’s wedding. But first we skeedoodled down to Arches National Park in Moab for a a few days of playtime. We couldn’t fly all that way and not catch up on a few things we didn’t have time for on our epic road trip last summer. The big boys went mountain biking on the slick rock trail and managed to not take pictures. Imagine that! The rest of us took it easier and mosied along near the Green River on horseback.

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It was a very long and active day and the weather was, thankfully, perfect! After a hearty meal we rested up and went for a little wander to view some exposed fossils. It was good they had interprative signs because it took us a while to figure out what we were seeing. They looked just like the rest of the rock to us for a while until we learned what to look for. Then we went on a spectacular night hike. Truly spectacular!

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Photo by Albert Herring from Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve been to the Southeastern part of the United States you will understand how much I miss having a view and seeing the sky. I love North Carolina. I also call it the “Great Green Tunnel of Trees.” If you don’t mow or pave there will be a very tall tree there. It is beautiful but there are no views anywhere and you can only see a postage stamp of the sky right above you. I miss the stars.

Photo by Neal Herbert from Wikimedia commons

Photo by Neal Herbert from Wikimedia commons

We didn’t actually hike all the way up to the arch – we skipped the very last bit that involves narrow ledges and steep drop offs. Right before that last bit is a very large flat rocky place where we laid down on our backs and just gazed for a good hour. We had the Star Walk apps on our iPhones and enjoyed finding constellations and watching satellites zoom across the sky. Shooting stars, the Milky Way! What a beautiful and vast galaxy we inhabit.

 

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