Monday, August 31, 2009


3 down
like 90099 billion to go

happy anniversary plobster

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kalli gets her nature on recap: Cascade Springs

Gus getting the stink eye from the heifer mafia

Cascade Springs was sweet.

Gus basically had the best day ever, but that happens about every other day because he's a stupid dog with the memory recall of a squirrel so any day involving a W.A.L.K or swim is the best day of his life. On this particular day there happened to be cows in the mix, triggering some innate primal dog herding instinct deep within and off he went to establish who was boss to those grass eating udder swingers. Like I said, best day ever for Gus.

It wasn't too shabby for the rest of us either. Except silly Kalli didn't realize exactly how freaking long it takes to get to Cascade Springs (16 miles from the opening of AF Canyon) and we showed up over 30 minutes late. Good thing everyone else apparently didn't get the memo either 'cuz they were even later than we. These are people I can relate to, because everyone should know, timeliness and I are not best friends.

Whitney brought good company, the fearless Jack and smiley Van. Katrina and Asher rode up with the Nub and myself, Rachel and her posse (including Max the squishiest of the squishies) came too. I give Cascade Springs 1 and a half thumbs. I took half a thumb off for distance traveled and $4 entry fee.

So next week we're taking this party to SLC and Big Cottonwood Canyon. Donut Falls looks awesome, same day (Friday Sept. 4th), same time (9:30 am).



Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kalli gets her nature on: Cascade Springs

Where: Cascade Springs (American Fork Canyon)
When: Friday, August 28th 9:30 am
Come: get your nature on
What What:lots of paths, ponds and waterfalls, kid and stroller friendly!
Bring: stretchy pants, water, and a snacky for me mmkay?  I get hungry.   

Directions and info HERE
Be aware that there is a fee for entering AF Canyon (I think it's $5/car) so maybe carpooling is in order?  I have room for 3 extras in my luxury ride if you're interested.  Also, I heard something about the ability to check out passes to National Parks and Forests at your local library so that might be an option too.  

Leave a comment or send me an email if you're planning on it,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Kalli gets her nature on: battle creek falls recap

(L-R Whitney-Rookie Cookie, Pamela-Tom and Lucy's Art Shoppe, Marie-Make and Takes, Corrie (aka Mrs. Organic)-MetaSchmorphosis, Katrina-Red Head Musings)
also there: Jenny-Formerly Phread and ME!
plus a few cute kids and one dumb, wet dog
if you weren't there
you missed out
it was nature-riffic for sure
there was hiking, talking, berry consumption,
(of course Whitney brought delicious sustenance)
dog swimming courtesy of Gus
it was all kinds of awesome
so you should come next time
for reals

I'm still taking suggestions on where we should go this Friday
AF Canyon to Cascade Springs (very kid friendly, not much of a hike)
Stewart Falls (not so kid friendly)
other ideas?


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kalli gets her nature on: Battle Creek Falls

when: Friday morning  
time: 'round 9 am (can adjust time if you have to get kiddos off to school, let's convo)
where: to Battle Creek Falls, find directions HERE.  Trailhead is located in PG, off 200 South.
what: only 1.2 miles there and back, KID (and mom) friendly!
bring: stretchy pants and water

Me and Nubalicious (and also Gus the dumb dog) will see YOU there, right?

email or comment if yes 



next week's options: Timpanogas Falls or Stewart Falls?  Discuss.

Monday, August 17, 2009

oh how lovely was the morning

I woke up abruptly this morning at 7:20.  Straight out of a dream and instantly awake.  Really that's the way to go.  None of the bleary eyed confusion or huffy attempts at rolling over and back to sleep that my mornings usually begin with.  I wish I could say I'm a morning person but I'm not.  Today I was.  My Nublet squawked at 7:30 giving me just enough time to pull on my sweats and give my teeth a brushing. We breakfasted together (cereal, cheerios and apple juice for him, chocolate donut and milk for me).   I cleaned the kitchen.  He spooned dog food onto a spatula and tested out the temperature of the water dish as well.  What's the allure with babies and dog food?  

Summer is slipping out the door.  Have you noticed?  I feel like I need to cram all of my outdoor adventure aspirations into these fleeting few weeks in order to fill up my nature tank enough to last through the winter.  Ugh.  Winter. 

So after the kitchen was clean I buzzed my friends.  We packed up our babes (and Gus the stupid dog) and headed to P-town for a walk up the Provo Canyon Trail.  And just like pioneer children we walked, and walked, and walked, and walked, and walked some more.  From the bottom all the way to Bridal Veil Falls, where apparently another sky tram is in the future works.  That makes me nervous.  Trams in general make me nervous. 

I realized that though I'd been past Bridal Veil many times I'd never actually stopped and enjoyed the grandeur, or whatever.    

And so, as photo proof and thanks to Shayla's blackberry, here we are:    
A little spandex goes a long ways doesn't it?
thank goodness for stretchy pants
and that lady in the back
she obviously likes stretchy pants too

I deem the next few weeks (and maybe all of September) to be the ones where

Next on the agenda:
Stewart Falls
Silver Lake (as per Shayla's recommendation)
and if I'm feeling extra strong:
hike the Y
(lugging 25 extra lbs of Nub up 11 switchbacks might be more than I'm prepared for)

any other suggestions?
want to join?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

birthday boy

this little nugget

is one year old today

excuse me while I go have an emotional breakdown

Happy Birthday Nubby!

Mama loves you

Friday, August 7, 2009

wanna go to booger king? crawl right in!

here's hoping your weekend is faaaantastic

and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

lookie here, a big horn

My dad took this photo, on top of a mountain somewhere, isn't that obvs?
We went for a ride, just me and him, looking for elk and other some such things.
I don't feel so slumpy anymore after that.
I tell you what, I love nature.

Which means I have to post this, because I just do.
Remind me to tell you about the time I lost out on a job promotion because of this clip.
It's true

Good times, good times...

Nature... GOULET!