After much anticipation and lots of bullying, I managed to get my Dad and a few friends to join me on the White Rim 100 mile bike ride in Canyonlands NP. The weather and group couldn't have been better, though a little slower riding by Chester and less sand would have been nice.
The day prior to beginning the trek, we hiked to see the sun set on Delicate Arch along with every other tourist in Moab.
A trip to the visitors center to get our permit
Getting ready to start
Just before the big Schafer descent
Chester and Steve survey the Colorado
Handsome guys but the Colorado is a little dirty looking
Dad taking his chances - Musselman Arch
We talked on the drive about how we never see any big animals in the desert. Then we saw this Bighorn sheep later in the day.
It's time to reap the benefits of spring planting. This is my first year planting spaghetti squash and it seems to be producing better than all other vegetables planted this year. I haven't been able to find worm castings locally, thus no side dressing this year. I'm thinking it's affecting my production but also attributing some of the slow production to the constant and excessive heat. Our tomato stealing dog isn't helping much either.
Summer is in full swing in SLC which means I have no time for blog postings. Go to work, come home to play with the kids, work in the garden/around the home and to bed. Then it starts all over again. Raspberries in the garden are going off, two batches of jam later and they are still coming. And now the apricot tree is loaded and beggining to drop ripe fruit. Though I am glad our front yard project is complete and makes our house look much nicer from the street. Here are some of my favorite pictures from recent outings.
The kids and I went to Red Butte Gardens to see what was blooming and burn off some energy. Also fielded lots of questions from Sean; man I love his inquisitive mind. Though after question 521, I tend to shorten my answers.
The holidays left me with several gift cards to Lowes, which meant a shopping trip was in order. I had been keeping a list of various things I needed from the hardware store and finally got a chance to make the trip alone. I had my list of items to acquire but also wanted to wander around and see if there was anything else I couldnt live without. Browsing the housewares sections, I came upon this.
I could hardly contain my excitement when I saw these on the shelf. Exactly what I needed, considering I ran out of small jam jars during jam making season last fall. And what a deal, less than .25 cents per jar. This may be a sign that I am getting old and boring but it sure made my night. I bought the last 3 cases they had along with pectin and more lids which were just as cheap.
2011 went by fast. I commuted to work via bike 129 days in 2011. Not bad considering weekends, hoidays, time off and travel.
2011 left me with good memories of riding in hot, cold, wind, rain and ice. Almost got blown off my bike in the nastiest wind ever during the fall SLC windstorm. Also went down at the busiest intersection of my commute due to ice. Lucky for me, no injuries resulted from the tree toppling storm or 1 mph fall.