Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pioneer Day

So, Lu and I decided that since we went camping on the Fourth of July and we live in Utah, we would go to a fireworks show on Pioneer Day (24th of July for those non-Utahns). It is one great thing about living in Utah, because everyone gets the day off work and school. Unfortunately, the closest fireworks show was in Spanish Fork, and it was scheduled to begin at dusk. Lu checked online on the official international dusk calculator for Spanish Fork, and found out that dusk would be at 8:48 pm that day, so we left at about 8:30, because we figured the fireworks would be about an hour after dusk like they normally are. On our way through Spanish Fork, Lu got distracted by a carnival, so we stopped. Being poor, we didn't get or do anything, but she enjoyed looking and wishing. It was probably one of the best carnivals ever, because it wasn't too crowded, but it had some cool rides and a lot of booths to win prizes, and they weren't those setups that no one ever wins. They even had a ball toss to win a goldfish. It was just a classic, old-school carnival. Then we went to fireworks, thinking they would start at about 9:30. An hour later, they finally started dimming the lights for the show. It was pretty impressive, overall, but the wait was long. We got a lot of pictures, but its hard to get good photos of fireworks. Here's the best one:

Afterward, traffic was horrible getting out of the park, but nothing compared to George, so we weren't too troubled by it. They actually had traffic cops directing the flow of cars, so it wasn't complete chaos like the concert. It's nice to get an extra day off in the summer (except, we both had the day off anyway).

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Harry Potter + George Strait = Great Week

Thursday afternoon we went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. It was a good movie. I thought they could have made it sadder than they did because I did not even cry at the end. Also, they stuck with the plot pretty well except for one scene that made no sense at all. Anyway, then on Friday was the GEORGE STRAIT CONCERT!!!!!!!!!!!! We left for the concert at around six or so, the concert did not start until 7:30 so we thought we would be fine. We stopped and got food on the way. Then we ran into a bit of traffic. Once turning onto the road that the amphitheatre was on it took us hour. Then it took us a half hour to get parked and walk into the amphitbeatre. We missed the first act completely. We did get to hear about three songs of Blake Shelton and "saw" his last song from a distance. We got to our seats at little before nine just before George was about to perform. I was sad that we did not get to see the others but let's be honest, we were there for George. This is how excited we were right before George was about to perform despite the traffic situation.

I was more excited than Logan, but he looks more excited because of my Botox.
This is after one of George's first songs, I wish our seats were as close as my camera could get.

This is really how close our seats were, but really we had good seats. There were tons more people behind us that probably could not even see George but could only see the big screens.

Because the traffic was so bad, on the way in I called my mom to have her get us a different way home. She came through for us and we got home much faster but that only came after we had to endure the thirty five minutes or so trying to get out of the parking lot.

Really that place is one of the worst designed places for traffic ever. With only one main road in and with the parking as horrible as it was. At least the concert was really good because George is the King of Country.

Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July

For the weekend we went backpacking with my family. We left Thursday afternoon and met my father and brothers, Garrett and Lance at a motel in Meeker, Colorado. Then we left the next morning for the trail. We hiked about four and a half miles I think. I don't really know because the original estimate was six and then coming out it was changed to five so whatever you want to think. It was a pretty easy hike because it was mostly flat; however, shoes because a problem within the first half mile. Logan accidentally brought my hiking boots. I don't wear hiking boots, I wear tennis shoes so that it why I didn't bring mine. He already had blisters at a half mile. After about two miles we decided that he should wear my tennis shoes because they would have more room. They were better on his feet but the damage was already done and the shoes were still too small for him. Well we got there with the damage on his feet and still had a bunch of fun. We caught fish. Well, I had trouble with it, but everyone else caught fish. I caught the least at 4, Logan 6, Dad 6, Garrett 10, Lance 10. So 36 in total which was good and they were all good size especially out of the lake that we were camped by. On Saturday we hiked to a different lake and a couple of ponds and on Sunday the other boys went to another lake and caught a bunch of fish and passed Logan and I on the fish count and then we packed up to go. On the way back Logan's blisters started bleeding. All in all, we had a good time catching up with the family and loving nature and especially getting away from the hustle and bustle and life. Look at the pictures to see the enjoyment that we had.