Monday, July 21, 2014

Josh's Day Gift

This year, we decided it was time to get a new BBQ grill. Our last one was quite large, but we decided a smaller one would be just right for us. I love that it has folding shelves on the side and a cupboard door to keep the propane in. 

Josh also wanted a smoker.

We've had them for a few weeks now, but it takes several hours to smoke something, and we just didn't have the time. Finally, on Saturday, Josh was able to smoke a chicken. It took about 5 hours, but it was so moist and delicious it was worth it.

He's pretty excited about his smoker and keeps finding recipes he wants to try, including jerky and a whole pig!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Camping at Yellowpine

Last week, we decided it was time to break out the camping supplies and escape to the mountains. We love being able to unplug from technology and escape the heat. Although, we did notice, not all campers feel that way. One night, I was sure I could hear the theme music to Mario. Sure enough, the camp across from us was playing Nintendo. 

Our home for the weekend was in Yellowpine, up near Stillwater Reservoir.

We had several chipmunks that were eager to clean up any crumbs we dropped. I didn't get a picture of them all, but there was a ton. One was HUGE, like the size of a squirrel. But he wouldn't hold still long enough for me to get a picture of him.

As we were driving to a fishing spot on Friday, we spotted several turkeys. But they hid before I could get a good picture. If you look really close at the edge of the bush on the left side of the picture, you can see one of them.

We didn't catch any fish the first day, but the view was amazing.

A deer wandering through camp.

Sage LOVES camping. She will just go and go and go until she is utterly exhausted. Even when we would just walk down to the restrooms, she would have to go with us. When we started packing up to go home, she started to wine and cry. I think she wanted to stay there forever.

Our view of the super moon.

For Christmas, my dad got us a Kelly Kettle. Josh watched the videos on YouTube and was excited to try it out.

You fill it with water, start a fire in the base and then add pine cones through the top hole. It heated water super fast. It also comes with a small pan that you can cook on, but it is only big enough for one, so we didn't use it to cook. But I loved being able to have hot water within minutes. I even washed my hair one day.

We must have tied Sage to the tree this squirrel was in. It chewed us out the first morning we were there.

On Saturday, we met my sister and the boys to go fishing.

We took Valex fishing last year, but this was Daxsen's first time. They both had a blast. Daxsen was fun to watch. When he was reeling in the fish, he would just stare and concentrate on the reel.

Valex, on the other hand, would try to reel and watch the water at the same time.

Taking a break to eat.

Sage, hoping for some food to get dropped.

Tyler was a little bit older before he liked fishing, so Josh was worried Daxsen wouldn't like it. But I knew he would. He wants to do everything like his big brother. Josh tried to get them to pet a fish. At first they wouldn't, so Josh did it first. Then Valex did, so Daxsen did too.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Sink up Uintah Canyon

This week, one of my girlfriends is out visiting from California. Since I don't get to see her often, I decided to take a day off and spend time with her and our other good friend.

We decided to escape the heat of summer and go up to the mountains. Ashley K knew a cool spot that neither of us had ever been to, so we went there. Its called The Sink because the water comes down the mountain, but then disappears into an underground tunnel.

They talked me into taking Sage; she had a blast. 

Ashley K and I have been friends since we were young and she was my best friend growing up. 

Ashley N and I have known each other pretty much our entire lives, but we became good friends in high school.

They are both amazing women and I am blessed to call them friends. They are two, of the few people, I feel I can be myself around without worrying about hiding or offending.

We walked through the small cave, but after the 2nd opening, it was pretty dark and we didn't have a flashlight with us. 

We also hiked up the water fall. Ashley K was kind enough to help me with Sage in a few spots. That dog has endless amounts of energy. 

It was a gorgeous drive and a beautiful hike.

But the best part was spending the day with my best friends.