The day after the Summerfest, we drove up to Bear Lake to get in some more water skiing. Once again we beached half of us and took turns on the boat. Bree and Ben had rented some paddleboards from the U for the weekend, so Colton and I spent a lot of time on them.
This year was the tenth annual Salt Lake Bike Tour, which corresponds with the annual Salt Lake Marathon. Colton, his dad, and I signed up to be Bike Marshals in the bike tour. Basically we wear vests and if someone needs help with a flat or gets hurt, we help them. At four in the morning, we woke up and drove to the start. The bike tour covers the same course as the marathon, and the course, when we’d done it before, was mostly downhill. This year however, there were little spurts of uphills. They wouldn’t have been too bad, but I decided to sign up for this marathon and bike it completely cold; the last time I’d been on a bike was last September. Brilliant idea, yes? I seem to have many lofty fitness goals that I don’t train for…
Each year Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon, Utah holds a Winter Festival around President’s Day. Activities include cross country skiing, hiking (weather permitting), star gazing, watercolors classes, and nature lectures.
One of my favorite places to camp as a child was Bear Lake, nestled on the Utah-Idaho border. Recently my in-laws have favored waterskiing up there. It’s truly a beautiful place to be.
Two of the most mentally, physically, and emotionally hardest things I’ve ever done was to participate in the Tough Mudder and Spartan obstacle courses. Haven’t heard of them? They’re basically crazy things that crazy people sign up for to see how much their body can stand before you collapse. 🙂 That being said, I’ve done both of them, so I don’t know what that says about me..
We went skate skiing at Mountain Dell Golf Course a second time with Colton’s entire family. It was much harder than last time. The snow was icier and our skis were different. It was still a lot of fun though, and definitely a great way to stay in shape during winter. I gave up before everyone else did because it was just too hard; I took pictures instead.
We have (finally) found our winter sport: Skate Skiing! Colton, Bree, Ben, and I went to a free REI sponsored event at Mountain Dell golf course, where they offered snowshoeing, classic, and skate skiing lessons all for free! There were also samples of hot chocolate and energy drinks. I didn’t think it would go so well, especially since I fell twice in my regular shoes walking down to the sign-up tent (boots from Wal-mart offer NO traction!)
Negative 10 degrees. Eyelashes coated with icicles. Prime conditions for skiing and snowboarding, right? Well, only if you are as bundled up and crazy as we and the many others at the resort that night were. On New Year’s Eve, Colton and I teamed up once again with our partners-in-adventure Bree and Ben to a night at Powder Mountain Resort near Eden, Utah. Our adventure packet that night included skiing, snowboarding, dinner, and glow sticks!
We have achieved our goal from last week: Cross Country skiing up Mill Creek Canyon! And when I say “up” Mill Creek Canyon, I mean UP. You can never quite realize how steep something is until you can start going backward at any moment. That was a bit of a side note, but you will be used to that by the end of this post. I promise. Anyways, let me start from the beginning.
Colton and I were excited to go snowshoeing when his sister Bree brought it up. So we rented shoes, packed up our cameras, and headed out, but it wasn’t what we expected at all.