I’ve grown up knowing all the songs from Wicked, but I never looked up the story or read anything about it. I had my own version of what the story was about based on the song lyrics, and it was basically nothing like the actual play. I figured Glinda and Elphaba were friends, but I didn’t know that Elphaba was good the whole time. And I didn’t know there was a love story in it, which made it even better.
Last weekend we went on a trip to the Tetons. Basically all we knew was that we were hoping to get a backcountry camping permit, and hopefully we could get canoes to take us there. So we loaded five people’s worth of gear (me, Colton, Bree, Ben, and our new friend Marcus) into my dad’s Land Cruiser and left on Thursday evening. We left fairly late in the day, so half of our drive was in the dark.
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.
never been. After little research and basically pointing our fingers to the map of some mountains, we decided on the Wind River Range in Wyoming. Googling some pictures of the area convinced us this was our place, the pictures seemed absolutely beautiful. This would be our first camping trip as a married couple, and we were super excited for our first adventure!
This year for mine and Colton’s birthdays, we went with Bree and Ben to Yellowstone National Park. People travel from all over the world to see the sulfur pools, hear the bugle call of an elk, perhaps even the howl of a wolf. No matter what they hope to see or hear, the thing on everyone’s list is Old Faithful, the famous geyser that erupts on a schedule. It’s so popular that there are timers at the visitor’s center so you don’t miss it, and benches surrounding a boardwalk so everyone can spectate.
If you haven’t tried paragliding yet, I would definitely suggest giving it a try. My best friends Kelsi, Emily, and I found some great deals on Groupon.com (which I would also suggest taking a look at) with Cloud 9 Paragliding. Many people come from all over to take advantage of the perfect wind conditions at the Point of the Mountain in Draper, Utah. The spot was even mentioned in a National Geographic magazine as a popular spot for air sports such as paragliding, parachuting, and hang gliding due to the fantastic morning winds.
As we left the airport, Shilo’s duck-taped box which held Catch Phrase and bubble wrap started beeping like a bomb. The guy going through our luggage started looking really nervous and backing away, while Shilo frantically tore her box open to show that it was a timer, and not a bomb. There were several military personnel holding guns stations outside the airport. A most foreboding welcome to a country, don’t you think?
I’m now flying over the Gulf of Mexico on a tiny plane on our way to the Tuxtla, Mexico Airport. It was so hot and humid as soon as we got to Texas. There were trees all over from my plane window. I guess I didn’t realize how far south Houston is and how close to the coast it is. I kind of expected to see cactus everywhere. We rode on this tram thing to get to our next gate. The Houston airport was HUGE! I thought that the Salt Lake Airpot was big because it was an international one, but it’s nothing compared to others I now know. We found bathrooms and a drinking fountain, which took forever. You’d think you would be able to find drinking fountains easily in an airport. Not the case. Micadyn said, “They don’t have drinking fountains because you just need to drink the air.” It was SO humid. I’m glad we’re not going to the humid part of Mexico. We’ll be up 9,000 ft.
Last November I applied with a group called Youthlinc with Colton and my cousin Micadyn. It is a non-profit organization that sends groups to serve internationally in Mexico, Peru, Kenya, Thailand, and, for the first time time this year, Cambodia. Before you serve internationally, you are required to do a set amount of service hours locally to earn a sponsorship which will help you pay for the trip.