Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Breathing Spring

Thanks to our Star Valley snow birds for showing us the way and to Rock for staying up late and helping me with the technicalities of posting video.

The Little Stream

The Rock and I made a quick trip up to Star Valley, WY Saturday night to visit his parents at the RV hang out place. They took us on a fun little hike to see an intermittent (about every 12-20 Minutes) or "breathing" spring. It was running just as we came in sight of it, but gradually stopped as we got to the source at the top of the canyon. We waited so long for it to start again that the rocks were drying out. And then... "a stream was formed... that grew...and grew. awoke! remembered! had a purpose...given to it by the Great Spirit...Who knew what would make the little stream happy."

Friday, August 24, 2007

Higher Education

Well, I left Northern Utah with my oldest daughter, Shematite, in tow Wednesday afternoon just as it was starting to sprinkle the windshield a little bit. We were an hour down the road when we realized almost all of her shoes got left behind. Oh well. Shoe shopping never hurt anyone. We arrived in Cedar City at Nicoletta's Aunt Susan and Uncle Tony's house. What a warm welcome and wonderful hosts they were! Thursday was student and parent orientation, registration and the SUU campus job fair followed by check-in at the dorm, dinner with Susan and Tony, a little standard transmission driving practice, more shopping and finally unloading at the dorm room @ 11:00 p.m. We were beat! Friday a.m. we were treated to Tony's famous "cholesterol breakfast" including eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, english muffins, Bear Lake raspberry jam, cheese sauce, orange juice and peaches from the Mountain Road Ranch. I drove my lovely daughter back to campus and dropped her off at the dorm. After one last hug and kiss, I drove away. I really wanted to stay and help her do everything else she still had to do (get a p.o. box, open a bank account, deliver job applications, get her internet hooked-up, etc.), but I decided that wouldn't do her any good. I drove home over Cedar Mountain stopping in Panguitch to visit old friends at the clinic and sit on Jennifer's front porch and have a nice chat. I miss my girl, but she is already having the time of her life. What more could I ask for?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Weber High School 20th Reunion

My honey, the Rock, joined me at my class reunion last night. It was great fun seeing and catching up with old friends! My best friend Tanna and her husband Matt joined us for a late dinner. Little Mayflower took this picture for us. Way to go reunion committee for all your hard work! Thank you.

Day at the Beach... and other stuff.

My sister, Wildbound and I took the kids to play at the beach yesterday for one final "hurrah" before school starts. A windstorm blew us back to the hot springs in Ogden Canyon to soak in the warm water. Check Wildbound's blog to see what fun adventure we had next.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Music in the Mountains

Rock and I had the opportunity to go to the Jon Schmidt concert at Wolf Mountain over looking beautiful Ogden Valley Saturday night. It was amazing! What a talented artist/composer/pianist! Some of the cool things he did besides shake the entire mountain with his cool music and sound system:
Played Billy Joel's Rootbeer Rag in 2:27. Joel's time posted on the internet is 3:03.
Made up a "time of day" song by asking an audience member for the exact time (9:18) and using those notes in the scale for the base of the melody. Beautiful song he made up on the spot!
He also asked for a volunteer in the audience that would like to do a little improv with him. He asked if anyone knew a specific Jazz scale (the name of which I didn't know in the first place, let alone could I remember it). A young man raised his hand. Jon asked him to name the notes in the scale. He did and Jon waved him on down to the piano beside him and away they went! This kid was from Kaysville Junior high and he's improvising an amazing jazz number on the piano with Jon Schmidt!
We had a blast! If you ever hear of or get the chance to go to a Jon Schmidt concert - do it! Thanks to our friends Kim and Travis for the VIP tickets!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Neighbor and Friend

Some of you may have heard about the shooting at Panguitch Lake a week ago. Our former neighbor, Tracy Armstrong was the victim of the gunman's rampage. The Armstrongs were our next door neighbors (north side) in Panguitch and Tracy was the Real Estate agent that helped us sell our house down there. Tracy and Lynn have 9 children and he is now paralyzed from the shoulders down. Keep them in your prayers.

Sunday, August 5, 2007


The "bodies of water" answer list is now in the correct order at the end of my blog if you would like to check it out. If you had fun playing this game, check out for another fun game naming arches.