Sunday, July 27, 2008
Yay for Pioneer Day. We hope all you Utahns (and/or Mormons) out there had fun celebrating our heritage. It seems ironic to me that most 24th of July traditions (including ours') consists of indulgence; gluteonous eating, fireworks, recreation, etc. Going without food, loosing a limb or walking without shoes seems like more of a tribute, but WHATEVER! I'll take any excuse to celebrate- and I imagine our ansestors would rather it this way. Moving on, We had a fun 24th; BBQ'd with the family and had a little firework show. I was sad at the parade bc Todd had to WORK (damn governement-JK) but, I got over it and we enjoyed ourselves in the evening:)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday afternoon we went to the Wildflower Festival held at Cedar Breaks!! I read about it on National Park Website awhile ago and pitched the idea to Todd...he took the bait obviously. It's basically a festival featuring all the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in summer. The festival is held June 30 to July 16 in the trails around Cedar Breaks. You can tour with a geologist or just take the flower guide info and do a self-guided tour. We opted to do the self-guided, 2-mile hike to Alpine Pond where, as promised, the view of wildflowers was the very best! I would definitely go again. We had fun identifying all the flowers on the flower guide and basically enjoying the BEAUTIFUL landscape. BTW I would like to brag about the fact that I took all these pictures by my very own self. I read the "tips for taking pictures of wildflowers" and I think they helped!
Cedar Breaks: The term Cedar came from the Cedar trees. The term Break came from the way the land breaks off from the mountain.
AHHHHHH! Look out! Cheesy couple pose
My sexy tourguide :) Yellow Evening Primrose
Yellow BristleconeLittle Sunflowers, Scarlet Paintbrush, Aspen Bluebells
Scarlet PaintbrushColorado Columbine
Beetle Tracks (those little scratches are from when the beetles nest here and the larva scratch through)
More COLUMBINES (I love em)
This tree was struck by lightening. See where it struck?
Alpine Pond in all its glory (not that glorious due to bark beetle)
Since we were already over the mountain, we decided to head over the Duck Creek for the chili-cook off festival. Todd had heard about it from a coworker. It's basically a big fair with live music and vendors galore....from jewelry to fruit smoothies, to fry bread, to whatever! The randomest part? I saw NO chili anywhere. Regardless, it was lots of FUN!!!!!!