Thursday, September 30, 2010

Serenity...

Lake Louise

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Bow River

Lake Minnewanka




Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One among...

This place is so charming. Driving into town is this great sign that shows the local churches.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

This place is heaven for hiking...


It's overwhelming trying to choose where to hike because there are so many great trails. The Larch Valley headed to the Sentinel Pass and Paradise Valley is ranked the top hike in Banff National Park. It was a 7.6 miler though round trip to Sentinial and 'very difficult.'

Moraine Lake is where the hike begun.

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It's a Grizzly area so we had to have at least 4 people in our group to hike it. We waited at the trail head for over 30 min. waiting on people that we could hopefully tag along with. No one came. We ended up recruiting a guy From Denmark who had bought a bear tag to hunt black bear (sad) and the outfitter that was taking him out. They were planning on it being a 7 day hunt and it only took them 2 days so they had a few days to look around. They were in far better shape than my dad and I which made a tough hike even tougher.

After gaining 2,000 feet elevation in an hours time we leveled off at a valley of yellow pine needles where we could view 10 peaks over 11,000 ft. There were a couple peaks in the clouds but still so amazing. I kept thinking it was like seeing 10 Mt. Timpenogous in one view.

Our highest point was 8,700 ft elevation staggering the two valleys. I couldn't even stand on the rock though because it was too scary--must have been a sheer cliff of at least 300 ft. down the other side. I might be afraid of heights after all.

View from the top. The pic below was actually lifted off the internet. We didn't have the blue sky in our favor. And it was windy at the top we didn't hang out long for pics.

So proud of dad. It was not an easy hike by any means because it was so steep and he isn't used to any altitude and he did it.

Once we got done with the hike we perched and took in the view of the lake.





Friday, September 24, 2010

Oh Canada...


My dad has some meetings here so my brother and I jumped on board for some quality time with the parents. I hate Andrew isn't here,but duty calls with school. Who said absence makes the heart grow fonder? I'm not sure if I completly agree. But these past couple days I've had such happy thoughts and a grateful heart for family--especially my lover.
Today is the coldest and cloudyest day yet as seen above.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Grateful for...

our couple friends



Sunday, September 19, 2010

For the kitchen...

My tiny kitchen is far from a stainless steal, crisp and clean, black and white look. It's a bit more expressive.

The vase below is probably the only thing I'd actually include. But I still think these are precious.

Measuring cups
Spice Rack
Love it!
Two Peas in a Pod S&P Shakers
All from ModCloth


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mt. Timpanogos...


It's a beast! Every time I hike it, I tell myself I'll never do it again.
Maybe it's becuase Timp is covered in snow or clouds virtually the entire year except a few summer months. So when the peak is out and seems dry, it plays games with my mind. I feel like I have to do it. And you can't get away from it, you see it from every angle wherever you are in UT it seems. And then I forget that I nearly feel off a cliff the last time I did it and was so beat following. After being in London all summer too where there is maybe a single hill, I felt deprived of the mountains that I love so much.

Andrew and I hiked it when we were dating 4 years ago. It is a highlight of our courtship for sure. It was special to re-live some of those things too as we remembered different parts of the trails and things that happened. But my my poor knees and the bottom of my feet. I think Andrew rolled his ankle at least 5 times as we climb hand and foot over avalanche rock covering what we thought was the trail.

Despite todays aches and pains, I'm glad we did it. It is super fulfilling to do something extremely hard where are times you think about giving up but you just continue on. It's one of the best parts of being married too. To overcome hard things or trails together. Kind of correlates, right?

We acutally woke up last Saturday at 4:30 to be on the Mt. hiking by 6. Because it was dark, we took the wrong trail and ended up at Steward Falls. I've never been so disappointed to see a beautiful waterfall. It was a 4 mile detour so we just didn't have it in us to do Timp. that day. So I was determined to do it before it snowed. So yesterday we tried again. We didn't get started until 11:30, after Drew's class. We knew we were going to be facing the dark on our way back. We had flashlights for the last hour. The terrain isn't too bad then though.

Our proud stats:

Elevation: 11,800 feet
Length: 16 miles
Time: 8 hours 50 minutes

We had to take a lot of breaks on our way up--especially as the altitude ascended. The last mile I would count out 20 steps in my mind and then stop for a breather. I'm so out of shape. It's sad.

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The Love Shack as we like to call it at the top of the peak. It is so windy at the top. But it is neat to be able to see Utah Lake and the Great Salt Lake in one view. There was a couple at the top from New York that had traveled to hike it. We were proud to call ourselves locals.
I always imagined that mountains rounded off at the top or leveled out, but there is literally a point where you can straddle the mountain. We didn't hang out too long because it was so windy. But if we sat out to the side of this little shack you felt like you were on both sides of the mountain. It's a neat feeling.

We proudly graffiti all over it too.


The start of the hike seems therapeutic. The leaves are changing and there is a cool breeze this time of year. But then come the switch backs and then the snow patches and then the rocks and cliffs.

Side view of the Mt. It's the one in the far distance. The one closest to us is the one that plays games with the mind. You hike it just to realize you are half way there.


This is at the saddle point. The last mile took us 45 minutes. It's the toughest part for sure.

This park was scary. The fact that I got my camera out at this point is a dedicated picture taker because I needed to be holding on to something. I couldn't resist though. He's so cute!

Rocks & Cliffs

Hard to believe there is wildlife this high up. This little guy was so cute. Saw him at the saddle point. You are basically at the top of the Mt with you get to the saddle. You just have to then get to the peak, highest point. It's windy and just as beautiful really but you've got to get to the Love Shack to say you did it.

Billy Goat/Mountain Goat--I think it is the same thing. They are beautiful. How do they stay so white? And they really do walk down sheer cliffs. A couple were headed towards us so just sat there (welcomed the break) waiting to see how close they'd come. They seemed to scatter when we walked towards them. I was ready with a camera and Andrew had a big rock in hand just in case they charged. ha! We didn't know what to expect with these guys. When they were about 15 feet from us they went straight down the cliff. I didn't get a good pic cause I kept thinking they'd get closer and then they were gone. Glad we didn't have to use the rock in hand.

White specs in the distance grazing. They're everywhere once you get towards the top.

After re-reading this post, it sounds more like a complaint than it does a sense of accomplishment or happy memory. Sorry! I'm still feeling the aftermath. I actually love to hike. I consider it a hobby.


Beautiful Bride...

I hated missing a few wedding this summer.
I absolutely love attending weddings and looking though other's albums.
I'm still inclined to pick up a bridal magazine in the airport over the others.

Daniel was a best friend of my husbands growing up. He married the kindest girl from California this summer. It's hard to see in the photos I've included, but her entire dress was little roses. Her photographer Steven Freeland is really talented.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Anthropolgie--back in the day...

Look how far we have come since 1999. I've been try to find older catalogs to trigger my earliest recollection of shopping here. Anthropolgie Addict has a great catalog list going back to 2004. I still have this orange skirt in a plastic protected back to keep the beads from snagging. It's 2005 though. Surely I can find something older than 5 years. I just can't seem to find the catalogs. It's neat to see catalogs from years back and remember loving some different things. Thank goodness they and we both evolve though.



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I just found the 2002 catalog on ebay. I almost want to buy it.



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ZARA online...

It's about time.



Monday, September 13, 2010

Best way to celebrate a bday...

King of the Barn

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Picnic after a long ride up Balsam--beautiful view!

Cute, Mom




Sunday, September 5, 2010

B-day combo...

My brother and mine bday's are only a week apart. We've been celebrating them together for a while. My parents have done a great job making them extra special full of memories. I'm pretty positive this time next year Andrew and I won't be in Utah. So this one was special at our happy place with almost 40 of the most special people in our lives.

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My Aunt Darla made the most amazing cakes ever! It was a highlight of the night for sure. Another highlight included when Andrew's parents showed up with Lilly. I wasn't expecting Deb and Lilly to fly in as they did. Having both Andrew's fam and mine together in the same room has got to be one of the best feelings ever.

Any time my fam eats at Sundance, we request Dan to be our waiter. You should too.. & his wife teaches yoga at It's Yoga too.

Every bday Coral brings me flowers. It's so thoughtful. I love it. Just like last year.

They even have the same laugh...


I didn't get a great pic of Andrew's fam as I wished I would have. But I had to post this because of Ben's face. Ben and Laura were married a few months ago. I still think about it often.

As kind and as generous as parents could possibly be. Thanks so much!