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Snowmobiling West Yellowstone on Presidents Day Weekend

Snowmobiling West Yellowstone on Presidents Day Weekend

By on Mar 4, 2015 in Family, Food, Inner City, Outdoor | 0 comments

Snowmobiling in West Yellowstone was a blast! It was sunny and warm, which unfortunately made for less snow than usual at this time of year however there was still plenty of snow to get out and ride! In This Episode Center map» Bigger mapMy locationPrint Close Let’s Get Serious The Meat of It Local Attractions Lodging Transportation Food Gear People What I Learned Mishaps Snowmobiling Tips Let’s Get Serious I have hit the snow two previous times this season in Strawberry, Utah where I borrowed my friend Sara’s Polaris Indy Trail. It’s a great sled (snowmobile) however, for this long weekend of snowmobiling in West Yellowstone I decided I’m going to get into this sport and bought two used 1996 snowmobiles. I found a 650 Skidoo Summit and a 780 Mach Z three cylinder powerhouse that is built for speed on KSL. The Summit didn’t run when I bought it, but I got a killer deal for it. I found used parts for both at Xtreme Motors. Great place and great guys to get parts for your sled located in Ogden, Utah. Friday: My brother Jeff, his stepson Matt and I were able to get the Skidoo Mach Z running smoothly to take to the snow. Unfortunately, getting the Skidoo Summit up was a bust for this trip. The engine runs great thanks to Matt and Jeff (I am not much of a mechanic yet) but at 4 pm when we were supposed to be leaving we discovered the torch arm had snapped sometime prior to my buying it. We moved the Summit aside and grabbed my friend Sara’s Polaris again for Andrea to ride, who had never been on a snowmobile. The Polaris worked out well for the weekend as a learning sled for her. The Meat of It Saturday: We arrived early at Yellowstone Lodge at 4 am on Saturday after a 7-hour drive. Due to booking complications we had to reserve two Hotels for the trip, making this our one-night home. In the morning after crawling out of bed we moved everything over to the Three Bear Lodge. Still tired, we fueled and registered the sleds. You can register you snowmobile for the area at many locations. We registered at Yellowstone Arctic Yamaha because it was convenient, but...

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Burning Rabbit Home-Brew Gathering 2013

Burning Rabbit Home-Brew Gathering 2013

By on Jun 12, 2013 in Events, Outdoor | 1 comment

On June 21st to the 23rd, the Burning Rabbit Home-Brew Gathering will take place yet again. The 2012 gathering last year, went off without a hitch. We will be burning an effigy of a wooden rabbit to commemorate the Summer Solstice, similar the ‘Burning Man Festival’. The home-brew gathering is to get closer to nature, and of course to drink great beer! This years home-brew gathering will include a brew-off, where first place is a cash prize, so bring your brew or anyone you know who brews!! Enter as many brews as you want. Anyone can be a judge for $2. First place takes all the money. Things you will need: Plenty of ice and cooler Food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, times two (depends if you pitch in for dinners) Money to pitch in for two dinners (one will be a jambalaya rabbit stew) if you want to eat with us. Alcohol (for trade or for your own drinking pleasure) Tent/camping gear Clothes for the heat and cold, as it can get cooler at night Swim suit if you want to get wet (I suggest it) And whatever else you may need Visit the Facebook Event for more information. Driving directions to Cascade Springs, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah: Mapquest with directions Center map» Bigger mapMy locationPrint Close Print the map, as there is splotchy cell service. When you get to the parking lot of Cascade Springs, drive to the back and go down a dirt road about 1 mile until you see an open field on the right where you will see tents set up in the clearing. See you all there! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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The Venus Transit

The Venus Transit

By on Jun 15, 2012 in Events, Outdoor | 0 comments

This is the addition to the last post about the major event that won’t happen for more than 100 years. Photo of the group before they headed out on their journey for the Venus Transit. My friend, Josh, was gracious enough to share his experience of this event “While leaving Salt Lake City for the Venus Transit, we had fears of not being able to see the event which would not happen again for over one hundred years. The sky was cloud covered, preventing any observer in SLC from seeing Venus move across the sun. Traveling to Meadow Hot Springs [Google Photos] (just south of Filmore, Utah, on I-15) was the best spot we could have found in the state. While heading south we saw the winds kicking up huge amounts of soil into the sky, obscuring the view of the sun, but at Meadow Hot Springs, the winds were more relaxed and the sky basically completely clear. We had an extremely large telescope with the necessary solar filter set up just in time to see Venus beginning her journey across the sun. Having many friends around, we sat in the hot springs and drank beer until sunset, regularly getting out and checking the Transit. Many strangers came to the hot springs not knowing of the epic event which was taking place. Delightedly, we showed them what was happening. The event has been engrained into our memories for the rest of our lives.” Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Venus Alignment Today

By on Jun 5, 2012 in Events | 0 comments

The Venus Alignment with the sun is today and begins around 4:30 or 5pm today. It is reported to be a rare planetary alignment and will finish its transition its after the sun goes down. You can read more about it online, or on one of these links to articles I found interesting: http://fortbragg.patch.com/articles/galactic-event-rare-planetary-alignment-tonight http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/06/should-you-watch-tonights-transit-venus-take-nice-nap/53148/ I will be posting a trip later this week that my friends are going on. Unfortunately, I will not be able to join them, however, my friend Josh, is going to share the details with me. He also hopes to get some good pics of it, if the weather allows. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Simpson Springs Campground & Almost Topaz Mountain

Simpson Springs Campground & Almost Topaz Mountain

By on Jun 19, 2011 in Family, Food, Gear, Outdoor | 0 comments

Simpson Springs Campground & Almost Topaz Mountain This trip held a lot of twists we did not expect. Many things went wrong, but we made it through. At least it was not as windy as last year when we went there. In This Episode Center map» Bigger mapMy locationPrint Close Our Campsite Fathers Day gift! Rained Heavily Topaz Mountain—so close! New Food New Gear People Mishaps Good Things Happen Too MYOG What We Learned Our Campsite Simpson Springs Campground: $5 per night When we arrived, all looked good and the weather was very nice. Little did I know, when we were choosing a spot to set up camp, the site Carrie and Zoe chose was the one with the most trees. I of course was clueless to their cause. However, when we set-up camp they brought out my Fathers day gift. Fathers Day gift! Two person Armadillo hammock. My family is awesome! Thanks Carrie, Zoe, and Xayne! 🙂 I love it. Zoe seemed to get more use out of it than I did. I guess we will be making another purchase 🙂 Rained Heavily Saturday night I tried sleeping in my new Armadillo hammock—and then the rain came. I woke up with a start, when I must have moved my pillow (link), and the hammock filled with water! Ahg! As I climbed out, I found Carrie running around chasing Xayne at 1:30 am. Damn. She was so frustrated. I felt pretty bad. I thought I went to bed after all activity. Guess not. Sleeping in the hammock while it rained would have worked though with the rain fly designed for it. Just one addition and I am set for my solo backpacking trip next week (plus a new fuel pump for my Dragonfly stove :(). These hammocks make great companions for backpacking without a tent. And it only weighs a little more than a pound. From late Saturday night, It rained and rained. Didn’t stop until late Sunday evening, when we were packed and ready to go. I don’t mind the rain while camping, however, it can be a bother though with kids, and especially if you don’t have the right clothing for it. Along with Zoe, Carrie is not so fond if...

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Utah Pride Parade, June 2011

Utah Pride Parade, June 2011

By on Jun 14, 2011 in Events, Inner City, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Utah Pride Parade, June 2011 I decided to postpone the Antelope Island post until a later date due to The Pride Parade being a more timely event. MUST SEE! Flickr PhotostreamFollow Joseph’s PhotostreamWe didn’t have to travel very far since one of the three staging areas were right outside our apartment. When we realized we were at the end of one of the staging areas, and not in the center, we grabbed the chill’ns and hiked a block (helps to look at the map posted at the front entrance of our apartment building, I guess). Here we were able to catch everyone as they started off. Unfortunately we missed the first half hour, including, Roseanne Barr’s (images on Flickr), grand entrance, while she headed things off as the grand marshal. She is originally from Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City Pride Parade (KSL link) (map of SLC) Sunday, June 5th, 2011 Absolutely “Fabulous”! The Utah Pride Center, a community based organization for the LGBT community, lived it up for the 2011 event. 30,000 people were expected this year, and 20,000 were in attendance last year. (View a link to a great information site on the Utah Pride Festival.) The Pride Parade has always been the second largest parade in Utah, next to the Days of ’47 celebration Parade in Salt Lake City. However, things were different this year, with exactly 100 entries! I believe making this the largest parade Utah has seen yet. It traveled along 200 S. (beginning on 3rd S. and 4th E. and ending on West Temple). The Parade lasted for little more than 2 hours. If you were there, it was pretty spectacular. So many dressed up for the occasion. I haven’t been to a parade that was quite so eventful. Some Tidbits Salt Lake City has Utah’s largest and most visible LGBT community. QSaltLake.com is another great resource for the LGBT. Barack Obama has declared June as LGBT Pride History Month. Dancing and fun The best thing for me and Zoe, was the great music to dance to! Highlights (just a few mentions) Cahoots Party Van Praying Mantis Quite the spectacle Utah Uncensored.com Too many, having too much fun! Hey! there is someone I...

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Memorial Weekend in Moab & Devils Garden, UT

Memorial Weekend in Moab & Devils Garden, UT

By on Jun 9, 2011 in Family, Food, Gear, Outdoor | 5 comments

Memorial Weekend in Moab & Devils Garden, UT In This Episode: Center map» Bigger mapMy locationPrint Close Our Campsite Biscuit Bomb Launcher Hike Through Moonflower Canyon Devils Garden at Arches National Park New Food/Recipes New Gear Organization Attractions and Places to Check Out People Things We Learned Campground Kane Springs West Campgrounds for RV, Tent, and open ground camping. To park and camp with a tent is $20 for a 4 person car and $5 for extra cars, plus $5 for any ATV or vehicle trailers. I admit, this is a bit steep, especially when staying for 4 – 5 days. But we enjoy it. Here is a site with more info on the various places to camp along Kane Creek Road (Blvd), however, the prices are outdated. Here is another site with great info, and has their phone and address. They have listed that the prices are from $15 – $30, which seems accurate, being that the prices tend to fluctuate. But it has always been worth the visit. This is the same place we stayed in 2009, and we are more than likely going to make this a tradition. It is privately owned and they want to keep it family friendly, which is great for us. We like it for this and the open camping and sand—just pick a spot and set-up, being respectful to any neighbors of course. The open atmosphere makes it nice to meet people from all over. Note: there are 5 areas to camp on the grounds. We just found out about the 5th area, which has flush toilets and paid showers and camping in a cave—so we hear. This is the Kane Springs East campground. We want to check that out next year. The spot we have been staying is in the middle and has sand to set up in—our kids love it! The outer areas are somewhat grassy or dirt packed. The Kane Spring Campgrounds are considered to be overflow camping for all that arrive late for the holidays. Meaning if you arrive late (Friday—sometimes even Thursday) and can’t find anywhere to park yourself, you can go there and most likely find a spot, as there are plenty of places to squeeze in. No...

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Coming Events

By on May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Another Memorial trip to Moab Planned activities for this trip: New Recipes Camp Fire Cooking Area attractions and places to visit Bouldering (climbing boulders). Hopefully we will get a chance to do this…   Coming Soon: Another Moab, UT trip, May Current Creek, UT, Aug Saltair, Great Salt Lake, UT, Jun Antelope Island, UT, Mar Star Garnet Hunting, ID, Jul Backpacking in Europe, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Mar-May I Ran Away and Joined the Circus, Norfolk, VA, Apr Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Box-Death Hollow, Escalante State Park, UT

Box-Death Hollow, Escalante State Park, UT

By on Oct 24, 2010 in Food, Gear, Outdoor | 3 comments

Box-Death Hollow, Escalante State Park, UT Wow, what a trip! Box-Death Hollow, in Escalante State Park, Utah, is an amazing place, and I want to go again! Great people and great fun. The instructor, Roxanne Tea, an employee of BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and an instructor at the University of Utah, and Jenny Merrill, our medical expert, were both fun and motivated, and are very knowledgable in what they do. This was a 2 credit class taken in the Fall Semester of 2010, with 11 other classmates page for a list of attendees. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the outdoors and backpacking. People (see the People) I was able to get this group photo in the end. Unfortunately I did not get images of all classmates while hiking, being that I was hiking in the back of the group, taking photos, and not wanting to slow the group down. So for the ultra hikers who were always in front, I apologize for not getting images of you. I am also disappointed that during group meetings, I was so focused on participating and not wanting to interrupt, that I did not get shots at all during those times. Perhaps this fall, Roxanne, will allow me to audit the class to promote it. Class meetings prior to the trip: 10 days prior to trip 3 hours long Itinerary: discuss the logistics of the trip and gear we would need; details of packing our backpack; Homework—2 page paper for presentation given on second day; and get acquainted. Friday—Base Camp, Short Hike A few of us went on a short trail hike near our first campsite. Later that evening we held a meeting for a more detailed itinerary of what was expected, and to get more acquainted by telling a little more about our selves. Saturday—Drive to Trailhead, Hike to camp I got Lost! Or rather, I missed the group at the trailhead.That’s what I get for lagging behind trying to make my camera bag attach to my Backpack. I hiked up the mountain about 2 miles father than needed before my weekend roommate, Alex (who I would recommend for any outdoor adventure), caught up to me in...

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Dugway Geode Beds, UT—Rockhounding and Camping

Dugway Geode Beds, UT—Rockhounding and Camping

By on Aug 7, 2010 in Family, Food, Outdoor | 4 comments

Dugway Geode Beds, UT—Rockhounding and Camping Dugway area offers more than just Geodes. You can also find Topaz on and around Topaz Mountain, and a ton of Jasper closer to the geode beds. Center map» Bigger mapMy locationPrint Close This Trip was a Last Minute Idea, and our results showed our lack of preparation. Wanting once again to get away somewhere for the weekend. Being that we really wanted to go rockhounding, we chose the Dugway Geode Beds in Utah. It is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours from Salt Lake City. If you go, make sure you do your research on the best way to get there and have some pretty specific maps on where exactly you will need to go once you are there. Unfortunately we missed the boat on all that and could not find the location to rockhound for geodes. Not only that, I took the very, very long way to get there from where we live (down through Eureka, south of Utah Lake). The best way to go from SLC is through Tooele on Hwy 36, to Pony Express Rd, heading southwest. I had it all wrong on which direction to take while looking at the map, because of the rush to pack and get out the door. I thought I knew where it was. It took us about 5 hours or more (I lost track) to finally arrive. And when we did, we had no idea where to go, having expected to count on GPS and our online maps. Fortunately we found a campsite and parked ourselves after doing some exploring. (I won’t mention that the only internet we had at home at the time was on our phones. Made it a little more difficult to do searches, keep track of everything, and we couldn’t print anything either.) Other attractions in the area include Topaz Mountain. There you can find some pretty amazing topaz, so we have been told. There you can find some pretty amazing topaz, so we have been told. Here is a good blog site about the area we found before leaving. He has it all laid out and knows the good spots. Sadly though, we could not remember or access any of the names or places while there. Another good site with some photos...

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