Monday, August 17, 2009

chasing pavements

Kristen assured me it would be addicting.
She was correct.

Last week I was riding here (South Fork. Stunning)...

...and I saw one of these appear then disappear on the trail ahead of me:

Truly. Yes. Scared the bageezies out of me. I swerved and received my first flat. 
I lived to tell the tale.

Maybe I felt invincible after living through that for I willingly agreed to do a bike race that weekend--the ULCER: Utah Lake Century Epic Ride. It was beeeeeautiful! We rode all the way around Utah Lake. I found it remarkably ironic how ingenious words and ideas came to me at that time: the exact moment pens and notebooks were entirely out of reach. I had those--quickly evaporated and now inexplicable words--and songs flooding and occupying my brain the majority of the eight hours, driving me forward as I literally chased the pavements ahead. It was a long day for my brain, eyeballs, and quads. It was such a great experience; I'm super glad I was able to do it. 
Thanks family, for the persuasion beforehand, for the soothing each of the 111 miles, and the for the fond memories afterwards. I'll never look at utah valley the same! 
We are so blessed to be in this gorgeous place. :)

Most of the gang... we're just missing Pam and Craig--who were fixing their third flat by this point, I believe. 

"Epic" ride.
At the conclusion. I stood there too tired for words or movement, and that moment was captured effectively.


For now, hold on to your children whilst in Provo Canyon... you never know where those black bears are lurking. (I promise that story is not fabricated. I honestly don't know what I'd do if that moment transpired again.) Keep tabs on all sides while canyoning. 
For me, I'll keep chasing those pavements before our gorgeous valley is lined with cold cold whiteness.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009



[v. en-vel-uhp; n. en-vel-uhp, en-vuh-luhp, ahn-]  Show IPA verb, -oped, -op⋅ing.noun -verb (used with object)

1. to wrap up in or as in a covering. The long cloak she was wearing enveloped her completely.
2. to serve as a wrapping or a covering for, as a membrane of an organ or a sheath.
3. to surround entirely.

This is it. I have been enveloped-- wrapped, covered, surrounded entirely--by it all: summer beginning, ending, and beginning again; finals, the entering-s and exiting-s of constants; the abundance of love from above.
To say the least: it has been a good time.

Oquirrh Mountain Temp.

Oquirrh Mountain Temple open house.
what a time.
the church is true.
love you, friends.

best times, best friends. 
love you gals so much.
lets keep the tradish alive.
haaa aliface, no de-tagging here!

before tubing the provo.
(take your lifejackets, all. i'm serious. unless you like fines, tickets, and court dates, be sure to have a floatation device.)

this photo captures the wind chill- slash hilarity- factor of the moment with precision. 
sundance lift times.

i have a great camera. 
that's one of the most gorgeous full moons you'll ever behold; take note!
with the fires along the wasatch front, it was a smokey night; the moon was bright pink. ahhh.

i'm happy to report that kalai said he is probably the "hairiest elder's quorum secretary."

mehr zu kommen.