Friday, September 19, 2014

salt lake overlook

For labor day this year my family decided to go on a hike up millcreek canyon.  Nik and I came along for what we thought would be a short little hike.  We started our trek up the hill and soon realized it would be a pretty long hike haha.

A little more than halfway up the trail there were these people in front of us who were stopped and listening to something.  As we approached them I realized what the sound was - a rattle snake!  Nik and I just ran past them hoping to not see it or get bit haha.

When we were about to give up and turn around we finally reached the overlook.  You turn around the corner and there it is.  A gorgeous view of the mountains and valley.  I'm so glad we didn't give up and just turn around.

We took a short break at the top, taking in the view, resting, and taking some photos.  It was sad to see Lucy try to sit down because there were only big boulders so she would try to lay on the rocks.

We were all pretty exhausted on our way back down.  We stopped in the shade for a minute and Lucy just sat down in the dirt and then rolled over to her side.  She was exhausted and ready for a nap in the cool shade.

A little ways down we were in the same spot where we heard the rattle snake before.  We didn't hear anything so we thought it left and that we would be okay.  Nik and I were walking together and then we heard the rattle start again really close to us.  We started yelling and running.  It was one of the scariest moments of my life haha.

We got back down the mountain safely and had an excellent workout.  Man we were exhausted from that hike.  It was one of my favorite hikes I have been on with Nik and Lucy!

Friday, September 5, 2014

salt flats

Sunday evening we drove up to the salt flats.  Jenna and I had never been before and we have always wanted to so we finally decided that it was time to go!  As we drove past the great salt lake it was so beautiful.  I definitely want to go back and take pictures at the great salt lake since we didn't get to this time!

The drive was quite long...a lot longer than we expected.  The GPS said we still had quite a ways to go but Nik just wanted to get out since we were driving by all the salt flats.  Nik pulled over into the salt and then parked just about ten feet away from the road.

We hurried to take some pictures because the sun was setting and we knew that it would be pitch black before long.  Nik made us both taste the salt and let me just say it tasted nasty.  It was really strong and just had this awful flavor.

It was kind of difficult to take pictures at the salt flats because the camera had a hard time focusing on us.  It didn't help that we didn't have a lot of sunlight when we got there.  However, it was a very pretty sunset.

After trying our best to take a lot of pictures we decided we better start to head back since it was starting to get dark and it was a long drive.  We got over to the car, looked at the wheels, and knew we were stuck.  Nik put the car in reverse so Jenna and I pushed from the front.

The car didn't move anywhere.  After trying a few more times Nik went up to the road and tried to flag someone down to see if they could help pull us out with their car.  To our surprise no one stopped to help us.  Nik decided to call the police and the lady on the phone just laughed when she told him that we were stuck.

The police officer finally showed up 40 minutes later in this little car.  He got out of the car and told us that we needed to call a tow truck because we were stuck.  The whole time I was wondering why he even bothered coming out to see us in the middle of nowhere.  They should have just told us over the phone to call a tow truck.

After calling a few tow truck companies we found one that cost $120 and said he would be there in 40 minutes.  So much waiting!

The tow truck finally came and we were on our way home!!  Nik's car had this weird shaking the whole time we were driving and it didn't feel very safe.  We took it down to get checked and something definitely was broken!

Our short trip to the salt flats cost about $450!  But it was definitely one of the funnest adventures I have been on and we were laughing the whole time!  Nik had to pee three times while we were there and he made me pee my pants!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

sister schmutz

August 21 we headed to the airport to pick Jenna up from her mission.  She was finally on her way home after 18 months!!  We made a few posters, a banner for the garage, hung up a Louisiana flag, and had flowers for her.  We were all so excited!

Nik got to the airport before my family so he got us a really good spot right up close.  We were there about an hour early and just stood there waiting in anticipation.  We talked about what we would do when we saw her and who would get the first hug.

We saw her coming down the escalator and then she came over and gave everyone a hug.  We then met her mission president and his wife and a few of the other missionaries that were there.  Nik did a great job taking all of the pictures for us.  We are glad he was able to be our photographer!

After collecting her luggage we all headed to the car for lunch.  We decided to go to The Garden on top of the Joseph Smith Memorial building.  I have to say it was pretty cool eating up there.

The food was really good and there was hardly anyone up there which made it nice.  They even opened the roof so it was like we were eating outside.  So cool!

After lunch we finally headed home!  Jenna got to see the big banner on the garage and the Louisiana flag.  She also got to meet Lucy!  Lucy just has the ability to make everyone smile and laugh.

Check out that missionary tan line!

We played horse and just had a fun time relaxing outside and then Jenna was released by the stake president.  I am so proud of Jenna for serving a mission.  We are definitely going to take a road trip back to Louisiana and North Carolina!  Thanks so much for taking all the pictures Nik!