Pretty places and races

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Quick trip down south to Brianhead for the Super D race on Saturday.  Stayed in a hotel in Beaver Friday night, raced and came home that night, whew!

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I rode with them!  Buuuuutttt, it didn’t last long.  That trail was spicey and definitely out of my comfort zone.  I ended up clipping my handle bar on a tree, on a totally flat part of the trail, DOH!  Bruised my hand pretty good so I hung out while they did some practice laps before the race started.

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Not long after that first run, things escalated quickly in the sky.

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The Mallen twins and their Dad.  Sam loooooooves hangin’ with these boys.  Follows them around like he’s a big kid.  I think they’re almost 10.

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Started hailing, raining, thunder and lighting so lifts closed for a bit.  We hung out in and outside the lodge all day, waiting out the on and off rain.

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He ended up crashing on one of his practice runs and said he didn’t want to race.  The combo of wet, muddy and it was raining a lot at that point got him down.  As soon as the Mallen twins rallied him to cheer up, he was good!  Took another lap and he was happy and ready to go.  That was right after he finished.  He shredded it!

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So muddy but “that was SO fun Mom!!”  So proud of him.  There were only two in the 6-8yr age group, he took second.  The other kid was much bigger, probably 8 going on 9yrs old.

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One of his favorite parts, the medal ceremony and raffle drawing at the end.  We aaaalllways have to stay for that 😉

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So tuckered out.  5 laps including his race run will wear a seven year old out.

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The drive home went pretty quick and oh so beautiful.

After going to bed too late, we were up and out the door to meet up with a long time gym friend of mine and her family at Jordanelle Reservoir.  Sam has been asking to play on their wave runners, so we made it happen.

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Jen and Jason’s kids, Rylan and Gavan.  These three play so great together.

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One of the nicest, most genuine and caring women I know.  Jen is the salt of the earth!

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Winds picked up and we got going.  I was pretty tired from the past two days and ready to take a shower 🙂  Thanks again, JenSavi!

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Earlier in the week….

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Haircut!  Looking so grown up to me.

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A rare morning workout with just Ali.  No class, just the two of us lifting together like old times…or times that were a bit less busy.  Family, kids, life…etc get a hold of us and take priority sometimes, so I’m glad she could meet me that morning.

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Another pretty hike on a Thursday.  Took the kids to Donut falls and then a picnic lunch at Ali’s in-laws…Thack’s Shack, right down the road.

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Oh Annie.  SO cute.

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Finished out the weekend with a little scrambling/bouldering up LCC.

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Christmas in August

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This lucky, lucky boy was surprised yesterday at our favorite bike ship, Go Ride.  Dan has been saving and researching (like the bike geek that he is..I love it) for this day.  We had the bike shipped to the shop and used an excuse to go there yesterday.  I thought Sam’s reaction would be crazy and loud but instead, he was quiet and didn’t quite know what to think.  He was confused.. mostly because we had talked about a different brand of bike coming.  Once he sat on it though, he was overflowing with alllll the joy.  We made sure to tell him four times over that Christmas + his birthday came early just for this year.  He’s finally not the only one racing a hard tail bike at all the races 🙂  I know all of this bike stuff…the races, the nice bikes, the gear…etc seems over the top to many people(trust me, I’ve heard it all)  but it makes us so happy and proud that he is loving this sport so much.  If we can help him along the way on whatever path this will take him, we will!

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He is officially faster than me. Nuts!

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Proud and stoked Dad.

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Lunch at Grandma Carol’s work earlier last week.  Please retire to part time soon, Mom.  We need to spend more time with you!

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And a Fetzer cousin swim day at the pool we grew up going to…every.single.day for hours at a time.  So many fun memories there at Evergreen.

View from Dan’s ride Sunday.  He rode up and down Snowbird.  Good, steep climb up those 3,000 feet.

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And the the most bummed out news of last week.  Our favorite and only indoor bike place has closed.  The boys shut it down Friday night.  They are going to miss that place like crazy, especially in the colder months.  One of the main reasons Sam is the rider he is, is because of all the time they’ve spent there just ripping around.   The plan for now.. is to get them up night skiing more this winter.

It’s been real, Wasatch!

We’ve got lots coming up before school starts in two weeks.  Some trips, lots of family time, some time at the cabin, more swimming and enjoying a loose schedule.  Before I know it, he’ll be leaving me again all day 🙂

Racin’ in Idaho

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The boys are back from a super fun race weekend at Pomerelle resort in Idaho.  Boys camping trip with River and his Dad Ted.  These two. BFF’s

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Magic carpet camping! 😉

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“Mom, the chairlift was SOOOOO slow, ugh!”

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A few practice laps Friday evening.

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Morning!

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They were the only two in their age group, so 1st and 2nd place it was. 🙂  Sam did so awesome though, staying pretty close behind River who’s on a full suspension bike (Sam is still on his hard tail)  So proud of him.

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They adventured up the road a few miles to Cleveland Lake.

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Medals!

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Send it!  They were definitely the hit of the weekend up there.  Launching the ramp in the crowd and all 🙂  So happy it was such a great weekend.  Next race outside of UT, I’ll be there!

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And just a few from last week…Sam and his new bike friend Carter, who’s 10.  They rode a bunch last week together and played here at the house.  I’m so glad he’s meeting other friends who are into biking and skiing and all these things just as much as he is.  Carter is such a nice boy.

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Celebrating Pioneer Day here in UT with one of my most favorite family parties.  Dinner and cousin time at aunt Joan’s.  SOOOOO many grand kids running around.

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Sam, Siri & Ruby

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Another awesome class at the gym.  I LOVE my job!

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And a beautiful longer ride for me Sunday morning.  Just me and my bike and 3,000 feet of mellow climbing, in no hurry at all.  THE best.

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Park City

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Pinecone, which tops out at the top of Puke Hill on the Wasatch Crest.  Just so pretty in there.

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And one more to make you smile for the week.   I don’t even know…but I like it!

All the pretty views

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Amazingly pretty views all week, so thankful!  Started my Sunday out with a hike to the top of the tram while the boys rode at Trailside.

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When you’re filled with so much happiness and joy you can’t contain it 😉

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Top!  My gym friend and fellow trainer at Thryve and her sister.  What seems like not so brutal of a hike to us, was REALLY difficult at times for her.  She made it though, her first time!

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Thursday Sam and I spent adventuring in the mountains.  Got to hangout with Grandma Carol even!  A picnic and walk around Silver Lake in BCC.  John’s son Mike and his family were in town, so we met up with them.  It’s been so many years since I’ve seen any of my step brothers (I have three).  They were so nice!

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Earlier that morning he and I hiked to Cecret Lake at Alta.  One of my favorite, happy places!  Looking to Devil’s Castle.

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And even more pretty views.  Finally rode the Crest for the first time this year.  In past years, I’ve already done this ride many times.  No matter how little or how often I’m up there it just never ever gets old, boring or ugly 🙂  This is Desolation Lake.

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Yeah Re!

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Also…my happy place.

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The sunset after our ride was on fire!

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Sam and River played for at least eight hours one day last week.  They could play for days and days and days.

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5:45am lifting face.  I’m tired, but don’t I look so focused 😉  I’ve still been getting in some of my workouts super early in the morning so Sam doesn’t have to stay in the childcare for very long.  Keeps us both happy.

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We’ve both grown a lot on the inside and outside.  Seven years difference.  I’m happy that as times moves forward we are able to be better, happier, stronger and more mature versions of ourselves.  Look at that chubby Sam!

 

 

Naomi 5 year angel birthday

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Early last week we celebrated and remembered our daughter and sister.  Thank you to some of our family who came to just be there and be with us.  Our grief gets lighter as the years go by, but we can never forget, especially the day she was born.  Our hearts are tender, but time does heal.  We love you Naomi.

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Justin, Ali, Liz, Dan & Carol

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These cousins 🙂  We’re pretty sure Naomi and the girls would be BFF’s.

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Earlier in the week, Sam and River shredded it at the Park City dirt jumps camp.  Two seven year olds and six teenagers, it was quite the group..and I’m sure you can guess which two were going biggest 😉

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Awesome Saturday morning crew.  LOVE these people and that place!

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Sunday feels.  Dan got in a long ride and Sam decided to join him on the nap thing 😉

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Really fun and beautiful hike up Alta with friend Crystal Saturday night.  We were going to hike Snowbird but the route we wanted to go was closed.  I don’t normally hike downhill, but my knee doesn’t hurt today…not anymore than it usually does anyway 🙂

It was SO nice and cool and there was no one else around.

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Top of Collins

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Top of Jupiter Peak.  Dan got out early, starting at Mill D. His route—> Road to Gaurdsmans-Up to Jupiter Peak-down Empire-back up to the Crest-Crest and Beartrap Fork.  22 miles and 4,700 feet of climbing.  Solid day!

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It’s hot, hot, hot here.  Close to 100 and over multiple days in a row.  High 90’s for the next week again.  You can find us at the pool or in the basement 😉

Northern Cali Part 2

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And off to meet Grandma Jane at Cherry Flat.  A favorite place for such a long time.  The water was pretty high compared to when we’re usually there, so we didn’t get to play as much this time.  That water…was SO COLD.  Dan though, he’s a pro at deep breathing and has trained his body to be like, “oh, this cold water is not a big deal.”  So, he jumped off the rocks and swam for a while.  Lots of people showed up so we left not too long after.

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That water is already super clear, but when the water is a little lower…it’s just amazing!

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A short walk to get there and this super funky tree.  So cool.  Hi Jane!

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Meeting Gunner for the first time.  These two cousins already love each other so much!  SO happy Dan’s sister Kelly could be with us.

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Almost 9 months old.

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LOOOOVE.  Jane-Kelly, you must frame this!

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I heart Grandma’s big backyard.

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Spent some time at Deerlick Springs.  Another fav little hidden spot.

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Gunner was pretty fond of Dan.  Seriously, I think he smiled everytime he looked at him.

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Kelly, Dan, Gunner & Jane

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Siblings and cousins.

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Need to frame this one, too!

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A few pics before a super yummy dinner at the Cafe one night.

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Jane works at the cafe at the Indian Creek lodge…their food is so, so good.  Dan’s dinner.

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White chocolate panacotta

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Good morning!

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Lake Day!  Thankful we got to spend time with Dan’s family friends from so long ago.  He grew up going to the lake with all these awesome people.  The Hunts and Cains.

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Grandpa Mike joined us!

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We’re pretty sure Sam jumped off the houseboat at least 50 times.  That kid! 🙂

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So fun to have other kids there.  He got along SO well with Davin.  That boy has skills on the wake board and surf!  It also helps that he and Sam LOVE all things dirt bikes.

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Davin caught a fish…and Grandpa Mike showed all the kids how to clean it out.  Opening the stomach and all to show them what the fish had been eating.  #gross!

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Dan’s first time wake surfing.  He got up like it was no thing.  So fun.

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And this pretty much sums up the end of the day.  SO tuckered out from all the sun and fun.  Thank you Jane for such a good time and for all the yummy food.  It felt too short!  Can’t wait to see you around Christmas time.  LOVE YOU!

 

 

Northern Cali Part 1

Back from a glorious vacation to visit Mike then onto Jane’s house.

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A favorite place to hangout everyday at Grandpa Mikes in Mt. Shasta.  His backyard is a little oasis, especially when it’s hot.  We spent out mornings and late afternoons just chatting and playing out there.  And these three…triplets!

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Lucky to have awesome bike trails right out the door of his house.

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That view!

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The trails were super dusty, but it was still so green.

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This kid played A LOT of darts.  So into it 🙂

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Looking for hikes up on Shasta.  You could see a line of them going to summit almost every morning.

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Glad we got to spend some time with Ellen, too.  Playing at Lake Siskyou.

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LOVE this pic.

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One of the days I got in a good 16 mile ride, the last part with these guys.  Sam did one of his longest rides yet, almost 12 miles which included a bunch of pedaling uphill.  SO proud of him!

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Ellen, Mike & Sam

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Cooled off at the music festivities down on main street, just a 2 minute walk from the house.

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LOVE when they play music together.

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Loaded up Grandpa’s old boat for some time on Castle Lake.  Sam LOVES to ride in that little blow up raft in the back.  It was chilly!

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Sam wins for being the most brave swimmer!  He kicked on that little pad from the shore out to the platform in the middle of the lake.  Seriously, it was cold water!

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More beautiful views

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Happy Independence Day!

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Yummy mexican food our last night there.

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Thank you Grandpa Mike for such a good time.  Yummy food, chatting, hanging out, biking, playing and just being together was the best.  Can’t wait til we see you in October!