Checking in again, halfway there on those 2016 goals. If you missed the story behind those goals, click here and here and here and here when I checked in at the end of each quarter.

1. GET A HOBBY - Let's be honest, I can't really afford many more hobbies. The upside of having a lot of hobbies, there is always room to devote more time and attention to said hobbies (especially since I have several "new" hobbies, less than 3 years old. In 2016 I will:

  • take 3 mountain bike trips
    • Memorial Day mountain biking in Fruita with Tyler, Jennie, Will and Melody
    • Labor Day weekend at WYDAHO Mountain Bike Festival at Grand Targhee
    • Fall mountain biking in Fruita with Tyler, Jennie, Dane, Kelley, Schwan, Stevie Jo, Brent, Jim and Cari 
  • take 2 golf trips
    • Birthday Golf with the Retired Guy at Rolling Green Country Club
    • 3rd Annual Shank-o-poto-mus at Fossil Island 
2. DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES YOU - I'm a hermit and I don't like change, yet I love to travel. Leaving the US of A and my understanding of the English language isn't an easy thing for me to do. In 2016 I will:
  • hike the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru
    • I absolutely loved hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. It was the experience of a lifetime and I am so fortunate for having a best friend who loves to do crazy trips with me and that I am healthy enough to make the 28+ mile trek.
  • stand in both the southern and northern hemispheres at the same time in Ecuador
    • We made it to the equator more than once. We crossed it several times while cruising the Galapagos, but we also visited the monument in Ecuador and it poured more rain than I've ever seen in my life on us.
3. NURTURE YOUR BODY - This is something that has become so very important to me over the last 2 years. Our bodies are temples and allow us to explore all that God has made for us. In 2016 I will:
  • get 12 massages to maintain physical and mental health
    • 12/12 - this goal is here to stay, bring on 12 massages in 2017 
  • complete the Hammer & Chisel program
    •  Didn't quite get this one, but I did go back and do Body Beast again.....so close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and BeachBody programs.
  • get to my new goal weight 
    • I did it! I weigh the same as when I graduated high school and then I decided it needed to be a nice round 50 lbs.....got that too, now looking forward to having to get that new drivers license.
4. STEAL MOMENTS OF SOLITUDE - I live alone, so a better goal is probably for me to leave my solitude and get out there, but I didn't make the list so I'll stick to it! What was that about comfort zones? In 2016 I will:
  • take time for myself and complete 4 books with my girlfriends in the Bucketlist Book Club
    • For the Love Jen Hatmaker
    • Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline
    • The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins 
    • Outlander Diana Gabaldon 
5. PLAN A GETAWAY - Please refer to 1 and 2....I've got this one in the bag, but just in case you don't think I can honestly cross a goal off of a list with another goal from the same list....In 2016 I will:
  • plan at least one weekend getaway....key word being plan, I tend to go and plan along the way.
    •  Assistant Pack Leader and I spring skied Loveland - it wasn't a powder day, but it was perfect spring skiing with tons of sunshine, a few beers and topped it off with Beau Jo's pizza!
    • Annual Steamboat Ski Weekend - the faces seems to change each year, but no less fun is ever had. My first ever POW day at the Boat! Could barely even feel the negative temperatures.......
6. CREATE SOMETHING - I've got thousands of Pinterest pins awaiting me to create. In 2016 I will: 
  • complete at least 2 Pinterest pins
    • Windmill on the wall
    • The amaze-balls cheese ball - jalapeno, cream cheese and bacon. 
7. FIND A SONG + MAKE IT YOUR SONG - I've had the same favorite song for a long time now.

Its going to be a change, but in 2016 I will:
  • find a new song
    •  Comeback Kid by The Band Perry - I love this song, such a good reminder for all aspects of life. It doesn't always go as expected, but that doesn't mean you can't still kick ass! Who doesn't love a good comeback story! Go Underdogs!



8. SAVE MONEY - ah, the ever elusive save money goal. I have this goal every year, sometimes I nail it, sometimes I don't. In an effort to hold myself more accountable I'm going to make mini goals in order to meet the overall goal. In 2016 I will:
  • meet a quarterly savings goal for 4 quarters
    • An extra paycheck and a tax return are tucked away, under lock and key.
    • Quarter 2: BUST, I bought a 1972 Airstream (now named Wilson) 
    • Quarter 3: I set up an automatic savings plan from each paycheck, I'm not killing it, but its a step back in the right direction. Spending is just so much more fun than savings.....responsible adulthood is overrated.
    • Quarter 4: Making progress, but I'm not going to make it. 
9. SPREAD YOURSELF THICK - to me this means to slow down, to do what makes me happy and make an effort to say NO so that I can enjoy the things I do put on my plate. Picking one thing to concentrate on this year for this goal is tough, but to be thick I'd better have some focus. In 2016 I will:
  • focus on being a strong supervisor and providing the training and guidance to developing new employees while maintaining to improving the service that we provide to participating customers.
    • While I felt like I made progress in this area as I trained 2 new employees this year, I'll get to try again in 2017.
10. PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE - I'm the strangest person I know. I feel like outgoing hermit accurately describes me. Make sense? Yeah, don't worry it confuses me too. I'd prefer to stay home as to going out. I prefer a small group to a "club". Speaking of which I saw a new bar sign in Rock Springs that said "Night Club" um.....yeah, no. Not in Rock Springs....no such thing. In 2016 I will:
  • join Sweetwater Mountain Biking Association
    • I went to my first meeting in January and now I'm getting involved....eeeekkkkk. I've also gotten involved with the Annual Trails Day and Trek bike raffle. More recently I've been chosen to represent the bike club on the Tourism Committee
  • join Co-ed volleyball team
    • I played co-ed volleyball this season. While we weren't that good, we got better and we did have fun!
  • co-organize a co-ed softball team
    • I became a free agent in co-ed softball with the intention of playing a couple games in the rec league. Now I play with a competitive team, at least until maternity leave is over. See #16.
11. MAKE DATES WITH OTHER PEOPLE - This will likely be in the form of some type of trip. In 2016 I will
  • make a conscious effort to schedule dates with other people at least once a month
    • January: Ski Weekend at Grand Targhee with Cooper
    • February: Ski Weekend at Steamboat with Sisters & Friends
    • March: Lucky 7 bull sale with Jeremiah Johnson
    • March (2): Zac Brown Band concert in Jackson with my Star Valley friends 
    • April: High School Rodeo weekend in Rock Springs with friends from Casper
    • May: Deep sea fishing trip with NASCOE friends in San Diego, CA
    • June: Overland Stampede Rodeo to watch Cooper rope
    • July: Annual July 4th lake trip 
    • July (2): Road Trip Nebraska (barely) to visit Gypsy Friend
    • August: Bonnie's Retirement Party
    • September: WYDAHO Bike Festival; met up with some friends from the bike club, some friends that I hadn't seen in a while and made some new ones along the way 
    • October: Preg checking cows; I just love it, getting dirty, working with friends, being outside
    • November: UW Football Game with Gypsy Friend; my first UW football game and I won the tickets so that made the deal even more sweet!
    • December: Kids Programs; I'll be making a little extra time to see an Elementary Christmas program for Little Boy and a Christmas Dance Recital for Miller Baby. 
12. DATE YOURSELF - If I can't date me, then why would anyone else? Solitary time is good for the soul. In 2016 I will:
  • take some me time and take myself somewhere at least once a month. Don't worry, I won't tell you what I talk about with myself.
    • January: Mummies of the World
    • February: Frostbite 5K & How to Be Single movie
    • March: Instead of a "date" this time, I Tylie bought me a Ewe-nique Wool Wreath that I've been wanting for a couple of years   
    • April: Branding
    • May: Bay Bridge 5K in San Diego, CA
    • June: I made a quick day trip to Ogden for some shopping and biking. Shopping was successful, it rained all day so I didn't get to bike. Instead I made time for sushi and a pedicure.  
    • July: Manitou Incline hike with Sister 
    • August: MTB Big Sky, Montana
    • September: Magnificent 7 at the new ARQ movie theater
    • October: Fruita mountain bike trip
    • November: Preview of WY PBS "The Drift"
    • December:  Girls Day in SLC with Colorado Transplant Friend
13. IMPROVE THE LIFE OF OTHERS - I like doing things for others. I like making/doing/gifting things that I know people will love. I like making others lives just a bit easier. And this year I am super excited about what I'm going to do to fulfill this goal. Stay tuned for more info! In 2016 I will: 
  • donate to a special cause and special people to help fulfill their dream 
    • Running Dogs Brewery
  • adopt a kid from the Tree of Sharing
  • adopt a senior from the Tree of Sharing 
    • I chose to forgo the kid Tree of Sharing in favor of adopting 2 seniors, one local and one from a home in Oklahoma that a friend works at.
14. BE GRATEFUL - I have so much to be grateful for yet I still find myself thinking about all the things I don't have frequently. In 2016 I will:
  • write a blog each month about something in my life that I am grateful for
    • I totally bombed this one. I'm grateful I really am, but I sure didn't write about it.
15. CHOOSE A CHARITY - My go to charity is the Salvation Army. Each year I choose to donate to the Western State College Foundation, Dr. Clem Ward Scholarship Fund (Oklahoma State University), the Dave Grimes Memorial Fund and the Salvation Army. This year I'm going to do something a little different under this goal. Stay tuned for more information about that! In 2016 I will:
  • donate to Salvation Army, Western State College Foundation, Dr. Ward's scholarship and Dave Grimes Memorial Fund.
16. STOP FEELING GUILTY - All things considered, I'm a pretty good person. I try to do things for others, I try to please others and its usually at my own expense. In 2016 I will:
  • do what's best for me 
    • I've kept people who are good to me close, even when others thought it wasn't conventional or meeting the status quo. I've come to realize quality over quantity and it doesn't really matter what those standing on the outside of my friendships see. Its about who I want to be around and who will be there for me when I need a shoulder to lean on and vice versa. "As we grow up, we realize it becomes LESS important to have more friends and MORE important to have REAL ones" Amen.
  • say NO when I need to or when I do not want to do something 
    • I joined and then I quit a softball team. I found that putting myself out there (refer to #10 was just too much. It was stressing me out. I wanted to be home a few days of the week. Tylie missed me. So I quit for my own sanity. I said no more.

As always, I reserve the right to add, delete, change any or all of these goals as I deem necessary.
Remember back when I introduced you to Wilson? Well, now Wilson is Franklin.

As in Benjamin Franklin

As in
As in everything for Franklin costs $100.


Do you see the resemblance now?

If I ever have kids, I might just rename them too. Ya never know after I own..... claim.... let them live with me for a few months. I'm a rebel like that.


My little family consists of myself, Tylie, my mountain bike (and coming soon skis) and a few other inanimate objects. I'm pleased to report that anything that was breathing.....is still breathing. In animate objects have not been so lucky around these parts. First, was the hot water heater. I was without a hot water heater for about a week. To be clear, I left the state for some of those days, so I didn't go to work and public for 7 days without showering. Second, was my laptop. As in black screen of death and its still sitting on my coffee table, waiting patiently to go to the computer doctor....where hopefully they can bring it back to life. Because I'm cheap and I don't want to buy a new tablet with a keyboard, that I will of course be forced to buy over a simple laptop. Anyway, the real reason I've shared all this with you. Blogging will be discontinued until the resurrection of the laptop or the birth of said new tablet with keyboard. Hang in there!








tub-shroom!

Back in the day, you know circa 2000, I had blonde hair. Straight, blonde hair. I fought mother nature. Since then, I've grown up and I appreciate my parents and mother nature more than I did in high school. Now I have brown hair.
Curly, brown hair.
That I don't comb very often.
And sometimes I don't wash it either.
It curls better...honest!........

are you convinced yet that I know what I'm doing when it comes to hair?....yeah. me neither.

But when you don't comb your hair that frequently, its gets tangly and you shed a lot because your comb isn't pulling out all that hippie free hair. You shed everywhere, almost as much as a blue heeler named Tylie.

Exhibit A:
Me: I shed a lot!
Florida Boy: I'm aware, every time you come over I have to sweep my house.
Me: um....sorry?

Anyway....for those of you who choose not to fight mother nature and wear your hair curly and not comb it.....get a tub-shroom! You will never have to snake your bathtub again! and its awesome! and they come in OSU orange.
November… already?! What happened to this year? Guess I’ll just eat my weight in turkey, stuffing, rolls and pie and watch football, screw it…
Oh, and play some wicked awesome tunes, November style.


November Rain, G&R
Chill of an Early Fall, King George
8th of November, Big & Rich
The Boys of Fall, Kenny Chesney
Riding for a Fall, Chris LeDoux


Enjoy!
Happy Turkey Month!
I was driving home from Green River from the Thursday bike ride with my heat blaring on high fan and 80 degrees because I was so cold when I started thinking about what I've been loving lately. Since I couldn't find What I've Been Loving Wednesday link, I just thought I'd tell you what I'm loving Currently........

1. Sirius XM radio ~ Specifically the Garth Channel and Prime Country channel. Wowzers! the 90s sure knew how to do country music. I could drive all day.




2. Shredly Mountain Bike Shorts ~ They are expensive and comfortable and I scored them on sale and I'm hooked. I super crashed because of some shorts that were too big that got caught on my seat while trying to keep up with the boys, so the fact that they fit...count me in!



3. If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) dieting ~ Not having to eat chicken and egg whites for every meal everyday has made getting back on the wagon so much easier! Its amazing how when I watch what I eat, the weight I've gained starts to fall back off and the fact that I can eat cookies occasionally makes me a happy girl!

4. Fall ~ Its here, I love, love, love fall! I love the cool nights and warm days. I love sweaters and changing leaves. I love working cows and mid-day bike rides. I love fall work at my POW, I get to see my ranchers and catch up with them.



5. Anticipation of ski season ~ As much as I love fall, I was cleaning out the garage the other day and my new-to-me skis were staring me back in the face. I'm ready to hit the slopes!



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I was driving home from Green River from the Thursday bike ride with my heat blaring on high fan and 80 degrees because I was so cold when I...
Checking in again, halfway there on those 2016 goals. If you missed the story behind those goals, click here and here when I checked in after the first quarter.

1. GET A HOBBY - Let's be honest, I can't really afford many more hobbies. The upside of having a lot of hobbies, there is always room to devote more time and attention to said hobbies (especially since I have several "new" hobbies, less than 3 years old. In 2016 I will:

  • take 3 mountain bike trips
    • Memorial Day mountain biking in Fruita with Tyler, Jennie, Will and Melody
    • Labor Day weekend at WYDAHO Mountain Bike Festival at Grand Targhee 
  • take 2 golf trips
    • Birthday Golf with the Retired Guy at Rolling Green Country Club
    • 3rd Annual Shank-o-poto-mus at Fossil Island 
2. DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES YOU - I'm a hermit and I don't like change, yet I love to travel. Leaving the US of A and my understanding of the English language isn't an easy thing for me to do. In 2016 I will:
  • hike the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru
    • I absolutely loved hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. It was the experience of a lifetime and I am so fortunate for having a best friend who loves to do crazy trips with me and that I am healthy enough to make the 28+ mile trek.
  • stand in both the southern and northern hemispheres at the same time in Ecuador
    • We made it to the equator more than once. We crossed it several times while cruising the Galapagos, but we also visited the monument in Ecuador and it poured more rain than I've ever seen in my life on us.
3. NURTURE YOUR BODY - This is something that has become so very important to me over the last 2 years. Our bodies are temples and allow us to explore all that God has made for us. In 2016 I will:
  • get 12 massages to maintain physical and mental health
    • 9/12 - even got a Peruvian massage after returning from the hike before jetting off to Ecuador. It was different than any massage I've ever gotten before, but it was wonderful and just what I needed.
  • complete the Hammer & Chisel program
    •  UPDATE: This has taken a back burner, I suppose I'll start over in the fall.
  • get to my new goal weight 
    • I did it! I weigh the same as when I graduated high school and then I decided it needed to be a nice round 50 lbs.....got that too, now looking forward to having to get that new drivers license.
4. STEAL MOMENTS OF SOLITUDE - I live alone, so a better goal is probably for me to leave my solitude and get out there, but I didn't make the list so I'll stick to it! What was that about comfort zones? In 2016 I will:
  • take time for myself and complete 4 books with my girlfriends in the Bucketlist Book Club
    • For the Love Jen Hatmaker
    • Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline
    • The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins 
5. PLAN A GETAWAY - Please refer to 1 and 2....I've got this one in the bag, but just in case you don't think I can honestly cross a goal off of a list with another goal from the same list....In 2016 I will:
  • plan at least one weekend getaway....key word being plan, I tend to go and plan along the way.
    •  Assistant Pack Leader and I spring ski Loveland - it wasn't a powder day, but it was perfect spring skiing with tons of sunshine, a few beers and topped it off with Beau Jo's pizza!
6. CREATE SOMETHING - I've got thousands of Pinterest pins awaiting me to create. In 2016 I will: 
  • complete at least 2 Pinterest pins
    • Windmill on the wall
7. FIND A SONG + MAKE IT YOUR SONG - I've had the same favorite song for a long time now.

Its going to be a change, but in 2016 I will:
  • find a new song
    •  Comeback Kid by The Band Perry - I love this song, such a good reminder for all aspects of life. It doesn't always go as expected, but that doesn't mean you can't still kick ass! Who doesn't love a good comeback story! Go Underdogs!



8. SAVE MONEY - ah, the ever elusive save money goal. I have this goal every year, sometimes I nail it, sometimes I don't. In an effort to hold myself more accountable I'm going to make mini goals in order to meet the overall goal. In 2016 I will:
  • meet a quarterly savings goal for 4 quarters
    • An extra paycheck and a tax return are tucked away, under lock and key.
    • Quarter 2: BUST, I bought a 1972 Airstream (now named Wilson) 
    • Quarter 3: I set up an automatic savings plan from each paycheck, I'm not killing it, but its a step back in the right direction. Spending is just so much more fun than savings.....responsible adulthood is overrated.
9. SPREAD YOURSELF THICK - to me this means to slow down, to do what makes me happy and make an effort to say NO so that I can enjoy the things I do put on my plate. Picking one thing to concentrate on this year for this goal is tough, but to be thick I'd better have some focus. In 2016 I will:
  • focus on being a strong supervisor and providing the training and guidance to developing new employees while maintaining to improving the service that we provide to participating customers.
10. PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE - I'm the strangest person I know. I feel like outgoing hermit accurately describes me. Make sense? Yeah, don't worry it confuses me too. I'd prefer to stay home as to going out. I prefer a small group to a "club". Speaking of which I saw a new bar sign in Rock Springs that said "Night Club" um.....yeah, no. Not in Rock Springs....no such thing. In 2016 I will:
  • join Sweetwater Mountain Biking Association
    • I went to my first meeting in January and now I'm getting involved....eeeekkkkk. I've also gotten involved with the Annual Trails Day and Trek bike raffle. More recently I've been chosen to represent the bike club on the Tourism Committee
  • join Co-ed volleyball team
    • I played co-ed volleyball this season. While we weren't that good, we got better and we did have fun!
  • co-organize a co-ed softball team
    • I became a free agent in co-ed softball with the intention of playing a couple games in the rec league. Now I play with a competitive team, at least until maternity leave is over. 
11. MAKE DATES WITH OTHER PEOPLE - This will likely be in the form of some type of trip. In 2016 I will
  • make a conscious effort to schedule dates with other people at least once a month
    • January: Ski Weekend at Grand Targhee with Cooper
    • February: Ski Weekend at Steamboat with Sisters & Friends
    • March: Lucky 7 bull sale with Jeremiah Johnson
    • March (2): Zac Brown Band concert in Jackson with my Star Valley friends 
    • April: High School Rodeo weekend in Rock Springs with friends from Casper
    • May: Deep sea fishing trip with NASCOE friends in San Diego, CA
    • June: Overland Stampede Rodeo to watch Cooper rope
    • July: Annual July 4th lake trip 
    • July (2): Road Trip Nebraska (barely) to visit Gypsy Friend
    • August: Bonnie's Retirement Party
    • September: WYDAHO Bike Festival; met up with some friends from the bike club, some friends that I hadn't seen in a while and made some new ones along the way 
    • October: Preg checking cows; I just love it, getting dirty, working with friends, being outside
12. DATE YOURSELF - If I can't date me, then why would anyone else? Solitary time is good for the soul. In 2016 I will:
  • take some me time and take myself somewhere at least once a month. Don't worry, I won't tell you what I talk about with myself.
    • January: Mummies of the World
    • February: Frostbite 5K & How to Be Single movie
    • March: Instead of a "date" this time, I Tylie bought me a Ewe-nique Wool Wreath that I've been wanting for a couple of years   
    • April: Branding
    • May: Bay Bridge 5K in San Diego, CA
    • June: I made a quick day trip to Ogden for some shopping and biking. Shopping was successful, it rained all day so I didn't get to bike. Instead I made time for sushi and a pedicure.  
    • July: Manitou Incline hike with Sister 
    • August: MTB Big Sky, Montana
    • September: Magnificent 7 at the new ARQ movie theater
    •  
13. IMPROVE THE LIFE OF OTHERS - I like doing things for others. I like making/doing/gifting things that I know people will love. I like making others lives just a bit easier. And this year I am super excited about what I'm going to do to fulfill this goal. Stay tuned for more info! In 2016 I will: 
  • donate to a special cause and special people to help fulfill their dream 
    • Running Dogs Brewery
  • adopt a kid from the Tree of Sharing
  • adopt a senior from the Tree of Sharing
14. BE GRATEFUL - I have so much to be grateful for yet I still find myself thinking about all the things I don't have frequently. In 2016 I will:
  • write a blog each month about something in my life that I am grateful for.
    • January: (posted in February) health
    • February: employment
    • March: friends 
    • April:
    • May: rain
    • June:  
    • July: 
    • August:
    • September: 
15. CHOOSE A CHARITY - My go to charity is the Salvation Army. Each year I choose to donate to the Western State College Foundation, Dr. Clem Ward Scholarship Fund (Oklahoma State University), the Dave Grimes Memorial Fund and the Salvation Army. This year I'm going to do something a little different under this goal. Stay tuned for more information about that! In 2016 I will:
  • donate to Salvation Army, Western State College Foundation, Dr. Ward's scholarship and Dave Grimes Memorial Fund.
16. STOP FEELING GUILTY - All things considered, I'm a pretty good person. I try to do things for others, I try to please others and its usually at my own expense. In 2016 I will:
  • do what's best for me
  • say NO when I need to or when I do not want to do something 
    • I joined and then I quit a softball team. I found that putting myself out there (refer to #10 was just too much. It was stressing me out. I wanted to be home a few days of the week. Tylie missed me. So I quit for my own sanity. I said no more.

As always, I reserve the right to add, delete, change any or all of these goals as I deem necessary.
The current state of country music is in a state of (how shall I put this), let’s just say it’s more disappointing than not. Don’t get me wrong I listen to it and there is some good tunes coming out, but the majority is more pop than country.

So, this month I’d like to remind everyone what country music was, through the decades, with what I like to call, The Defining Sound on the Decade.

We’ll start with the 50’s and 60’s: this is when people were introduced to Rockabilly. When country music was being melded with rock and roll and one of the most influential singers of the time, Johnny Cash and his breakthrough hit Folsom Prison Blues.

In the 1970’s, came the iconic sound of “The Outlaws”, and outlaw country was born. The most notable outlaw of all was Waylon Jennings and with the help of Willie Nelson, they put together some of the best collaborations I think of. A favorite of mine, Luckenbach, TX.

The 1980’s was the decade that brought us “Honky Tonk” and set the scene for a young man from Texas to become “The King of Country”, George Strait, and a string of number one hits that spanned 4 decades, it all started with his first, Fool Hearted Memory.

The 1990’s. In 1989, a fella from Tulsa, OK, changed the sound of country music again. With his sound and crazy concerts, “Modern Country” was born. Garth Brooks, was/is a worldwide sensation and it all started with his hit Much Too Young

The 2000’s country music was looking for its identity. Meanwhile, a new culture was brewing and going strong in OK and TX, they call it “Red Dirt” and sometime in the 2000’s it went nationwide and changed country music again. I know that our host in a fan of Randy Rogers Band and one of my favorites from them is Better Than I Ought To Be.


Enjoy!
Driving a loader is empowering, even if you suck at it. I mean it looks easy.....just run around the field and scoop up 2 big square bales at a time, the scoot on over to the semi and drop them off on the trailer....give 'em a little bump and off to the next set. And the end result can be seen in less than 20 minutes. I'm here to tell you, its not as easy as it looks and people who make it easy have loaded ALOT of hay to make it look that way.

Not everyone can load 12 bales on a 24 bale trailer all by themselves with help
I, on the other hand, look like a 2 year old trying to color inside the lines when loading hay. I call success fitting 12 bales on a 24 bale trailer in no less than 1 hour. In my defense, I could have fit more on the trailer, but there was only 12 left in the field by the time I got turned loose with the loader. I think it might help if I could remember which lever went which direction, but whatever. Gypsy Friend was super patient, but I think my loader driving skills have a certain amount of entertainment value too. No shame here, its my story and I rocked it!

Ready for delivery?
We rounded out the weekend checking cows...I think I'm a better cow checking co-pilot than I am hay loader. I brought snacks!









On September 28, 2010 I made one of the easiest decisions of my life, even after I read how difficult donation can be. I signed up on the Be The Match Marrow Donor Registry.

It wasn't too long after Assistant Pack Leader was in possible need of a marrow donor that I made my decision. While I haven't been a match yet, I still can't think of better commitment that I've made so far in my life. I could save someone's life, I could give someone the opportunity to experience life.


Assistant Pack Leader has gotten clear scans for several years now, but it doesn't make the possibility of being a donor any less close to home for me.
I heard this song on the radio the other day and I just love it.


In May, Military Friend and I went on a really big trip to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. We visited Cusco, Peru, hiked to Machu Picchu, explored Quito, Ecuador and snorkeled the Galapagos Islands. While I took tons of pictures, my favorite part of returning from this trip is the movie that Wyoming Hunter and I made of the South American adventure.



Click here, here and here for my packing lists for Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands as well as what I would have packed differently.
If a large number of pictures is an indicator of how much fun a weekend was then no one should attend WYDAHO bike festival at Grand Targhee. ever. never.ever. But I'll let you in on a little secret, I was having too much fun and I failed to remember to take out my camera....except for that ONE time.
Horseshoe Canyon Trail System

WYDAHO bike festival is a 4 day festival over Labor Day weekend held at Grand Targhee Ski Area in Alta, WY. The festival is a fundraiser for Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, the organization responsible for building and upkeep of the super awesome trails in Teton Valley. The festival has group rides, skills clinics, raffles, music, drinks, food, giveaways, downhilling, tons of trails, shenanigans (keg pull, strider races, hill climbs, huffy toss) and a whole lotta fun!

So get out there enjoy the outdoors and have so much fun that you forget to document it!
That one person that just shocks the shit out of you. Someone who it never crossed your mind that they gave a crap about you or what you are doing in life. An acquaintance that goes above and beyond and makes you realize there is hope for humanity. and.it.made.my.day.

I think we all struggle with our own self worth at times and I'm no different. I struggle because my life looks nothing like I envisioned . (but what does an 18 year old kid who thinks they are ready to take on the world really know anyway)




Just as this angel told me on a day that I needed to hear it most, I will tell you.....you make a difference, you are here for a reason, you are loved,  you are enough.....maybe not to everybody, but to someone you are inspiring and you can make your dreams come true.

In a world where hatred and selfishness is running rampant, its a world that strives to tear others down to lift ourselves up a little higher on the pedestal. That is not where strength comes from, strength comes from seeing others succeed while succeeding yourself. Strength comes from helping others get up when they are down, not kicking them in the teeth. Strength comes from kindness, strength comes from treating others as you want to be treated. Strength comes in numbers of loving, kind, selfless, confident people.

I challenge you to share this video with just one person who has made a difference in your life, one person who could use a reminder of how important they are, how strong they are, how much you appreciate them, how much they inspire you. Lift someone up today!
In 1907 the Manitou Incline was a 1 mile cable tram built to support the construction of a hydroelectric plant and waterline. Once it was done serving this purpose it was bought by Dr. Brumbach and turned into a tourist attraction. Visitors could take the 16 minute ride to the top for "scenic splendors", 10 miles of hiking trails in Mount Manitou Park and it claimed to be the "longest and highest incline on the globe". The Incline remained a tourist attraction for many years, but because of high maintenance costs eventually closed in 1990 as the attraction was overshadowed by the Cog Railway that takes visitors to the summit of Pikes Peak....if you are too weak smart to take the 12 mile hike. Ever since the closure of the incline railway, the route has become popular to runners, joggers, hikers, walkers and crawlers. Its short and steep and all of a Colorado workout.



The Incline gains about 2,000 feet in just  under a mile....see what I mean short and steep! And all in no less than 2,744 stairs.
2,744 steps and 2,000 feet elevation gain. nailed it!

Johler pose at the top of the Incline
 We weren't fast, but we made it and Assistant Pack Leader still had enough energy to celebrate at the end. After beating cancer, she was left with about 50% lung capacity and really struggles to conquer elevation and physical feats like the Incline.  We took it easy to avoid her getting overly tired, rest before  you think you need to. We would hike between 50 and 80 stairs and then rest for approximately 2 minutes. We made it to the top in about an hour and 40 minutes.

Knees - thanking me for taking the Barr Trail Connector
 For the love of all things uphill....take the Barr Trail connector and the "long way" down. Your knees will thank you, plus its super pretty! This is the part of the Barr Trail that we hiked in the dark on our Pikes Peak hike so it was great to see it in another light.

This is how we felt about returning down the Incline Trail
 We worked hard enough that we thought we deserved a yummy lunch at the Creekside Brewery. We scarfed down some delicious fried pickles, lamb sliders and Beehive beers.

Celebratory beers!

Lamb sliders

And this is what Colorado has come to these days, but I couldn't help but laugh and take a picture.


 After getting out of a parking ticket, our day of city fun was over. We headed home for a well deserved nap on the couch.
I finally met the love of my life at the ripe old age of 33.... Wilson, a 1972 27' Airstream Overlander.
1972 Airstream Overlander, Wilson
Well, let me clarify, he WAS the love of my life....until we gutted him and found all his problems, which have me a little overwhelmed. I did one thing right before acquiring Wilson, I hired The Retired Guy to be my project manager. The pay is terrible, but when you get to be a part of something so great as Wilson apparently that becomes a minor detail. Music Man was also hired as the Assistant Project Manager. With their help, I'm sure I will love Wilson again!

Here's what we had to work with when Wilson arrived to the 307.
Living/Dining area from door

Kitchen - door side
Kitchen - opposite side

Bedroom looking out back of trailer
Bathroom



View of living/dining/kitchen from bedroom

 Where are we now? Gutted Anxiety. and Xanax. That is where we are.

I shall call this one "gutted anxiety"
My interest lies in building and decorating...which I've been working on a lot. I have a floorplan (not to scale) and an inspiration design board, of which I'd love to share, but am going to refrain from. Stay tuned to see the transformation of Wilson!

wilson

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I finally met the love of my life at the ripe old age of 33.... Wilson, a 1972 27' Airstream Overlander. 1972 Airstream Overlander, W...
In my quest to expand my mountain biking destinations, I called up an old high school friend who lives in Fruita to see if he might be around and interested in biking over Memorial Day weekend. Lucky for me, not only was he interested, but his wife and their neighbors/friends were too. A couple days on the trails turned into a small camping trip and a whole lotta fun!

We started the weekend out by visiting my friend at his place of employment....which just happens to be Peach Street Distillery in Palisade. My friend...well...he's a distiller. Now that is a cool job and he gave us a behind the scenes tour.
Rode them all, but Joe's Ridge to Kessel Run was my favorite

The next day we headed out to 18 Road for some camping and biking. I'm here to tell you this is how to bike. We would bike for an hour or so, come back to the camper and refresh with shade, snacks and beer....gatorade....beer. Then out we'd go for another ride.

Jen, Tyler & Will on Joe's Ridge
 The next day we hit a few more trails at 18 Road with a shuttle up (Thanks Melody!) before heading back into town. We then ventured out to Kokopelli Trails for a ride on Horse-thief. Which was beautiful and slightly above my skill level, but the boys were kind enough to wait for me and we all finished without death.
Jen & Tyler overlooking the Colorado River on Horse-thief
The best part of the trip was brunch the next day at a little cafe down the street from my friend's house. They had the best breakfast burrito I've ever tasted, I think the fact that it was smothered in both green chile AND sausage gravy sealed the deal.


I had a blast with old friends and gained some really great new ones. There is talk of making it an annual trip. Yes please!

mtb: fruita, co

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In my quest to expand my mountain biking destinations, I called up an old high school friend who lives in Fruita to see if he might be aroun...
It’s an all request, all Eric Church September (new and old)!! It is a great way to usher in Fall, and I can’t deny a music request from our host. So, turn on some football, put your sweatpants on, sit back and get lost in the lyrics…



Wrecking Ball
Sinners Like Me
Mr. Misunderstood
Over When It’s Over
Record Year 



Enjoy!
"Does everyone in Star Valley fly or do I just only know pilots in Star Valley because you are all friends?"

"Well, it might be your circle of friends, but there are quite a few pilots in the Valley too"

When I went up to visit some friends in Star Valley a couple of weekends ago, I was excited because my Wingman had, well....gotten his wings. I was so hoping I could talk him into going flying and it turns out that is an easy one!

On the ground selfies

Time got away from us and we were nearly late for our overnight horseback camping trip departure. Luckily our crew waited for us!

Looking over into Grey's River

Life at 10,000 feet

wingman

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"Does everyone in Star Valley fly or do I just only know pilots in Star Valley because you are all friends?" "Well, it migh...