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Backpacking Doggy Bed

backpacking doggy bed

Desiree and I have been getting excited, and making last-minute preparations for our backpacking trip coming up to the Cirque of the Towers and the Temple Peaks area of the Wind River Range in Wyoming.  A couple of nights ago, Desiree made a smart, light-weight doggy bed for Gooch, our black lab, to take.  It turned out so good, I’m thinking these ought to be sold at REI or something.

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Parade of Homes 2012: My Top 10 Features

Utah Valley Parade of Homes 2012

My wife Desiree and I had an extended date together this last weekend attending the Utah Valley Parade of Homes and I’ve condensed all the great things we saw into the following top 10 list of favorite features.  WARNING:  THE FOLLOWING IS A LONG BLOG POST.  CONTINUE READING ONLY IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO BLOW YOUR MIND WITH TONS OF IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME.  

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Backpacking is Paradise to Me


Desiree and I went to go listen to one of those vacation timeshare presentations where they give you free stuff to listen to their sales pitch.  During the presentation, one of the salesmen asked everyone what they currently do for vacation.  When camping was one of the answers mentioned, he quickly jumped on his soap box and went off about why camping is not a vacation.  According to him, only staying in high-end, all-inclusive resorts is truly a vacation.

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Heaven’s Half Pipe

skiing heaven's half pipe

A buddy Paul Knudsen and I had a fun hike to a place called Heaven’s Half Pipe on the south side of the Alpine Ridge to enjoy some Spring skiing.  We started up in the afternoon from the Schoolhouse Springs Trailhead hiking the 3 mile approach.

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Lessons Learned from the Mountains

lessons learned from the mountains

I’m fascinated by mountains.  I’m impressed by their size and beauty.  I enjoy the serenity they can provide and also respect the preparation, struggle and effort it takes to stand on a mountain summit. Attempting to get up and down a peak successfully is not too different from taking on a DIY home improvement project, or facing life challenges.  Many lessons can be learned, I believe, from climbing mountains.

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The End of “Ski Free After Three”

Alta's Ski Free After Three

I just found out Alta’s “Ski Free After Three” is ending February 14, 2012.  If you’re going to take advantage of free resort skiing, get it in between now and Valentines Day.  Hmmm, I think I might be getting a GREAT idea for my own Valentines Day festivities… What could be more romantic than snuggling with your valentine on a lift whisking you up through the trees at Alta?  How ’bout it Desiree?

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HGTV Dream Home Giveaway

fly fishing

The 2012 HGTV dream home giveaway sweepstakes begins today.  You can enter to win twice daily from now until February 17, 2012, when they close the sweepstakes.  Click here for more information and to enter to win.  Desiree and I are HGTV fans and have entered to win the annual dream home giveaway in the past.  But this year is a little different…  The dream home they are giving away happens to be in Heber Valley, Utah where I’m from!

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Snow Skiing on a Budget

skiing AF canyon

I have a theory and I think I’m right… You don’t have to be rich to snow ski.

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