Sunday, April 26, 2015

#TNWarmUpAdventures... Day 2

Day 2 Adventures!

First Stop: Goblin Valley State Park!
We hiked the Goblin Liar trail... turns out you need repelling gear to get inside from the way we came, but we still enjoyed the 5 miles worth of trail.  Ragnar did so well in the heat, she found all the good shade spots!

We also met 2 guys driving from Chicago to LA for an internship.  After hiking with them & finding out that Zions was next on their list (we were going to insist they go there anyways), I gave them my National Parks Pass. It expired the next day & it basically was like me asking them to throw it away for me.  They were happy to save some $$ & hopefully they'll take away how awesome Utah is!
(Photo Cred: Shaunee)
Follow that trial up to the "Goblins Lair"...  (above)
Of course we had to check out all the little hodo goblins!

(Photo Cred: Shaunee)

After a super hot day hike, we decided to cool off at Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon.
It's free to hike it.
Put it on your list!
These little cairns were all over the canyon!
I thought this rock looked like melted ice cream...

Ragnar really enjoyed climbing all over the rocks.  There were a few times I had to carry her, and a few places she really scratched up the canyon walls.

 (Photo Cred: Shaunee)
(Photo Cred: Shaunee)

Moqui balls were once here...

 (Photo Cred: Shaunee)
I have the cutest puppy ever...
 (Photo Cred: Shaunee)
 (Photo Cred: Shaunee)
This is us being "tired"... Ragnar didn't get the memo
(Photo Cred: Shaunee)

We didn't even make it all the way to the end of little wild horse, mainly due to this sudden storm that came upon us.  And we didn't want to be inside a slot canyon if it rain...

This cloud looks like an alligator...

First attempt of looking for the Black Dragon Petroglyph Panel.
Found this sign... not very comforting.
Nor the fact that it was on a super sandy road and the coming storm.
Again, didn't want to get stuck out in the middle of nowhere in a rain storm...

Overall I think we did about 10 miles worth of hiking.  Ragnar was a champ!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wall of the Wasatch/Monarchs Home Opener

We got the chance to meet ReAL Salt Lake's Keeper 
and Keeper for the US Men's National Team:
Nick Rimando!

3/4 Clegg kids & my dad in towe!
Free face painting that Jaxson was all over
"Let's send a photo to Uncle Austin"
Although out wait was almost 2 hours... who knows how long the wait for all 100+ people was...
Madison freaked out.
Wouldn't go near him.
FYI I'm almost the same size of this guy!
Believe it!
Yet watching him on the screen and in person, he looks much taller and meaty-ier

The kids also go Leo the Lion's autograph (that's Joao Plata's signature on the left)

The next day we headed down to Rio Tinto Stadium to watch the home opener of 
USL ReAL Monarchs SLC vs. Portland Timbers 2.
Cheap tickets + free car ride with the Cleggs = Good Times.
Even Ellie Belly was excited!

 Yes we braved the stormy weather & didn't care.
 They only opened up one side of the stadium for tickets
and still over 2,000 people came out.
Favorite thing heard from the drunk people:
Directed toward the Ref "Go back to AYSO!"
And then...
James: "It's a yellow, like your shirt!"
Random person reply "I have to disagree!"
 We took up an entire row.
2 other families came with us.
 Monarchs tied 1-1
 Photo with #10 MF Ricardo Velazco
at least we're 87% sure that's who he is...
we're still getting to know our Real Monarch players.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Finished off The Heroes of Olympus series...

Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy #2) by Pierce Brown
Pg. 464
Plot twist!!!!
Now I have to wait an entire YEAR for the last book!
A YEAR!!!!!

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan
Pg. 528
The story was very predictable, esp after reading book one.  It refers to the Percy Jackson series a lot, which I haven't read nor intend to due to the fact that basically everything is discussed in this book series.  That and I have seen the movies.  It's hard for me to read the books after seeing the movies.

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan
Pg. 586
Got kinda tennagery on me, granted that's the population it's geared to.  I did like the adventures in this book more than the first 2 books, and the cross-over of more history and mythology.

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
Pg. 597
These are pretty long/big books all things considering.
Very clever these demi-gods and their quick-witted thinking to get them out of trouble with bad guys.
I did have to look up some of the characters to see what mythology really says about them.  I was surprised to come across the goddess "Nyx" since she's in that awe-full House of Night series, and when I looked up her (I tend to ignore all the Wikipedia entries), most of the top hits were pages dedicated to this Nyx lady by crazy teens.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
Pg. 528
It felt like the end "battle" was super short and then the tying up of loose ends was drawn out. Everyone got their happy ending.
 A good concluding book to an entertaining series.

8,772 + 2,703 = 11,475 Total Pages/ 30,000
26 +5 = 31 Total Books