Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hiking the G

My new goal is to hike the letters on the Utah mountains - see my previous post about hiking the "Y". Wikipedia says there are at least 72 words or letters on the Utah mountains. I've been going through and making an excel sheet of what letters I can actually hike to - if they really exist or not. I've used google earth to verify that they are actually where they say they should be. After going through most of the list, I've decided my first goal will be to hike all the letters that are within an hour of my house. 

There are 12 letters within an hour - I've already completed the Y (previous post) and the G (post below). 

The next 10 are:

1. B in Cottonwood Heights
2. B in South Jordan - (Eric says I can't legally get to this because it's on Kennecott's this may be a no go.) 
3. H in SLC
4. P in Payson
5. U in SLC
6. B in Bountiful
7. C in Magna
8. T in Eureka
9. V in Centerville
10. PC in Park City

So, now... hiking the G in Pleasant Grove, UT - right next to Battle Creek Falls. This hike is not very well marked at all. I had found directions in a news article I found online, but they didn't really help a ton. I also found a blog entry someone wrote, but it didn't give good guidance either. SO... here are some detailed pictures about how to get to the hike.

In Pleasant Grove, go to Kiwanis Park - located at the end of 200 south. You'll park in the parking lot, and you'll see the trail to Battle Creek falls, and this huge sign on the left to Kiwanis Park.

As you cross over the bridge under the "Kiwanis Park" sign, you'll see this pavilion. If you are looking at the pavilion like I'm looking at it in this picture, you will stay on the left side and go around to the far side. 

So that you are now facing like this. This will put the pavilion on your right side, and the water fountain on your left side. Right in front of you, there are several trails. You want to pick the one directly in front of you. I've marked it here with a yellow star. 

Here's another view of it:

You'll follow that trail for just a tiny bit - maybe 100 feet - and see a firepit on your right hand side. On your left side, you'll see this:

And you can start heading up! This is the trail to the "G".

Once you start heading up the trail, you'll get to a point where you'll see this huge thing. It's behind a bush, so you don't really see it until you get past the bush. 

Just keep following the trail up - you'll see the "G" several times. You'll also see a few different little trails that go off of the main trail. I'm not sure where they all lead but it should be pretty obvious that you need to keep going up. 

Once you are almost to the "G", you'll get to a fork in the trail. One way goes up and is steep, and the other looks like a switch back. We took the switch back instead of trying to go up the steep hill (right path in this picture).

And then we made it to the G!

The G is made up of a bunch of metal that looks just like this. 

There were some other people up there that took our picture for us. This is at the bottom of the G. 

If you continue around to the right side of the G, you can walk up some stairs and then a steep dirt path to get to the top of the G. I recommend some very good shoes to do this. Especially with a baby on your back. ;)

At the top of the G

I LOVE that Bree is also doing muscles in this picture :)

There were sharpies at the top so you could write your name. :) Eric wrote this and I wrote Bree Hall later on.

We headed back down the path which goes way faster than going up. 
Sidenote: if you're doing this in the heat of the summer, make sure to have lots of water. Also, the path is narrow, so there aren't a lot of places to stop and rest. Once you get closer and closer to G, there's more room. 

After trying to get from the top of the G to the bottom and being a little bit scared, Eric took Bree. I was really afraid of slipping with her from the top of the G to the bottom of the G. So he just kept her for the hike down.

It's a very beautiful hike- the view is just gorgeous. I definitely recommend it.

Add's baptism

Addi got baptized yesterday. It was wonderful.

I love seeing her and Bree together. They are both so cute.

Add after her baptism, with Bree.

All of us girls with Rick photobombing the background. Ha.

After Bree woke up from her nap, everyone got up to go do their own thing, and Crewe said bye to Bree, and it was just way too cute.

After we got home, we waited for it to cool off outside, and then went and hiked the "G". The second of the letters of the mountain I plan on doing. Pictures to come in a separate post.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Independence Day!!

I made Bree this adorable outfit for the 4th of July, and she looked so freaking cute in it. This is her before the Freedom Run. 

And this is her after. Steph took a pic of her sleeping and said "now that's the way to do a 10k."

During the race :)

Doing this 10k was a big deal for me. They cancelled the swim portion of the green river tri because the river was too high, so we transferred our tri registration to next year's green river tri. So I lost my race with a 10k. So I decided to sign-up for the Freedom run. This run was the first race I ever did, and the first 10k I ever did - when I started doing races back in 2010. This is also the first 10k I've done since my knee surgery. I was so proud of myself for finishing. My other knee (not the one I had surgery on) started hurting in the last two miles, but I got through it - and sincerely hope I'm not hurting that knee, but that it just wasn't used to going so far. I had to walk a little in those last two miles, but by golly, I finished that race! 

Crossing the finish line! :) YAY!

Later that day, after Bree was done taking her 2nd nap, we went up to Sally's to swim. Bree LOVES water. I can't wait to see her at the shore. 

Then we came back and had a bbq with our neighbors and did fireworks. I had to snap a few pics of Bree before it was her bedtime. She was just SO darling.

We shot this one firework off and this came out of it.... Independence day for more than just America? HA. Awkward.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


For our anniversary, I wanted to ride rollercoasters - but when the boat idea came up, we voted for that instead, and Lagoon later. We were going to go the day after boating, but it rained. So a week later, we have a trip to Lagoon! It was so much fun!

Riding the chairs that fly in the sky

I really want this tree in our front yard... or a weeping birch... but really... whatever this tree is... I want it.

Went and got our cooler full of lunch and ate under the trees in the parking lot. Yum.

Stephanie nannies these two boys - identical twin boys - and watched Bree all day as well. THANK YOU STEPH!! She sent me this pic of Bree playing in their ballpit, and then a video of her walking behind the twin's walker. I missed her so much but it was nice not to worry about her and get some just Eric and me time.

When Stephanie took Bree back to her house, she sent me this photo of Bree taking her feet out from under the belt. She was first holding it up doing her yoga pose, but then got tired, and dropped her foot on the seatbelt. Such a silly baby.

Skiing and rollercoasters all in two weeks... SO much fun. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June Instagram

She just makes me the happiest... And she loves to sneak an arm out of her swaddle and play with her hair. :) 

This is Bree with a cold and she just had surgery. Glad she is so happy - even if she may not feel 100%. My happy post today though is about eating with family and walking the trail afterwards - all of which I don't have pics of. But 100happydays anyway. :) 

Already loves to drive and she's oh so cute doing it. 

Been working on the provo house for my mom so it can sell. While painting today, Bree was having a blast watching her dad work outside. It was adorable. She would hit the window to get his attention (or maybe to try and reach him? Lol). So, so cute. 

Just a little light stretching while shopping

Come walk, run or roll and support by friend's brother and lots of other people who are fighting for their lives!

Actually fed herself for the first time today. I've tried to give her food to eat but she hates touching it. Gave her some chicken and she did it! :)

I aimed my phone at her to take a picture of her playing on Tucker and she made this face. I love that the dogs let her play on them. She loves it and hopefully they love her. :)

She's my happiness, but... I got my hair today and am loving it. :)

Bree LOVES the car cart. But she loves holding both wheels. Add kept trying to show her how to hold her own steering wheel, but Bree did not agree with that. I love seeing Bree's cousins play with her. Pure love. 

Bree and I are watching the kids swim. You'd think we would be bored just watching but it's actually very relaxing. :) 

Quote of the night is brought to you by Kade. Upon Eric asking if Kade and Add think we are the best because we are making s'mores, Kade answered: well, see, you're a redneck... so you always do fun things. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Can't. Stop. Laughing. 

It's official...Breelyn doesn't want to be swaddled (all the way) anymore. She decided it on her own. So much easier than me forcing it on her. So now we swaddle with one arm out. :) She makes me so happy. 

Fitbit death is so very depressing. However.... getting a new fitbit soon is SUPER exciting! It shippied today. Can't wait until it gets here. 

Flowers from the hubs

Happy Father's Day dad! From: Bree (This is a video of her singing the primary song: I'm so glad when daddy comes home...)

So glad the provo house is finally done. Finally!! Need some relaxing time over here. 

What a good helper. Already unloading the dishwasher for me. Don't mind that it's onto the floor and not into the drawer. :)

Yes... she is standing on her own. :) 

About to be back in business! Wahoo!

At 10 months and 2 days old, little Bree has her first tooth. Her left bottom tooth. (This better be why my kid has been waking up at 530/6 am over the last few days cuz I'm losing my mind.)

Well, well, well.... According to my calculation (please correct me if I counted wrong), I started this on March 12th which would make this my 100th, and final, happy day post. And what a better note to end on than this... my sexy, sexy stud. Back off ladies... this sexiness is all mine.

A little Bree enjoyment for your morning. :) (a video of me putting my hand over bree's mouth and her making funny noises.)

Hiked the Y today with Nat. It was AWESOME. Makes me want to go hiking more. Any good hike suggestions?

Happy anniversary to this hot stud. I'm so glad we are together and for the life we share. Had so much fun boating today with our anniversary twins - Chelsea and DJ. Thanks for the boat hookup guys! Ending the day with martinellis and "The Breakfast Club". Never seen it but I am excited to!

Pizza at the provo farmers market after ATVing. Good day. 

Waving hi!!!! Go Bree! And she cut her second tooth today. Bottom right. She's growing up so fast!