Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bear Lake

Last weekend we had The First Official Jansquez Family Reunion. Okay so really it wasn't really official but we'll pretend. :) My fam all met up at Bear Lake for a few days of camping and good times.

We got up there Thursday night and were excited to see the beautiful lake. Aaron has never seen it before so it was fun to show him around.

All good camping trips involve cooking. Here is my dad expertly cooking Roosti. (Secret family recipe so don't even think of asking...)

It was delish. I'm holding a picture of Flat Brad so we could feel of his presence while he's on his mission.

Friday brought a variety of activities. Wadds spent some time enjoying "Anne" books,

all of us went on a bike ride and Dan chose to indulge in awkward spandex moments,

and we all went hiking to the Limber Pine later that afternoon. My family tries our hardest to get awkward pictures and I think we do quite well. Here's Sheshe and Jen,

all us girls (some riding a random tree),

and my peeps standing on a "tree hotel" representing SelectHealth quite well. (Some of my family did a ride for diabeties last year and were given a plethora of riding attire.)

There was pretty stuff along the trail like SEGO LILIES!!! (I only think I've seen one other in my life!)

and quite a few beautiful butterflies. (The only way I got a picture of this one is because it was dead...)

The trail ends at the largest limber pine... five trees that grew together! One sign said it was 2000 years old and one said 250 so I won't say how old it is. I do know that it's big though!

And of course awkward fake engagement pics were a must...

Saturday we went to a place called Tony's Grove. We had read that the wildflowers there are incredible... and they sure were!

We went on a bike ride around the lake and got about halfway and found out that it really wasn't a bike trail... there were lots of rocks and we ended up walking our bikes probably a fourth of the way. It was fine though... it was so beautiful! These pictures don't even do the flowers justice!

That afternoon Aaron and I went on our own bike ride that we'd heard about. It's called Round Valley and is supposedly where some of the earliest settlers of Bear Lake lived. We were told there was a ghost town schoolhouse, mansion, and a cemetary that we would see. We must be blind because we're pretty sure we missed them!
This is a view of the valley. The road was pretty much right up against all the mountains on each side. It was really fun and really beautiful. And really windy. :)

This was the only thing I saw that I thought could maybe be one of the old remnants...

This garage cracked me up. I love the fake brick siding in desperate need of repair... and the ESCALADE inside it. :)

Oh, this was in someone's backyard and it looked old, but I don't know if it was one of the originals? But it still looked cool. I have a place in my heart for old things for some reason.

And you can sure bet we didn't park here. !!???!!

We finished the ride and went down to the lake to play for a bit.

I was really obsessed with how pretty the shells and colors looked together. Good ol' Mother Nature is pretty fab with interior design.

We met up with my fam at the beach and of course had to go get a raspberry shake. Yum yum yum!
Sunday we went to church down in Garden City. It could be compared to insanity. There were hundreds of people there and it took over 20 people to pass the sacrament! We spent the afternoon eating and playing games and then some of us had to head back to reality.

It was such a blast. We laffed so hard and had such a good time.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Good News!

Aaron applied for both the Business Management and Accounting Programs at BYU... and made it into both! He has chosen Accounting. Yay for him! (And yay for finally having a 'track' and possibly an end in sight.) :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Week Off

So we were on vacation last week. And since I seem to be really good at overloading my posts with pictures, I'll just go ahead and do it again. :)

On the 4th we drove down to Pagosa. I've always wanted to put in a picture of the Spanish Fork Windmills and am finally doing it. Aaron hates them and I love them. :)

We even saw some Castro fans!?

We made the best time we ever have. I guess everyone being at parades + no one working on construction because it was a holiday + who knows what made the drive about an hour less! We had dinner and watched fireworks that night.

Sunday we went to church and then walked around at a craft fair thing downtown. (Perfect day to go since there would be no temptation to buy anything!) Then we suffered through Fast Sunday. :)

Monday we packed up to go to Aaron's Mom's Family Reunion. (Good title, eh?! And I'm not so sure about those apostrophes...) We got there in the afternoon. It was between the cities of South Fork and Creede, Colorado. We stayed in this place called Cottonwood Cove that is right on the Rio Grande River. The cabins are slightly ghetto but really fun.

Nothing inside matches at all. In fact it almost looks like they went to a zillion garage sales and just got whatever they could and threw it in the cabins! It was completely comfortable though and really fun. The only thing I had to wonder about were the bathroom floors... what an interesting paint job!

We got settled in and the boys went fly fishing. It was fun to watch him and to soak in the scenery.

I got to play with Tylon, Aaron's cousin's son. He was a drool monster!! His hair is SO adorable. People were telling Aaron that Tylon could be his son... I hope we get a curly-headed baby some day!

Tuesday we went into Creede, a mining town. I was intrigued by it. I want to learn more about mines. Here is an old, cool, wooden thing. :) I guess donkies used to pull the carts on them. Sometimes they would break and the donkies would die. :(

And the fire department! They mined a little hole for themselves!

We hiked to the top of a mountain where an old mine was. His dad said it was a very easy hike and not even a mile... he got quite a bit of flack for that one. It was almost 100% uphill and definitely over a mile. :) Most of us really enjoyed it though.

Near the end of the hike all the cliffs were like this. Supposedly donkies came on this too. Their feet were wrapped in rags so that all the clanging of the rocks wouldn't scare them.

Of course we got there and it was all blocked off. Lame! But I got as close as I could.
I poked around in the blocked-off hole and found these. Pretty sure they're artifacts. :)
We waited for quite awhile until everyone who wanted to finish had made it there.
Ryan got to carry Baby Hannah up. She's a doll.

His grandma (in the yellow) finished! She was quite the trooper.

Hikes are always great for enjoying scenery.

We got back and a few of us went on a horse ride! Yee-hah! I've only been one other time years ago and my horse was horrible. My horse this time was no exception! He was part Arabian so he liked to lag behind everyone else and then take off running to catch up. By the end of the ride I wasn't scared anymore so I guess I mastered that. :) The ride was beautiful. We rode past 'Wagonwheel Gap' which I think was a Pony Express stop.

Then we went rafting on the Rio Grande! (picture of other family members as I was wise to not take my camera with me.)

We went for about two miles and during that first mile we were still all trying to figure out how to steer and work together. Of course that first mile is where the rapids are! Within a few minutes of starting we hit a big rock and I flew out of the raft and went completely under! It was funny. I lost one of my flip-flops during the encounter. Then a few minutes later we hit a rock and I went flying out again! It was way fun.
That evening was the Gag Gift Exchange. I had saved a couple wedding gifts especially for it. :) The looks were hilarious. This puppet was the most coveted item of the night. The back of his cape says "EneMan". WHO MAKES THOSE!?

Aaron ended up with a rubber chicken and me with a candle. Not too shabby.

Wednesday I packed everything up while Aaron fished again. He went to the other side of the river and had success this time and caught two fish-- one was 18 inches! He tossed them back.

We all said our goodbyes and most people left and then we rafted down the river one more time. Just over a mile into the trip I said, "Hey! We haven't been looking for my flip flop!" Seriously less than 10 seconds later I saw something on the side of the river and screamed, "IS THAT IT!!??" So we pulled over to the side and it was it! (Or someone else's who just happened to lose the same size, same color, and same foot!) What are the odds!?! It was quite fabulous.
We decided to take the long way back to Pagosa and go visit his other grandma. She lives on a farm and Aaron's cousins were there working so they gave me a grand tour. I was super giddy about being on a farm and they were loving that someone was so excited to be on a farm!
I got to touch the baby cows they're growing for meat,

milk their cow,

see their massive amounts of potatoes,

go on a tour of their fields,

and shoot a gun! And I hit the target! All of their mouths hit the floor... it was hilarious. I was moving the gun so much that they couldn't believe it hit it. Neither could I but that's beside the point. :) It was good times.

We had dinner with them and then drove back to Pagosa.

Thursday we piled into his dad's Jeep and went on a 4x4 trail up to "Treasure Mountain."

We got to the base and climbed to the top.

It was a straight-up climb and I totally felt like we were in 'The Sound of Music' "climb(ing) every mountain"... And yes, I did break out in song.

It was an incredible 360 degree view from the top!

Supposedly the French came here years ago and buried their gold in it. (Hence the name Treasure Mountain...) There are holes all over the top where you can see where people have tried to find it! We found this part of the mountain that looked different from the rest and kicked around in it a bit but didn't find any gold.

Then we went back home and got everything ready for Ryan's Eagle Court of Honor. We had it at the church and it turned out really nice. Aaron gave him the Eagle Charge and Ryan gave him the mentor pin.

The sky was fab.

And this is how I decided the cake should be transported home. :)

Friday we left Pagosa about 8 am and starting driving towards Manti. We got there at 3 and met up with two other couples from our ward and did a session. The temple is GORGEOUS and SO unique! I highly suggest it.

Craig the Lamanite!

Then we headed to our campsite that we had reserved. According to googlemaps it was a very short drive. Except that googlemaps is clueless. :) The road was for 4-wheelers! We stopped to get directions and found out that to get there via normal roads would take over 1.5 hours!!! We started driving towards it, gave up after a bit, and just pulled off the side of the road in the Manti LaSal forest and camped. It was a great site.

The only bad thing was that we had to make our own toilet, but we survived because we're hardcore like that. (fyi, this is us girls 'building' it; nothing more)

We had a fire and cooked hot dogs and hash browns. While in Pagosa I had asked to see Aaron's old toys. We found Rafael (sp?) and decided he should come home with us. He really liked the campfire. (Yes, we're freaks.)

Saturday we got up and had eggs and bacon and pancakes for breakfast. Then we tried to find a hiking trail for awhile....

...but we couldn't really find one and the others in the group were really hot so we quit and drove to Ephraim and got a pizza. We also went to a penny candy store there! Except that it was 2 cents, but it was still fun.

Then we drove to Provo to run an errand, got back on the road and a tire starting going flat! Luckily we were a block away from Discount Tire so we went there and they took the nail out and fixed it. A flat tire is never convenient, but we were so grateful it happened there instead of elsewhere! We stopped at my parents house to say hi and wash the car that was covered in dust from the dirt roads, and then went home and unpacked everything and re-organized our room. Our apartment had flooded again the week before we left (it wasn't funny the second time) so we had stacked everything onto the bed and into other rooms and our landlord fixed the wall while we were gone.
And then we dropped into bed!
Vacations always go to fast for me and I've never been on a vacation where I've wanted to go home. Reality is good, but being away from reality is so wonderful. :)