|We made it home safely with no dings, scratches or tickets! So, I have NO true LA traffic Beef!|
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
|Kids have an endless supply of enthusiasm; despite the heat and lines|
|My favorite ride at Magic Mountain. Rock sitting :)|
Friday, July 26, 2013
Let's be real.
Today, riding my single-wheeler was a true balance challenge. I rode with my Teva's for the first time and couldn't tell if it was those non-athletic shoes, my tire needing air, or my body NOT being physically "unicycle fit" that made those 21,120 feet (the conversion of miles to feet. Thanks fourth grade math!) down-right hard.
Or .... was it the combination of all three?
And ... does it REALLY matter? I worked hard for EVERY ONE of those 21,120 feet!! That's what matters.
It was not easy.
Staying centered was difficult because my left side of my body has lost strength. Most of the ride I had to tuck my left arm behind my back to make me keep my shoulders straight. I felt like a butler. Otherwise, I would veer right like a car with the tires out of alignment.
As for goals, and everybody needs them, it's time for a 5k or 10K. My eyes are peeled for something in our area to train for. And hopefully, something before school starts back up. Because with school comes work, and with work comes less time. For now, I will push myself to ride my four-mile loop at least a couple times a week so I can get my "unicycle body" back in alignment!
Soon ... cruising 21,120 feet on Blanche won't even phase me. That's my hope :)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
|Can I get an "AMEN?"|
|Get your facts straight Unicycle Rose!|
Final thidbit, tomorrow is Magic Mountain ... again. Those year passes need their exercise! The upside? Daniel and Lucas LOVE it! For me it's concentrated friend talking time. I don't ride rollercoasters anymore. We shepherd a small herd of boys from one ride to the next while chatting.
The downside? It's Magic Mountain.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
|Baby Teckie and his Momma, many, many moons ago. So sweet!|
Although Teckie will be gone and boys don't need me much, I will
watch my niece-dog, Cinco, starting Friday. At least my "empty nest" will be full of fur and tails! Woof!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
|It didn't even feel like a double-wide trailer!|
In the end, the Zion Park Motel supplied us beds, with what appeared to be clean sheets, and a dusty bathroom that worked. My boys didn’t care or even notice stuff that this Mom did. This was a sweaty-outdoorsy-boy vacation anyway, with the exception of being spoiled in Phoenix.
Monday, July 22, 2013
|After scaling the rock face, we had to traverse along the side ridge|
Sunday, July 21, 2013
|The Last (road trip) Supper|
|Art is truly in the eyes of the beholder. These whirlybirds are neat, but is one worth $2300? |
|So long, Room 105! More on that motel later ...|
Saturday, July 20, 2013
|My Teckie REALLY pushed his limits. In this picture, Lucas is|
belaying him as he slowly makes his way 85 feet down. Belay ...
our new word for the day!
|This is John our AWESOMELY patient guide. Happy Birthday to John!|
It was a blessing having him share all his knowledge and talent with us.
We highly recommend The Zion Adventure Company, AKA: ZAC
"In Europe, canyoneering or “canyoning” is an intense sport, well known as the latest "extreme game." Here, in the mecca of canyoneering, extremists have been descending Zion’s "Secret Canyons" for nearly 100 years. Just now, canyoneering is hitting the mainstream in the United States.
|The water in the "slots" was the part I liked least. It smelled horrible. The special|
socks and shoes they loaned us were soggy afterward and stayed that way
for hours. I couldn't wait to head back
for a shower.
|Lucas "clicked" with canyoneering and was REALLY good at it. |
Long, lean and all muscle this kid was Spider Boy!
|Lunchtime! Thank goodness my Teckie took a walk last night and picked us up some|
water, granola and sandwiches!
|Yes! Lots of knots with special names were learned today. I can't |
recall one. There were so many and the boys loved to learn about them!
Friday, July 19, 2013
|Zona Lives ON! It's a fuzzy picture, but he is in there!|
|Watching a movie to pass the hours|
|Jus another rest stop ...|
|We finally made it! This place REALLY makes me miss Debbie and Matt's house!|
|Weeping Rock in Zion National Park. It was a foliage covered cave rock that was|
weeping constant drips of "tears."
|Can you believe it? Lucas ran into a band friend from Westlake High School in Zion.|
Talk about a small world!
|Lucas keeping sharp by reading the Book of Mormon in German.|
Six hours later...
As you can tell, we arrived. We hit the park via shuttle for a couple hours, but honestly we were spent. Still, we found time to bicker and laugh.It was beautiful with much more greenery than other places. Like a garden with more huge rocks peering down at you, like a mother to a small child. A highlight was Lucas's friend recognizing him while they sat next to each other on a park shuttle bench. They were in Winter Drum Line together. Jordan on Saxophone, Lucas on guitar. Heck, it is a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it!
Zion is a quaint touristy town and we are right in the middle of it. We hit the candy store next to our motel after dinner. The diet starts on Tuesday, right?
Until next time ...
but wait, there's more!
P.S. Two last thoughts:
1.Thanks Mom for loaning me your Tevas! I have put some miles on them. You ROCK! (get it?)
2. I miss the Weiner Sisters!