Showing posts from November, 2014


We have started feeling like we are in a bit of a rut (not really but I have to start this story somehow). This rut is because we have been seeing amazing things day in and day out and after a while this starts to get old (again, not's all part of the story). Since most of these amazing things that we have been seeing require foot power to access, we have been hiking a ton...nearly 1,200 miles of foot powered exploration since we left Seattle, so my dogs have been barking (feet = ouch). Since I still love to see amazing stuff everyday, we had to figure out a way to see more stuff while giving my barking dogs a break. And since the best way to break out of a rut is to try something different...something different was in order. It just so happens that we were passing through a little town called Cottonwood in Arizona on our way to the big Thanksgiving Day festivities at my brother's house when we saw something that would break us out of our rut (again, we

6 Month Recap

We were just looking at a calendar and noticed that we are coming up on another anniversary. This one is a big one. In a couple of days it will have been 6 months since we left Seattle to head out on our big adventure. 6 months is a pretty good amount of time for a vacation. In the 6 months that we have been gone, a lot has happened and a lot has stayed the same. One of the things that has stayed the same is the fact that I still love lists. In my working life, I made lists everyday because that seemed to be the only way I could get everything done that needed to happen on any given day. I looked at numbers and spreadsheets daily. I read statistics and useless facts that wouldn't matter to any other individual but me...and I kind of enjoyed those things. Numbers and useless facts and statistics have always fascinated me and since I don't really have anything super exciting to write about, I am going to share some of the stats and facts from the last 6 months. I gue

The Lottery

Every morning for the last 2 weeks we have gotten up in the morning, jumped out of bed, guzzled our coffee, and raced to the BLM office in Kanab, Utah for the lottery. There is a world famous rock formation in Southern Utah called “the Wave”. I'm sure you've seen pictures of it. If not, look it up. It is spectacular. Anyway, the only way to get to see this wonder of nature is to win the lottery. They only let 20 people in to see the wave everyday and there are thousands of people applying to see the thing on any given day. There is an online lottery which gives out 10 tickets where you are competing with people from all over the world via the web...literally thousands of applicants every day. There is also an in person lottery at the BLM office which gives out tickets to 10 people a day. Your odds of winning the lottery by applying in person at the BLM office are much better than the online lottery because you have to actually be at the office to apply. People come fro

A Burger

This is a story of a burger...a big juicy burger. This might not seem like something that is worth writing about but I am living proof that it is worthy. Especially when this burger is the most delicious thing that I have eaten in a long, long time. Most of you may know my wife. Some of you know her pretty well. If you fall into the category of people who know her pretty well, you know that she eats healthy. She doesn't eat red meat (bummer), no bacon or anything that comes from a bacon producing animal (double bummer), not too many sweet treats (triple bummer), and it's a big yes please to fruits and veggies. She will have poultry and fish on occasion but really she is a veggie kind of girl. She does have a couple of weaknesses that were a huge shock to me when I first learned about them many years ago. The first thing is french fries. These usually come into play when she has either had a rough day and she needs comfort or when she has hiked/walked enough t

A Love Story

I know what you are thinking. You are probably thinking this is going to be a story about how much I love my wife...well it's not. You might be thinking that this is a story about how much my wife loves me. It probably should be. I'm a complete package...I'm dashing, I have huge muscles, I am smart as a whip with an amazing sense of humor, and I am incredibly humble. She is one lucky girl. You will be surprised to find out that this is not about how much she loves me, although she does because I am amazing. This is a story about new love. You might be surprised to find out that I have found another. You might be surprised to find out that Brenda has found another also. Before you get your hair all in a tizzy, let me explain. I have met a slender drink of water with curves in all the right places and an interesting history. Brenda met a tall, dark, and mysterious something or other. I am happy about my new love but I am not too sure how I feel about Brenda