Monday, November 21, 2011

White Pine Lake

On Monday, October 3rd, we went on a fun hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  The trail was called White Pine Lake.  It was so beautiful!  We loved being able to see all of the changing leaves on the deciduous trees and the gorgeous dark evergreens.  The lake was further than we thought, and we reached it just before it started to get dusky.  Fortunately, we had flashlights.  We spent quite a bit of time [like most of the hike back to the trailhead] hiking in the dark.  It was pretty cool to hike in the dark I guess, but we were cold and hungry and wanted to get back sooner.  We were planning on going to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner after our hike because it is near Little Cottonwood Canyon and we love eating there.  By the time we got back to the car, it was pretty late and they were probably going to close soon…  So we went to Taylor’s parents’ house and gobbled up some of their leftovers from dinner the night before [we go to their house for dinner on Sundays].  It was great to warm up while eating yummy funeral potatoes!

A cool thing about the lake is that when Taylor’s grandpa was a teenager, he spent a summer working everyday at the lake to help expand the natural dam.  They built the rock wall that can be seen at the north edge of the lake today!  Taylor’s grandpa is the one who recommended this hike to us, so that’s why we went!

Oh and there was still some snow!!  It survived the entire summer.  The old surviving snow from last winter definitely has some fresh snow on top of it by now.  So next autumn, the really old snow might still be there with some of this winter’s snow!  How neat.  Maybe the snow we saw had some snow from last winter AND the previous winter as well?!  Awesome!

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We had a lovely evening hiking to White Pine Lake and back.  We might try to snowshoe the trail this winter!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Month of October

We had a fun October.  We went on a hike to a beautiful lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon, but either Taylor or I will write more about that later [hopefully].  Besides that, here are some other things that we did in October!

We have been knitting a lot!  Taylor also taught himself how to crochet and is awesome at it!  Now he wants to crochet an afghan.  I finally finished a sweater for Alexis that I started in the summer.  I gave it to her and she loves it!

knitted sweater

I started a new job on October 3rd!  I am a sewer at Beehive Clothing!  I really like it so far.  I do “Beehive Team Sewing” which means I work in a “cluster” with 3 other people.  There are 10 sewing machines [7 different varieties] in my “cluster” and they are all on tables that have adjustable height and we sew standing up.  The first few days were spent just learning how to THREAD the machines.  But now I’m pretty good at sewing on each machine.  Someday, I’ll be really fast at it too!  Since I’m standing for 8 hours a day now, my feet, legs, back, etc. are always so tired!!  Taylor is so nice and often gives me good massages.  At first, my feet were killing me, so we went and purchased some nice, comfortable shoes and they have proved to be very beneficial.  We wondered if a cat might like the empty shoebox at home.  Helen found it and enjoyed it immensely!

cat in a shoebox

Oh and we frequently get to view spectacular sunsets from our windows, of course.

Salt Lake City Utah sunset

Helen is such a silly cat.  She likes to sit in funny positions and/or in funny spots.  She recently discovered our coat hanger.  She thinks it is so awesome to sit up there.  At first, she was really cautious and careful when venturing up there, but now she runs and jumps up there confidently.  She likes to sit there to look out the window.

funny cat on a coat hanger

The same evening that she discovered the coat hanger, she decided that hanging out halfway on the TV and halfway on the stairs would be cool and comfy.  It looked so funny!  She got herself all cozy as if she were planning on staying there for a while.  She left though, because I annoyed her by taking photos.

Helen being cool

We went to an MLS Playoff game!  It was a Western Conference Semifinal.  Real Salt Lake played against Seattle Sounders FC.  RSL beat the Sounders with a score of 3-0!  I was kind of sad… I like the Seattle Sounders [not as much as the Portland Timbers though!] and wanted them to win.  However, Taylor was ecstatic that RSL won!  He was so hoping that they would!happy Taylor

So, that’s what we have been up to lately!  We’ll have to write about the hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon soon.  We also went on a short hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon last week and enjoyed some snowiness so maybe we’ll have to write about that eventually as well!