Monday, August 31, 2009

Drive In

These two beautiful girls are my sister and her long time high school/college friend Chelsey. They were both in town so they wanted me to snap a few shots of them. If you haven't noticed, I like taking pictures so I didn't object. Back in the day, they both worked at Steph's Drive In. According to its facebook page, it's the greatest place on earth. Well, I'll tell you what, on the days of the Lime Tangee--it is. In fact any day, really, that you are in the mood for a scrumptious burg and tasty battered fries in Morgan, just stop on over to the Drive In located right smack dab in the middle of it all. Well, there you go JR, free advertising!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ensign Peak

It's hard to imagine the Salt Lake valley in 1847 before all the buildings and streets that are there now. This is a view from the top of Ensign peak. You can see pretty much everything from here: University of Utah, Temple Square, the copper mine, the four temples in the salt lake valley (if you look hard enough), and the Capitol. You can get a pretty good view of the Wasatch Mountain range through the valley too. I wonder if there were as many trees down on the valley when Brigham Young and the rest of the saints arrived. Each of the canyons along the Wasatch range has a creek that runs down it, so I would guess that it would be pretty green along the creeks. However, I'm sure the desert land had its fair share of brown too.

Overall it was a pretty relaxing hike for a good view from the top. Jeni and I did it on Saturday evening. You can get a good view of the Beck Street area which I was told by an Institute teacher has natural springs and some sulfur pits. I guess we can't blame the refineries for all the stink! This area was also inhabited by the native Americans which were in the valley before the saints moved in. Interesting little tid bit if I say so myself.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What I learned in Texas

Even though I haven't blogged in a while doesn't mean that I haven't been busy. Just recently I got back from Texas. I always enjoy going down there because the Dallas/Fort Worth area is simply stunning. Everything you could possibly want or need is just minutes from your door step. I learned a few things while I was down there this year:

1. The spaghetti bowl in Salt Lake is not nearly as complicated or beautiful as the freeway interchanges in the Dallas area. The High Five Interchange is a prime example because not only are you over 10 stories high at the highest point, but each concrete column is painted a reddish or greenish color. The Lone Star is also proudly displayed on each column.

2. Football is not a sport, but a religion. This goes across the table in all levels--the NFL, College, High School, and the little league. Geoff got us tickets to go the new Dallas Cowboy's Stadium to watch a game. Although I'm more passionate about Collage football than the NFL, it was an amazing experience being in a building that size watching the game. I found out that the cowboy fans at that game probably like the cowboys more than their own mothers. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but not by much. Go check out a high school game under the Friday Night Lights and you'll see what I mean when they consider football as a religion. Heck, go check out the little league games on Saturday and you'll get a clear view of what I mean when I say that football is more than just a sport there. The little league teams have their own cheer squads!

3. Finally, I don't think the Rainman himself could remember all the names of restaurants that you'll pass by while you're in the area. Just while we were down there, we went to Mooyah's, Barb-a-cutie, and Freebirds. I have to admit that when I was in Mooyah's I thought I was in Five Guy's the whole time--except without the peanuts. I'm glad Ryan was so adamant on eating at places that we didn't have in Utah. The Barbeque places are to die for down there. Amber got her pork sandwich on a cornbread bun that looked like a pancake. The baked beans that I had there can only be rivaled by Aunt Janeane's--they were that good!

I guess if you are still reading this, you'll understand why little Erin is so exhausted in the picture above. It was a lot of fun, but the heat and late nights can wear a man (and a little girl like Erin!) down. But was it worth it? Absolutely! Thanks again to Emily, Amber, and Ryan for opening their homes and letting us stay with y'all!