High Altitude Camping

A couple of weekends ago we took the kids up to one of our favorite places to camp in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Just off of Cleveland Reservoir is a small section of primitive camp sites that we like to stay in. We spent two nights there. Saturday we took a walk around the lake. It was beautiful around the back side of the lake, we explored the tail water and I wished I had brought my Fly Rod to do a little fishing. as we were walking around the lake the clouds started rolling in. We attempted to hurry ourselves but had to walk carefully through some extremely muddy areas where the inlets to the lake are. At one point I had to stop and pry Esperanza’s shoe out of the mud where it had gotten stuck after she jumped a small creek. As we turned to go around the north point of the reservoir the clouds opened up and the rain came showering down on us, the lightning strikes moved closer and closer to us. Inez and I found a grove of aspen trees where we hid from the lightning dancing off the surrounding peaks and huddled together to stay warm as we tried to wait out the storm. The weather in this area changes frequently, only for us it went from wet to worse as the hail started coming down. At that point we decided to make a break for it and hurried as fast as we could back to camp. Gratefully the tent was dry and our sleeping bags were warm as we spent the rest of the afternoon napping and enjoying the sounds of the storm going on outside.
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Ghetto Paint Job

Inez’s words are, “Awful!!!  It looks hideous.”

I say it looks better than it did.  The long story is that I spent the last couple of weeks working on my Toyota Pickup, redoing the front Axel and Knuckle seals along with the bearings; wheel and trunnion.  It needed them bad, before my study abroad session I had taken the truck in to get an alignment done on it and the shop wouldn’t do it, explaining that the bearings were worn and any changes they made would only last a couple of miles.  So I went about preparing for a fix of the truck.  I had some old parts hanging around the garage, a transmission, transfer case, drive line, and rear 3rd member.  I contacted my favorite shop Dave’z Off Road Performance in Placerville, CA and set up a trade for the parts I needed.  Mark (my Father in Law) was headed out to California so I hitched a ride with him and drug all of my old parts out to Dave’z.  Dave was generous enough to do a straight trade for the parts I needed!  His shop is awesome and I recommend it to anyone who needs Toyota Truck parts.  Fast forward to this July after I got home from Italy, I was able to fix up the front end of the truck and boy did it need it, the seals were all worn out, the grease in the knuckles looked like soup with all of the gear lube in them.  After I had the truck fixed we took it for it’s maiden voyage up American Fork Canyon here in Utah.  Our plan was to have a picnic at Silver Flats Lake and then drive the mountain roads over to Midway, Utah.  We spent the majority of the day out in the mountains, where Inez took picture for her photo class, and I shot some with the digital camera.  We had gotten into the mountains pretty far when we were forced to turn around because some person had decided to try and tow their pop-up camping trailer where it didn’t bel0ng and had gotten stuck.  We turned around and came back through the Alpine loop where we we got to drive through a beautiful aspen forest to Provo Canyon by Sundance.

The driver’s side door has been hanging up on the quarter panel for some time now, and it chose that day to catch the quarter panel and bend it all to heck.  I ended up having to remove the quarter panel and fix the hinges on the door so it would close properly and stop catching the quarter panel.  I also had to bang the dent out of the quarter panel and repaint that section of it to protect it from the elements.  It’s not the best job I have ever done, though in my defense I don’t have any body tools for working on cars, so I had to make do with what I had.  I like it, even if it does look like a bleeding fish 😉

Semester is over… Now what?

It is finaly over.  That was a fast 16 weeks for Inez and I.  Too fast.  I made some progress on my BFA show for next fall.  A few kinks are ironed out and a few new wrinkles were introduced.  Over all good progress was made.  Our finals week went rather well.  It had been such a great help to us to have Mark and Kim here.  There were some very long days spent in the clay lab working.  the 1st summer term starts in a couple days.  Inez is taking Painting with me and She is also taking Ceramics I.  That should be alot of fun for her and I.  The kids are doing alright.  I think we are all gearing up for summer and the endless possibilities it will present 😉

Today we are going to Draper to attend the baptism of one of Ryan Mose’s girls.  We are looking forward to it.

Now that the semester is over I will make a better attempt to post more often on our goings ons.

Bahh, the new semester started…

The new semester started and I didn’t take the time to write that “Catch-up” Post I wanted to. Oh well. When I get some time on my hands and don’t use it for other stuff, I will put down all that has been going on with us.Mad Hatters

The week of birthdays is in full swing. Inez and I are going over to our friends, The Hamby’s for dinner tonight, Matthew is an excellent cook and will be surprising us with his culinary delights. Last night Matthew brought “The Dark Knight” over and we watched it upstairs on the bigger screen. It was a very enjoyable movie and I had a good time with Matthew watching it. There were some pretty intense moments in the film. Last semester went very well for Inez and I and this semester promises to do the same. I am now working at the school as a lab tech, in the ceramics lab.

Well I need to get going and get ready to leave for the Hamby’s.

— Jerel