Sunday, October 29, 2006

Lobster Huntin'

Hey all,

We just thought we'd share a few pics from the scuba trip that we went on with Travis this last weekend. It was a ton of fun and lots and lots of scuba diving. (And a VERY long ride in both directions!)

Day 1 - Wednesday

We left at 11 am and drove all the way to Santa Barbara, CA by 10 or 11 pm. This all happened in an 11 seater van filled with 10 people and all of their scuba gear. Let's just say that we got very friendly!

Day 2 - Thursday

The boat took us out to the first of the dive sites. I was sick as a dog for the first half of the day until the second dose of Dramamine kicked in. Jared did about five dives and I did two that first day. We both had the opportunity to try night diving for the first time and decided that it's pretty cool. (This night dive was also Jared's first Lobster catch!!! - We were sooo excited!)

Day 3 - Friday

I felt much better. Thurday night I put on a motion sickness patch that Jason Thelin gave me, so Friday was miraculously sickness free - Yeah!!!

We both did five dives. Jared caught Lobster numbers 2 and 3 this day. Jared's great at spotting the lobster and not afraid to go in after them. I didn't catch any lobster the whole trip, but I figure I was Jared's moral support so his success is my success.

Day 4 - Saturday

We were able to dive just for the first half of the day. I was able to get in two more dives before deciding that I had officially worn myself out. Jared got in three dives and caught Lobster number 4. The boat took a while to get back to the docks and then we still had to unload the boat and pack up the van. We left CA around 6:30 (UT time) and made a couple of stops along the way. We also got stuck in traffic somewhere in NV because of an accident ahead of us - which added about an hour more drive time. We drove through the night - those of us that felt alert enough rotated until we arrived home at about 8:30 am this morning. Talk about a hard night!

Throughout our dives of the few days we were there we also saw seals, manta rays, star fish, sea urchins, octopus, and of course a whole bunch of different types of fish.

Anyway, we really enjoyed ourselves! Thanks to Travis for the invite and for putting up with us - we really enjoyed having a little more time to spend with you!

Take a look at our latest pics!


Allyson & Jared

Monday, October 9, 2006

Burnin' in the Grand Canyon

Well, we finally did it! With lots of Jared's encouragement, we hiked the Grand Canyon last Saturday. It was REALLY hard but still lots of fun!

So here's a quick rundown of our trip:

We pulled out of Utah county on Friday at about 1 pm and drove the eight hours to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We pitched our tent in the dark and crashed at about 11 pm. Boy was it cold that night!!! The temperature dropped to about 36 degrees - luckily we are the snuggly type, so we were okay. The next morning we broke camp in the dark (before dawn) and threw everything into the car, drove to the parking lot where the hike would end and quickly assembled our snacks and lunch (mmm - yummy PB&H).

We took a shuttle bus to the trail head and began our hike at about 7:30 (Arizona time). We hiked down the South Kaibab trail. The temperature was still super cold at the beginning of the hike, but after trotting for about half an hour we were warm enough that we could shed our sweatshirts. We made it to the bottom of the canyon in about 2 1/2 hours. It was so pretty and a really nice clear day. We enjoyed resting at the bottom for about an hour and had a super early lunch while there. At this point in time we thought that this hike was a pretty easy one - little did we know what hiking back up the Bright Angel trail was going to be like.

It took us four grueling, painful, sweaty, aching hours to hike back up to the top. Boy are we feeling muscle soreness and tightness still two days later. Talk about BURNIN' BUNS! All told it was 17 miles round trip. We hung around for about another hour and then started our journey back home.

At first we hoped we could make it home Saturday night, but by the time we made it to Kanab we were EXHAUSTED. Kanab didn't have any vacancies at their hotel/motels, so we had to drive on to Panguich were we found a hotel and after a quick shower fell into bed. (It was much warmer than sleeping in the tent the night before.) We finished our drive home early Sunday morning in time to get ready and be at church for Allyson's sharing time in primary.

Overall it was a fun trip, but Allyson's not sure she wants to ever do it again. (We'll see!)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Jared & Allyson Hiking Mt. Timp

Last weekend Allyson and I got a crazy desire to hike Mt. Timp so we decided to do it after work on Friday. We left at about 4:15pm and started hiking up the trail that leaves from Aspen Grove. The first part of the hike was a snap and we felt good.

As the hike went on though our leg muscles started burning. It was amazing to see the spectacular views as we climbed higher and higher. From that East side we could look down on Deer Creek resevoir and into Heber.

The sun was going down and being on the backside of the mountain left us in the shade for the hike up--which was a nice relief. By about 7:00 we had hiked to Emerald Lake and the glacier. Things really started to cool off once the sun had set and we started to see our breath.

We continued on and reached the summit at about 9:00pm. By then it was completly dark and was probably about 40 degrees (brrr!). Because of the cold we only stayed on top for about 15 minutes.

In my opinion, the decent was much harder than climbing up. It was hard on the knees and hard to see where we were going. Fortunately we had headlamps, but even then we stumbled as our legs grew more and more tired.

The last part of the hike down we both were so anxious to get back. Our legs felt like jello and every step was a chore. The goal of the hike was to gauge how well we think we would do hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back in one day.

Researching the hike online we've found that it is twice as long as Timp and the same change in elevation (which means that it will be half as steep). I'm pretty sure we can do it, so we're thinking of heading down at the beginning of October.