It's been almost a year since I've posted on this blog... I'm sure no one has been following. After spending last summer remodeling and planning a wedding, we decided to spend this summer doing "fun stuff." As we have discovered, when you over plan, it's not that much relaxing. Below is a our summer in review:
...16th & 17th - Escalante, Bryce, and Zion's. We took Annabell with us and this didn't work out well as Zion's is very strict about NO DOGS on any trails. It was torture being so close to the trails we love but unable to hike. Next time, no dogs on trips to Zion's National Park. It rained one night and day we were camping and we learned this would be a trend for us the entire summer!
...30th - Adoption of Eleanor. After trying two previous times, we finally adopted a dog that really fits our home. She is a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix and elderly. She was adopted through Second Chance for Homeless Pets. Eleanor is manic - either really hyper or really lazy. Neither her nor Annabell have desire to be alpha... so we're still working on placing Annabell alpha.
...4th - BBQ and fireworks show from Sugar House Park. This was a fun event! The highlight being the end of the show when thousands were leaving the park, walking down our street. It was like a parade that included Michael Jackson music blaring from our window and friends trying to get strangers to dance as they passed. Some did.
...8th - 11th - Wenatchee, WA. We spent a few nights and days with friends and family. I got to spend time with my nephew, Silas, whom I didn't know well. What a sweet boy. We had fun in the pool with Silas and my niece Ivy. I can't believe how tall she is! It was also really fun to spend time with my sister Kristin.
...12th - 14th - Lake Chelan, WA. Although we had planned on three nights camping at the lake, we decided to leave one day and night early as Greg was anxious to get back home to SLC. Lake Chelan was beautiful, as always, but as usual it rained one day and night we were there.
...20th - 23rd - Grand Canyon and Navajo Lake. Unfortunately we forgot to pack our camera for this trip. We purchased a disposable camera on the way into the park but I am not motivated to scanned pictures to put on this blog. What a trip to forget your camera! The Grand Canyon was amazing. We hiked the Kaibab trail and walked part of the Rim Trail. As normal for us, it rained during the day and night we were there. This was helpful, as the temperature was never over 85. On the drive home, we camped overnight at Navajo Lake in Dixie National Forest. It's more of a fishing lake than anything, but very pretty. We didn't bring the dogs on this trip and it was worth it even if we missed them greatly.
STILL TO COME - July 30th - Aug. 2nd - Bear Lake. After camping so much, we booked a condo with some friends. We are also not bringing the dogs again. This is our last outing for summer 2009.
KATE'S NEW JOB
I'll be working in the Salt Lake District teaching at Clayton Middle School. Similar to my last job, I'll be teaching English and History. The school is walking distance to our house and I'll be able to ride a bike (except during the crappy winter!).
GREG'S NEW JOB
Greg works for Tooele County School District and his previous school transferred him to another junior high with the shifting of students due to another school opening. He's happy to leave some lazy, moody teachers behind but sad to transfer schools. I've seen his new school, Tooele Junior High, and the building is completely vintage with tiled walls in the halls. It's pretty sweet... although that's pretty much all I know about the school.
In conclusion, even though this summer has been a blast, we are both anxious to get back into the groove of working. Greg and I may be in love and best friends, but it's time to have our days apart and mold some minds.