Fire season

It is fire season in the Western United States. The past few days have brought a major fire to a small town in Southern Utah that my ancestors settled. The fire is in really rugged territory above the historic town of Pine Valley, Utah. Then, we woke up this morning to discover that there is a local fire in Boise. We have had a week of 100 degree temps. In fact, all of the roads surrounding our house are closed to fire personnel since we live near the blaze and the water source. Since our home was shuttered for a/c, we opened the windows for morning air and quickly discovered how unpleasant the smoke smell was for us despite the relative safety of a mere few miles. We quickly shut the windows. Most of the Boise blaze is in the hills, but we just discovered that the one house  so far destroyed belonged to a member of our church congregation. They are safely with relatives. The location of the fire is above our church building where we were just hours before the blaze started. Anyway, we have a lot of beauty in the American West, but the summers bring a kind of fear. FIRE. Firefighters have such an incredibly hard job. Every year, brave men and women live out near the fires and fight them in treacherous conditions of sweltering heat and rugged territory. Sometimes, they lose comrades.  Superheroes.

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Hiking in Color Country

My dad taught me to hike. Though he is still quite mobile and active at 74,  he is no longer my hiking partner and prefers an ATV/side by side. I enjoy both. ATVs are quick and fun ways to experience things and on foot is a sweaty slower more communing with nature way to enjoy the earth. A healthy body is the biggest blessing in the world because you can use it to move around some pretty awesome places and do some amazing things. I like to move my body to go hiking. It requires no skill and only as much effort as you want to exert.

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Happy Hiker… For the record, she didn’t want to go!

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The boy scout/cousin in the back declared early on: I love this hike!  The other 2 were happy cause he came and they didn’t have to just go with me.

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Cedar City, Utah hiking

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This is the end of the trail or the beginning. My first casa is very close to here.                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

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Zion National Park 

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Teenager on hike 

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Zion National Park Overlook Trail ****That’s moi****

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Our family hiking feet + my bro.

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Time to go to Springdale for some pizza.

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I was not fond of crossing that thing. Zion National Park: Overlook Trail

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This is the Cedar City “C” trailhead. Many American towns preferably those with some elevation have a letter on the mountainside. This “C” represents the high school I graduated from. Though I didn’t actually photograph the large “C”, I did participate in “whitewashing” it many moons ago. I have biked and hiked this trail. My father has also cross country skied it, but he said it was a scary endeavor. 

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The “C” trail hike.

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Descent to Cedar City, Utah

Teachers are awesome!

Yesterday, I was a chaperone on my 3rd grader’s field trip. The planned activity was a hike. Although my daughter didn’t necessarily want me along, I signed up to chaperone. There was a lot of parent involvement so the ratio of children to adults was pretty great. One parent behind me said that the teacher was so cool because she never did a hike with her school. I said that I figured it was the benefits of having a male 3rd grade teacher. Despite the fact that I’m a female who blogs about the merits of hiking. 🙂 My 6th grade daughter was NOT at all impressed with the option of a hike for an end of year activity. ha ha 🙂 Anyway, these 3rd graders did amazing on our 2+ hour hike up varying terrain to Boise’s hike called “Table Rock.” I did NOT hear one single complaint and they all kept up. The teacher said that 5 out of 7 of the years they had done that activity, they had had an injury so he was equipped with a large first aid kit with him at all times. We added a plus 1 as a minor injury from our group so next year the injury count will be 6 out of 8 years. We had a lunch at the park afterward. Then, we visited the old Idaho state penitentiary.

http://history.idaho.gov/old-penitentiary-hours-location

It was a very interesting place with a lot of history. I have never been to Alcatraz, but this place has a lot of history of the Wild Wild West. VERY AWESOME!! At the end of the day, I was pretty much exhausted and teachers spend every day with a lot of active children in a job where the rewards are not financial, but meaningful. Teachers are awesome!