Hiker death.

Today on my Facebook feed, there was a hiker who died in my Southern Utah hometown. While there could be other issues surrounding this than hiking; I’m going to speak about the hiking aspect only. 1. Tell someone your destination 2. Take H20 3. Wear proper shoes/attire 4. Bring some snacks (Low blood sugar isn’t pleasant for even non-diabetics.) 5. Don’t do crazy stuff particularly if you are alone. I have done a lot of the things I’m warning against and sometimes I regretted it.  At any rate, it was quite literally out my back door where this person was found dead. It is also a gigantic untapped wildland. In the olden days, we just played all the time and hiking was in my backyard.  In 1940, I had an uncle who died hiking. He was just an 8-year-old boy. My mother was only 1 so she never knew him. He was hiking with his brothers and a cousin. I never knew my grandmother, but I’m sure she never got over it. Also, one of my friend’s father, who wrote an early Zion park guide also lost his bff/co-author to a hiking accident in Zion. They were together. The destination for your hike has a lot to do with what you need to prepare. A hiking disappearance in Oregon looks a lot different than a Southern Utah hiking disappearance. In Oregon, you could potentially be lost and never found due to all the trees. In Southern Utah, you will likely be scorched to death in the summer or freeze in the winter. Be aware of your surroundings. In general, hiking is a really safe activity and most anyone can enjoy it.

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World Cup 2018

If you are like many people on this planet, then you love soccer. (AKA football) I’m American so I’ll refer to it as soccer. A football to me has a weird shape and is brown. We just got back from Russia. If you want to go there too, then you can get there a bit easier next year by buying a soccer ticket for the World Cup! www.fifa.com I am not a super big soccer fan, but I used to live in Russia so we bought soccer tickets. There was a special event this summer called Confederations Cup that we attended and got visa-free entry. It was a long-held desire to return to Russia and getting a visa can be a bit of a hassle. Visa-free entry for a soccer game cut some red tape so we took advantage of it. We attended the finale game in a brand new stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. #chiger on Instagram if you want to see awesome pics. It was a gorgeous stadium. The event was extremely safe and well executed. Russia has modernized a ton since I had left in 1994, but I was happy to see some things had stayed the same. The soccer game itself was made fun by the crazy Chileans there to support their team. The Germans who won weren’t well represented, but then apparently they win all the time so they couldn’t be bothered. LOL At the end of the night, I’m still more about American football, but visiting Russia was fantastic. Touring and walking with kids takes a toll though and our feet were sore most of the time. Luckily, we managed to not need to buy new tennis/running shoes while we were there, but I would have definitely wished for an additional pair of running shoes. We always travel light for the amount of people we are, but this time we took Norwegian air and had to pay for the bags. As every item we brought had to be carefully considered, we only got one pair of tennis shoes each. It wasn’t good enough.  Luckily, we had high quality flip flops too, but you can’t tour in those. You do NOT want to scrape your feet and catch something even though we were traveling with fantastic travel health coverage. Anyway, Norwegian Air was great and you can get phenomenal deals if you keep an eye out. They do not fly to Russia, but you can now get from the USA to Europe these days cheaper than ever. DSC_0071.JPGDSC_0096.JPGDSC_0086.JPG

Bike jam

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My first time seeing traffic jams of cyclists. 

Copenhagen is a cool place. So cool that we were happy we had our sweatshirts at the end of June. Anyway, we just got to town so here are a few observations. It is beautful. If the walkway is somehow blocked off, do not take the bike path. Luckily, we walked on the (illegal?) walking path cause they have more bikers here than I’ve ever imagined. They also do not wish to slow down for dim witted, jet lagged tourists. We almost got in their way a time or two, but were quick enough to MOVE. Since my children have Danish ancestry I think we fit right in. They are either blonde or started their lives out that way and their dad is tall.

Soul food

I like fried chicken, fried catfish, fried okra and fried food. I must be a Southerner. Well, I hale from Southern Utah, but not the South. I just spent a week in Atlanta. I was attending a conference with my dad. The speakers were awesome and inspiring. We also visited the city when we couldn’t take inspiring speakers anymore. We visited the Martin Luther King memorial. It was educational. I knew nothing about his wife and she was a very accomplished woman in her own right. We ended at a famous restaurant for soul food called Mary Mac’s. If I ever make it twice to Atlanta, I’ll be going back.

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MLK memorial

Summer is here….

The weather has turned warm. Yesterday it was hot. I didn’t hardly do anything besides go to a Greek Festival for some good food and I ended up with a terrible headache from the heat. School is officially out for us. We have a busy summer planned. Summer is the time to try new activities and have a break from the old. Growing up, I was always covered in popsicle stains down the front of my shirt and scabs on my knees during the summer. I think I’d wail if I scabbed up my knees now and my kids sure never have looked like that. Back in the day, my mom would force us to read for an hour and then send us off to the city pool on foot or bikes. I was NO bookworm so it was torture. The pool every single day got boring, but it was the routine.  Now as a parent, I realize my mom sent us to the pool for her sanity. What are you looking forward to this summer?

biking in the city….

Last Friday, I was in the big city. #thebigapple #nyc I hadn’t been there in years. I haven’t spent a lot of time there, but I was open to doing whatever. My brother had never been so we had to do a few things, but nothing in particular. We started with a nightmarish challenge of getting on the subway. I have been on more than a few subways in my day, but that one I couldn’t make heads or tails of. Luckily, we found our way. First stop was to see lady liberty from a free ferry ride. We didn’t have time to take a tour to see her and I have only seen her from the free ferry. Then, we walked around Wall Street and toured some historical stuff. Right when it was time to find some food and I was starving, we found Eataly. I wanted to eat there, but I had no idea where it was in the city. The next day, it was time for a little fun. The sun had come out. Everywhere we turned in the tourist hot spots, people wanted to sell us a bus tour.  It got really old saying NO! However, my feet work just fine and I didn’t want to ride any bus. When we approached central park and they wanted to rent us bikes though, I was all over it. What a fun way to spend the next few hours. We rented the bikes for 2 hours and they gave us an extra free hour. We were able to bike around the entire park and have a light lunch. We never would have seen so much of the area on foot. It was a blast. Biking is always fun and many cities are opening up this possibility. We rented from a store front, but many cities now rent bikes with a credit card off racks.

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bike NYC

 

It’s May.

May is coming in gorgeous here in Idaho. It has been cold and unpredictable, but it’s going to get warm this week. The end of school performances are in full swing. Last week, we had to get a sick child to a concert. When your team is counting on you, then you have to show up even if you didn’t go to school most of the week. For the record, Robitussin non-drowsy kind still makes a teenager sleepy. I’ve never tasted that junk so I wouldn’t know. Yesterday everyone in town was out on a walk or a bike ride. Nice weather brings out neighbors you haven’t seen in months or haven’t even ever laid eyes on.