Tahoe : A Winter Wonderland

My Friends and I took a four-day weekend to head up to Tahoe for some snow play and R & R.  tahoeinthewinterimg_3079

Someone was really excited for her first snow of the year!tahoeinthewinterimg_3081-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3083tahoeinthewinterimg_3084

Mickey was intrigued. It was her first time in the snow and she loved it!tahoeinthewinterimg_3086-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3087

First things first, upon arrival we had to cool down the brewskis in the snow.tahoeinthewinterimg_3089

Our cute rental for the weekend! Allowed dogs and had beds for twelve people… and a hot tub!tahoeinthewinterimg_3107

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We rented boards from Sports Basement for the Weekend and had booked our lift tickets online for Homewood. Cheaper deals if you buy online. Saturday it was snowing a lot! We had to buy goggles since we hadn’t anticipated the conditions.

As this was my first time snowboarding EVER we hit the bunny slopes first… I fell A LOT but it was really fun!tahoeinthewinterimg_3097tahoeinthewinterimg_3099

Jer was an amazing teacher and was very patient with me!tahoeinthewinterimg_3108

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Finally, took the t-bar up to .. I guess you could say… second bunny slope, a little bit longer. ALL times I took the t-bar I fell off or let it drag me the rest of the way… what can I say I am not the most coordinated. Our first day we lasted about 4 hours and at that point my tailbone was sore and so was just about every other muscle. ALSO, I learned not to wear two pairs of socks with my boots … SO TIGHT and painful.tahoeinthewinterimg_3109-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3103-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3118-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3119

Next day, I awoke very sore but ready to try it again! I only had two days – I needed to get out there and shred to the fullest. We did a few bunny slope runs and then a few t-bar runs before we took the lift. tahoeinthewinterimg_3134-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3121-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3137-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3117-2

To be honest, I don’t think I was scared enough regarding taking the lift but let me say – it is really scary! Especially when you are mildly afraid of heights like I am. All three times I took the lift I face planted when getting off! I am just glad I wasn’t injured!

The views were definitely rewarding once we made it to the top! MY golly it was beautiful. I also loved how meandering the ‘green’ ( easy) trails were… it was pretty magical to glide through the trees until I fell… and fell again and again, despite all the falling I enjoyed myself. Once we reached the 4 hour mark I was done and ready to get into that hot tub back at our rental!

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Overall, I would snowboard again. I definitely want to try downhill skiing at some point… maybe this year?! But I think I will be more of a snowshoe(r) / cross country skier… speed kinda scares me… I am not ruling downhill out of the picture completely but don’t think I will ever be a black diamond snowboarder! tahoeinthewinterimg_3143

Tahoe was AMAZING in the Winter. My heart is so full! Can we go back?!

Zion – Angel’s Landing in Winter

Our first full day in Zion and we needed some fuel so we stopped at Cafe Soleil .  I ordered the breakfast burrito and dirty soy chai latte ( chai latte with shot of espresso! ). Very filling and great. zionnationalparkimg_2227

Next we headed to Zion Outfitter to inquire about hiking the Narrows the following day. How much for gear rental, weather conditions etc. This place was recommended to us by our bartender the night before as having the best equipment for the Narrows. I don’t have anything to compare it to but I had a great experience with everyone who worked here. I highly suggest purchasing your crampons beforehand ( much cheaper!) but they also had the good crampons not just yak tracks.

Finally headed into the park, lines get longer the later it gets. Loved this ‘RL GOOD’ license plate!  After stopping at the visitor center and getting information about trail closures etc…  we decided to start hiking at Lower Emerald Pool Trail and see how we were feeling. We had NO.. I repeat NO intention of hiking to Angel’s Landing. The park ranger specified how dangerous it was and that if we were to fall there would be no rescue party – yowzaaaa so we decided we would just build our own hike and see where it would take us. zionnationalparkimg_2230

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PC : John Thomas

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From Lower Emerald Pool Trail to The Grotto Trail and Kayenta Trail then finally towards Angel’s Landing Trail itself. Once we were there we decided to just see how far we could go.. we all had crampons and hiking poles which made ALL the difference. People were hiking without but I don’t know why you would.zionnationalparkimg_2243zionnationalparkimg_2249zionnationalparkimg_2254zionnationalparkimg_7679zionnationalparkimg_7681

MADE IT TO THE TOP! WOOHOO – Amazing feeling, can not begin to describe! Don’t think I would do it again but it was invigorating. I almost feel that in the winter it might be better… this is because with the crampon you really dig into the snow instead of just climbing on rock.

I would definelty reccomend Angel’s Landing in winter but you 100% should have crampons and hiking poles! zionnationalparkimg_7682zionnationalparkimg_7686zionnationalparkimg_7689

Someone even took the time to make a snowman!

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PC : Chelsea Thomas
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PC : Chelsea Thomas

Heading back down – on the way up this trail was full of people… now it is deserted.

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SO many switchbacks! I don’t know how I would have survived this without my poles or crampons.. I will keep saying it.. they were lifesavers!! zionnationalparkimg_7698zionnationalparkimg_7703zionnationalparkimg_8293

Felling really amazing after this hike!zionnationalparkimg_8298

Spotted some wildlife!zionnationalparkimg_2255

Now headed to Zion Mountain Ranch… our home for the next two days! Time to relax. zionnationalparkimg_2389

From Kanab, Utah to Bryce Canyon

What a beautiful view to wake up to! Driving out of the campground during sunrise was another one of those wow, beautiful, amazing moments. img_1973

Only 19 degrees, we sure got cold packing up our campsite! img_1976img_1979

From our campground we had another 45 minutes to Kanab, Utah to see about getting a Wave Permit. I highly reccomend getting your permit online. You just need to know 4 months in advance and best case scenario be slightly flexible. If you are planning on trying to get a walk in permit get there at 8:30 – the lottery starts at 9 on the dot. They have 10 permits per day for the next day. Look at all these people hoping for a day of permit! Yowza – DEF reccomend trying to get one online.

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Fortunately/Unfortunately we did not get the lottery but it was an interesting experience and I still want to do the wave but will plan in advance next time!

We decided to hang out in the parking lot and make breakfast while we chose what our next plan would be since we didn’t get the wave permit. A few guys got their car stuck o on a rock so my friend and her boyfriend helped them jack up the car and get them off the rock! Quite the scene!

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Despite or maybe because of the crazy circumstances of the morning this breakfast was especially good!img_1983

We decided we would end up that night in Bryce Canyon National Park and on our way we would try to find another canyon called Peek – a – boo Canyon. It is off highway 89 N and there is a large sign that specifies a turn off for Peek – a – boo Canyon on the right hand side if leaving Kanab, Ut headed toward Bryce. If you park your car in the parking lot you will walk along the road towards the Canyon and end up with a 6 mile round trip hike. If on the other hand you attempt to drive to the canyon you will need a lifted 4w/awd vehicle. I would not reccomend attempting otherwise, at least when there is snow/mud.

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We may have tried to dig out the car tires with our camp cups… Definitely needed a beer after that undertaking! img_1996

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When hiking in a Canyon you should always wear layers as it tends to be colder inside the canyon than hiking around it. img_2001img_2002img_2005img_2006img_2014img_2020img_2019img_2047

Once we hiked around the canyon we drove back out to the highway and made our way towards Bryce to catch the Sunset.

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Once we hit Bryce we went straight to Sunrise point and parked. Walked along the ridge to Sunset Point and back to the car. It was chilly but breathtaking! Those hoodos are one of a kind and covered in snow they are very magical. Not too crowded, perhaps because it was so cold!

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We decided to book a room because the temps were getting into the negatives over night. We stayed at Bryce Resort in their last room! Not much open in Bryce this time of year! Very friendly staff and comfortable, clean rooms. The high season here in Bryce is April – October.

Looking forward to another day exploring in Bryce.

Home sweet Homa

Howdy y’all from Oklahooommma!

I am spending the holidays with my family, here in the panhandle state.

I flew over Wednesday on Frontier airlines – I would not recommend flying frontier no matter how cheap the flight is.  My reasoning, they will charge you for a carry on – if you don’t check in online or book your ticket through them – there were A LOT of frustrated people on the flight because of this. Secondly, NO snack and NO soft drinks – WHAT? is this world coming to?! I wait in anticipation for my mid flight ginger ale… so I was very disappointed when I learned that would cost me an additional $1.99 – outrageous!

Other than my discovery of my dislike for Frontier, I arrived safely to Will Rogers Airport and was greeted by my family!

The last couple of days have been great! I am still working here – just remotely. I feel so lucky that I am able to work and spend time with my family.

I have loved waking up at my Grandma’s house and having a coffee with her in the morning before I start work.  Walking ohh about 500 feet to my Aunt’s house where there is WIFI (yes, my sweet little granny is internet-less) setting up shop and getting to work.

Instead of working in a modern city setting, I am working on a horse farm, the view from my desk is a blue barn, pond and horses.

The weather is a little different than what I am used to as well! When I flew in on Wednesday it was in the 50’s, however, this morning it is in the 30’s and getting colder. I am not used to this cold weather! If it is going to be this cold I hope it snows!!

Come on Santa! My Christmas wish this year is for some snow!

I have been coming to Oklahoma my whole life usually during the summer when I was younger and I have always loved it. There is a different feeling and different smell in the air. Life is different out here. Good … Bad – I don’t know – just different!

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