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The Full Moon Desert

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We left Boulder on a Thursday with vehicles loaded. Our destination was a nameless road in the desert. J and I were joining 8 other people on a canyoneering trip before heading to Moab for some biking.
The adventure started with the drive and our 2 car caravan. It was snowing in Boulder, so we knew it would be an interesting drive over the Rockies. Soon after Idaho Springs on I-70 we saw a sign saying that the interstate was closed from Copper to Vail Pass. We stopped in Silverthorn to get a bite to eat and figure out what to do. We decided to take Independence Pass to Leadville and down to Vail instead of waiting for the interstate to open. It was slow going but the roads weren’t too bad. Once we got back to the interstate we made a group decision to stop somewhere for the night. We camped just before the Utah boarder at a random recreation area.DSC_6716

DSC_6725The next day we continued our drive and ended up on a nameless road south of Hanksville. We were psyched for the canyoneering but didn’t have a clue what we were getting ourselves into. All I knew about canyoneering was that you rapped down into the canyon and somehow got out. We set up camp and set off for our first canyon called Arscenic. There was one long rappel at the beginning and then we spent the rest of the day making our way to the main canyon where we hiked out. The concensous after the first day was that canyoneering was awesome.

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DSC_6883The next day we did the same thing except in a different canyon, 4 rappels instead of 1, and 10 people instead of 5. We had a blast and learned that you can really rappel off a rock wedged between the canyon walls. After we hiked out and back to camp we made dinner and sat around the fire having a grand ol time.

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DSC_7056We packed up camp and headed to Moab on Sunday. We spent our first day in Moab at the Sand Flats campground. From out site we were able to scramble up a rock and take some amazing pictures of the Sand Flats area and the La Sal Mountains. Once the sun set we headed down the rock and true to Chelsey fashion I stumbled and bruised me knee really good, which made the down climb a little more difficult.

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We biked the Slickrock trail on Monday. We chose to not take my camera so all the pictures from the bike ride are from our phones. We had a blast and I was reminded of how much I love mountain biking.

We moved campsites to a BLM campground along the Colorado River. The plan was to bike the Poison Spider trail on Tuesday, but we decided that we were tired and would rather take our time packing up. We spent Monday night taking long exposure pictures and painting with light. This was the first time we had really spent any time playing with my camera at night. The results are some awesome pictures.

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Have you ever played in the desert? Did you love it or hate it?

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Honeymoon – Wyoming

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Wyoming was our last stop (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). The plan for Wyoming was to visit a friend who was working on the Togwotee Pass for the summer. Her work schedule didn’t allow her to come and join us in the Tetons so spent a few days biking around Grand Teton National Park and Jackson before heading over the pass to go climbing with B. For some reason we only took pictures at our campsite in the Tetons.

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The essentials. Mountains, good drinks, and fresh creek water.

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Filtering the stream water we collected at the base of the hill and hauled up to the top in the truck.

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Flying the kite and watching the Tetons.

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The Tetons

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The Grand Teton. We had planned to climb it but the snow was still in the valley.

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My second favorite mountain range.

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Sunset over the Tetons

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A plane coming in over the mountains

Ever spent any time in the Tetons?

Honeymoon – Washington

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Photo heavy post.

After we left Oregon (Part 1 and Part 2) we crossed the bridge and started our drive through Washington. We drove up highway 101 and stopped in the Hoh rainforest for a hike, drove through Forks, and on up to Port Angeles. After Port Angeles we took a ferry to Seattle where we did a bunch of touristy things and biked around the city. We left Seattle late in the afternoon and drove up to the base of Mt Rainier and then started the drive to Wyoming. Feel free to ask about anything we did.

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Welcome to Washington

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The lovely landscape. So green.

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One of the first towns we saw

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Our last sighting of the ocean

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Got bored waiting to play SkipBo

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Our amazing campsite just outside of Olympic National Park

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Walking along the Hoh River

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An old phone booth near the Hoh Rainforest visitors station

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Going on a short hike in the beautiful rainforest

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Standing on a log trying to take a picture with both of us and the waterfall was a real challenge

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Port Angeles

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On the ferry to Seattle

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We were lucky and were able to see Mt Rainier the first day we were in Seattle

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At the science museum

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This was one of the coolest parts of the science museum

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J showing off his baseball skills

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There was a part of the museum all about fears. This was the machine they used to see if you were afraid of falling.

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We went to the coolest museum ever, Experience Music Project, one of the exhibits was on the movie Avatar

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One of the characters


Part of the Experience Music Project was an area called church.

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So many guitars

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The Jimi Hendrix exhibit had a lot of his outfits and ipods with all of his songs

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A letter that Kirk Cobain wrote in the Nirvana exhibit

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Another shot of Mt Rainier, this time taken from a boat

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The beautiful city

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I loved visiting the farmers market. We found the best sourdough bread at a little bakery in an alley.

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You could still see Mt Rainier when we went up the Space Needle at night.


There was a guy doing a puppet show near the Space Needle

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I was so excited to see this clown fish at the aquarium

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Doing one of our favorite things playing skipbo and watching people

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We drove up to Paradise at the base of Mt Rainier and it was so foggy we could barely see anything

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This we near the end of June and there was still a crazy amount of snow

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Looking back up the road on the east side of the park

Ever been to Washington? What did you see and do?

How I Will Live 2013

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Theme for the year: Conquoring fears and taking on the world

Racing: My Second Love

Finishing the Southern Hills Triathlon

Complete my 12 fitness goals When I started writing out my goals I noticed that a lot of them were physical in nature. I decided to make them separate from my other 2013 goals. There are 12 of them and 12 months in the year so they have morphed into a monthly challenge. The plan is to complete one fitness goal a month and take a picture of myself doing it.

30 by 30 goals  Two years ago I made a list of 30 things I wanted to do by the time I was 30. Each year I try to tackle a few items on that list. This year I am going to tackle the following 6 items:

Read 2 classics Going to read Moby Dick and The Scarlet Letter
Climb 2 14ners Long’s Peak and Castle Peak are the current scheduled ones. We will likely climb a few more in the front range.
Get over my fear of falling The initial plan is to climb at the gym to get myself comfortable on the rock again. We are going to buy a new rope this spring and at that point I will slowly get myself back on the real rocks.
Become an amazing telli skier I have been telli skiing for a few years now and have hit a wall. I have some fears of the steeps that have made it hard to continue to get better. This is the year I am going to conquer my fear.
Compete in an Olympic triathlon  I chickened out at the last-minute and switched to the sprint at the Southern Hills Triathlon. This year I am going do at least one olympic distance triathlon. I am thinking about doing the Steamboat Olympic.
Sell a photograph This one is pretty straight forward I think. Finish putting together my Etsy shop, print a few photos, post them, and do some advertising. Well that’s the plan at least.

Complete my sewing class I bought a class on how to sew with knits, but haven’t gotten to doing it because my machine wouldn’t sew on knits (Montgomery-Ward 19something). My mom got me a new machine for a very early birthday present so I can now start working through the class. There are five different patterns that came with the class and I am most looking forward to making the yoga pants as mine are slowly falling apart.

Complete my photoshop class Another class I bought and have yet to start working on. I have been wanting to learn more about photoshop for years and finally have everything I need to do it; DSLR camera, photoshop, and someone to teach me. I will have to make a schedule to keep myself from procrastinating until January.

Start my etsy shop This is something I have been trying to do for a year or so. I think I finally have got the courage to finish what I started and get my shop up and running.

Find a dentist This is a goal I am not looking forward to completing. I hate the dentist, but I really need to get my teeth cleaned. I had a bad experience with the first dentist I went to in South Dakota and haven’t put any effort into trying to find one in Colorado. This year is the year of conquering fears, so it is time to find myself a dentist.

Look into chiropractors Another one of those annoying health items I need to work on. I have scoliosis and even though I haven’t had much back pain recently I really need to find a chiropractor while I am still young.

Win my age group at the Southern Hills Triathlon I came in 2nd last year and it pissed me off because I was in first for the swim and bike segments and then got slaughtered on the run. You will likely notice that a lot of my goals this year are running related. That is because of my 2nd place at this race. I plan on dominating the race this year.

Improve my mountain biking skills I am a lazy climber and scardy cat descender. This really annoys J so I would like to get better at pushing the limits on my mountain bike.

Run with the Boulder Running Store once a month The local running store has a group run every Wednesday and when you go to 10 you get a sweet tech shirt. I really want that shirt.

12 months of physical fitness goals

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I do better with goals if I have a plan from the beginning. This year I want to get even more serious with my fitness goals. I have decided to work on one fitness goal each month. Some of them may have to be rearranged based on weather and my racing schedule.

January – 10 full push ups
February – Run a half marathon
March – 2 minute plank
April – Run a 25 minute 5K
May – Run a 10k in under 60 minutes
June – Hold tree pose for 60 seconds on each side
July – 100 Mile bike ride
August – 30 mile mountain bike ride
September – Swim a mile in 35 minutes
October – Get a PR mountain biking Picture Rock
November -10 pull-ups
December – Do a handstand without the aid of a wall