I also saw these beauties.
I love this installation in the San Francisco International Airport. I'm not sure if it has air making it wave around slightly, or if it simply reacts to the wind outside. The walls surrounding the escalators going to and from BART are covered in thousands of tiny mirrors that sparkle and shimmer.
Flying over the Grand Canyon. It looks small from the air!
The night I arrived we obviously got Cafe Rio. We all ate at Dave and Kristin's new house. The whole Time I was walking through that thing I kept thinking about how big it was compared to our tiny San Francisco apartment. I also laughed because I honestly have no clue when Mike and I will have a house. So far, our life has seemed to be constantly up in the air. I'm glad that we have each other and the gospel to keep ourselves anchored. It helps us make the most of this crazy time of life!
The next morning I went running around SLC. When I drove from the airport with my mom the night before I kept asking what was different about Salt Lake. I couldn't figure it out! Well, on my run I realized that the city was amazingly green! I don't remember seeing it like that before! The trees, flowers, grass, and birds were all singing. It was breathtaking.
After my run we all clogged our arteries together at the cabin! I know it sounds disgusting, but it's true. Our "cabin breakfast" is a tradition that started before people were heart and health-conscious. I've noticed that it keeps getting smaller and a little more healthy (does a little fresh fruit count as healthy?), but we still have our staples: bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, and juice. As everyone has learned a little bit more about how healthy this breakfast is, I've noticed that our portions have gotten significantly smaller. But we still eat it. And I don't think we'll ever stop.
I played ping pong with Kimball. I was so glad I got to go to the cabin. It is literally one of my favorite places on earth.GF snacks since St. George doesn't have a lot of health food stores. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Harmons in St. George has a great selection of GF goods, even though it is a smaller store. There is also a health food store I need to check out. I took a picture of this mushroom growing out of the box because Ty, Becca, Nat and I thought it was pretty hilarious.
West Rim starts looking kind of drab and boring, as do many hikes in Zion.
The wildflowers were in full bloom all over the place. I have done a lot of hikes over the years, and I have only seen a Sego Lily once or twice. We saw full bouquets growing ten inches in the air. They spread out in blankets on either side of the trail! It was absolutely gorgeous.
The beautiful tree thing.
We stopped for lunch a little over halfway and found a bench waiting for us!
This looked like a (wild)flower arrangement. So beautiful.
The Great White Throne.
Ty snapping a photo on Walter's Wiggles.
Natalie and I ran ahead of the group on the way down...
My arm looks strangely muscular in this picture.
There was a very strong and cool wind on the last leg of the hike. It was so refreshing after having the hot sun beat down on us all day! I can't complain about the weather though. I think it was in the 90's all day, which is so much better than 100+.
(My dad sits down)
Middle Aged Guy: You look like you could use some water.
Dad: Yeah, probably.
Me: It's been a long day.
MAG: Really? What hike did you do?
Dad: West Rim.
MAG: Haven't heard of it. How far is that?
Dad: It's a little over 14 miles.
(MAG's eyes get really big)
MAG: I'm sorry, but do you mind if I ask how old you are?
Dad: I'm 55.
MAG: What? Oh man! (Bla, bla, bla, do you use steroids, etc)
As we left, MAG told my dad that he better still be hiking when he's 80. Needless to say, my dad felt pretty cool, and any knee pain felt during the hike became totally worth it. He also made sure I told everyone that story. He is adorable. And a trooper of a 55 year old who has had reconstructive knee surgery! He carried a pack most of the way and didn't complain once! He doesn't want us to compliment him on this, but he deserves it. He said that his knees got their best use in a year.
Ty is a cute little sleeper.
I fed Kimball strawberries nonstop because he looks so adorable eating them. Sunday we went to church and headed home. I love St. George!
Sunday night I went to see Grandma LeNila. Unfortunately she had no idea who I was, but it still makes me feel good to walk around the nursing home with her on my arm, listening to her talk about nothing in particular. She was such a poised, proper, and classy woman before she got sick. I can't help but laugh when I see her dressed up in silly costumes for the events at the nursing home. Ten years ago she would have rather died than wear a clown suit.
I also got to see a bunch of friends that night. It was so good to see Katie, Caitlin, and the Kane family. I love them all so much!
As I mentioned before, the peonies don't last long.
Monday morning I went to breakfast with Nat and my parents before heading to the airport.