Sunday, October 28, 2007


my announcement of the arrival of winter was premature. We did have snow, it melted quickly, and then all week we've had gorgeous 60's and 70 degree days. I can't remember the last year we had such a long fall. And, we're getting more of the same this week. Works for me!!

First, the quilty content. I got my rock art piece sandwiched and all ready to go- with a BLACK batt. I learned my lesson with the 'Watchers' piece. It was worth the hunt, we'll see how it quilts.

I also pulled out my Caran d'Ache water soluble pastels, and got a small piece for framing well on its way. But, since it is a Christmas present, no pictures- don't want to spoil the surprise.

I also got a great gift from my daughter-in-law, Marly, who makes jewelry. I love the beaded necklace and earrings, they will get plenty of wear.

I now completely understand what my mother meant when she talked about seeing a stranger when she looked in the mirror. I look at this and think, "Where did that young woman I am go?"

With the weather as gorgeous as it has been, Sadie and I went for a hike yesterday. There's a place not too far up Spanish Fork Canyon where a major mudslide took place about 25 years ago. It took out railroad tracks, and cut off the main highway between eastern Utah and the Wasatch Front for months, until a new road could be built. After all this time, the scar on the land is still very visible. We'd found a place to access this a couple of weeks ago, so off Sadie and I went.

It was a good, uphill hike- the terrain is uneven, and I was following horse tracks that were laid in mud and dried- so I had to watch my steps. But I got quite a ways up! Here's the view from the highest point we reached--

If you click on the picture, you might be able to see a tiny black dot under the large rock escarpment on the right side of the picture. That's the view area, where they have a history of the slide and its aftermath.

You can see in this how uneven the ground is. Sadie loved being able to run around, and I love it when she wears herself out.

I loved the way this tree is leaning. Not a surprise, the wind is a regular feature in this canyon.

And here's the view looking up the mountains. There are two really obvious slide areas, this is the closest. The next one is over another hill on the left.

After we came back down, I drove the short distance to the view area I mentioned earlier. This is the view from there, looking towards where we hiked- under the slide area on the right.

If it doesn't look like it was an uphill hike, I think it's because the viewpoint and where we got to are a similar elevation. Where I parked and we started hiking was well below the viewpoint!!

And here's a photo for you, Shannon- just to show which animal rules the roost at home. No, that is NOT Sadie in the bed, that is Annabella the cat. But Sadie won't push her off the bed, she just sighs and lays down next to it. I had a good laugh, and had to get this with the camera. Priceless!

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