Monday, June 28, 2010

Donut Falls and Spanish Fork Canyon

The last two weekends I have continued my ongoing adventure to explore Utah. Last week we all drove up to Little Cottonwood Canyon just south of Salt Lake. It was a decent hike, with an awesome waterfall at the end. We all had a good time and took some good pictures.

Then this last weekend we had a ward campout. It was so much fun. We all had a great time. We had a great hike, wonderful dinner and fun games. I slept like a rock and woke up to a pancake and bacon breakfast. Stacey and I stayed afterward and pattled around the Spanish Fork Reservoir in some inflatable rafts. It was the highlight of the weekend.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Goblin Valley

This weekend my friends and I went to Goblin Valley. It's located about 3.5 hours south east of Provo. I got off of work around noon. Stacey and I went shopping to get everything ready for the trip. It was raining all afternoon in Provo as we got ready to leave.

We headed off to Goblin Valley about 6pm. Our campsite was perfect. It wasn't even a 'campsite' at all. We were totally by ourselves in the middle of the desert. The temperature was perfect. We all enjoyed sitting around the fire and talking. We all got to bed about 2am. It starting raining pretty hard about 3am, and one of the girl's tents filled with water. They had to spend the rest of the night in one of the cars.

Early the next morning, We drove to the STATE park. We had a great time exploring the valley, taking pictures, and spending time together. We found cool caves, huge hills, and lots of little nooks and crannies everywhere. The incoming rain kept the temperature at the perfect level and we very much enjoyed our hike.

When we got back to our cars around noon, it began to rain and hail super hard. We waited it out for a while, but it showed no sign of stopping. After a while, we headed over to another canyon and saw some ancient Indian writings. The storm caught up with us, so we decided to end the trip several hours early, and headed home.

It was a great trip, the best of the summer so far. The rain was a downer, but the company and the adventure made up for it. I love camping, and I love spending time with my best friends.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The End of an Era

When we were children, each one of had a childhood dream of what we wanted to be when we grow up. I too shared a dream of becoming an astronaut. I think it began on May 24, 1994, shortly after my 7th birthday, when I saw the last episode of Star Trek The Next Generation. Whatever the catalyst was, I began to love the idea of space travel. I watched Apollo 13 over and over. I read books about the space shuttle missions. I dreamed that I was part of the Mercury or the Gemini missions as one of the first Americans to leave our home planet.

Now to my point. As times changes and priorities shift, things like NASA and the space program begin to seem pointless. My point isn't to talk about that. My point is to simply show how an organization like NASA has played such a developmental role in my life. My dreams of working for NASA as a CAPCOM officer lead me love to design Lego ships as a child. It lead me to study how integrated circuits work. It has lead me to studying engineering at BYU in the hopes that I can someday add to the projects that will continue mans exploration into the great unknown.

I dont know where the future of space travel lies for this country, but whatever it is, I am sure that I'll continue to follow its development. I'd like to finish by sharing the picture that inspired todays post. This was taken last month on May 14th when the space shuttle Atlantis took off for the last time for a mission to the ISS. The photo was shot from a F15E flying in the airspace near the shuttle.