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Fossil Hunt Adventure

Last weekend we had a real Utah style adventure.  Tim and I went with some of his math buddies to central Utah to dig for fossils.  The place was called U-Dig-Fossils.  It took about 2 hours to get there on the freeway (minus the time we took making stops along the way).  Then it was about a 20 mile ride on a very interesting gravel road up into these hills.  When we got there there was a little shack where an old man who spoke with a drawl gave us buckets and hammers and set us loose in a rock pit with a bunch of broken up shale pieces, and we got to hacking.  The fossils were trilobites and they were surprisingly easy to find, so the challenge became finding the biggest and most in tact ones.  We got to keep everything we found, which was a decent amount, so everyone back home should be expecting fossils for x-mas!  

That was only part of the adventure though.  Sarah, whose idea it was and who graciously volunteered to drive, apparently had old tires on her van.  This did not fare well on the 20 mile gravel road.  So on the way in, once we had parked and were getting out, we noticed one of her tires was hissing and would soon be flat.  So on the way out they changed it with her spare.  But oh no, the tire saga doesn’t end there.  About an hour to an hour and a half away from Salt Lake City she blew another tire on the free way! So now what right?  We already used the spare.  Luckily she had AAA and they got a tow-truck to us in about 15 minutes!  Plus they drove all 5 of us all the way back to Salt Lake.  We were very impressed.  We ended the night at The Pie pizza restaurant near campus, which I think was well deserved.

 

Pictures:

 

Sarah with her cool Indiana Jones hat that I'm jealous of

Sarah with her cool Indiana Jones hat that I'm jealous of

 

Ben

Ben

Mike with me in the background

Mike with me in the background

 

 

Me studying my find

Me studying my find

 

Sarah

Sarah

 

 

Unrelated, I’ve been working on my cooking.  My new favorite thing is vegetarian fake meat.  I think I actually like it better than real meat because it tastes the same but doesn’t have any of the fatty parts and inconsistencies.

 

My veggie meat tacos turned out really good

My veggie meat tacos turned out really good

 

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...Tim agreed 🙂 We are also happy to have the plates Catie gave us!

 

Lentil stew! mmm

Lentil stew! mmm

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First Weekend in Utah

  I arrived Friday…at 3am!  It was a long, long drive.  But thank you to Tim’s parents for letting me hobo along with them with all my stuff!  It was nice to have a three day weekend to try to get some basic stuff out of the way.  We were only really successful though in getting me a wardrobe.  Macy’s denied us the mattress that is rightfully ours…or rather they denied us the credit card discount until they can send us some form in the mail.  😦   Anyways, so I’ve been getting adjusted and so has Eek Eek (Tim’s turtle).  Saturday we stopped by the farmer’s market downtown.  That was neat, there wasn’t much produce, it was mostly craft booths.  It basically felt a lot like salmon days only twice as big and they have it every weekend in the summer.  I also got to see the downtown mall, which was nice.  It looks a lot like Redmond Town Center.   Monday was Ikea day.  It was super crowded but we managed to pick out the wardrobe I wanted and then just barely squeeze it into Tim’s Jetta.  It took the rest of the day (after the disappointing afternoon at Macy’s) to put it together.  Tim did most of it and I helped when needed.  Thank you Tim for making me a closet! Pictures:  

Tim and parents at his desk at school

Tim and parents at his desk at school

We almost didn’t make it into this building.  For some reason his keys weren’t working but there is some special magic touch you can do to trick the door into unlocking, but it took some doing.  

Me and Tim by his desk

Me and Tim by his desk

Start of wardrobe building

Start of wardrobe building

The finished product

The finished product

I got to custom pick out what kind of shelves and stuff I wanted…so that was nifty.  It doesn’t have any doors because we weren’t sure it would fit very well with everything else we want in the room.  I like it anyways though and it will force me to keep it neat (maybe).  

...with all my stuff (it just barely all fits)

...with all my stuff (it just barely fits)

Unrelated….here are some pictures of a recent trip I took with Weve to Snoqualmie Falls  

Weve in front of rock and waterfall friend

Weve in front of rock and waterfall friend

 

Me next to this rock jenga stack someone made

Me next to this rock jenga stack someone made

 

Falls

Falls

 

Looking up at the observation tower

Looking up at the observation tower

 

Weve and I wanted to cross these rocks to get to the other side..but out survival instincts kicked in and we decided not to

Weve and I wanted to cross these rocks to get to the other side..but out survival instincts kicked in and we decided not to

 

Weve...much like an agile mountain goat on the rocks

Weve...much like an agile mountain goat on the rocks

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