Monday, March 30, 2015

Finally a Car Decal For Me (and You)!

I do not have a stick person family.  My kids are not all miniature mascots of our favorite sports team.  I do not need 6 of my husband's company logo in varying sizes representing my loved ones on the back widow of my car.  None of those things represent me.

I also have never gotten into the habit of purchasing abbreviated circular stickers for every place I've even visited/skiied/vacationed/dreamed about.  What happens when I no longer want my travelogue, all cracked and faded, driving down the road with me?  

These are the two reasons I am so excited for the latest Kickstarter project from Glyphix Icons...


I do have an outdoor family!  We are skiiers, mountain bikers, runners.  We moved back to Utah because we are mountain people.  And I LOVE that our Glyphix icon represents that to anyone who sees it shining in the sun on the back of our truck.  


What makes the Glyphix Icon decal better and different?
    They're 3-dimensional & flexible.  Mine took about 3-seconds to apply and catches the eye from many different angles.  
    Made with a chrome metallic material that will keep them shiny and show-off worthy. Seriously, the shining blue mountain grabs my attention from clear across a parking lot.  
    15 outdoor passions to choose from including scuba, rock climbing, camping, and more. I can't wait to get the campfire decal and my husband is definitely getting one of the running or biking ones. 

You will definitely want to check these out, but to do that, the Glyphix Icons team needs your help in backing their Kickstarter campaign.  Head over to check out how you can help for as little as $5 and watch for your outdoor decal to be coming in the mail!
    

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hiking White Owl Canyon

Miss the 1st part of our spontaneous road-trip to Lake Mead?

By now you know that:
    1) I'm a slave to spontaneity,
    2)the rangers at the Lake Mead visitor center are moderately helpful, extremely entertaining, &
    3)the hike we chose looked promising...


So, let's get on it!

First, we found the tunnel...


Then, we found the slot canyon...


...and took some time to learn some things...

Learning all about owl poo

We saw a coyote.  We almost lost the kids (more on that coming, I promise).  We fought a little bit. We laughed a lot. And at the end of the day when we asked B & P what their favorite part of the day had been, they shouted at the top of their lungs, "THE HIKING!"  Me, too, boys.  Me, too.

The White Owl Canyon Trailhead starts at
the 33 Hole Road Parking Area
off the Lake Mead Highway.
Stay to the left as you come to the 
3 parking areas

The trail drops down 
at the 2nd shelter house from the left.

The entire trail does make a big loop if you 
don't want to turn around like we did. 
A detailed description can be found here.

One caution: There is a LOT of trash and broken glass
along the trail 
before you reach the canyon.  
It is obviously a party hangout.
Especially with kids, be careful-
or turn it into a great service project for them!

Do You Mean "White" Owl Canyon? (Lake Mead)

What happens when the spontaneity bug bites you on a Thursday afternoon and you know you're going to have do something about it?  You find yourself loading sleeping children in the van at 1AM and striking out on a 6-hr road-trip to southern Nevada, of course!  It happened to us two weeks ago, and we're going to spend this week telling you all about it-starting with an adventure at Lake Mead...


Lake Mead is very well known for boating and that little tiny thing called the Hoover Dam, but we don't own a boat and weren't feeling particularly tourist-y.  Instead we were looking for some really fun hiking.  On our drive down we scoured the internet and finally found a hike promising tunnels and slot canyons.  The description of the hike was great, but the directions to get there were a little hazy.  So, we stopped into the Lake Mead visitor center and had the following conversation...

Me: "We really want to take the kids hiking in a slot canyon."
Old Ranger: "There aren't any of those here.  You need to go to Lake Powell.  They have great ones."
Me: "Oh."
In my head: "You work for Lake Mead, Old Ranger.  How about trying to keep me here."
Me: "I read something about Owl Canyon.  Can you show me how to get there?
Old Ranger: "Never heard of it.  Stand here and wait a really long time and then I'll ask Young Ranger about it."**
Young Ranger: "Where do you want to go?"
Me:  "Owl Canyon, I think."
Young Ranger:  (looooooong pause) "Do you mean White Owl Canyon?"
In My Head: "How many owl canyons do you have?"
Me: "Yes, I suppose so."

And she finally gave me the directions.  But it wasn't over yet...

Old Ranger: "You make sure you're careful out there.  The terrain here can be very difficult."
Me:  "Oh, okay.  We hike in southern Utah all the time, so I think we'll be okay."
Old Ranger: "Your kids.  Make sure they're careful.  The terrain here can be very difficult."
Me: "Oh, okay, they hike in southern Utah all the time, so I think we'll be okay."
Old Ranger: "You make sure..." (repeat 5 times...you get the drift)

This was the first sign that we'd picked the right hike...


Not another soul on the trail.  The next parking area over was jam packed full and of course the simpler well-traveled trail near the visitor center was over-run with people.  But we had Owl Canyon 100% to ourselves the entire day!  The only challenge we faced was figuring out how to drop down into the valley...

B & P scrambled down here...
My husband and I kind of just went over here...
And on the way back up we realized there was an obvious path going down here...
Getting down to the trail was by far the most challenging part. After that, we were on our way...


For more stories from our hike
 and beautiful pictures of White Owl Canyon,



The White Owl Canyon Trailhead starts at
the 33 Hole Road Parking Area
off the Lake Mead Highway.
Stay to the left as you come to the 
3 parking areas

The trail drops down 
at the 2nd shelter house from the left.

The entire trail does make a big loop if you 
don't want to turn around like we did. 
A detailed description can be found here.

**I believe Old Ranger had never heard of White Owl Canyon,
as for some reason it's not listed on the area's official hiking list.

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