Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fall project #1

I must make this wreath

I need this in my tummy soon

What food have I been craving for the past two weeks? I need to make salsa before the craving part of my brain explodes.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

a few days of summer

One day Phil and I decided to go to the Uintas. We climbed Bald Mountain which is the highest peak in the mountain range. The whole way up we had magnificent views of the many lakes, mountain peaks, and the incoming thunder storm. It was a pretty hurried climb since it is dangerous to be on a mountain when there is lightning striking.
Here we are at the top!
Directly behind me is the mountain we climbed.

On another day Brittany came over because it was her birthday and we had peach pie and she blew out the candle. It was joyous.

On a different day my beautiful friend Christa got married. She had a lovely reception at Le Jardin.

Josh and Jenna came! And they ate a lot...

I love Dave and Bekah. They make me smile every time.

Less than a week later we were in Salt Lake again for the wedding of John and Janessa.

We got up at 4am the next day to run the Hobble Creek Half Marathon. And we survived! And it was kind of fun except for the last 3 miles which hurt really bad.

The next day I had a picnic with my Vienna girls. I still can't believe it has been 4 years since we were all eating gelato and studying really hard in Europe... oh the memories!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

This is why Montana is called Montana

So we were driving back to Utah from Washington and we decided to make a quick detour through Glacier National Park. I am SO glad we did. It was breathtaking and probably the most beautiful place I have ever been. We camped right by this lake.

In the evening this man entertained us with some fun music.... until the thunder was so loud that we couldn't even hear him.

The next day we drove through the park on the "Going to the Sun" road. This road is closed in the winter because the snow would make it impossible to drive on.

We saw a baby bear! It was adorable!

Although this picture doesn't do it justice, this was a breathtaking view, especially with the light streaming over the mountains.

This area is called Logan's Pass. We walked around for awhile up here and saw some beautiful wildflowers!

Phil and I loved Glacier. We vow to one day go back and spend even more time. I am so grateful that Phil encourages me to go on adventures like this!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Farewell Russia!!!!! Nice to meet you!

Souvenir shopping (more like souvenir looking) was really fun! Someday it would be fun to own a fur scarf and hat like the ones in this picture.

So many nesting dolls in Russia!

This is St. Isaacs. We climbed up some stairs in the church and saw...

this great view of the city!

The doors on this cathedral were massive!

Phil tried a crepe stuffed with caviar for lunch. But it was disgusting so we had to throw it away!

Silly pants

We rented bikes for a few hours in the afternoon and rode to a couple monasteries. This one however did not allow bikes :(

Here is Phil riding a bike.

We stopped at this park to finish off the crackers we had been living on all week.

This building is the Smolny Cathedral and Convent. It is gorgeous. I love the color of blue. It is the same color as my kitchenaid, which I also love.

We had some Borscht for our last meal in Russia.

Here is a picture of the Hermitage at night.

It is 2 am and all these people gather by the river to see the bridge go up!

Here it is starting to go! I just cannot take the anticipation!

Halfway up!

And all the way up! It made it!

This was such an amazing trip! Thanks to the MEG grant for allowing me to travel to Russia and thanks Phil for joining and making this an unforgettable experience!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Russian 4th of July!

We wanted to take a day and get out of the city. We rode the bus to the island of Kronstadt. There is a dike that spans the gulf of Finland that connects Kronstadt to the mainland. This is where the bus left us. We had no idea where we were or how to get back to St. Petersburg. It was an adventurous day!
We found a beach where a lot of people were swimming and where there was a great view of this house that was left in the middle of the gulf of Finland.

This is me sticking my head in a cannon.

There were a lot of sweet naval ships.

We rode this boat across the gulf of Finland. It was pretty rusty and old but it got the job done!

It looked like Kronstadt used to be a successful port city. All the machinery was rusty and gave the place a creepy ambiance. It is interesting to think about what this place used to be like when all those machines worked and when people lived here. What did the people do? Where are they now? Russia is so interesting!

We finally made it to Peterhof, the summer palace of Peter the Great. The palace is in the background, but we just explored the gardens which were pretty amazing. Peter the Great was known for his successful navy. He recognized that water was very powerful and wanted his gardens to reflect this. There were about 20 beautiful fountains throughout the grounds. This is the main fountain where Peter is ripping open the mouth of the Lion. The water is coming out of the Lion's mouth.

Grill dawg. Phil is a gangstar.

The Pyramid fountain.

The chessboard fountain. Brennan would have loved this.

Behind me is a canal that goes all the way from Peterhof to the Gulf of Finland.
We had to do something to celebrate Independence Day so we went to McDonalds!

It seemed like everyone else had the same idea because the line was huge!