Tuesday, May 26, 2009

memorial monday

getting back into the swing of blogging. i had monday off which was needed; i got a ton of things done that i've been needing to do for a very long time. anyhoo, i went downtown boise with phil, joey, and shawn which was awesome; we brought our bikes with us and biked out to lucky peak and back. it was a gorgeous day and i've biked that route several times, but this time it was the best i'd ever seen. we biked back to boise and grabbed some pizza from a great little place called the pie hole. a truly awesome memorial monday.

anyone say rematch?

(me after the wings beat the ducks in game 7; i was celebrating for the rest of the night, literally)

so hopefully everyone is following the Stanley cup playoffs because the Wings are doing great...duh! so they are 1 win away from going to the championship where they will probably face the penguins. anyone remember last year's cup finals???? wings vs. penguins. won the cup in 6 games? well i feel like it will be a repeat.

every time i watch there games i put on my sergi federov jersey, grab my Wings cup, and pound, scream, beat the drums, and yell at the tv. i am very passionate about hockey and have had to miss some opportunities because it is more important for me to watch it. (sorry to those peeps who got passed up by hockey)

i just remember where i was a year from now, getting online at some sketchy internet cafe in europe hoping and praying that the wings won their game. i'd watch the game highlights and read the articles before i'd do anything, even write e-mails to my family. (sorry family)

i wish i was back in europe wandering around downtown amsterdam at 3a.m. looking for anyplace that would have the stanley cup game on. sadly i never found a place there and i guess that's the bright side of this story, i get to watch it this year.

Monday, May 25, 2009

memorial day hike

dad keeps letting me know that i haven't updated my blog in awhile, so here i am updating it. i haven't had much to talk about lately just same ol same ol: work, hangout with friends, eat, sleep, etc. so for this past weekend my friends, joey, phil, and myself went backpacking out to the old mining town silver city out in the mountains on the border of idaho and oregon. we went up there because the other 2 places we wanted to go to were going to have thunderstorms and weather.com said that silver city was going to be sunny with few clouds so we ditched our tents and tarps to sleep under the stars. while we were almost to the top of the mountain the storm hit...

we were in shorts and t-shirts with not much other clothing to protect us. we made it to a clump of evergreen trees and the hail started smashing to the earth. maybe the size of pennies or smaller, they hurt none-the-less. there were 3 trees next to each other that we took refuge under. we decided to build a shelter to keep our stuff and ourselves dry so we each set out gathering sticks and branches and cutting down evergreen branches. we weaved sticks through the 3 trees' branches and built a wall on the side and covered the tops and sides with evergreen branches to cut the wind and keep out the rain. i dug out a firepit inside the shelter and circled it with rocks and we cleared the ground to lay our gear out. we got a fire going and rested while the thunder/hail/rain all that shabang pounded the mountain.

luckily it let up later that evening and we got to watch the sunset and several lightning storms light up the surrounding areas. it was truly gorgeous and amazing! i brought my newly acquired mandolin and harmonicas while my friend joey brought his accordion and shakers so we could play music up there. it was just a great time to spend with my friends and soak up God's beauty and power.

we only saw a couple deers and we ran into a good amount of snow; speaking of snow...after we built the shelter i decided to go take some pics around and phil was keeping the fire going and joey was off exploring and gathering firewood. i climbed up and around a mining area and to make a long story short i was circling back to camp and i was walking on a patch of snow, which there were many scattered patches, and i fell through; legs dangling, luckily i threw my arms out to stop myself from falling further. i pulled myself up and gained composure. joey was luckily close by and i showed him it and then took some pics of the inside; it wasn't as deep as i thought were i fell in but it sloped down further and i fell at an angle hence my feet dangling. it was an old mining shaft that was covered with snow; i'm lucky nothing happened.

this is long enough so we made it back home safe and sound. here are some pics of the trip; if you want to see more you can go to my flickr account on the side of my blog.