Another visit to Capitol Reef

 For the second time this year, we visited Capitol Reef national park and the Torrey area. The first time was earlier in the summer when we stayed in Teasdale, but Angela scored us some vacation weekends during a charity for the United Way, scoring us a fun two nights at the Rim Rock inn. Can’t complain about that!

We took a half day of work on Friday so that we could take off early and hopefully get down there before the sun sets. I had a few late orders come in on Friday so we weren’t able to get on the road until about 3:30. Unfortunately we got caught up in some early traffic which slowed us down a bit but were still able to get down to Torrey in a reasonable time, showing up right as the sun set about 7pm. We checked into the hotel and made reservations for the following evening at the Rim Rock restaurant, then headed over to a place called the Saddlery Bar and Grill, which is kind of like a redneck hangout, but pretty fun. The place was nice on the inside and brand new, but the outside looked like a big brick building with not much that was pleasing to the eye. Anyway, we had a great time, the music wasn’t quite what we love but its good to mix it up a little right?

That night I had a hard time sleeping, seemed like the walls were really thin and I could hear banging around from neighboring rooms. I wasn’t able to sleep more than a few hours, but we got up and I grabbed something to eat from the front lobby and then Angie and I set out to hike up the Rim Rock overlook that is about a 2.2 mile hike from the parking lot with the petroglyphs up and over the cliffs that rise above the Fruita oaisis. The hike was moderately strenuous, I would highly recommend a lot of water and to be careful going out on a hot day. The heat doesn’t bother me much but I know it would be hard for some people, especially in the middle of summer. Capitol Reef is a bit higher in elevation so its a bit cooler than most desert locations, but still one should take care.

It took us about an hour and a half to reach the top of the overlook, and it was definitely worth the hike. The views were amazing, and you could see forever. We took some time to enjoy the scenery and take everything in, even pausing to do some “Clifftop Yoga”. We got some great photos of the overlook as well as all of the mountains in the distance including Boulder Mountain and the Henry Mountains in the distance. We then hiked back down, completing the hike in about 4 hours and were extremely hungry so we went and got burgers at Slackers Burger Joint, which was ranked as one of the top burger places in the state, understandably so! After that we went and cleaned up and rested for a little bit, then went out briefly to take some photos of Chimney rock.

With only a half hour left til our dinner reservation at the Rim Rock restaurant, we took a quick drive down the scenic road in Capitol Reef with the sunlight escaping us. At dinner Angie enjoyed a steak and I had a good old fashioned Spaghetti and Meatballs. Dinner was excellent and the host John was very nice, looking forward to a return visit. Sleeping the following night was rather easy as we were so tired from running around all day. In the morning we grabbed a bite to eat at a local breakfast place then headed home, getting in around 2pm leaving us plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day.

 

 

Visiting Alexa in San Francisco

A kiss on the beach with my love!

When I last left off, I had just finished up racing for the season and also finished djing with the amazing closing night at W Lounge. The following week Angie and I went to San Francisco for Labor day weekend to see our dear friend Alexa. We took Friday off and flew in at a reasonable time to land there about noon, and then Alexa picked us up at the airport and drove us over to our hotel. After we dropped off our stuff and checked in, Angie and I walked a few blocks to grab something to eat at a local restaurant, then took a little nap and hung out. Later we went for a walk around some of the San Francisco neighborhoods as we waited to meet up with Alexa and Damian for dinner.

A re-do of Angelas cute photo from a few years back:)

We walked around some of the higher streets in San Francisco, trying to find the exact same spot where we took a photo of Angie and the Oakland bay bridge in the back ground. It was a bit chilly in the wind but fun, and we did eventually find the correct spot and take a few photos. After that we wound our way down a few blocks and ended up meeting with Damian and Alexa at a great Thai place and the prices were reasonable. After dinner, Alexa just drove us back to our hotel so we could get some sleep and an early start the next morning.

A brief walk through the Muir Woods en route to wine country.

We woke up early for our wine tour trip, which took us to the Miur woods and then on to three different vineyards. The morning was a little chilly but fun walking around in the woods, taking photos. The first vineyard we went to was pretty laid back, not much going on there, just a few tastings of sparkling wine, then off to lunch at the Sunflower Cafe in Sonoma where we enjoyed a delicious lunch. I had a great lamb meatloaf and Angie had some type of a meat sandwich, very fresh and tasty. I am so glad that I am enjoying natural foods so much more. After lunch we went over to the Madonna vineyards, and being kind of late in the day we were feeling like we didn’t really get a good amount to drink, so Damian purchased a bottle of wine and we drank it en-route to Cline vineyards.

Starting our wine tour…its going to be a long day:)

Once we got to Cline vineyards, it seemed to be free flowing wine. We ended up getting pretty drunk and by the time we were on the bus home it seemed like it was a full on party. We were being pretty obnoxious and there weren’t really any fun people on the bus. Usually people get a bit more loosened up and more laid back as the day goes on. This really wasn’t the case here, but we made a party of it anyway. By the time we got back to the hotel, we were pretty lit and had bad headaches from the wine. We ordered some Pizza from an Indian food place called “Zantes” that made a Tiki Masala pizza. We were pretty wiped out by the time we were done with this and then just ended up crashing out.

Honey Badger Turtle Dont Give a Fuck!

Angie and Alexa at Cline vineyards

The next morning I got up and did an abbreviated workout since we were supposed to meet up for breakfast, although I could have trained a lot longer. It took a while for Damian and Alexa to meet up with us but around noon we went to a place called “Toast” for breakfast/brunch. They had some great food and fueled us up to walk around the bay and over by Ghiradelli square. We walked out onto the bay’s walkway, then over to a nearby park and met up with some of Alexas friends. It was a breezy and somewhat cool day in the park, after hanging out there for a half hour we went back over to Ghiardelli Square so Angela could get her trip ornament and I could get me a chocolate sundae! The line at Ghiardelli’s was absolutely mind blowing, unknowingly a 30 minute wait to get an order. I felt guilty after ordering as I was beginning my sugar diet. I ordered a ‘peanut butter & chocolate’ sundae which must have had a million calories, hardly worth the half hour wait and guilt.

A nice breezy day in the park!

We then went back to the hotel and chilled out for a while, Alexa and Damian went back to their place to freshen up. Later in the evening we went out again, meeting at a cuban place called “Cha Cha Cha” in the Mission district. We had to walk and take the Bart, going through some pretty shady neighborhoods but once we got there it was great. The food was served Tapas style, so we ordered quite a few different appetizer dishes and sangria to drink. We pretty much closed the place down and afterwards Angie, Alexa and Damian still wanted to go out for longer but I was pretty bushed and went back to the hotel room to sleep while they went out for a bit longer.

Walking around the bay in San Francisco with Alexa and Damian.

 

The next morning I got up and cranked out a fast workout before eating, Angie was still asleep so I went across the street to a ‘diner’ style place and ate a good old homecooked meal. The place was pretty funny, like from an old movie or something, complete with a cranky waitress. After I ate, Angie finally got up, we got packed up and checked out. Then we got picked up by Alexa and stored our luggage in her small car while we walked around, had lunch and then went shopping and found Angies wedding dress. After lunch and shopping we had just enough time to drive over to Alexas place in the Haight Ashbury district where we wer able to walk around, grab a coffee and breifly take in the scenery. After a quick walk through the neighborhoods we were off again, heading towards the airport and a trip home.

Trip to Jackson Hole

Riding along in front of the Tetons

Angie and I used some gift certificates to go up to Jackson Hole over the past weekend and had an amazing and gorgeous time! We were originally going to do the Hill Climb up at the Bear Lake Classic, but it was only 3.5 miles and seemed like an incredible waste of time once I got up there. Instead of doing the race we headed straight to Jackson Hole and checked into our hotel at the Lexington. After that we went and had sushi at a place called Nakai that was just a short walk from our hotel.

The next morning we got up, ate breakfast and then headed out, I went on a ride called the Kelley Loop which gave an amazing view of the mountains up in Jackson Hole and the Tetons, past the JT Moulon Ranch and it was fun riding with the Bison. After that I met up with Angie at the visitors center and we went into the national park, I rode my bike up to the top of signal mountain, there was such a beautiful view. After that Angie and I drove around and took some great photos then went over to a place called Jenny Lake, such spectacular scenery! Angie started feeling better and wanted to ride from Jenny Lake home so I dropped her off then drove the car over to the Hotel and then went around on my bike the Wilson route to meet up with her and ride home. She got lost in a scary part of the ride and was pretty shaken when I finally met up with her. After that we came back to the hotel and then went out for a delicious dinner at the Merry Piglets restaurant and had a pitcher of Margaritas.

We are happy little piglets eating mexican food at the Merry Piglets restaurant!

On our way home we were so hungry, we stopped and grabbed something to eat at “In and Out” burger in Bountiful, then when we got back into town Angie and I were having such a craving for a milkshake that we stopped at Artic Circle right before going home. As we were going through the driver through we heard a crunch, and right then I realized that we left our bikes on the rack and had damaged them, it was such a horrible sound. I was freaking out, and I destroyed my favorite Orbea in just a matter of seconds.

My favorite bike, cracked in 2 places! All it took was a second of not thinking.

There was a silver lining though, I don’t know what made me think of it but I started researching online and found that my bike was covered by my homeowners insurance as personal property, and was able to get a brand new Orbea Orca gold!

The new Orbea Orca Gold to replace my Matte Black one:)