100! – I just bought my first Steep and Cheap

Wow, 100 blogs. And Angel-A started it all. What a trophy-blogger! Angela, this post goes out to you… Ranger…

It’s been so hot in Rexburg that I’ve been sleeping with just a sheet, open window, and fan blowing. The third floor of apartments are the hottest!

I just ran 100 miles and my friend, well she ran 250 miles so we could have a picnic in Colorado. I took an empty Sobe bottle and a fork and banged them together to scare away any bears and homeless hippies in the forest. I know that sounds silly, but it eased my nerves when I was alone 😉

I made my first purchase from Steep and Cheap. My headlamps are old and dim – even with new batteries. So when I saw this I just had to consider it. It was a little pricey, but with the features I knew it was a worthy replacement.

Black Diamond Solaris Headlamp

Check it out!!!
– Rechargeable li-ion batteries with car, and house charger!
– 175 meter bulb (2 football fields baby)
– 4 LED’s that burn for 1000 hours (this alone is more light and hours than my current headlamp.
– interchangeable red and blue lenses.
– Oh yeah, and it’s 120 USD cheaper on steep and cheap 🙂


The title is because this is the 99th blog post i’ve made on blogger. I think I started using blogger in 2004. Before that I was blogging, but doing it the hard way using strictly html and css, without any automated php scripts to handle all the archiving. I moved to blogger cuz everybody was doing it! (bragging moment in 3…2…1…) Oh, and by the way, I’ve been blogging since 1999 on my own personal web site which I’ve owned and run since before you probably had email, and Google was just a funny-sounding name for a search page that was refreshingly simple.

Wake boarding took place yesterday at Rigby Res. The boat was 26 years old, but after a little bit of TLC and a power jump, it started up and purred like a water buffalo. Boarding itself was difficult from the choppy waters and my rusty boarding skills. Yet I was able to get up to 12 inches of air (yes, that’s 12 whole inches) off of the wake twice before sticking the board into the water and painfully coming to a stop. Afterwards we BBQ’d up some hamburgers and enjoyed frog-eyed salad and potatoe salad made by the Trophy Wife… uh, I mean Mary.

Graduating Brings Deep Thoughts and I Think I’m Changing

Honestly I’m finding myself staring at graduation in my mind for long periods of time and wondering what it all means: How did I get here? and Where will I go? are questions I keep reviewing in my head. A third thought is: Could I have done anything better? I know the answer to the third question is yes, but that doesn’t leave me with regret as much as a feeling of having to make up for it in the future. I’m still very happy with my life so far, knowing it hasn’t been perfect.

The things I thought once silly I’m now taking seriously; like Who will I keep in touch with? What state will I live in? Is there life outside BYU-Idaho? I’m also eating strange foods like: tuna and crackers, sprouted lentils, and drinking rice milk (I love rice milk!). Plus, I no longer seek to “run away” from American Society and live in a cave. I think the Meso America Tour showed me just how great it is to live here, even if we have idiots who mess things up for everyone else. I’m thinking of being established with some land, and being a part of society. Saving the cave for extended vacations every once in a while, and making the outdoors a heavy part of my recreation. Anyways…

I got exited today when I had an idea for graduation invitations… a collage of pictures that represent BYU-Idaho to me personally. Things like the Rexburg Temple, the Sand Dunes, the Spori Building (where most of my classes were), and the Teton Mountains. It would make a stunning picture.

On Saturday I went all the way through the Darby Caves. It was difficult because the spring snow runoff flooded the caves with rivers of icy water. We had to hike through a lot of it and shimmy over the deep parts. My hands and toes were cold for the entire time. Joe, who had done the cave about five times said it was the hardest run he’d ever done. I would compare the stress level to be the same as doing Symmetry Spire. It was just hard. Nevertheless I’m glad I did it. I memorized sections of the cave so I can go through again with my own confidence to guide me. Perhaps a run in the fall, when the water is gone, will be worthwhile!

Just for fun, here is a picture of me on the Meso America Tour with me and Nate giving some orphans a ride on our shoulders in the rain forest!!!