Workbench finished

This update is long overdue, but I wanted to talk about the workbench that we finished building. We actually finished it in March of 2017 – almost a year ago! Since then I’ve done a few other projects, and have really been getting into woodwork. I have a long way to go and I wouldn’t say I’m a pro, but I’ve been happy with the result and the journey of making things has been a lot of fun. I’ll write about the other projects I’ve done in the next couple of days (serious).

Currently I’m thinking of a new project, which has been inspired by my kids (twin 2-year olds) who keep getting into our bed stand drawers, pulling everything out and even breaking things such as my phone charger. This new bed stand idea I have will have a special way to open the drawer that only adults should be able to figure out, and I also want to incorporate an embedded wireless phone charger so I don’t have to bother plugging in my phone at night.

I don’t have any drawings of that yet, but here are the photos from the workbench build back in March 2017…

Brian makes a workbench with dos drills
Hard at work making this awesome workbench!
Finished clean workbench with tools on the wall
FINISHED! – with some new tools to start using with it!

Next up, the Kitchen table… I’ll write about that in another post.

Good To Be Back

Returning to Anasazi this Winter has been a great decision. I’ve loved being back on the trail and working with kids in the outdoors again. Everything from cooking on a campfire to sleeping under the stars and working with TrailWalkers. I love it.

Lately I’ve been really sick. For 2 straight weeks I’ve had a bad cough and been in bed. But today I feel much better (a friend told me a few days ago to stop eating bread and processed food, and only eat veggies and oranges). Since doing that I’ve been getting well quickly. Here’s a picture of when it all started…

I fell asleep like this because I was so sick

Being sick so long has given me a lot of time to sleep and think about life. The University of Utah has accepted me to start school this Summer in their Mechanical Engineering program 🙂 but I’ve had a lot of second thoughts about returning to school. I’m planning on giving this more thought, as my other option is to stay in Outdoor Education and work on some business ideas I can do with the experience I have.

I plan to visit California next week and go sailing with my buddy who’s living there right now on a sailboat. It should be tons of fun. I’ll take some pictures to show y’all when I return. In the mean time, please enjoy these pictures from the Anasazi Trail…

Swimming Hole

Making Fire

Wild Edibles

Cooking on the fire

Around Camp

Hello from Jackson! Once again, just a quick update: I’ll be coming back to Salt Lake for General Conference. Hope to see everybody I can there!

Next, Jackson is awesome of course. I’ve been working on websites like a mad man, but I love it. I’m glad I took a long retirement from it, and I’m glad that I’m “back in action” with the world wide web. I’ve been rebuilding my portfolio while I work here. Soon, I plan to migrate this blog back to my own host (no longer using blogger), for those of you who have been following my blog since the beginning, you remember that I used to hard code everything on my own, before migrating all my content to blogger in 2004 (I like to consider myself a seasoned blogger, since I kept an online log of myself since 1999, before I ever heard of a “blog”). Though convenient, I think for the sake of personal pride and practice, I’m going back to doing it my way, without blogger tools. Well, one day at least, when I get the time to do the migration and creation of a new blog site. (actually, if you want to see the wordpress installation I set up , go here:

I’ve been hosting some couch surfers on the river banks, which has been a lot of fun. 3 people from Germany, and 2 people from New York. I love the Couch Surfing Project, because I get to meet new people all the time.

Here’s a few pictures for your enjoyment:


Shoot out

Dusty and I planned a little bachelor party for Sven tonight… No strippers, just a couple of guys, lots of toys and targets, and lots of ammo. The stuffed turtle and toy piano were really fun to shoot. My shoulder is sore from the 12-guage, which normally doesn’t happen. I guess working in a deli doesn’t exactly make for tough shoulders.


Crude Oil

There’s a reason BP does not want photojournalists anywhere near the oil spill currently devastating the Gulf of Mexico. If people were to behold the raw effects of this tragedy, they might demand justice against those responsible, namely BP. Being over 5,000 feet below the water’s surface, the leak has proven to be difficult to stop, and has resulted in millions of gallons of oil scourging the Gulf waters. Though disasters such as this are rare, it doesn’t make the effects of them any less cruel.

AP Photographer Charlie Riedel captured the following photographs off the beach of Louisiana’s East Grand Terre Island on Thursday June 3, 2010:

For more information:
New York Times Article
New York Times Multimedia Gallery Article

Moab and New Mexico

I left Salt Lake City a week ago and went to Moab with Sven and Brenna’s Family. From there I found a ride to New Mexico (met a guy in Moab at a free lunch) and I’m staying with Jo for a few days. She is working near Cloudcroft, NM as a Wildlife Technician studying the Mexican Spotted Owl. It’s a cool job where she lives in the woods. Now she has 5 days off and we’re at her friend Kristy’s house in El Paso. Today we’re going to Carlsbad Caverns. I’m having a great time, and a much needed vacation.

Yesterday we went climbing, where Jo led some awesome hard routes and I could hardly follow. She’s a great climber and I’m proud of my sister for all the great things she does in life.

This weekend is the ward Moab trip, so I’m going to hitch hike back to Moab on Friday and join them, where I’ll catch a ride back to Salt Lake with the one and only Sara Barclay.

From there I’m staying in Salt Lake and working full time on some personal projects and necessary things. I’ll be traveling to California a week later with my brother, hopefully. I want to meet some CouchSurfers down there, plus, a visit to the beach can’t hurt either.


Good Life

I’m loving life and the simplicity of it. I am at my parents house again, preparing what I’ll need to live in Jackson Hole, WY.

I made a 5-day camping trek from Phoenix to here. Actually, I drove to Boulder and saw some friends… for 5 days before continuing on to my parents house Sunday (Kandis tells of the story here:

Danger Kitty is great, and sleeps all day in my room and always wants to play. After dinner I ran around with her in the back yard. She bounded through tall grass and chased the sticks I was dragging. She’s a great friend to have around…


Car Accident… Wilderness First Responder

Tonight I used my training in WFR for the first time in real life. I was driving home around 9:45PM when I heard a crash followed by a constant car horn noise – sure sign of a car accident. I was on Stapley Drive coming up on Broadway so I knew the accident had a potential to be big as speed limits were from 35 to 45 mph.

I looked around and saw some motionless cars in the road to my left. I was coming up to a red light so I turned right and did a u turn to drive towards the accident. It was then that I decided I would see if I could help. I drove around and parked by the store nearest the accident. I got out and people were already there looking at the scene. The first thing I did was assess the scene… a truck and a car was involved. Nobody was in the truck, and the car was empty except for one lady in the back right seat. Traffic had stopped so I walked into the street. She was crying but I could not see any blood. She was a Hispanic lady. The window by her head was busted out and the door frame was bent in. I walked around the car to the window to where she was and asked her if she was okay. She was screaming “get me out of here!” I saw blood running down her arm, but none on her head or face, so I knew the cut was on her arm (plus her arm was next to the broken glass which was a good indicator). Immediately I saw a guy reach in and grab her shoulders and drag her out of the car through the opposite door. Dang! He didn’t have head control! So I ran around to jump in and hold her head just as she came out of the car. The people laid her down right there and I kept holding her head. I knew she could breathe because she was talking and asking if her son was okay (ABC’s!). I asked her a few questions like her name, her age, what time it was, etc. I decided she was Aware of her surroundings (AO+4). All she said was “where’s my son?” I turned around and saw a boy and knew it was him from the look on his face. He looked scared but also calmed when I told him his mom was fine. He was standing and I could see no sign of injury. A lady (the driver) was with him and she said he was okay. The boy looked about 6 years old.

He was standing behind me. I had him come over to hold his mom’s hand (so she would stop asking about him). She asked him to pray which he immediately started doing. I then had to think of what to do next because the paramedics had not arrived yet. When she was done telling a lady to call her family, I asked her where she felt pain. She said her neck and her right side (where the car hit) so I asked her to wiggle her toes to test for feeling and motion. She did fine, (It was really hard to get information because the people around us were crying and saying “what the f… happened” over and over again; they were shocked and scared, but I felt like she would be okay). I double checked to make sure somebody called 911, then knew she needed to be checked for any wounds to her ribs or arms (especially for lung wounds which are not good). I did not have my gloves so I chose not to touch her arm because of the blood. I had head control and a guy to my left was holding her hand and giving comfort. The biggest thing I think was to keep her calm so she wouldn’t move around. I saw that her arm had a pretty deep cut on it but the bleeding had stopped. Some people brought some towels over so we put one on her arm. I wanted to do a rib check to make sure no puncture wounds were there but finally we heard the sirens and saw the lights of the paramedics.

It wasn’t too much longer than one of the EMT’s told me he would take head control. I told him I was WFR and could help if needed. Within a few minutes there was tons of authorities around, so I knew my job was done. They proceeded to do a check on her ribs and legs that I was about to do. I stood around and watched until they put her in an ambulance. One other guy also went in an ambulance after being checked but I think that was a precaution they were taking with him. When people cleared out I took out my phone and took some pictures. I think everyone is going to be okay and the lady will have some stitches on her arm and probably whip lash and maybe a fractured rib. Here are the pictures I took with my phone…

From far away… you can see them working by the car

This is the damage on the car. She was in the back right seat.

This is the truck. The (3?) guys in it were all okay.

Back to the car and some bystanders.

An overall view to show the position of the car and truck… The car was T-boned by the truck and spun around into that position. I can only assume the car was turning left when the truck hit them. It was before the intersection…