What a magical place!
This weekend, I drove down to Moab with my good friend, Meg Olenick, and her parents. I didn’t know what to expect- I’ve heard amazing things about Moab but growing up on the East coast I was never much of a camper, hiker, or mountain biker. Needless to say this weekend had many firsts for me.
We camped in Moab, and it was really nice because Meg’s mom and step dad had their camper so we had gourmet camping meals each night. There were lots of campfires, card games, and music. By day, we went mountain biking which was really exciting because I’ve never been before and it was one of the best experiences ever. One day we went on a six hour hike on some uncharted trails and just explored for hours.
Moab’s mountains and rocks really know how to make a human feel small! The views were glorious and would go on forever. Weathered rocks ranged from blues and greens, and oranges and browns. The arches were pretty amazing and knowing that they have been there for hundreds of years just adds to the awe. It was an amazing trip, and I absolutely can’t wait to go back and hopefully do some more backpacking trips all over the world. The universe inspired and humbled me once again this weekend.
Thank you to Meg, Molly, and Big A for the wonderful times!
Stuck in a crack on our long hike
Meg, Molly, and Big A!
Seeing how tall I am compared to Balance Rock
Mountain biking in Moab!
Meg and me on top of the world
What’s up Everybody?
I hope you’re all doing well. I sure am. My mom surprised me this last weekend and showed up in Salt Lake City to spend the weekend with me before I head off to New Zealand on Wednesday. It was so nice to get some family time in, and I was really excited to show her my life out here. She got to hang with my little Cat Dennis, and we went golfing, and then went to this cool mountain called Sundance, which is actually owned by Robert Redford. We went on some hikes and ate delicious food. It was such treat to have her here, especially right before I head to New Zealand.
I’m heading to New Zealand Wednesday with the US Team. It’s spring in New Zealand so we’re hoping to go shred on some soft snow and hopefully learn some new tricks, if the weather cooperates. I’m so excited to go on a trip again and see all my friends. Matt Ladley, Greg Bretz, Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler, Maddy Shaffrick and some other fun shredders are gonna be the there so it should be good times! Follow my instagram to stay up to date on my NZ photos if you want. I’ll try to write another blog and have some cool photos when i’m over there.
Happy Fall Everyone!
Casual game of golf
Mom and I- golfing and being silly
Mom and me enjoying the fall colors on our hike
Meg Olenick and me on our hike at Sundance
We found a waterfall and my mom dared us to go under... we were kinda chickens!
Amazing fall colors. Didn't edit this photo at all!
Meg and I hiking, looking at all the beautiful colors!
Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. It’s been a busy couple weeks. I’ve been in Utah training, and then last weekend I flew to L.A. to celebrate my 21st birthday.
I wanted to bring a bunch of my friends together and enjoy some fun in the sun. We rented a fabulous house in Hollywood where we could all just gather and hang by the pool. There was such an epic crew, it it was definitely a birthday to remember. Some of the highlights included, the house, dancing, singing, drum circles, sushi, beach, Jonas brothers, and just quality hang time with friends.
Thank you to everyone who came, and to those who couldn’t come, you were missed, but there in spirit one hundred percent. This weekend made me realize how lucky I am to have so much love and friendship in my life, and I truly appreciate everyone around me. Hope you all like the pictures!
Drum circle with friends
Me with the Jonas Brothers
Just returned home from Retallack, British Columbia, a few days ago. I went to B.C. with Gretchen for New Years, to seek out some powder because there is a huge shortage everywhere else! We definitely found some when we got there. Neither of us checked the weather beforehand and we ended up scoring. It snowed every night, at least 20 cm, and fresh snow everyday. It was unique for me and Gretchen to be on a trip where we weren’t shooting or competing, and it was definitely a cool vibe to just be shredding and enjoying the mountains.
The avalanche risk was high when we were there, every time I go on a backcountry trip I’m reminded how no matter how safe and cautious we are, we are always in the hands of Mother Nature, and she is powerful and sends reminders often. We had a great group of people there on the trip, everyone ripped. Not to mention quite a few of the people worked for Oakley, so I was in good hands if I fell and got snow in my goggles.
New years was a great time, filled with bonfires, shotskis, dancing, charades, and fire blowing! Great way to end a year and start off a new one!
Happy 2012 People!
Beautiful British Columbia.
Gretchen and I in the Cat.
The Lodge, Retallack.
All Smiles. So Much Powder!