Festival de Mascaras

I’m trying not to do monster blog posts so it makes it quicker to read and I can keep everyone more entertained posting more frequently. So I should be posting more often over the next couple of weeks or so!

I was able to go to the Festival de Mascaras in Barva with my mom and sister. I’m a bit slow, this was back in March. The festival started when the natives tried to scared colonists away with masks. Now its pretty much just a show of a bunch of different masks, little and small. It was cool seeing all the different masks, there were cartoon characters, famous people and monsters. People in masks had dances and played a soccer game. It was really fun and I wanted to stay all night!

Costa Rica: The Beginning!

Hey everyone, this is Quinn! Some of the other AFS students started posting blog entries and I thought that would be a great way to keep everyone updated on how life is being a Tica!
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Our 16 year old daughter is climbing on a plane today. She’s on her way to a 6 month foreign exchange in Costa Rica with AFS. We’ve been planning this for about 6 months and yet I find it hard to believe that the day has finally arrived.cost-MMAP-md

Peek-a-Boo and Spooky slot canyons


Fall break weekend fun. We trucked it down to Slot Canyon’s Inn in Escalante and had a little fun on Saturday hiking Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Gulch slot canyons about 25 miles down the Hole-in-the-Rock road just outside of Escalante. The fall weather was just perfect for hiking in the desert with a load of kids.


A short hike (about a mile or so) from the parking area is the entrance to Spooky Gulch. It may not look like much- enticing to some, frightening to others…


Just step inside for some twists and turns, tight spots and amazing beauty.

4th of July

The 4th was fantastic, our first in Midway, it was cozy and low key. The day started with a mountain bike ride on the Interlaken and Dutch Hollow trails (I still can’t believe there is such delightful single track so close to home). A few lazy hours in the afternoon at Deer Creek, lounging in the sun with friends and paddling kayaks around. The holiday finished with a barbeque/block party (fish tacos… yum) with the neighbors and friends and watching the fireworks on Memorial Hill from the cul-de-sac (and under umbrellas). A perfect holiday.

late afternoon sun in Midway

Looking south out over Midway Utah, Deer Creek reservoir and the Wasatch mountain range in the distance.
A late afternoon thunderstorm brought this breathtaking double rainbow, probably the brightest rainbow I’ve ever seen.

Hole-In-The-Rock

Adventure is in the air as the chilly summer of 2011 commences. Here’s to hoping the weather warms up soon, and more adventure- without jackets and long pants- is right around the corner. This past weekend we took a drive out to Hole-in-the Rock, just outside of Escalante. That’s 65 miles of dirt road driving. About 50 miles into the drive you come to Dance Hall Rock (the rock formation behind the cactus) where the mormon pioneers used the natural amphitheater to take a break and dance as they crossed the  Utah desert.
Here it is folks- Hole-in-the-Rock, where the mormon pioneers bravely lowered their wagons and supplies on ropes down this canyon and crossed the Colorado River (now Lake Powell) on their way to the San Juan Valley.
The dirt road out to Hole-in-the-Rock has always been rough and four wheel drive vehicle has always been a requirement. Recently, Garfield county has been working hard to make the road passable to two wheel drive vehicles and have done a really good job. The road is in great shape, there are a few sandy and steep spots where high clearance is still a good thing to have, but otherwise fine with two wheel drive.
Of course we hiked down to the enticing waters of Lake Powell, the kids couldn’t get there fast enough; partly to get out of the relentlessly howling wind and partly because we’d all been sitting in the car for 2 dusty, bumpy hours and needed to get moving.
I’m not going to lie… the water was cold and white capping in the wind. My eldest Q, her father’s daughter for sure, dove right in, not caring about anything but getting wet. The rest of us hung our toes in and decided it was a good idea we postpone the Lake Powell boat trip a few more weeks.
Looking back up the Hole-in-the-Rock pass and imagining the pioneers with their loaded wagons, ropes and improper footwear can really make one ponder one’s own hardships.
M, making her way back up the trail.
A visit to Hole-in-the-Rock would not be complete without some staged pioneer pictures. Thank goodness we remembered to bring the bonnet and apron, and that we are so easily entertained.

ski between the lines

All the late storms this last week have dumped loads of snow in the Wasatch mountains. Here’s what Bishop’s Bowl at Sundance looked like when the storm cleared for a minute and the sun came out.
See all the squiggly lines? A lot of those tracks are mine- and my gal Q- who had the day off of school- we were doing our best to fill in the gaps, until our legs could no longer hold us up. It’s about time I got a powder day in, or, I should say… it’s about time I got myself out onto the ski hill to enjoy a powder day.