Monday, September 21, 2015

September 12th: Farmers Market and State Fair

The weekend after Labor Day we decided we wanted to do both the Farmers Market and the State Fair. The Farmers Market is sort of a staple for us, as we like buying produce there. We went and bought crenshaw, home made tortillas, corn, sweet meats, macarons, and a few other lunch items.

We then headed over to the State Fair and wondered around there for awhile. We mostly spent our time looking at (and visiting with) the fair animals. These incredible creatures are where we get most of our meat from - easy to forget when we just go to the grocery store and pick up nicely packaged food! 

As we were leaving the Fair, we stopped at the little Marine booth where they had a pull up bar and a little competition board. If you did so many pull ups or so long of a flexed arm hang, there were various prizes you could win. After watching a few others try, Brandon decided to go for it. He needed fourteen pull ups to get a water bottle - and he made it all the way to twelve! I then tried the flexed arm hang (as I know I can't do fourteen pull ups). I was able to keep myself up there for about 75 seconds which won me a t-shirt. Woo! ;) Which, as it was much too large, I immediately gifted to Brandon. It was a fun little challenge though.

Labor Day - Wilson Arch

On our way home from Mesa Verde, just before getting to Moab headed Northwest, we passed Wilson Arch. We'd passed it on the way down, but we were racing against the light at that point, so we didn't stop. But on the way, we had no reason not to stop - so we did! And it was worth it.

Labor Day - Mesa Verde

We wanted to do a small trip before the end of the summer, so Brandon and I decided to make a quick trip down to Mesa Verde - complete with a little camping!

We drove down on the Sunday before Labor Day, set up camp, and then did two tours (Balcony House, Cliff Palace) before deciding to head on home and enjoy that Tuesday off at home. We're suckers for time off at home. Quick, but fun.

Camping out of our car is SO much easier than hiking equipment in. Still, there were a few things we wished we had:

-a lantern (we had head lamps, but a standup lantern would have been nice)
-a water jug (so much easier to take water out of than our water packs)
-a small broom/dust pan (to clean out the tent)
-a measuring cup (so we could measure out more specific amounts for our meals)
-firewood (so we could make a fire!)

Going up the first ladder at the Balcony House.

First view of the Cliff Palace!

The pictures pretty much speak for themselves. We had a good time!

Timpanogos Cave Tour (and more!)

On the Saturday before Labor Day, Brandon and I visited Timpanogos Cave. We'd signed up (about a month before - there are only five spots a day and they go so quickly!) for their "Intro to Caving" tour.

It was a bit of a steep hike leading up to the cave entrance but we still got there about forty five minutes early (they give you ninety minutes to make the hike - it doesn't take that long). The five of us on the tour (six with our guide Montana) finally donned our gloves, knee pads, and helmets and were ready to go in. It was a fun tour into a part of the cave system that the normal group doesn't go. We hiked/crawled around and talked a lot about the cave, history, and geology. It was just a little more hands on than the normal tour would have been.

Our furry little friend who came half way
up the mountain with us.

"Two by two - hands of blue!"

Decked out.

Brandon caving!

It was so hard! (not really)

Free from the cave!

We might have gotten a little dirty...

After the hike we went down to Provo to visit the Beehive Bazaar (a little market at The Startup Building in Provo with cool (mostly) homemade stuff. 

Delicious macarons!

After the Bazaar we'd made plans to get together with some friends to go climbing in Lehi. They weren't able to make it, but we bouldered a bit before deciding we were completely wiped and ready to go home.

All in all, a fun day!