Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Beehive Grill

The Beehive Grill is Logan's only brew pub restaurant. They serve great food at good prices (triple nickle wings anyone?) and the restaurant has a very cool atmosphere.

Their website is...

and they are on Facebook. If you are on Facebook go and "like" them. They are running contests and promotions on their page, and today yours truly won a growler of their home brew root beer!

So go have a pint of their Moab brewery beers or the home brew root beer, grab a gelato or dinner, and kick back and enjoy.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fundraiser For Linda Rowbury's Family

Linda’s ward is putting on a fundraiser for her family next Tuesday, July 5th from 6-8pm at the new Stake Center in Providence behind Macey’s.

They are looking for participants to come and any donated items to be sold. Please spread the word. For more information or to donate an item for the silent auction call Cameron Wright at 435-770-4849 or Holly Wright at 435-770-6188.

Macey’s will be donating food (probably hot dogs) and there will be a silent auction and bake sale.

If you are going, the fund raiser will be at the Providence Stake Center located at 180 South 485 West, the same building as where the funeral will take place. The best way to get there is to head south on 165 and turn left on 300 South in Providence (at the Zions Bank). Turn left at the first numbered street, 485 West, and you will see the church will be on your right side.

If you would like to bring some baked goods for the sale, feel free to just bring them down to the event.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Birthday Hike

Ok, here's the deal, everyone who is coming on my birthday hike tomorrow needs to meet in the Spring Hollow campground parking lot at 8am. We will hike Crimson trail and have tin foil dinners for lunch afterwards. If you have questions or need a ride, call me on my cell. Right now there are at least 6 people going, maybe more.


...I has it. For now.

Here is my current project, I have about 50 of them going on, but this is the big one that I am trying to get done before my mom leaves for Hawai'i and I'm stuck trying to finish it on my own.

Thank heavens for mom! And aunts! Pssst, Marion, don't be surprised if I show up at your door with a half finished dress begging for help.

Free Happiness

I saw this on a billboard in Yah Poh! today and it made me smile. Happiness really is free, pass it on...

PS - If you go there the loaded Mexicana fries are my favorite meal, try them!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Linda Rowbury

There are some of you who have banked or worked at or with USU Credit Union and may have known Linda Rowbury. She was the manager of the Providence branch of the credit union.

Linda passed away this morning as a result of injuries sustained in an accident in her home. Linda was pregnant and close to her due date, the medical staff that worked on her were able to save her baby and it is currently being treated.

Her family is going to need a lot of help and support. If you would like to make a donation to help the family with funeral and medical costs you can do so at any USU Credit Union branch (Brigham City, Providence, Logan Downtown, Logan Campus, or Smithfield).

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Man vs. Mud

Ok, we now have an official Man vs. Mud team, "The Dirty Bounders". If you want to run with us go to

and sign up for the 9am race time and select The Dirty Bounders from the race team list. The team password is: knackers

You will need a credit card to register and if you sign up by Saturday it will be $31.75 total and that includes your t-shirt.

Now on to the hard part...costumes! Ideas?!? We could all have matching water wings or swimcaps. I'm all for tutus and tiaras. Someone suggested mom's old care bear costumes. We could always hit the DI for costume ideas. Or we could bribe mom into making us some of those matching superhero capes. Pirates? Dinosaurs? Disco? Nerds? Ducks? Come on people!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Weekend Events

Looking for a Summerfest alternative?

Remember that the Cache Valley Gardener's Market will be held at Merlin Olsen Park this Saturday from 9am until 1pm. Richmond is holding their harvest market at Rockhill Dairy from 10am until 1pm.

Today and tomorrow there are 2 valley towns holding their annual town celebrations. If you have never been, you should check out these local festivals.

Nibley Heritage Days

Clarkston Pony Express Days

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A race I am willing to run

Get ready Cache Valley, Man vs. Mud is coming! The first ever Cache Valley Man vs. Mud 5k obstacle course run will be held September 3rd at 9am. Come in costume and be prepared to get dirty. They will have a kids course as well.

$30 before the end of 6/25/2011 (current price)
$35 before the end of 7/20/2011
$40 before the end of 8/15/2011
$45 before the end of 9/2/2011
$50 on day of race if not sold out.

Even if I don't end up running I am definitely going to go and watch. If someone is crazy and wants to run it with me I'll register. Who wants to get muddy?

See a play, or two!

The Old Barn Theatre in Collinston presents not one but two great plays right now! "Guys And Dolls" and "Into The Woods" are both currently playing out at the Old Barn now through the first weekend in August.

Tickets are $7-$25 and available online, over the phone 435-458-BARN or at the door. Evening shows begin at 7:30pm and matinees (July 23rd and 30th) begin at 2:30pm. The Old Barn is located at 3605 Bigler Road, Collinston, Utah. If you are coming from Cache Valley head West on 200 North in Logan (Valley View Highway), and it is just past Beaver Dam on the right side of the road.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Trail Flooded

The Riverside Nature Trail section that runs between Guinavah-Malibu campground and Spring Hollow campground in Logan Canyon is flooded.

Last night my niece Nicole and I went for a hike. We were going to take RNT from SHC to the Crimson Trail trailhead in G-MC and then do a full loop and end up back in SHC. About half way between the campgrounds the trail is completely covered in water and is flooded for quite a way.

I called the Forest Service station this morning to let them know because there were no signs or warnings in Spring Hollow about the flooding. They said they had closed the trail with a reflective yellow safety strap, and that someone must have stolen it. They are going to go up today and put straps back up at both ends of the trail.

If you are wanting to hike a trail and want to know if it is flooded, closed, or covered in snow, you can call the Ranger statioin for trail conditions. The one at the mouth of the canyon, across the road from the country club, is 435.755.3620.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GND Wedding

Yes a member of the Global Network of Devas is getting married and it is going to be a blast! I am heading to MSP the weekend of July 24th to celebrate the heck out of Lynn and Patrick's wedding. This is from their wedding website:

"Our theme is a hip, swanky party from the Rat Pack era. Gentlemen, dinner jackets are optional, but why not have some fun with it! Same goes for your white gloves, ladies."

I need to find a retro bowling shirt for the pre-party Friday night bowling. And I feel an online pre-event fashion show coming on. You know I am lousy at making decisions so I'll post a couple of dresses, shoes, hats and gloves and you all need to vote in the comment section to help me find the perfect outfit.

I am going to be hitting the DI and Somebody's attick looking for vintage deals. If you find anything you think I might like let me know or send me a link.

This is going to be LEGEN...wait for it..DARY!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Stuff to do

If you can't find something to do this week in Logan you are lame. No, seriously, you're lame.

Summerfest is this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Bike With Brent is Friday.
Movie in the park in Smithfield is Friday night.
Old Lyric Repertory Theatre starts their season this week with "39 Steps"
Petsmart is hosting a Super Adoption weekend.
And Shimmering Sands Belly Dance will put on their annual Sandstorm! show.

If you can't find something fun to do, you're dead to me.

Birthday Hike

Ok if you really love me you'll come on a hike with me for my birthday...well the Saturday before it at least. June 25th, at 8am I want to go hiking and then do tinfoil dinners at the cabin for lunch after. If the snow has melted I want to do Old Juniper or White Pine, if they still aren't clear then I want to do Crimson or Birdneau. Stay tuned for more details.

Friday, June 10, 2011

LDS Church Archive Trip

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011, some of my family got together and drove down to Salt Lake City. I rode down with my brother Jim, his wife Sarah, and their baby CJ. We arrived early so Sarah suggested we stop at Ruby Snap for cookies.

If you haven't heard of Ruby Snap, go to their website and check it out. They used to be called "My Dough Girl" but then Pillsbury sued them for trademark infringement. Pillsbury was right to be worried, the Ruby Snap née MDG cookies are far better than anything the dough boy company has ever or will ever produce. I hate to admit it, but these were even better than moms (don't tell her!).

The cookies are big and come in a variety of delicious and imaginative flavors. The taste, texture, and smell were all amazing. I can't describe it so you are just going to have to drive to 770 South 300 West in Salt Lake City, Utah to try them. Or you can order the frozen dough and bake them at home...I suggest driving, no dishes to do afterwards.

The cookies come in adorable white and red polka dot gift boxes that are tied up with black ribbon. The whole shop has a retro/vintage feel to it. I'm just glad they don't have a location in Logan or I'd weigh 200lbs and be broke. I had the "Maris" which was a soft chocolate cinnamon cookie with a chewy caramel center, yum!

The only thing Ruby Snap needs to be completely perfect is to sell quarts of milk to go with the cookies.

After stopping for cookie heaven we headed downtown to meet up with everyone for the main event of our visit.

My father has an old pioneer journal that belonged to his great grandfather Henry Ballard. Henry was the first LDS bishop in Cache Valley and he served in that capacity for over 3 decades. The church had acquired 2 other journals that belonged to Henry and wanted this one as well. Our journal was the oldest of the 3, dating from 1857 before his marriage to my great great grandmother Margaret McNeil, and running several decades. He was a first hand witness to many important events in Utah, Cache Valley, and LDS history. This journal is an important primary source of information from that time period and it needs to be preserved.

The journal was starting to disintegrate, some of the sections had faded so badly that you couldn't read them. It would have been too expensive to hire a private preservationist to work on it for our family. My father decided to donate the journal to the church so that they could preserve it through the efforts of their full time conservation lab in the church's new library and archives building.

So we were invited to bring the journal down, tour the archives, and show the book to the professionals in the lab.

At the library everybody had to check in with a photo ID and get issued a guest ID badge. We were escorted to a lower level and shown a film about the preservation efforts of the church.

Our tour guide then showed us some of the books and documents they had in the archives. Some of you may remember the LDS film "How Rare A Possession" about the Book of Mormon. In the film there was an Italian man studying to become a priest and then he finds a Book of Mormon without a cover and spends years trying to find the church that published it. The man was a real person and his name was Vincenzo Di Francesca. We were able to see his BofM, letters to the church, and passport. We were also shown Henry Ballard's other 2 journals as well.

Probably the coolest pop culture moment was when we got to see Elvis Presley's BofM, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine & Elvis didn't secretly convert. He had a fan and friend named Cricket who had converted and then she gave him these books. Despite his lifestyle in his later years he was raised a devote Christian and was interested in all faiths. He signed his name on the title page and actually read this BofM and made positive notes in the margins.

Next we were taken up several floors to the conservation lab where they showed us the lab and explained the work that they do, this is where I started taking photos with my phone.

All of us in the lab.

Our tour guide in the man in the white shirt.

The lab boss. We found out by coincidence that he was related to my sister in law Stacey, it really is a small world...or at least a small state.

The view from the lab...I want to work there.

The book binder/intern joined us to share her knowledge.

I like that among the fancy and highly specialized tools and products we found regular old Cut-Rite wax paper. Old school!

This is the journal. They have lasers and special equipment, we have a 50 year old plastic bag from Macey's, I think dad made the right decision in donating the journal.

The journal. This cell phone photo is blurry and poor quality but the handwriting is exquisite.

The pros assessing our crumbling treasure. It was proclaimed "Beautiful!"

A demonstration showing us how they seal documents into archival plastic sheets without damaging them. Never laminate old paper, heat is very destructive.

This video is my brother Rob and his best buddy, our nephew Tate. Tate is a handful but Rob was great with him. I can't imagine why the toddler was bored...aren't all 18 month olds interesting in document preservation and historical books? Sheesh, some kids.

After the lab we were taken into the climate controlled vaults. Notice everyone commenting on how cold it was.

Me, my oldest brother Rob, and our father Lou with the journal.

Rob and our brother in law Craig reading the journal.

Dad signing the donation papers. The family retained the rights to publish the journal and also the rights for any of Henry's direct decedents to handle and view the original at any time. We will be receiving a digital copy as soon as they work on it and have it imaged. I think I will post interesting excerpts here when we get it. I am fascinated by old books in general and journals in particular. The are even better when you are related to the people being written about or doing the writing.

After the archives my sister Heather and her mother in law headed home, and my sister in law Stacey went back to work. My parents took the rest of us out for lunch. After lunch Sarah and Jim headed back to Logan. Those of us that remained headed up Immigration Canyon to Hogle Zoo.

I haven't been to the zoo in years and it has changed so much it was almost unrecognizable. It made me nostalgic for the very dated looking buildings that I remember from my youth. Does anyone else remember those machines that you could put money into and it would mold you a plastic zoo animal? Those are all gone now, I kind of miss the smell of hot plastic.

The zoo was a lot of fun and very, um, er, uh, educational. It seemed like spring was in the air and several species were getting frisky, see the tortoise videos and the peacock video below. There was a monkey with a pet stuffed monkey, asneezing elephant statue, a smiling and vomiting juvenile orangutan, animatronic dinosaurs that spit water, a machine that produced the smell of a rhino when you pushed a button, and a prancing baby elephant. I had forgotten how fun and funny the zoo could be.

My oldest sister and her two oldest daughters at the zoo.

Caden, Megan, Elysa, and Kyla at the zoo in front of one of the dinosaurs.

Caden getting sprayed by the spitting dinosaur. He was REALLY excited about the dinosaurs, he carried around a zoo map the whole afternoon, searching for all the dinosaurs.

Caden and his map. He LOVES T-Rex. He kept telling me "T-Rex has 2 fingers like this.." and then he'd show me. At every animatronic dinosaur he'd look at the claws and then say "Nope, not a T-Rex, more then 2 fingers" and then he'd walk off saying "I know they around here somewhere!"

Holly, Kyla, Megan, and I headed over to check out the elephants and tried to find out how many of us it would take to equal the weight of a baby elephant.

Kyla hanging out on the trunk of the sneezing elephant statue.

The sneezing elephant statue in action.

There were dinosaurs that moved and made sounds, there were dinosaur bones in a sand pit that you could dig up, and there was even one you could sit on. No, Cordie, they didn't have a smaller dinosaur that you could use as a weapon while riding the big one into battle, I checked. Caden and the girls loved it, Tate on the other hand...

...he was also against sitting on gorillas...

...but luckily the other kids didn't share his prejudices.

In the empty outdoor gorilla exhibit we found a peacock who was all decked out to go courting. I should have spliced in the song "Courtin' In The Kitchen" by Gaelic Storm, but I have no idea how to edit videos, so just hum it to yourself.

In our wanderings we found these horses that used to be in the old west style fort at the East end of the zoo (it is closed off to the public now, sad.), and Megan shared with Kyla the horsemanship skills she's been learning at her equestrian lessons.

While checking out the primates we found this monkey with its very own pet monkey. In the video you can see it holding the toy and stroking it. Cute or Sad?

In between the monkeys and the new construction (where the polar bears used to be), was a playground. Caden was practicing for a career in construction.

Almost everyone who came to the zoo (I was taking the photo and dad was chilling in a shady spot with his book).

Crossing the bridge we could hear something roaring. We followed the noise and Caden hit the dinosaur jackpot! He finally found his T-Rex and there was even a zoo worker there with replicas of T-Rex teeth and bones to explain all about dinosaurs.

We went up to see the tigers in the Asian Highlands exhibit and stopped in at the replica of a Himalayan house. Elysa and Caden learned how to use chopstick...sort of.

Then we took a stroll around the reptile house. At one exhibit I looked out the window and noticed the 2 giant tortoise. The bigger one was approaching the smaller one with what can only be explained as, contrary to popular myth, great speed. They are NOT playing leap frog.

Then my niece Nicole came in from outside. She'd seen the same display and according to her they were quite noisy about it.

And then the amorous couple went for round two. All I can say is that it wasn't that much different than our neighborhood...People, learn to shut your windows! It was definitely an Animal Planet kind of day.

We finished the afternoon at the Discovery playground where the kids could run wild. The girls made a new friend on the teeter toter and Elysa had fun at the gopher exhibit.

Word to the wise, avoid the pink cotton candy at the zoo, it tasted like cherry cough syrup. I miss the old regular cotton candy on the paper cones.

We left the zoo right at closing time and the first drops of rain for the day started to fall as we were heading for the cars. Up until then the weather had been beautiful. We had dinner and then headed home. When we got back to the valley there was a huge double rainbow over the East mountains...unfortunately I was stuck in the backseat of the van between 2 car seats and couldn't get a picture of it.

All in all it was a fun day. Not a bad way to spend a day off of work.