Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Bluebird Restaurant

If you've spent any time in Logan, UT you know the Bluebird Restaurant, it is a downtown landmark.  Now the Logan Downtown Alliance has produced a limited edition Christmas village piece featuring the Bluebird Restaurant, and they go on sale today!

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The models are $49 each and you can pay with credit card or check.  To order yours call the Gary Saxton at the Downtown Alliance in the Cache Chamber of Commerce office today.  The number is 435.752.2161 ext 4.  You can choose to pick it up at the CCofC office at 160 N Main, or have it shipped via usps at cost.

I've already called and left message requesting one but I haven't heard back yet.

UPDATE:  I just picked mine up at the CCofC office on my lunch break.  They said that they had only sold 10 so far.  That means there are roughly 39 left, so hurry in or call to claim yours.  It comes with the light cord and a light bulb.  It is packaged in a plastic bag within a sturdy styrofoam shell within a paperboard box.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stull Knits

There is a new link over under the "Cache Valley sites and blogs that I like" heading on this page:

This is Stull Knits.  Raecale Stull is the artisan and owner of this etsy shop and she lives here in the valley.  She can regularly be seen at Cache Valley Gardener's Market in Logan or Park Silly Market up in Park City.  I fell in love with her designs last year and finally got a pair of her slippers for myself this summer.

These are the best slippers I've ever owned.  They are soft, warm, and so comfortable.  She knits them with merino wool, then felts them, and then if you want to add a personalized touch you can have her add stitching to the top.  In addition to the slippers she makes fingerless gloves, leg warmers, hats, and other items.  To see even more of her designs just "like" Stull Knits on facebook here:

Guess what I'm listening to right now?

Babel by Mumford & Sons is officially out today.  The deluxe edition that I ordered through their website was waiting for me in my mailbox when I came home on my lunch break today.  It is currently playing right now.  My only regret is that my lunch break isn't long enough to listen to the whole album from start to finish.

Yes, I'm a geek and I like to have a physical album for my music.  I will buy some things on itunes, but for albums that I really like, I want to have the physical cd.  I still enjoy reading liner notes.  This record has a particularly nice thank you at the end...


Friday, September 21, 2012

2012 Salmon Run

The leaves are changing colors here in Cache Valley.  That also means that the landlocked Kokanee salmon at Porcupine Reservoir will be changing colors as well.  August through September these salmon change from their normal color of a greenish silver to a bright reddish-orange and then they swim upstream in the Little Bear River to spawn.

Driving to the South end of the valley to witness this yearly occurrence has become a tradition for me.  You should see this phenomenon yourself.  There is no cost to see the salmon so the only thing you'll spend money on is gas for the drive down there.  Try to make it down there before the end of the month for the best viewing.  The spawning usually ends around the first of October.

If you are driving from Logan just head South on highway 89/91 and take the left fork at t "Y" intersection by the Crystal Inn on South Main street, this becomes state highway 165.  Follow that road South past Providence, Hyrum, and Paradise.  In Paradise the road will dog leg East around the town square, follow the homemade sign towards Avon, then follow the signage to Porcupine dam. 

At the dam follow the dirt road as it winds around the reservoir until you reach the large metal gate across the road.  This gate is the entrance to the Cinnamon Creek campground.  It is owned by the LDS church and is technically private property.  That being said they do allow people in to see the salmon, but no pets are allowed so leave your pets at home or in the car.  Just park on the side of the road at the gate and walk on the gravel road down into the campground, it is a short walk (maybe 5 minutes) down a mild grade.  Sometimes if the campground hosts are there and the gate is unlocked they will allow you to open the gate and drive straight down to the campgrounds.  The branch of the Little Bear River runs along the Southern edge of the campgrounds.

Be careful not to the enter the stream, throw or kick anything into the water, use a flash on your camera, or make too much noise.  The fish are very sensitive during the spawning and disturbances can greatly impact them.

Here are some links to my past posts about excursion to see the salmon run.

New Logan Eateries

While driving around recently I've spotted at least 2 new spots to eat in Logan, but I haven't had a chance to stop and check either one of them out. 

The first is Mundo's Kitchen in the recently renovated Aggie Station on the Southwest corner of 800 E and 1400 N.

The second is Paco's Tacos in the industrial complex on 1000 W and about 650 N.  This location was formerly a restaurant known as the 10th St Grill.

If you have eaten at either please let me know how they are.  I'm hoping to get to both of them sometime next month after I get back from my trip.

In the meantime I'll leave you with this review...

Tacos El Rey

Maybe you've noticed this taco truck at its regular spot on the East Main street just off of 300 S.  It has been around for at least 2 years.  One of my nieces tried this truck last year and enjoyed it so I've been looking forward to trying it.  I finally had the opportunity to stop there and pick up lunch for myself and a co-worker.

We tried the pork, asada, and chicken tacos, as well as the tostadas de ceviche de camaron.  Everything was cooked to order and tasted fresh.  The proprietor has picnic tables set up under 2 shade tents just East of the truck, so the wait was comfortable and pleasant.  If you don't want to wait you can call your order in and pick it up to go.  After the meal I was stuffed, I would have been fine with just 2 tacos and a drink which means a satisfying lunch there would run me about $3.50.  In short this place can be summed up as: Affordable, relatively quick, and tasty.  Stop by today and try it for yourself.

PS - I almost forgot to add that the Paradise Bakery & Cafe is finally open inside the Cache Valley Mall.  So if you like Old Grist Mill, Great Harvest, Kneader's, and Apple Spice, you probably want to visit Paradise to see how they stack up to your favorites.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A-maize-ing Mazes for 2012

This month sees the opening of several Cache Valley seasonal favorites, Corn Mazes and Haunted Houses/Trails.  Whether you are looking for a fun night out with your kids, or a good scare on date night, or a fun birthday party or group activity, you'll be sure to find what you are looking for at one of these great local attractions.  As more fall attractions open I will post them to the blog.  So if you are in the Logan, UT or greater Cache County area, there is no excuse to be bored this autumn!

#1 - Green Canyon Farms Corn Maze

This is the largest corn maze in Cache Valley (over 20 acres!) and located in North Logan by the Eccles Ice Arena.  This year's theme is Under The Sea.  They have concesssions and a variety of other activities in addition to the maze itself.  GCFCM opened on September 7th.  For prices, dates, times, and a full list of options and activities please visit their website.

#2 - Little Bear Bottoms Corn Maze

This weekend corn maze in Wellsville opens this Friday (September 21st) and runs through Halloween.  They offer 3 different types of mazes for all ages and skills.  They also offer a hay fort, haunted river trail, wagon rides, and a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch.  For more information please visit their website.

#3 - Sherwood Hills - Dark Meadows Manor

A short drive up Wellsville canyon will bring you to Sherwood Hills Resort, Restaurant, and Spa.  In addition to being a fun weekend getaway it also holds a dark secret.  During September and October the forest becomes haunted, welcome to Dark Meadows Manor a haunted mansion and forest, Cache Valley's premier haunted attraction.  SHDMM is partnered with the Utah Food Bank and you can receive $2 off admission with a donation to the food bank.  The website has all the information you need.

#4 - AWHC Corn Maze & Fall Festival

Next weekend the American West Heritage Center opens its corn maze.  Their maze is 7 acres and they also offer a smaller kids maze and a blackout maze option.  They will also have a hay jump, gourd launcher, giant slide, spiderweb rope climb and more.  Their scare fest "Haunted Hollow" opens the first weekend in October.  The AWHC also offers several discounts.  Check out their website for more details.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

River Heights Apple Days 2012 - September 21 - 22

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Apple Days is upon us!
Another one of my favorite local celebrations is in another small Cache Valley town.  This time a bit closer to Logan, River Heights celebrates Apple Days every autumn.  This year the dates have been moved back from their historical weekend to avoid conflict with other valley events.

Apple Days will take place on September 21st and 22nd.  I am happy to report that they are carrying on their tradition of having a movie in the park on Friday night at dusk.  This year's film is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.  Here is a list of events going on in River Heights that weekend:

Friday, September 21st, 2012
Where: Heber Olsen Park Baseball Field
Time: approx 8:00pm (Dusk)
Movie: E.T.
(Make sure to bring something to sit on.  You will want to dress warmly and bring extra blankets, it gets chilly when the sun goes down.)
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
  • 8:30am - Tennis Tournament (Tennis Courts at Heber Olsen Park)
  • 9:00am – 5K Apple Run (at River Heights Elementary)
  • 1:00pm – Children’s Bycicle Barrel Races (at the Heber Olsen Pak, Tennis Court Parking lot; including a Decorations Booth for the Children’s Parade.)
  • 2:00pm – Children’s Parade
  • 2:30pm – Apple Days Parade, “Keepers of the Flame!”
  • 3:30pm - Patriotic Program
  • 3:45pm - 7:00pm – Midway Opens (Immediately following the Patriotic Program)
    • Free Rides / Inflatables
    • Free Children’s Games
    • Free Train Rides
    • Vendors
    • Treats & Snacks 
  • Lions Club Dinner Served at Pavilion – 4:00pm to 7:00pm
On the Main Stage
  • 3:45pm – Patriotic Program with the Presentation of Colors by the Cache County Sherrif.
  • 3:30pm – Singing Starz – A premier local children’s singing group.
  • 4:15pm – Community/Citizen Awards.
  • 4:30pm – Apple Darlings, Dance Performance
  • 4:45pm – Star Search (Lip Sync / Talent Contest)
  • 5:45pm - Just Jumping Performance (Tennis Courts)
  • 6:00pm – The Willow Valley Players, (Cowboy Poetry / Music.)
  • 7:00pm – City Council Raffle Drawing (winners must be present!)
  • 7:30pm – Closing/Cleanup
For more updates, sponsorship opportunities, to volunteer, to become a vendor, or for more information about the event please visit their website at


Avast ye land lubbers, the pirate high holy day be upon us all.  It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day mateys!  What's that ye say, ye have no knowing of ITLAPD?!?  Well educate yourselves you diseased bilge rats, click yon link to find out more...

And if'n ye want to celebrate, I wouldn't be opposed to a slice of pie from Angies, topped with a gummy rat from the Bluebird Candy Co.  Mmmmmm nothing like a good slice of pie-rat to warm the cockles of me old heart.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Whittier Center 20th Anniversary Party - 9/15/12

This Saturday, September 15th, is the Whittier Community Center's 20th Anniversary Party.  The Whittier is a great resource for this community and if you haven't been there yet this is the perfect chance to visit.  Here is some information about the event, this was posted on their website
Come join the Whittier Community Center celebrate its 20th Anniversary on September 15th. The day will start with the a birthday party for our Adventure Playground, now three years old, from noon until 2pm. We will be having games and free ice cream for the kids. From 2 until 5 join the Whittier Center’s tenants, from the Cache Civic Ballet, Free Style Dance, Zumba, Northern Utah Shorinji Kempo, Shimmering Sands Middle Eastern Dance, Bear River TaiChi and more, for free workshops. Ever wanted to do what we do here? Well now’s your chance to do it for FREE! From 5 until 7 we will be serving dinner of smoked pork, potatoes, salad, fruit and drinks for $5.00 a plate. Finally to cap off a great night comes see our tenants show off their stuff from 7 until 9. See what the experts can do. Tickets are $5 at the door.

And here is the updated schedule that they posted yesterday.

All Classes are free to the public. Class size is limited by space so come early!

2:00 pm:
Studio1: Freestyle Dance

Studio 2: Cache Valley School of Ballet
Studio 3: Shimmering Sands Belly Dance
Studio 4: Pilates

Commons Room: The Antics Improv Comedy

3:00 pm:

Studio1: Freestyle Dance
Studio 2: Cache Valley School of Ballet

Studio 3: Shimmering Sands Belly Dance
Studio 4: Zumba

Commons Room: Kempo

4:00 pm:
Studio1: Contra Folk Dance
Studio 2: Cache Valley School of Ballet
Studio 3: Inishfre (Irish Dance)
Studio 4: Inishfre (Irish Dance)
Commons Room: Bear River T’aiChi
Foyer: All Day: Cache Valley Paranormal, Narcotics Anonymous, Quakers, and Cache Valley Bee Keepers

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Music Therapy

It seems that for a lot of people I know 2012 has meant babies or breakups, in a couple cases sadly it meant both.  If you have a bundle of joy or are expecting, Mazel Tov!  If you fall into the breakup club, I'm sorry, that sucks, let's go eat donuts.  Just kidding, well, sort of.

I can't help much with the babies or offer any advice.  If you really need a night out call me, I'll watch the kidlettes for you, but be warned, I don't change nappies.

Unfortunately I can't help much with the breakups either.  I'm still trying to sort my own baggage out.  Just when I think I've collected all of it from the carousel and am ready to leave relationship airport, a new one pops up on the belt and I have to haul it off the belt and lug it over to the pile and figure out how to deal with it.

Lots of things have helped me through these last few months: good friends, wallowing, exercise, junk food, hot showers, movies (Way of the Gun/Hurt Locker/Blackhawk Down marathon anyone?), good food, family, hiking, dancing (badly, alone in my kitchen, don't worry I don't embarrass myself like that in public...much), sunshine, work (weird I know), gardening, molly the wonder dog, and music.

Music has been a driving force this entire time.  I have over 7000 songs on my ipod and there is always something to listen to.  So whether it was finding the motivation to simply get out of bed and brush my teeth (trust me there were/are days when those 2 tasks alone seem insurmountable and worthy of a nap after they are accomplished), or something to cry to while I'm huddled on the couch with a box of tissues and my dog by my side feeling like a loser, or something to push my sorry butt to the gym/old main hill/jogging trail, there is always something there that fits the mood.

So here, in no particular order, are the top 10 albums that have been on heavy rotation on my ipod during the last few months.  They helped me, who knows, maybe they will help you.
  1. Funhouse by Pink

2.Voodoo Shoppe by Cowboy Mouth 

3. 21 by Adele

4. Smoke Rings In The Dark by Gary Allen

Christina Perri lovestrong. (Deluxe Edition) Album Cover 

5. lovestrong. by Christina Perri

6. Saints and Sinners by The Young Dubliners

7. The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit

8. Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons

9. Teenage Dream The Complete Confection by Katy Perry

10. The House Rules by Christian Kane

Monday, September 10, 2012


Twenty, twenty, twenty four daaaaays to go...

Until I leave for Hawaii with my father. 

Dad and I are going to stay in Kailua-Kona from October 5th through October 17th.  My friends, the fabulous Sandee and Scott of Andrew's Powdercoating (, will be joining us on the 12th and staying a cuople days after we leave.  We will be there during the 2012 Ironman world championship on October 13th, we will be able to watch parts of all three stages of the race from the lanai of the condo.

I am giddy...stupidly, sickeningly, ridiculously giddy. 

It will be almost 2 weeks of no day job, no massage clients (really I love my clients but I do need a break from time to time), no schedule or agenda, no meetings, no o'dark thirty workouts (unless I feel like it), no cleaning job, no taking Molly the wonder dog outside to go to the bathroom 5 or 6 times a day, no cleaning the chinchilla cage.

It will be almost 2 weeks of tropical ocean breezes, sleeping in, snorkeling, being lazy, reading literature (real honest to goodness good books, just for the heck of it), hanging out with my awesome father, hanging out with my awesome friends, getting my fill of fresh ripe tropical fruit, napping, swimming, tanning, and whatever else I feel like doing in a place that I love more than I can say.

I won't have a computer with me (vacation, duh!) so I won't be blogging at all while I'm gone.  And since my camera died a couple months ago the only photos I'll be able to take will be with my crappy little phone camera, so don't expect any gorgeous panoramic views posted here when I get back.  Just know that I will be far away getting some much needed R&R in paradise.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

On the subject of work

I work several jobs.  One is a white collar desk job.  The rest are all hands on blue collar jobs.  I have never been ashamed of my blue collar jobs and I have never been afraid to get my hands dirty if it meant making a living and providing for my loved ones and getting the bills paid on time.

Unfortunately a lot of folks out there tend to turn away from or look down on anything that isn't gained through a standard college degree and white collar position.  Blue collar jobs are what built this country and allow us to live as a civilized society.  Blue collar jobs put food on your table, build the roads you drive on, and keep the lights on at night.  You owe the comfort of your existence to the men and women who roll up their sleeves and do the jobs you turn your nose up at.

My friend Lisa from the blog Lisa Loves Logan shared the following link on Facebook tonight.  I read the letter in its entirety and have nothing left to add but, AMEN!  Please take a few moments to read this open letter to Mitt Romney from Mike Rowe (yes the Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame).

No it isn't about political mud slinging or taking sides.  It is about standing up for people who just want to work.  The whole website is a gem of a resource for anyone looking for work in blue collar fields.  Hard work is nothing to be ashamed of.  The only shame in working is in not working hard at what you do or in being ashamed of an honest job because it isn't glamorous.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Ute Fans Apparently Can't Park

I left work today at 6pm, right when the USU vs. UofU game was starting.  I work a block away from the USU football stadium so of course traffic was awful and people were getting desperate for parking spots.  As I walked to my car I saw this beauty of a parking job on 700 E (which has only parallel parking on both sides of the street).

Seriously?  SERIOUSLY?!?  Who sees cars parked parallel and thinks "Well hey I can just pull in perpendicular, no one will notice!"?  This is a view of how far this vehicle was sticking out into the street.

Yeah seems like a totally legit parking job to me.

So Ute fan, not only did your team lose tonight, you probably also got a little gift from the Logan City parking authority.  Enjoy your drive of shame home!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Porcupine Music Festival - September 8th

I will be a vendor at the Porcupine Music Festival in Avon this Saturday. I will be offering seated massage at $5 for 5 minutes, this includes a free bottle of water. I will be bringing along my collection of nail polish and offering basic nail painting for $3 a set for adults and $1 a set for kids 12 and under.

I am also trying to get my sister and her husband to come and sell their Mood Wrapz.  Mood Wrapz are like mood rings for you mp3 player!  They also sell cool statement necklaces and other fun items.  You can see the full range of products on their website:

Here are a couple photos of the mood wrapz I bought for my current ipod (it is an 80GB classic).

Because you need a good laugh today

My lovely friend A. shared a link with me the other day. 

I laughed out loud when I read the story.  The problem was that I was trying to not laugh out loud so I snorted and made choking noises and generally looked like a degenerate. 

If you need a laugh, click on the link below and read.  Please feel free to laugh out loud, if circumstances permit.  For example you may not want to read this at work, a funeral, church, public computer lab (library, school, etc) or anywhere where laughing out loud might be frowned upon...especially if you have to explain why you are laughing.

You're welcome.

Odark Thirty

My alarm went off at an unholy hour this morning.  And surprisingly (for me at any rate), I actually got out of bed, put on my work out clothes and drove to Old Main Hill here in Logan. 

While I was standing at the bottom of the hill wondering how I was going to climb it, looking at this view,

my ipod must have read my mind and known it was going to be a struggle this morning because it started out the shuffle with this song...

I think my ipod has a sick sense of humor, but it made me laugh and got me through my warm up.  This was the view at the top of the hill.

Pretty, isn't it?  Almost worth the effort it takes to get up there.  Our fabulous instructor from Body Rebellion Boot Camp ( was at the bottom of the hill keeping us motivated and giving us instructions.  After about an hour I was at the bottom wondering if I had it in me to do one more set of steps and my ipod jumped to the rescue with this song...

Oh ipod, you known me so well, thanks for the motivation.  I made it one last round.  This is what the hill looked like as I was leaving.

I hate getting out of bed, and I hate exercise, but I'll admit that it was a pretty great way to start the morning.  When I got home I was watering my plants and found these unexpected beauties hiding in the strawberry bed.

All in all a pretty good morning.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

What are you doing Friday?

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So this Friday there is the big football game at Romney Stadium, USU vs. U of U (if you want to do other stuff you can record this on ESPN2 and watch it when you get home). You can find more information here:

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And then there is the Logan Downtown Gallery Walk that night as well.  Find a map and gallery list here:

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Of course Friday is also Peach Days in Brigham City.  For a schedule of events go here:

There is also a movie in the park in Smithfield,

And don't forget the Humane Society's animal fair

Of course if you feel like dancing there is always the Celebrate America Show: In The Miller Mood.  Dinner, a show, and dancing with a live swing band.  To find out more or to buy tickets go here:

And if you want to hang out at the lake, Pickleville Playhouse is putting on The Hanging of El Bandito.

Lastly, the slide at Riverdale Resort (North of Preston, ID) will be free until September 8th.  Check out more on Riverdale at their website:

You can find more events on the various valley event calendars under the tab at the top of my blog.  So, what are YOU doing Friday night?

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Porcupine Music Festival - Sept 8th

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The 6th annual Porcupine Music Festival is happening This Saturday, September 8th, starting at noon and running late into the night, so bring your camping gear and plan on staying overnight.  The festival will be held below Porcupine dam in Avon, UT.   

The festival line up is as follows:

Shaky Trade, The Folka Dots, Sarah B Band, Wade Evans & The Harmonic Conspiracy, Jen Hajj, Reckless Uprising, Davina Tribal Collective, Dawi Drummers, Cambriah Heaton, Tim Pearce. Sunday morning breakfast set by Cherokee Fade... more TBA

The cost for the event is $15 and that includes camping for the night (bring your own tent and gear).  Entrance is free for children under 12.

In addition to the music there will be food, beverage, and craft vendors.  If you are interested in setting up a booth and selling at the festival it is FREE, as in no booth rent charged!!!

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To get there from the Logan, UT downtown area head south on highway 89/91 and go left at the "Y" intersection by the Crystal Inn, this will put you on highway 165.  Take this road South past Providence, Hyrum, and Paradise.  In Paradise the road will make a sharp left turn around the town square and you'll head East for about 3 blocks and then turn right at the homemade sign that says AVON in red letters.  Stay on that road until you get to Avon and the festival.

For more information or to contact the festival organizers please Like them on Facebook here:

Please spread the word by sharing their facebook page or linking to this blog post.  Hope to see you all there!