Getting humbled, one way or another

Home for Christmas January 6, 2012

Filed under: Skiing,Uncategorized — sarahallen24 @ 7:59 pm

For the first time in years, I got to spend Christmas in Sheridan with my family! The new job enabled me to take off for 11 days to hang out with family, ski and ride crash snowmobiles.

We’ll get to that.

But first, check out the awesome Christmas sunrises from my Mom’s back door

And God finished the day off with an evening show as well.

My Stepdad & Mom have the Honda dealership in Sheridan. They also have all the fun powersport toys. The day after Christmas, my stepdad put me on a fancy new snowmobile from the shop and we buzzed around the Big Horns.

I’ve only snowmobiled a few times and they were in high school. So I watched him and tried to follow what he did, jumping one side to the other to turn and keep it on the trail. Besides a couple dumps here and there, it was going well. Then, on our way back on Red Grade road, I was trying to keep up…I had just glanced at my speedometer and I was going 30 into this curve. Why? I have no idea. You would never take a corner in a car at 30. Duh Sarah. Well it turned out to be even sharper than I thought. I quickly realized it probably wasn’t going to work out. I tried to put my weight on the right side but it was too late…the thing was going over. So I let go and slide on my head then hip across the road and into the snow. Thank God there wasn’t a barbwire fence there. The shiny new snowmobile completely rolled and ended up upside down.


My Dad, brother and I took Kiaya, my 6 year old niece, skiing for the first time. She did amazingly well! No issues standing, turning and no fear of the chairlift.

In fact she was all about speed. Better get your skis on dad!

Ski Meadowlark is definitely the smallest ski area I’ve ever skied, but it has great views of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area. There’s also a big log lodge with giant fireplace. I would guess there were only about 50 people there. It was honestly my most fun ski day yet this season!

Allow me one more sunset shot. This one on the way home from skiing.

This was the first time in 7 years that our entire Allen/Weber family was together for Christmas. A complete family photo was almost an endangered species, so we saved it.

And now to end it with one random picture. One of the buffalo that live in Sheridan.


What the blog? December 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahallen24 @ 5:49 pm

I haven’t checked into this here blog thing for a few weeks. It’s still getting lots of traffic every day…why? Shucks that makes me feel guilty for not coming here myself.

Things I’ve been doing rather than visit my blog:

Desk Jockey-ing. And they said December was supposed to be dead…psh.

Playing outside. My bike is officially trashed from this riding season. With all the sounds it’s making, it has its own one-man-band going like Dick Van Dyke’s character in Mary Poppins.

Reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s biography. To sum up what I’ve learned: most of us are theological pansies. It’s challenging me and I love it.

Watching The Godfather trilogy. I’ve wanted to see these classic American movies for years but the time commitment…wow! Each movie is at least a few hours long. I’m through Part II and now understand where all other gangster-style references originated. However, it gets in your head. Like the other night when I let the dog out, I wondered if someone was in the backyard ready to shoot me. And when I saw a house for sale in my neighborhood and thought, “I would love that house but its way out of my price range.” My next immediate thought was, “maybe I can find someone to make them an offer they can’t refuse.” What the heck? Time to take a Godfather break.

Which brings me to the next time-filler: Househunting. Ugh. I don’t like adult decisions.

Finding Grand Junction’s Clark Griswold. I love Christmas lights. And I love neighborhoods that really go all out. I’ve been riding my cruiser bike around at night checking out the displays. Found this one recently, the best so far!

I’ll be outta here soon on an 11 day break. I hope to ski Montana, Wyoming and Colorado in that time. And most importantly, spend Jesus’ Birthday with my family for the first time in years! Have a great Christmas everyone.


November 9, 2011

Filed under: Pithy attempts at humor,Uncategorized — sarahallen24 @ 9:45 pm

To Mr. Bill Gates,

I’m really feeling the financial pinch right now as most are (about 99% to be exact). From what I see in the news, it sure seems like you have plenty of money. I would like you to send me a check to cover my holiday expenses this season. I’d also appreciate it if you would pay off my student loans and my house. I don’t plan to pay you back, or purchase any of your products for that matter. I just know you can afford it. I think it’s your responsibility to help.

Thank you for a quick response in the form of a check.

One of the 99%


Learning the Ropes October 10, 2011

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Due to weather and a pulled muscle in my foot, my weekend plans changed..and changed…and changed again. But I did end up dangling from a suspiciously small rope in the Colorado National Monument. My adventure buddy is on the Search & Rescue Tactical Team which means she’s the one who comes and picks you up off a cliff after you’ve done something stupid.

My only rappelling experience up to this point was at Camp Thunderbird in Wyoming when I was about 11-12 years old. At camp we rapelled off a boulder. I’m sure it was about 10 feet high but I was terrified…and my camp counselor did a terrible job of “counseling” my butt down that rock. He generally told me to buck up and quit being a baby. Add the pressure of all your friends watching and the biggest wedgie of your life…not a huge confidence booster.

But this experience was much better. I wasn’t concerned about it until we walked up to the edge…..considerably higher than I thought was necessary for a sissypants like me.

Carrie practicing with some homemade ascending apparatus thingy

The marks of a death grip

I learned a lot, got comfortable (with that height at least) and we caught a great sunset


From my cold dead hands October 5, 2011

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I spent last weekend at a big family gathering in Laramie, WY. My uncle and grandparents both live there….and I’m convinced that, combined, they own about 86% of the guns in the state. And for Wyoming, that’s saying a lot.

Who makes their own shooting range in their garage?

My uncle.

And it was super fun…after I got over the fear of blowing a hole through something other than the target.

I called this my Mom’s “Sarah Palin moment.” To which she replied, “Yeah, you betcha!”

Papa shooting his new gun

He was nailing bullseyes…but upon further investigation we realized he had some fancy special scope thing on his glasses. Cheater pants 😉

Other than shootin’ stuff, we enjoyed a great celebration of Meme’s 80th Birthday.

One last random photo- I saw this big guy on my way through Northern CO. One of his girlfriends walked out in front of me shortly thereafter, thankfully without incident.


Welcome to Nerdom September 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahallen24 @ 5:45 pm

I finally caved into the smartphone world and got an iPhone. I hesitated because I really didn’t want to be connected all the time. But I gave in and instead of enjoying increased connection, I’ve been enjoying the bells & whistles such as a really good camera. My past phones always had something like a .25 megapixel camera. So you couldn’t really tell if it was a picture of a cat or a mailbox. This newfound nerdom has taken hold…my roomate caught me in the backyard taking pictures of grass.

Here’s a few pictures from my nerdiness…

The Lumineers playing at The Hot Tomato

The first flowers I’ve grown myself!

Sunset ride on Joe’s Ridge

Sunset on Kessel Run

A tabletop

Rack of weights


Floatin’ Some Boats September 12, 2011

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The original plan for the weekend was to backpack to Conundrum hot springs above Aspen. But the forecast called for a soggy hike so Ann and I quickly revised our plans from the mountains to the river. We did a perfectly pleasant overnight float through Ruby Horsethief on the Colorado River.

I’ve never manned my own ship before. After a few steering mishaps, I got her figured out.

When we arrived at put-in, all the campsites were already booked. But thankfully a very nice river ranger hooked us up with an equally as nice family from Telluride who shared their huge site with us.

Not only did they share their site, they shared the coolest camping game…glow in the dark Bocce Ball! And under a full moon, sweet.

We had a little fun with the bocce balls. Looks like we could have made the Google logo if we tried.

Ann had quite the sleeping setup! Complete with head tent.

Floating through at Black Rocks. Being a newbie, we weren’t sure what the rapids and swirlies would be like there. I wasn’t sure if I should do it. But then we saw these girls in bikinis on paddleboards go through and our competitive spirit kicked in.

Jealous of the paddleboarders, Ann convinced me to do it anyway. My saggy drawers are a little different from the bikini clad gals though.

The temperature was perfect, we only ran into a little rain, we saw tons of bald eagles and a pack of wild turkeys. And lastly, we were almost to the takeout when something the size of a basketball flew right in front of us, falling out of the sky and landing with a loud thud in the brush of the bank. We were both wondering aloud what the heck that thing was. Well, I figured by the sound it was dead now whatever it was. Then the brush started rustling and there was loud squawking. I paddled over to investigate right as a duck popped out of the brush into the water, shaking off the crash landing. A hawk soon followed, flying back into the sky. Whoa. Hawk vs. Duck with a crash landing and they were both fine? Pretty interesting way to top off a great float!

Most of the photos are by Ann Driggers. Thanks for a great weekend!