Thank you so much to all that came to visit us at our first Fall Markets of the year. We had so much fun learning how to set up, what worked best, and most of all talking to each and everyone of you that stopped by to shop, look and just say hi. Here are a few photos from each of our three shows!!
Cranfest is right around the corner! The sisters will be setting up this weekend so everything is ready for next! Cranfest starts at 7am on Friday, September 27, 2019. We are going to have so many new items! Here are a few new fall items from my sewing room!
Hope we see you all there!! Look for Kindred Spirits Primitives next to the cranberry office and across the street from the church on the way down to the Flea Market!!
I headed home to Wisconsin to visit family and friends! We have added some new bags to our collection! Check out all these beauties! You can purchase on our website or Etsy!
Two years later we decided to head back to the Reef.
This year everyone came from Colorado, there was no hoping to meet up at the right spot! We all left and drove through a massive windstorm. We reached camp at 9 o'clock and set up while getting pelted with sand! By 10:30 we had made a fire and enjoyed dinner and laughter until the wee hours of the morning.
The sun woke us up early in the morning. We enjoyed an early breakfast before heading out to hike our first hike. We had to venture to the other end of the park to begin our hike.
Arriving at the wash was one of the most beautiful sights. The walls of the mountains was unbelievable. We headed in the opposite direction down into the canyon walls.
We walked down the sandy river bottom for about 1.5 miles before finally coming to the shallow river.
Once inside the canyon walls it was nice and cool, and very refreshing to walk in the water. About 2.5 miles into the hike we reached the first waterfall. It took some climbing and bouldering to get down!
Not far down the narrow walls was the next waterfall. Again another steep decent.
On this busy spring weekend we were nearly the only people walking through the river. It was a peaceful stroll with great friends.
Our final waterfall required us to traverse the waterfall, it was a lot more scary crossing the water then the picture looks! There was a nice deep pool below to land in if one was to slip.
Fill your life with Adventures, Not Things
Getting There is Half the Journey.
Friday night, I was off to Capitol Reef. I was in search of my friends who were camping somewhere on the BLM lands. With no cell service it was going to take an act of God to find them. As a drive up I-15 to meet I-70, I saw the brightest blue comet shoot across the sky. I made my wish “Please lead me to my friends! I’d really like to hike with them this weekend” sealed it with a kiss and drove on!
I arrived in Capitol reef at 11:30 pm. I knew my friends would still have a raging fire and be up waiting. I drove through the park, driving up some BLM land a little ways before turning around to get my feet wet in my night photography skills. I didn't find my friends that night, but was able to get some good first time shots of the night sky.
6am I woke up to venture through the park to look for my friends one last time before setting off on my own adventure. I went 1/8 of a mile past wear I had turned around the evening before. Around a little curve there were several RV’s parked and as I continued around the corner I saw a black pick-up with my friend standing outside it. My wish had come true! ALWAYS WISH ON A SHOOTING STAR!
After breakfast and some planning we decided to hike into a slot canyon, just outside of the park that some friends had started down on another Capitol Reef trip. We loaded up our packs, spread on some sunscreen and headed off into the desert.
It seemed like a long time we hiked into the dessert. Thankfully, we found the hiking trail and didn't take the sandy road, which would have been very long! Finally, we made it into the gates of Capitol Reef. Before long, we found ourselves among miles of slot canyons.
Immediately, we encountered a water crossing, not all of us could spiderman across it, so our alternate option was up and around. In the beginning there were short canyons which eventually opened up to a wide open area and then to a larger, taller slot canyon. Some bouldering was required on this excision, lucky for us, some guy friends were along to help get over some larger boulders.
Some of the slots we came across were so narrow, we decided to drop our packs, as we saw that others had done the same. About a mile or so later, it was decided that would not be a good choice in the future, it was hot at the end and we had not water or snacks to recharge.
The canyon came to a beautiful end in what looked like it could've once been a waterfall. It was breathtaking to sit quietly in the middle of the huge cavern to imagine what this once was.
m It has been almost an entire year for me here in Las Vegas. I moved here with big aspirations to work on the strip and get my bills paid off. Things didn't turn out the way I had originally planned. Maybe they turned out better, I'm not sure, but I do know I had some fun adventures along the way and met some wonderful people! I didn't end up working on the strip, I ended up working in a 5th Grade classroom near the strip. I learned so much from my students in the time I was there teaching them math.
I have never really been a big person on the club scene, maybe that's why working on the strip was not appealing to me anymore, so I looked for other things to experience while I was in Vegas. Believe it or not, it has about as much hiking and mountain biking as Colorado! Not to mention the National and State Parks so close. And then of course there is the beer and wine tastings! What?!?! Who knew!
If you are in the area for a while or just a week and want something other than the strip, you've found the right place! You may need to rent a car for these activities, but its worth it, if you're looking for something other than your typical Vegas Vacation.
I have included a few snapshots of the many adventures I've experienced and love to share with you while I was here! I hope I inspire some of you to check out a new place!! Get outside and explore more!
Wanderlust. (n.) the strong desire or urge to travel and explore the world.
Valley of Fire State Park
This trip I met up with a friend to explore Mouse Trap. We took the dogs along for this short 1.5 mile excursion. Many people brings dogs on this hike, please keep them on a leash, hydrated, and clean up after them if you bring fiddo along!
Extra water was a must on this small hike, in the warmer months, booties might also be good to protect your furbabies pads.
This trail is full of petroglyphs lining the high rock walls, finishing the hike with a large watering hold that was said to have kept an Indian alive for several years long ago.
From this hike I visited the cabins, a new stop for me. I didn’t venture too far, because it was beginning to get very hot out. Nollie and I went and checked out some old stone cabins. It looked like there could have been some great hiking trails beginning at this area as well that went into the muddy moutain wilderness area.
Just a Colorado girl living the dream and creating things along the way. Follow me in my adventures while hiking, camping and creating!