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Labor Day Weekend

Jami’s family owns a signifigant amount of land up above Coalville, Utah and we had yet to make a trip up to her family’s cabin this year. So we kind of planned a spur of the moment trek up to the Chalk Creek cabin over Labor Day. Our kids called it camping but really besides the rugged road and mountain beauty it is anything but. We left Saturday afternoon with some neighborhood friends Becky and Stuart Johnson. People never believe me when I tell them it will take at least two hours to get up there with the last 10-12 miles taking a good hour of that time. The road up to the Jacob family property is pretty rugged and is in worse condition every year. I enjoy the challenge of driving it and it is my annual excuse to pop in a little John Denver as we traverse the steep, rugged road. We arrived just in time to scope out the lay of things, go for a hike down to the lake and get back in time to start warming coals for our tin foil dinners. We spent most of the evening tending to the fire, enjoying our delicious dutch oven dinners and then making smores. Before we knew it we were all struggling to keep our eyes open and everyone decided to hit the sack. Despite the age of the cabin up there ( I am guessing but I think it is over 50 years old) the ammenities make the trip nice. The cabin has running water, stocked kitchen, flusing toilets and a generator for electricity after dark. My favorite part of the trip is always when we turn off the generator and all the lights are out. Away from the city lights the stars are so brilliant you really get a sense for how vast and grand our universe is! The stars are so thick you can even make out the milky way. It is truly amazing.

Sunday morning we woke up and made a great pancake breakfast and then went for a hike. Hiking with kids is great excersice considering I had to carry Caleb most of the time as the kid just has no idea how to watch where he is going and was constantly falling. After the hike we cleaned up and packed up and then had lunch back down at the lake. There has always been a little paddle boat on the lake and this was the first year I have actually ventured out on it. It never really looked sea worthy to me but the kids sure loved being out on it. We paddled them around till our legs were exhausted then packed up and headed back down the mountain.

Unfortunately my camera was out of batteries so I was unable to take any pictures. I am hoping Jami will be able to get copies of Becky’s pictures and if so I will post a few. . .

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