I realized I never reported on the AFSP Walk last month.
We had a pretty fun time. We walked the loop in Sugarhouse Park a few times. It seemed a little bit unorganized, like the start wasn't really announced, nor the number of times you were supposed to walk the loop, but there was a huge turnout, and it was good exercise. I also had the chance to have a nice long chat with Adrien, who lives far away now and works a lot, so I don't see her much. Sam's mom and my parents also came, and I think they had a good time too. I worry that my efforts didn't really make a difference, but I feel in some small way they did. So that is good.
We also did a few hikes lately, trying to get out and enjoy the mountain air before it gets too cold and the inversion makes it impossible to breathe.
Sam and I hiked to a glacial outwash in Wasatch State Park, which is down the street from his parents' house. It was a longer hike than we anticipated, and hot because there wasn't much tree cover until the end, but it was quiet and very pretty, and the huge pile of boulders was really fun to explore.
We also did a hike on conference weekend to Lake Solitude in (you guessed it) Solitude ski area. That was a beautiful hike, and pretty easy. I think when I'm in better shape, I want to go further and summit the mountain behind the lake. There wasn't a path that I could see, but I saw people hiking around way up in there, and it looks like a lot of fun.
This past weekend I also had the opportunity for an impromptu hike of Stewart Falls just past Sundance. My mom and Adrien and Eric went too, along with about 5,000 BYU students. It actually got really annoying, but the aspens were in full Fall splendor, so it was very pretty. After the sun went down behind the mountain, it got pretty cold, and I felt bad, because it had been hot earlier, so the baby was just in a shirt, socks, and her diaper. She doesn't have teeth, but they were chattering. But she got all toastied up once we got into the car to head up to Midway.
I also try to go on lots of walks. It's easier when we're up in Midway, because there's more walking areas and more to see. In Springville we sort of just have the one paved walkway that winds through the neighborhood, which isn't bad, but it does get a little old, and it's lousy with little kids on bikes that have no respect for pedestrians. Harumph.
Other than that, life is basically just work and taking care of the baby. Sam is gone a lot working in Midway, but I try to get up there as often as I can (which is usually a day or two, since the baby doesn't sleep as well if she's switching beds every three nights). This week in particular has been harder since we're taking care of Sanjay while Sam's parents are out of town, and I have work and appointments, so Sam will have been away for over a week by the time this is over. Ah well! I'm grateful for opportunities to grow and get stronger. But I do long for the day when we don't have to be apart half the week, every week. And I'm grateful it isn't worse.
Side note: I miss archaeology. And travelling.
Tra la la. I promise to update if anything interesting ever does happen!