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• Tuesday, February 05th, 2013

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• Thursday, October 06th, 2011

I love to go four-wheeling!

For over ten years now  Steve and I have loved the many experiences we have had with our friends and family taking our quads out in the hills. We have ridden up into the tops of the mountains, along the hillsides, down by the lakes, through small streams, on trails that go through tall pines, through mountain sides covered in brightly colored fall colors, sometimes in pouring rain and mostly on clear, bright blue-sky days. It is a thrill to me to be able to witness up close the glorious handiwork of God.

The springtime is a stunning show of green grasses, small streamlets, lots of ponds and puddles to ride through, and hillsides covered with flowers in brilliant colors of blue, red, and gold. By summertime, the trails get a little drier and the four-wheelers bring up the dust as we ride. I wear my bandana so I can pull it up over my nose to keep the dust out. Sometimes I pull it up over my nose to keep the bugs from hitting me in the face. By fall, the grasses are dry and most of the ponds and puddles are dried up. The trails are dusty, but the leaves are starting to change and the beauty in the hills and mountains is almost unbelievable. We’ve gone riding with Curtis and Kelly, Matthew and Natalie, Jenny and Ryan, Jason and Libby, and with our good friends Mike and Connie Mascherino, and Craig and Renee Bevan. Occasionally, we are able to take other friends with us, too.

We got interested in riding when our friends the Bevans invited us to go riding with them. It was so fun! Although we didn’t think we could buy our own machines, we did stop and look at a couple of Yamaha Timberwolfs we found for sale. And we ended up buying them. So then we had to buy a trailer to pull them. We bought an 8-foot trailer from Big Bubba’s in Ogden. But riding became so fun for us we wanted to share it with our family and friends, so we bought two more Timberwolfs. Then we needed to get a bigger trailer to pull four machines. So we sold the first trailer and bought a 10-foot one. After the years, we replaced a couple of the Timberwolfs with two Honda Rincons. The Timberwolf machines had a left foot shift bar, but the Rincons had a push-button shift. That was a nice change.

We invited our friends Mike and Connie Mascherino to go riding with us one time and had a great time together. Shortly after that, they bought their own Timberwolf machines and a trailer. And after riding a few times, they also bought two more machines so they could take their family out.

We have ridden at Five Mile Pass west of Eagle Mountain, American Fork canyon, the wonderful Piute Trail, up Mineral Fork trail in Big Cottonwood canyon, at Soapstone basin (wonderful!), in the Manti-LaSalle mountains, in the hills outside Nephi, out of Fillmore, up Farmington canyon, Tibble Fork, at Mill Hollow, out in the west desert by Dell and by Vernon, up at Wasatch State Park near Midway, and at Murdock Basin. We’ve ridden these places multiple times–some of them many times. My favorites are the Piute Trail, Soapstone basin, and Wasatch State Park. We rode the Wasatch State Park a couple of weeks ago and the leaves were starting to change. The colors were breathtaking!

I hope we can have many more wonderful times riding the hills with friends and family. This is a great opportunity for us.

• Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The National Genealogical Society Conference was held in Salt Lake City the end of April 2010 and I got to attend. My brothers Steve and Terry flew in to attend also. It was quite an event. There were actually three genealogy conferences going on at the same time in town and there was a lot of media hype about them. The NGS conference offered hundreds of classes to choose from. For four days we attended classes that taught from the basic how-to-begin subjects to the more complex classes about how to find female ancestors, using DNA to identify ancestors, using census records and other state or church records, how to read old English script, how to break down brick walls, etc.

One evening we got to attend a special performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir called A Celebration of Family History. It was held at the LDS Conference Center and it was a wonderful evening. The Conference Center has 22,000 seats and was nearly full for this event. David McCullough was the special guest speaker. The experiences of this week were a real highlight for me. My heart is in this work.

• Friday, April 16th, 2010

Steve and I got to go to Disneyland. I love Disneyland! I love the rides and all the fun things to see and do there. I love to go through the shops and look at all the stuff, try on the hats, and even buy stuff. But not too often. It’s way expensive. And I love to just sit and watch the people.

We were invited by Matthew and Natalie to accompany them as they took their two little girls to see Disneyland for the first time. I had always told my sons that I’d sure like to go along when they took their kids to see the Magic Kingdom. Curtis and Kelly had been to Disney World with Katelyn when they went to Florida to visit her parents. But Matthew and Natalie hadn’t yet taken their girls. So Steve and I went along. Steve isn’t so much in to the rides as I am, but he is such a good sport to go along anyway. We had the 3-day park hopper passes and we opened and closed the park for three days. We did Disneyland and California Adventure–lots of walking. At the end of each day we were pretty tired and slept very well each night.

Natalie and I got to go on a few of the rides together that we both really love and that the guys didn’t care to go on. We went on the  Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, the California Screamin’ roller coaster , and the Soarin’ Over California rides. Space Mountain used to be my favorite ride, but now California Screamin’ is my favorite. Just wish it went a little longer. We all tried to get in as many of the rides as possible, and I think we were pretty successful. It was so fun–I can’t wait to go again.

• Friday, April 16th, 2010

Cody Curtis Cronkhite was born 18 February 2010 at 5:23 a.m., the son of Curtis and Kelly Cronkhite. He weighed in at  7 lbs 6 oz, and was 20 inches long. And he is just beautiful. He has the most beautiful golden hair. It will be interesting to see whether it changes to more red or more blond. And it looks like it has a little curl to it. His sister Katelyn has beautiful blond curly hair. Just stunning. I don’t like to boast, but I’m sure I have the most beautiful grandchildren on the planet.