Yuba State Park

I'd Rather be Playing! on June 30th, 2008

I went with a church youth group to Yuba State Park this past weekend. We camped at the Painted Rocks Campground on the east side of the reservoir. The Campground is located on top of a hill and overlooks the water. The campground has only been open a year or two and is fairly nice. There are fire pits, pavilions and tables, running water, and bathrooms. Unfortunately there aren’t any showers and not a lot of shade.

There were 40+ youth and adults that came with 5 boats. By noon on the second day, Saturday, my boat’s gas tank was almost empty. Since there were other boats in the group I decided to keep pulling kids until I completely ran out of gas. Right in the middle of my turn to ride the molecule the boat stopped and one of the other boats towed me in. Overall it was a great trip! This video shows the campground.

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Glass or Water?

I'd Rather be Playing! on June 24th, 2008

Last night I took my family water skiing after work. Our Daughter took along two friends. The purpose of the trip was to reteach my wife how to slalom water ski. She did it last year, but couldn’t seem to get up this year. She wanted to perfect her skill before the youth trip to Yuba State Park in a few days. When we got to the lake the water was smooth as GLASS. My wife hurried and jumped in and with a few tries she was slaloming. I grabbed the video camera and got it on film.

At the end of the trip, after all the kids had wake boarded or rode the molecule, I finally got a chance to get in the water. By this time all the other boats had left and the water was GLASS again. This video highlights the fun, with a few clips from a previous trip.

500+ Miles of ATV Trails

I'd Rather be Playing! on June 17th, 2008

This past weekend my in-laws came down to ride ATVs up Ephraim Canyon. There are 500+ miles of mountain roads and trails to ATV ride in Sanpete. The weather was absolutely beautiful. The sky was blue and the mountain temperature was pleasant. We started our ride, as usual, from my driveway.
Most of the small towns in Sanpete are very ATV friendly and have designated ATV routes through town. If you stay on the right roads and keep your speed to 15 MPH, law enforcement will leave you alone. Because I live at the mouth of Ephraim Canyon it only takes a few minutes to get from my house to the gravel canyon road.
About one mile up Ephraim Canyon road is a turnoff known by the locals as ‘The Backbone’ trail. This road is somewhat of a shortcut to get to Read the rest of this entry »

The Mormon Miracle Pageant

I'd Rather be Playing! on June 12th, 2008

Mormon Miracle Pageant

Tonight the Mormon Miracle Pageant begins it’s 42nd season. The Pageant is a theatrical performance that portrays a young boys’ search for which Christian church to join, the origins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the coming forth of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and the Pioneer settlement of Utah. This year will also mark the 10th year that I have participated in the pageant as a cast member. The first year I was in the pageant, as a 12 year old, I was a “Standard Bearer”. These guys are soldiers who hold large banners during a battle scene from the Book of Mormon.

In subsequent years I have played many parts. Two years I played the role of Oliver Cowdery, the scribe for Joseph Smith during the translation of the Book of Mormon, and witness to the Resoration of Priesthood keys by Angelic Ministration. I also played the part of John Taylor, a man who was incarcerated with Joseph Smith at the time of his assassination by mob violence. John Taylor was shot 4 times but miraculously recovered. This year my family and I are in the “Christ in America” scene. This scene highlights the visitation of Jesus Christ to a branch of the House of Israel on the American Continent shortly after his resurrection.

If you are interested in FREE outdoor entertainment consider coming to the Mormon Miracle Pageant during the next 2 weeks. June 12-21st except Sunday and Monday. For more info visit: Mormon Miracle Pageant

This Dragon Roars!

I'd Rather be Playing! on June 12th, 2008

Dragon PictureAt the south end of Gunnison, just where Heritage Highway 89 crosses the Sanpitch River, the Gunnison Riverwalk winds down from the road on both east and west sides, extending about three quarters of a mile in both directions. Along the walk, young trees are getting their roots down in expectation of a lovely wooded walk a few years hence. The biggest surprise, though, as you cross under the highway, is a 218-foot mosaic featuring the Sanpitch Dragon, a beautiful, colorful 110-foot benevolent monster created by volunteers from Gunnison Valley.

The Sanpitch Dragon is the largest outdoor mosaic in Utah and well worth a visit. Streetside parking is available on both sides of the street. When you stroll down under the bridge, you’ll hear this Dragon R-O-A-R!!!

Here’s a link to a preview: Dragon Picture