This weekend was the Red Rock Relay down in Zion. Actually, the race starts up at Brian Head Resort up near Cedar City, works its way through the canyon, through Cedar City, heading southwest towards Veo, then into St. George, through Washington, Hurricane and Laverkin and then through the canyon towards Zion National Park. In total the race is 187 miles in two days!
This was the first time I have done the Zion Red Rock. In Zion I did the Dixie Red Rock which is only a one day race.
Tonight was a great night! I got together with some of my great friends from across the country.
My friends Thomas MacEntee and Lisa Alzo have been in town this week for Leiland Meitzler's Christmas Tour. They are two of his presenters this year.
Thomas, Lisa and I got together with two of our other really good genealogy friends, DearMYRTLE and Mr.MYRTLE. We went to dinner at the Garden Restaurant at the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City.
Although I have lived in Salt Lake City my whole life (except for my 2 years in Canada) I have never been to the Garden Restaurant until tonight! It was delightful. I had a nice piece of chicken, asparagus and fettuccine alfredo.
It is always nice to get together with my genealogy friends who live across the country. Of course we talked about genealogy, but it was also nice to catch up with one another's personal lives and to hear about what each of us have been up to since the last time we all saw each other.
I think the next time all of us will be in the same place again will be at RootsTech in March.
I use my iPad every single day. I love all the things I can do on my iPad. Here are some of the things I use my iPad for:
- Check Facebook
- Check my emails
- Listen to music on Spotify
- Surf the Internet
- Write blog posts
- Catch up on the latest news using Twitter and Flipboard
- Read books using iBooks, Google Books and Amazon Kindle App
- Manage my finances
- Access all my important files on my Dropbox
- Create documents using Pages and Numbers
- Watch movies and TV shows on Netflix
- Write in my journal using the Day One app
- View my family tree using the Ancestry.com and a few other genealogy apps
- View my photos on Flickr using FlickStackr
- Play a few games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Clash of Clans
So, as you can see I use my iPad for quite a bit. I use my iPad more than I use my laptop anymore. However, there are still some things that just can't be done on the iPad yet. There are many websites that require Flash. There are multitasking issues. I can't have two applications open on the screen on my iPad like I can a computer.
There are many other small things that you just can't do on an iPad that you can a computer.
I would love to see developers of website and apps making their websites mobile friendly or making apps available not just for the iPhone, but also the iPad. I have a few apps on my iPhone that don't have a native iPad version. I can install the iPhone version on my iPad, but it definitely isn't the same.
So, to all you developers out there, I know it takes time and money to make apps but please make your apps for both the iPhone and iPad! :)
In November 2006 I left on an LDS Mission to Canada. I served in the Canada Calgary Mission. Before my mission I had never been to Canada. All I knew about Canada was that it was cold and their country's flag had a big maple leaf on it.
I have been home from my mission for over 3 years. I have been back a couple of times and I look forward to going back again in October for the Calgary Temple open house.
The next couple of posts will be some of the things I love most about Canada and the things that I miss most as well!
Cardston Alberta Temple
The Cardston Alberta Temple was the 6th operating LDS temple. It was announced 27 June 1913, the site was dedicated 27 July 1913 by Joseph F. Smith. It took 10 years for the temple to be completed. It was dedicated 26-29 August 1923 by Heber J. Grant.
For more facts about the Cardston Alberta Temple, visit the the Official Website or LDSChurchTemples.com.
5 Pin Bowling
5 Pin Bowling or "Canadian Bowling" is SO fun! I had never heard of 5 Pin Bowling until one of the first weeks I was there. On one of our P-Days (Preparation Day - day for doing laundry, shopping and selected activities) we went and had a lot of fun bowling. I was quite shocked to walk in the bowling alley and see that there were only 5 pins held up by strings and the bowling balls were small enough to grip and didn't have any holes to put your fingers in. I really miss 5 Pin Bowling and wish I could find a place here in Utah that had it!
The Extreme Cold
I know I said these posts were going to be about things I miss and love about Canada, but I am also going to share those few things that I DO NOT miss about Canada - the cold is the main thing!
I have never been a fan of the cold. In fact, before I got my mission call and people were asking me where I wanted to go I said I didn't care where I went I just didn't want to go somewhere cold. Well, I think I jinxed myself by saying that.
Below are some photos of how cold it was!
The other day I was doing some late spring cleaning. I cam across a number of things that I haven't seen in quite a few years. Some of the things I had totally forgotten I even had.
It was either my Junior or Senior year of high school that I took a photography class - I can't remember which. I was surprised to find out in the class that we weren't going to talk about digital photography at all. Even 6 or 7 years ago when I took the class most people were either using digital cameras or they were converting over to them. There weren't too many people still using old-school film cameras. But alas, that is what we used in the class.
It was actually a lot of fun to learn about film and how to develop it. The process was a lot more complex than I ever thought. I don't remember all the technical terms now, but there were processes of loading the film in the dark room so it wouldn't ruin the film, and then after taking the photos there were a couple other processes in the dark room getting the film onto other reals to get ready for developing.
The process of actually developing the film was fun. After going through all the chemical processes you then used a projector to project the image onto the table where you would put your photo paper.
Below are some of the photos I took in the class. They are no way professional, but I don't think they are bad for a high school student who didn't know much about photography.
This morning I updated my Genealogy page here on my website. I wanted it to include links and information about my own family history and the websites I have created for the various lines in my family.
Although I have not added all of my websites on that page, nor are any of the websites anywhere near completed, at least it is a start. As I continue my genealogy research I will update these websites with pictures, information, sources and stories of my family.
Check them out! Maybe we are related! If you find any connection on any of these websites, please let me know. I love meeting distant cousins!
I am a big movie buff. I really enjoy kicking back and watching a good movie. Some of my favorite types of movies are those that make you think.
Tonight I watched One Week with my brother and aunt. My brother first mentioned the movie a couple of months ago but I had not watched it yet and neither had my aunt.
One Week is about a guy named Ben, played by Joshua Jackson, in his late 20's early 30's who finds out he has stage four cancer. The doctor tells him he needs to start treatments right away. Success rate for his type of cancer is only 10%.
After talking with the doctor Ben buys a motorcycle and decides he is going to take a trip across Canada on his motorcycle. Ben tells his fiancé about his cancer and his trip. He tells her he needs time to "find himself."
He begins his journey in Toronto heading west seeing many landmarks. Along his trip he meets various people and learns more about himself and "who he is."
One of my favorite things about watching the movie was the time he sent in Alberta. I served an LDS Mission in southern Alberta and so it was fun for me to see these places that were in my mission. He visits the Worlds Largest Teepee in Medicine Hat, the Dinosaur Park in Drumheller and Banff National Park.
He continues on to the ocean in British Columbia and accomplishes his goal of making his way west.
The whole movie is narrated with information about Ben and his movements throughout Canada. The last thing that the narrator states is a question asking what you would do if you found out you had only one week left to live. Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you want to meet?