30 April 2016

Idaho Hikes

Yesterday my sister-in-love went with me to Idaho falls. We were supposed to go to a museum but it was field trip day, so we turned right back around and went to the car when we saw how many kids there were! She took me to go walk around this little area near the temple, and then we went to the furniture store and tested out some of the massage chairs haha.

Probably my biggest pet peeve about Idaho so far is that nobody sells California King bed sheets! At least the Walmart in Rexburg and the Target and Furniture store in Idaho Falls don't - if anybody can suggest somewhere else I should try, that would be great. 



I wouldn't have considered the little walk we took in Idaho Falls a "hike" but when I searched for local hikes it is actually one of the ideas that popped up. The one I went on TODAY however was definitely a hike, and it was the craziest hike I have ever been on!

First of all, I'm just glad I found it! It was kinda in the middle of nowhere but I made it there okay with the one exception where I almost got stuck in the mud. Driving up to it, I thought "Huh. There's snow on those mountains. I wonder if I'll pass by some snow while I'm hiking?"


To answer that question, yes. Yes Laynah, you will be trudging through muddy, snowy, slush for the next two hours. When I pulled up and saw a little bit of snow I thought it would be fun to see snow up close for the first time in years haha. The more I hiked though, the more snow there was, and before I even realized it I was literally trudging through the snow being passed by snow mobiles. 

AND I WASNT EVEN THE ONLY HIKER. I couldn not beliiiieve that I was seeing other people hike that snowy trail. I wish I could say that I made it all the way to the end of the hike but two miles in, the snow would come up to my shins with every step and I was just not dressed for that. On the way back I stopped to take this picture of the melted snow making its way down the mountain and called it a day.


I can't wait to go back and actually see the lake once the snow is gone!!

24 April 2016

Rexburg Idaho!

On Friday, My two bald loves and I made it to the 'burg. The 13 hour drive was wonderful, kitty was amazing and cuddly with no potty accidents, and since Matthew and I love road trips so much it almost seemed like it was over too soon! Especially since I knew he would be leaving as soon as we got here. So on Friday, we moved my brother-in-love and his wife out of their apartment and moved ourselves right in! I am absolutely in love with the apartment. The storage space is satisfactory, and since I got rid of so many things I am literally surrounded by only the things that bring me the most joy or are complete essentials (isn't that the konjari method or something like that?). For the past two years I have been struggling to furnish and decorate a house that felt way too big for us, but here I have enough to make it beautiful and comfortable so it finally feels like I can cross that off my list.

Matthew left for California first thing on Saturday morning because he had to be back at work on Monday, and since then I have just been unpacking and organizing. I sold a bunch of stuff on the local buy/sell/trade page yesterday and it was so nice not being scared of being murdered after giving strangers my address to come pick stuff up haha! 

Rexburg really reminds me of our last area with the rolling green hills and small town feel. The 25 mph speed limit is going to KILL US though. I have been warned so many times that I will get pulled over and I will get a speeding ticket even if I am going a few mph over...but driving that slow makes me want to pull my hair out. Walmart is only like 5 miles away and it would take me two minutes to get there in California, but here it takes 500 hours.


I don't know where anything is, but I know exactly where my apartment is in relation to the temple. Many times I have searched the skyline for guidance, and day or night that golden Moroni is right there helping me find my way. I feel like I truly understand now when Gary E. Stevenson said "You are never lost if you can see the temple." Every time I look at it I feel like I am home. 


I have noticed a couple quirky Rexburg things so far:
  • The Walmart is eerily clean and quiet. 
  • The dollar movies had some kind of ad for a Christian movie (most likely LDS but I didn't read it) and there was a huge picture of Christ looking down at the audience.
  • It's rained 2/3 days I've been here, off and on.
  • THERE WAS A WOMAN WALKING TO CHURCH IN 40 DEGREE/RAINY WEATHER. She did not have a maxi skirt. She did not have a coat. Many people walked but I was baffled that they didn't have dang coats on!! 
That's about it so far! I'm supposed to stay here for a month then go back to live with Matt in California (if he is still there) until our house sells - but by the end of Saturday I was already getting "I can't take it, just come back at the end of this week!" texts so we will see. I hope our house sells ASAP because I just want to start our life in Idaho already! 

21 March 2016

California Series: Cherry Orchards

Something about having my desert photo shoot and paying homage to my mother land in my last blog post gave me closure. My thoughts belong to Idaho now, and soon I hope my heart will too. We're moving there in the early summer (I think other states refer to this as "spring") which will give me plenty of time to fall in love with it before the icy grip of winter comes clawing at my door.

#dramaqueen

This also means that I am saying goodbye to California while in it's most beautiful state. The poppies are popping, blossoms are blooming on trees everywhere, and it is officially windows-down weather. Just how I'd like to remember it.


I can't help but think what a perfect time this is for selling too! Right before summer, hills alive with the color green and sound of bumblebees, and ample rain making the lake more than just the teasing thought of "one day it will fill up again". Per usual, all my worrying was for nothing and everything is coming together exactly as it should.



Next week we'll be loading up all our things and giving away the things we didn't manage to sell. The week after that, the house is going up on the market (and we will start living out of suitcases with family), the week after THAT we will be moving to Idaho, and I'm fairly confident that by the week after that one, we will get some good news about an interested buyer. 


Bye Felicia! And by Felicia, I mean: you beautiful valley where I spent the last two years of my life.

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