This weekend was great! I think I'm beginning to come to terms with the idea that I am no longer in school and therefore 1. have money and 2. have less responsibility (at least in the form of deadlines for 6 classes all at once). I've decided not to buy a condo and found a great apartment within 1 mile from my current condo and my office. That means less worrying, more money saved, and more playing! Which is what I did a lot of this weekend.
First, the REI garage sale, which was almost a complete waste. I paid $20 for the required membership to get in, then was nearly dead last thanks to their lottery format, which meant no cheap snowshoes, no sleeping mats, and no sleeping bags. Ah well, I'll use the membership anyway.
Which brings me to activity number 2: snowshoeing in Big Cottonwood Canyon. I decided to just rent snowshoes for $10 a day, drive up the canyon to a random trail and hike. Well, I accidentally went all the way up the canyon and found myself at the Brighton ski area. That was too far and too many people, so I started the drive back. Which was scary for 2 reasons – snow and no 4-wheel drive or snow tires! The signs at the bottom of the canyon that say "Chains or 4 wheel drive required when lights flashing" were NOT flashing! It was slow and scary, but I made it half way down the road to a trailhead I saw on the way up. By then the roads were clear so I parked, strapped on the snowshoes and this happened:
These are panoramas shot with my iPhone using two different apps. The first two are Autostitch, the last Panorama 360°.
This weekend was also the annual Festival of Colors at the Krishna temple in Spanish Fork. I took the opportunity to experience a bit of colorful culture with my friend Tiffany.
NATHAN CASHION :