a NEW photo challenge {twisted}


Happy Friday!

Ya know, sometimes you just need a little nudge to get around to gettin’ things done! We visited Twisted Forest two weeks ago and my photos were still sitting on my camera.  So, when I saw Nancy’s photo challenge of “Twisted”, that was just the nudge I needed to download these photos, so I could join in the challenge!

This short hike (but somewhat steep in some areas) was amazing! You get to walk through a forest of bristlecone pines, which are the oldest known species of pine trees! Some of these trees are thousands of years old (yeah, I know they look it, too!) The terrain at the bottom of the trail looks like a scene from a movie:twisted2.jpg

Then you hike up…and up…and up…and this is your view over the ledge!


A great view of Cedar Breaks National Monument!  I’m happy to have hiked a NEW trail. Now on to other Newness. Have a great weekend!



Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

My lilacs are fading, but I have loved having their beauty just outside my window for the past few weeks!  And…what about other miscellaneous stuff?  Here ya go:

Probably over a year ago, I noticed a recommended place to eat on Seize the Day RV Adventure blog and put that on my ‘to-do’ list too (because I had already heard good things about this little restaurant). The Pastry Pub in Cedar City, UT has lots of menu selections.  I already know I need to return – probably later this summer because I want to go to the Shakespearean Festival and also hike Kanarraville Falls this year (photo of the falls below…not my own – I’ll share my own later this summer!)


Another very miscellaneous thing is my new obsession with this blog I recently discovered: The Long Victorian THE LITERARY WORLD OF THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY, C.1789 – 1914.  —Because of little snippets I’ve read on this blog, I’ve downloaded and listened to Ethan Frome on my road trip last weekend, then scanned the movie clips on YouTube of the move with Liam Neeson.  I had already read ‘The Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins, but I wanted to refresh my memory of it, so I watched the movie version. I just find myself looking forward to this site’s posts, so I can learn something NEW about the nineteenth century that I may not have already known.  You should check it out!

And that’s about it for today.  Have a great week.  Do or learn something NEW!


a NEW camp site shared with siblings and niblings

panguitchlakePanguitch Lake, UT {source)

How was everyone’s weekend?  I  previous mentioned that I was spending my 4th of July at a family reunion.  It was great!  Especially since I got to go somewhere NEW!  We had about seventy family members camping at Panguitch Lake, so I got to spend the weekend with my siblings and niblings.  I just learned that NEW word (nibling) from The Everywhereist, although it hasn’t made it to my dictionary yet :o)

Anyway…I grew up in “Color Country“….meaning we were surrounded by beautiful mountains and colorful rock formations which we visited A LOT  like….

Cedar Breaks:


Bryce Canyon:


Zion National Park:


BUT…I’d never been to Panguitch Lake.  So I enjoyed that NEWNESS!  And check out these CUTE family reunion shirts  that EVERYONE wore!