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2016 Strava video

Here is a link to the video Strava made for my 2016 mountain bike achievements.  I use the Strava app on all my rides.

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New wood berm

I’ve ignored my blog for about seven weeks.  Many changes have occurred, but I have to default back to mountain biking.  I rode this wood berm for the first time on Saturday, and I went back tonight with my GoPro.  I leaned in to it more tonight, and it felt great.  I don’t know what Cougar has named the trail, but it’s near the top as you head north back toward Juniper.  It is a fun trail.

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Swimming with sharks

My daughter wanted to swim with sharks, and my wife heard about Sea Base from someone in passing.  We looked in to it, and decided this would be a great Christmas experience.  My daughter and I went out the day after Christmas, hoping to snorkel with the sharks.  It was so cold that the sharks stayed on the bottom, and there was no way we could free dive deep enough to see them, so we waited for the scuba experience.  I asked her if she was more excited about scuba diving or being with the sharks, and it was about equal.  Same for me.  It was worth the wait.

The nurse sharks tend to stay in the same place, which is usually by a warm water outlet.  This is a video of a nurse shark swimming passed us.  That was unexpected and very cool.

It was a great experience, and it was nice to spend the day with my daughter. Experiences are so much better than things.

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Scuba Steve

My oldest daughter and I went to Sea Base in Grantsville yesterday. Her Christmas experience was swimming with sharks, but events conspired against us until now. Brian Snow was our instructor, and he has close to 1,000 dives at Sea Base. We watched our video, filled out our paperwork and suited up. We did three regulator drills, and I took in salt water on the first one. Gross. We swam through a tunnel to the main area, then began our descent. She had some difficulty with plugging her ears, but was able to work it out.

This is us at the bottom.

Here is a short video with one of the blue fish.

Here is a close up of the 9.5 foot long nurse shark.

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Fireman’s helmet

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When I was a kid my uncle gave me a fireman’s helmet.  I don’t know where he got it, but it was young enough that it was really heavy on my head, and I loved it.  I don’t know what ever happened to it, but it was one of my favorite things as a kid.

Last week I was at Marcus and Terri’s house when I saw his fireman’s helmet on display in his front room.  He let me try it on and I told him the story.  A few days later he sent one home with my wife after she picked up the kids.  It is still super cool.

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Red Bull Kluge

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The best rider ever?

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This is one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs. Verona was in my mission boundaries, and though I never got to visit the city, the feelings are the same. I look at the images of the rain and I can feel what it was like to be there. I love this song.

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Twenty years ago

This is my favorite Kenny Rogers song, and it’s perfect for today. I have written in my journal everyday for the last 20 years. I wrote 5-6 times per week for the eight months prior, and a few times in high school. I really started to write in the MTC when I started my mission. When I was in Lucca, my first city, I met JD Smith. He used to draw things and put things in his journal, which seemed like a good idea. I included post cards from every city, some bus and train tickets and other souvenirs. I wanted to be able to see what things were like in Italy during that time period. One day I was riding my bike when I heard a loud noise and something hit me in the chest. Two cars traveling in opposite directions were too close and their sideview mirrors hit, sending glass in my direction. I saved the piece of glass and cut the bottom edges out of my journal so I could include the glass and still close my journal. I was in Belluno when I finally got sick of writing about what I did the previous day and decided to commit to writing every day. And here we are. This picture is of my bookcase containing my journals.

I have heard a lot of people tell me that they don’t have anything interesting to write, but I don’t believe them. My entries aren’t always exciting, but that’s because I lead a real live. I would love to travel the world and save the day like Jason Bourne or James Bond, but unfortunately I am neither of those people. I wake up tired, sometimes I shave my head, I drive a car with over 100,000 miles, I try to exercise everyday, I love dessert and junkfood, and I hate the cold weather in Utah. My life isn’t that exciting, but I know it’s important to record what I do, think and feel. I want my posterity, especially my kids, to know the smart, stupid and funny things I’ve done. I want them to celebrate my triumphs and mourn my failures. I want them to know that it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them and repent when necessary.

This Kenny Rogers song is also important to me because I am at the point in my life when I am looking back 20 years ago and remembering how things used to be.

If you don’t keep a journal, I encourage you to start. I promise you will not regret it. For those of you who have done it for 15 years, I welcome you to the circle of trust. You know who you are.

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