Blind Burger Challenge

In the last six months or so J.R. and I started watching a YouTube channel called Good Mythical Morning. Guys - if you haven't watched Rhett and Link before you are missing out on some major laughs! One of our favorite videos of theirs is the "Blind Burger Challenge."

To start the challenge you have to buy cheese burgers from five different fast food restaurants. We used: McDonald's, Wendy's, Carl's Jr., In and Out, and Burger King. (Sense there were going to be 6 people all together, we bought three burgers from each fast food restaurant and then cut each burger into quarters.)

We ordered cheese burgers with ketchup only from each restaurant (except In and Out had their special sauce) because we thought it would make it a more difficult challenge. By ordering them with ketchup only, the other toppings wouldn't give it away. (You know, like how McDonald's hamburgers have chopped onions and Carl's Jr uses rings?)

The first level of the challenge is to be able to taste a hamburger (while blind folded) and then name the fast food restaurant where the hamburger is from.

The Knolls Utah


Tracking the travel of the sun was impossible with the cloud cover, so time felt endless and the amount of open space limitless. Each of us with salt and a smile on our lips. An infinity of wind, dust, and freedom. Reminiscent of childhood days when the concept of time didn't exist, and the only purpose in life was to explore this world with your friends.

We feel so blessed to have been able to spend the day riding around The Knolls with our friends. 

J.R. used to ride before he went on his mission, and we just haven't been able to buy him a new "toy" since then. But my little sister and her husband let us use their Polaris RZR -  which lived up to all the hype and all of our expectations.  

And there was a lot to explore! Out on the salt flats, people have built some quirky and amazing structures. I didn't even get pictures of all of them!

The picture above is my favorite. It's around thirteen feet high, with posts wide enough to drive a four wheeler through. It's covered in license plates and old jeep grills. 

The friends we went with brought this guy out here - then other people have decorated him.

The Knolls has a variety of terrain. There are small mountain, sand dunes, and of course the salt flats. Riding through the "whoops" in the sand dunes was my favorite part. The razor just glided through most of it. There was even a section were people had taken old colored glass bottles and lined the trail with them.

I was having to much fun to stop and take pictures of everything, but there's another structure called The Penny Post. People take old pennies and nail them to a pole, and then someone put a piggy bank on top of it. The whole thing just makes me laugh.

But the best part of this trip was just being with our friends. All the guys rode dirt bikes, and their wives rode four wheelers - then we were in the side by side.

It was a especially exciting because when we raced across the salt flats, the razor could almost keep up with the dirt bikes.  We reached speeds just over 55 miles an hour.

I'm so glad we were able to experience this day together. We both agreed it was the best ending to our summer adventures.

September - The Moon and Us.

September 27, 2015

In a few minutes there will be a Blood Moon and a Total Lunar Eclipse. A rare astronomical event. Many speculate that it's a sign of "the end of times".  The ushering in of the end of the world.

But today has already held a significant ending. An end to a special hope. An end to a future life.

My body feels tired as I sit in a rocking chair facing the east window in our living room. The night is quiet and still, everyone waiting.

 I watch the light slowly drain from the moon and the darkness envelope her.

It's then I realize everything in this world must pass through darkness - even the moon. But what if the moon never reflected light again? What if the moon was somehow swallowed up in the darkness? 

Watching the moon, I can't help but ponder the last two days. My thoughts return to Friday morning. The beginning of the end.