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This post is far overdue, and I apologize for that. The last two weeks have been crazy! I spent last week in Utah to watch my friends compete in the Dew Tour Championships in Ogden, UT and spent a few days riding at Park City Resort. Oddly enough most of my close friends live in Utah. They come out to Colorado in the early season (which is how we met) to shred before their resorts open.

It was an incredibly fun trip and I'm so glad I went. I can't explain to you how thankful I am that I get to take road trips like that. I have a lot of close friends out there that mean the world to me, and it means a lot to me that my parents support my traveling. I really got around to exploring Salt Lake City that week. It was fun to spend time there, but it made me realize how much I love living here in Summit County. I'm sure SLC is beautiful in the summer, but man is it ugly in the winter, ha! There's no snow on the ground until you get up to the actual resorts, and hardly any evergreen trees! It's very... brown. On top of that, it's way too city like for me, that whole area. I like my small little town, it's much more homey! I'd like to think I'm a people person, but that was way too many people for me! Or maybe just too many buildings.

I took a different route on the drive out this time. I usually go up through Steamboat and then over, but a section of that route is very, very, very desolate. In fact, there's a stretch of about 120 miles where there isn't one house, gas station, or building. I took I-70 over through Grand Junction and then up this time. It was still desolate, but not nearly as bad, and a lot more desert like which was cool. I wasn't far from Moab at one point. I also got to drive through some beautiful canyons. I will definitely be taking that route from now on!

I would love to show you pictures, but unfortunately last night my hard drive on my laptop died - I lost everything. It's quite ironic really. Just the day before my best friend spilled nail polish remover on her laptop and lost everything. I gave her the whole "you have to back up your stuff..." lecture, all the while thinking to myself that I should probably do the same. But I didn't, of course. And the next day my laptop died, abruptly and unexpectedly. I'm upset... but this has happened to me twice before. It's my fault for not backing everything up. So I made an impromptu trip to Denver this morning to buy a new laptop. Times like these make me so thankful for the unconditional support from my parents, and also made me realize just how important a higher education is. Life is expensive!

Right after I got back from Denver I had a doctor appointment. I have been having some pretty bad spine issue for the last few years that I am finally fed up with. Chiropractic care has always helped, but it has never been a permanent fix. I went to see a primary care doctor and he referred me to a Spine Specialist in Frisco. I'm really hoping for another solution.

So I apologize again for a lack of posting and pictures lately, as you can tell my life is a little chaotic right now. It happens to the best of us. I'm just going with the flow!

Oh yeah, fortunately I do still have all my pictures that I have posted to facebook. Here's a picture I took of the snowbank on my road before I left for Utah. That's a lot of snow!

And here's one picture I uploaded from my phone of Snowbasin, where the Dew Tour Championships were held. I'm hoping to be able to recover some of my photos from my hard drive. So maybe details on the Dew Tour will come in a later entry!

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