Monday, July 30, 2012


These past two weeks I had the privilege of being a camp counselor for Clark County's Camp Lee Canyon On the Edge and Omni Camps up in Mount Charleston. Best two weeks of my summer by far! I have been coming to this camp for six years now and each year I love it more and more.....they can't seem to get rid of me. 4 years as a camper, 1 year as a Counselor in training, and 1 year as an official counselor.

On the Edge Adventure Camp:
Activities include-

  • Hiking
  • Overnight Hike/Camp out
  • Mountain Biking
  • Archery
  • Ropes/Challenge Course
  • Teen Dance
Ages- 13-15 years old

Edge camp has always been my favorite, and this years Edge camp was probably the best that I have EVER seen. We had absolutely no problems what so ever. No snotty girls, or bully boys, just a great group of kids. Sunday the day of check in we have some pretty intense rain and hail, then three seconds later it would be all sunny like nothing happened, then it'd hail again ha. The clouds move so fast up there the weather changes like instantly. Other than that we had no more rain, the weather was perfect i wore a tshirt and jeans most of the days, and even a beanie at times. 

I was in Cabin 1 along with my co counselor Chasen. Ive known Chasen since we were in about 4th and 5th grade. We went to the same elementary school, middle schools, and then the same summer camp for all that time. Absolutely love this girl, we're pretty much polar opposites but couldn't be any better friends. We had a MARVELOUS group of 13 girls in our cabin, we seriously got so lucky, they were all about 15 and pretty much took care of themselves. I loved seeing them accomplish all the tricky tasks the camp had to offer and couldn't be more proud of them! I can't wait to see what amazing things these girls grow up to accomplish.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Spring Mountian Stake Girls Camp 2012

Girls Camp 2012!


This last week in June I got to join my ward for the Spring Mountain Stake Girls Camp..... and I had a total blast! Me, Emily, and Mom headed out on Wednesday to meet up with the rest of our girls up at the glorious HEATON RANCH, up by Alton, Utah.
The stake did a wonderful job planning the camp. The theme this year was western with the slogan being "Wanted: Virtuous Young Women", and there was cowgirl hats and saddles everywhere. The activities were even western themed! The girls got to participate in:

  • Repelling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shooting
  • Pillow Cases for Cancer
  • Making Leather Cases for Book of Mormons
  • and many more!
My first day there I had the opportunity to be strapped at the top of a cliff to help with repelling. I spent about 4-5 hours in a harness strapping girls to a rope and talking them into simply backing off a cliff and trusting me that I would stop the rope if they fell. Sounds easy right? ha Sike! Just kidding. But no really it was a lot of fun to see the pure horror on their faces then see that change to extreme excitement as their feet hit the ground.
I love girls camp every year because all the girls are just so loving and fun to be around. Very Inspiring young virtuous young women!
Check out the youtube video I made here to get the whole experience!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

"Lets go to the beach, each. Lets go get away"

This song was stuck in my head constantly on our recent trip to the glorious.......
El Capitan, California!
We loaded up the trucks and trailers and headed out early Sunday morning, with our bags stuffed with clothes and our back packs packed with snacks. Because I mean c'mon what's a road trip without snacks?!

The camp ground we stayed at was absolutely beautiful and the beach was only a half mile away, perfect right? We had our beach cruisers, the tents were set up and we slept in late everyday. We loved it. Only bad thing was we had to hide from the NUMEROUS squirrels that were EVERYWHERE! we saw at least more than 3, EACH NIGHT. Besides the skunks though we really did have a good time.
First Day


DAY 2!

We started out our day two with what we thought would be a simple bike ride. Man were we wrong. You'll notice in the first collage, me and Emily riding a tandem bicycle. We rode this bike with Lenzi following on the other to a camp ground under the Interstate. To get to this interstate you have to ride (get off and walk) up a huge hill. We spent a few minutes at this other campsite then decided to turn back. Me and Emily had gotten pretty good at the tandem, pedaling at the same time, working the brakes, and steering. So as were going along we get our pedaling in sync just as we get to the VERY TOP of that huge hill, as we start to go down I go to press on the brakes to slow us down only to discover.....THAT THE CHAIN HAS FALLEN OFF AND WE HAVE NO BRAKES! At this point we are speeding down this massive hill screaming, crying, yelling, and telling everyone to get out of our way. There was no way to stop at all so I had to just keep the bike up right and on the road.
Ha these are the many thoughts that flashed through mine and Emily's mind as we plummeted to what we thought was sure to be our death:

  • I am going to die.
  • I'm really crying.
  • Oh Crap!
  • I'm going to lose all my teeth.
  • My husband isn't going to think I'm pretty.
  • We're going to hit a tree.
  • Jaynie's tears are hitting my face.
  • Lord Help US!
Finally we made it to an uphill slant that was enough to slow us down for me to put my feet down. Probably the scariest moment of my life so far! I don't think I've ever cried while riding a bike before so that was a first. We ended up totally fine, just a little emotionally scarred. When my dad checked the bike out back at camp he discovered the tire could have easily fallen off, so we got pretty lucky.

After that we headed out to a quick hike to a waterfall, and on the way spotted this cute little place were you could pick your own strawberries and raspberries. Completely awesome!

All in all the trip was a huge success and a lot of fun!

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