Thursday, July 21, 2011


This past weekend we went camping up Payson canyon. Josh's dad and step mom bought us a tent, 2 man sleeping bag, lantern, and an air mattress for christmas last year and I have been dying to go camping! We usually go to Bear Lake and camp every summer for Josh's family reunion, but this year it's during the week so we can't go because of work. So we found this campsite online and went camping for the weekend! It was only about an hour and a half away from our house. We were planning on staying in the first come first serve sites at payson lakes campground, but by the time we got there at 5 pm on Friday, they were full. We drove up the canyon another mile to the blackhawk campground and they were full also :( So after deciding that we didn't want to just go home and come back another weekend, we found an awesome spot on the side of the road and camped friday and saturday! Luckily I brought 2 jugs of water and toilet paper just in case we didn't find a site (since the campground has toilets and drinking water). But we were able to go into the campground on saturday and re-fill our water jugs to last us the rest of the weekend. Our spot was right on the edge of a valley full of trees, it was beautiful! We went on a couple hikes around the lakes and sat at the lake on saturday. We mostly hungout at our campsite, made fires, ate food, and enjoyed the fresh air. 

 Big moon!

 The Grotto waterfall
Eating lunch on the edge of the valley 

 Foil dinners... mmmmmmm
Waiting for dinner to cook 
 Hot dog roasting
Josh + mustard = huh?????? 
Golden mallow 
Crispy mallow


For our 1 year anniversary we went to Negril, Jamaica. It is about an hour drive from Montego Bay. Just like our honeymoon, Negril is like Play Del Carmen... less touristy and very jungle-y and quiet. Montego Bay is like Cancun... the big tourist section that is loud and crazy. We took a red eye flight on Friday May 20 and had a layover in New York, then arrived in Jamaica at 1030 am. We were there for one whole week.. Saturday to Saturday. 

Our resort was called "Sunset at the Palms" and it was PERFECT! It was #11 out of 97 hotels in Negril and out of the hundreds of reviews we read on different sites, I don't remember ever reading one bad review. It was such a small and secluded resort. There were only like 90 rooms, compared to the hundreds of rooms that are in normal hotels. Each room was in a bungalow hut, there were 2 rooms per hut. The rooms were divided by a hallway so we didn't have anyone above, below, or sharing walls with. AWESOME! We came right at the beginning of the rainy season (June-July) so it rained most afternoons, but we got everyday until about 2 pm to go layout and swim. When it rained it was still 85 degrees and we still got sunburned! 

 Our Bungalow

Our view if we open our french doors that go out onto the patio... FULL JUNGLE!

The beach was small but we never had to fight for chairs like in mexico because our resort was so small. In our swimming area we saw 2 stingrays and found 3 starfish! We went on a few excursions and then the rest of the time we hungout on the beach. #1 We went on a 3 hour snorkeling excursion where we got to snorkel at 2 different sites. #2 We went on a bus ride to the Black River where we got on a boat and rode through the river and saw many crocs. They were nice and tame though... the tour guide even leaned down and kissed the biggest one! After that the bus took us up to the YS Falls (a big waterfall against the mountain and jungle, it had like 8 huge teirs!) we got to hike up to the top of the waterfall, and make stops on the way up to sit in it and take pics and go ropeswinging! They also had a zipline down the waterfall but it was closed. Since it was the rainy season, the waterfall was very very full and fast so people had to help you in the water and you werent allowed to swim around because the current was so fast. After we were done in the waterfall, they had 2 mineral water pools that were supposed to be really good for your skin. We sat in those for a while and headed back to the resort! #3 On our last night in Jamaica, we took a taxi up to the world famous bar Ricks Cafe. It is a cafe/bar right on the edge of a cliff. There were cliff divers there jumping from a 50 foot treestand and then there were little 10, 15, and 25 footers that tourists could jump off of. The cliffs you could jump off of were right in a little cove, so there wasn't much current and it was nice to swim around. We ate dinner and watched the sunset :)

Our beach 
Big sting ray! 

 Paddle Boating! 

 The sand dollar we found!... then broke :(
3 starfish we found swimming 
Boat ride to snorkel 
 Cute fish!
The boat we took down the river 
 Feeding the croc, then he kissed it!
 Baby croc
 YS Falls

 Rope swing
 Ricks Cafe cove and cliffs

Sunset at Rick's
Steve Nash was there! (NBA Player)

One of my most favorite things we did in Jamaica was frog hunt at night after the rain settled. Outside our hut, was jungle and after it rained the animals and insects were soooo loud all night long. One night we went out to see if we could catch frogs, because we could hear tons of the croaking. We used the flashlight on Joshs phone and walked all over in the mud and found little baby froggies croaking away! I wanted to take them all home!