|the site of my tetherball loss|
My friend Alyssa and I forewent plans to take in the canyons and mountains in and around Utah County. Instead, we drove approximately two-and-a-half hours north to Preston, Idaho. Mostly we just drove around the area and looked for places that we thought were locations for scenes in the movie Napoleon Dynamite. We took along Alyssa's cousin's tether ball so we could play a token game of tether ball in the same schoolyard where Napoleon played. I am sad to report that I did not win the game. My opponent is six inches taller than I and probably out weighs me by close to thirty pounds. I was outmatched and never had a chance, but winning wasn't exactly the point.
Even after searching out sites from Napoleon Dynamite, there is only so much a person or two can do in Preston Idaho. We then headed south just a bit before traveling northeast.. We traveled up Logan Canyon to catch a bit of the Bear River and the Bear River Mountains. We got the general idea of the place pretty quickly and moved on. We checked out several small northern Utah towns, including but not limited to Smithfied, Hyrum. Hyde Park, Nibley, and Brigham City. I'd never been to the Brigham City Tabernacle, which is quite lovely in its own way.
When we went into Logan, we went by Utah State University. Alyssa basically plugged her nose, covered her eas, and closed her eyes simultaneously most of the time we were anywhere near Utah State University. She says her second worst nightmare is having to go to college there. her worst nightmare is having to go to bYU Idaho. the hurdles were on the track at the university, as i had told they might be. A youth group was gathering and preparing to use the track, but it was a practice and not a meet, and they weren't on the track, so I took the opportunity to do just a bit of hurdling. at least I was better than Alyssa at hurdling. She did oopen her eyes and unplug her nose and uncover her ears while she was hurdling. she couldn't figure out how someone my size could ru hrdles so rapidly. I dodn't point it out, but my legs are alost as long as hers even though she's considerably taller than I. i just told her it was because I used to be a gymnast, which is true.
We didn't get home until about 10:15 tonight. We made it a point to have Alyssa spend the night with her aunt, because her parents would've freaked at her being gone from 7:00 a.m. until 10;15 p.m with no "adult" (we're both 18) accompanying us. (The truth of the matter is that she's staying at the condo with me. What her parents, who do not know about this blog, don't know will never cause them any harm.) I hate to be the one to remind them, but Alyssa is moving to California to attend a junior college in less than two months. They won't have any idea where she is at any given moment. It must be a daunting thought to them.
Tomorrow I'll pack, have lunch with Grandma, and possibly use the pool before boarding a plane and leaving this vast wasteland.