Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
We got all sorts of camping stuff for our wedding, so we decided to go to Moab and try them out. We have some friends down there we wanted to see and then go to the national parks. We had three days off from work and decided to go. We arrived in Moab about 7 pm at night. We thought we were in luck to set up our tent in the light. We took a turn into the BLM land to find an open spot that would let us have a camp fire. It is not camping without a fire, hot dogs and marshmallows. After an hour of driving and still no camp spot, we head into Moab to find something else. We called severals places and finally found one that would let us have a fire. We camped at OK RV Park. It was a great little place. We set up our tent and decided to make the classic camp dinner...yes that's right, hot dogs & marshmallows.
After a night's sleep under the stars, we got up and had a great breakfast. We decided to go into Arches National Park to do some hiking and sight seeing. We stopped at Park Ave first and hiked around there for a while. Then we went to The Windows and Turret Arch. Once we got done hiking around there, we decided to eat a little lunch. It is a good thing we did, our next hike our took it out of us. We decided to go hike Delicate Arch. For those of you that don't know your Utah history, that is the arch that is on the license plates here. It was pretty amazing. According the the map it said it was only 3 miles round trip, but that was the longest three miles of my life. But it was well worth it. After driving around some more, we decided to head back into Moab for some dinner. We made the best tin foil dinners ever! They were delicious.
The next day we headed into Canyonlands National Park. It was amazing to see the difference between the two parks. They are only 20 miles apart but the landscape is totally different. We did a little hiking around there and then went back into Moab for a little lunch. We ate at the Moab Brewery. After a little lunch, we stopped by Moab Adventure Center to see some good friends from Soda Springs.
Moab is such an amazing place, highly recommended by the Huntsman family.
Posted by Rachael and Brad Huntsman at 3:40 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2008
After our luncheon, we rushed out of town and headed straight to the SLC airport and flew to Long Beach Airport. If you've never been here before, it's the white trashiest airport I've ever been to. Instead of big terminals, there are trailers everywhere that serve as the waiting rooms. So when you land, you get to feel like the pope or the president and walk down the stairs of the plane. But, it was cheaper than LAX, so, being a newly married poor married couple, we took the cheap way out. Our first night we spent in a hotel near Disneyland. it was close to the airport and we didn't get in until about 10 pm. I won't go into more detail about that.... ;-)
The next day we drove into Hollywood and checked out the Walk of Fame.... not that cool really. They used to give those to big named stars, now everyone gets one.... Ryan Seacrest has one.... what's up with that. While there we went to the Hollywood Wax Museum and the Guiness Book of Records Museum. Next, my wonderful new wife was gracious enough to let me drive all around my old mission areas so I could get all sentimental and stuff. After visiting Reseda, we ate at In and Out Burger(if you haven't, you must) and went to Woodland Hills. We then drove up the PCH to Santa Barbara, where we were staying at the Old Yacht Club for the next 2 days. It was amazing! We walked the beach the next day and got our charicature's drawn by some hippy.
Monday we went to Long Beach to get on our Cruise! During the cruise we went to Catalina and drove around the island on a golf cart, went to Ensenada and learned to make Mexican food, and we spent Valentine's day in bed... but not for good reasons... because the new groom was a little sea sick.
We got off the cruise on Friday and went to the Santa Monica Peir for lunch. We ate at a little mexican restaurant at the end of the peir and had to compete for our food with the local pigeons. After we left the peir we went to the LA temple for an afternoon session. It is an amazing temple. We then met up with my uncle Jay and aunt Karen at the Staples Center for a Kings v. Calgary Flames hockey game. We first ate at an exclusive members only restaurant in the Staples Center called "The Grand Reserve". It was a buffet style restaurant but had choices such as lobster mashed potatoes, filet mingon, and shrimp cocktail. I accidently saw the bill which was almost as much as my car payment! Thanks Jay and Karen. As we entered the arena, we went down to row 4 behind the Kings bench and it was amazing. The Kings slaughtered the Flames and we got to see it up close. The best was seeing the players slam each other into the boards just a few feet from where we sat. A couple of good fights broke out and a player in the penalty box broke out a box of doughnuts to keep himself busy. Friday was a great day!
Saturday we woke up and drove to the airport and flew home. Finally... sleeping in our own bed! We'll post pictures below
Posted by Rachael and Brad Huntsman at 2:45 PM
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Aloha and Howdy,
We are starting this blog to keep our friends and loved ones up to date about our new family! We are so happy that we met and are so in love! Here's the cute story! Rachael and I met in the summer of '07 while working in the great state of Alaska. I was a tour guide for Royal Celebrity Tours and Rachael was working at the Grande Denali Lodge. I brought my guests through Denali weekly and was lucky enough to have tours that mostly stayed at the Grande. Rachael was the cute front desk girl whose name tag said she was from Honolulu, Hawaii, but didn't look polynesian. We started chatting and I found out she was actually from Soda Springs, Idaho, but had worked and lived in Hawaii for the past 3 years. We really didn't think to much about dating each other at first. At the end of August I had a guest who had a lost bag and I found out at about 11:15 pm. Rachael was still working at the desk that evening and offered to come help look for it. We were alone in the elevator and....... nothing happened..... except for the first time I thought, "I could date this girl." A few weeks later a co-worker of mine was teasing me about it saying I should, and, at the same time, another co-worker was saying the same thing to her. Well, fast forward a few weeks to when I had moved to Utah, she was on her way there, and I texted her to see if she wanted to hang out. She said she was in Hawaii but as soon as she got back we could hang out. We went to see "Into the Wild" on October 19. After the movie we sat in my car and talked for about 30 minutes about everything. A few days later we went on date # 2 to Buca di Beppos. A few short weeks and family visits later, on Nov. 17th 2007 in Logan on the temple grounds,I asked Rachael to be my wife. Luckily for me, she said yes. We were on our way. Well, long story even longer, we were married Feb 8th, 2008 in the Logan Utah Temple. After a few pictures in the cold and a luncheon at the Blue Bird Restaurant, we were off to sunny Southern California for our honeymoon, but that's another story.
Posted by Rachael and Brad Huntsman at 7:37 PM