Saturday, June 28, 2008

this is my job...

So between the time of my Southern Utah trip with Phil and now, I have been mainly in San Francisco. I drove with Emily from Salt Lake to good 'ol Mill Valley, CA where I had staff training for my second year at Adventures Cross Country (ARCC). Staff training ended this past sunday and then I had two days of prepping for my trip with  my co-leader Dan Grossman. After that I headed out to Santa Cruz with a few of my friends from ARCC and have been relaxing for the last four days. 

This is Salt Lake... Emily, Phil and I took a nice hike up to the "living room". This picture alone should relay why I love Salt Lake so much...It's so beautiful!!

These are the not so natural "seats" in the living room. You can see all the way out to the Great Salt Lake from here. 
Here is the Golden Gate Bridge.. We did trail work here for our community service during training..
Here are a few of my friends from work. My co-leader is the one in the orange shirt! 

That's Chris and Adam doing manly trail work.. there was a lot of poison oak but most of us were okay. 

We call ourselves the blues hounds.. my buddy travis is a talented musician that can play many-a-instrument He's been teaching me haaaaaarmonica!

That's Adam, Juilian and Brett at Muir beach. They're in my group. Our campground where staff traning was held was near Muir Beach so we spent a lot of time there..
that's meeee at Muir beach!

Staff training has been exhausting, exhilarating, stressful, fun, wonderful and... a lot of other things. I love the people here and it is not too shabby to be able to travel on the dime of a company. I definitely  miss home but I'm ready to head out to Costa Rica and do some solid exploring of a new place. I have two weeks to play and then the kiddos come in for three weeks. We're doing three service projects (Working with Sea Turtles, teaching English, and building a library), We also get to raft the Pacuare River, surf along the Pacific coast among other things.
Here is my address while I'm in Costa Rica:
Crystal Lim
Adventures Cross Country (CRS 2C)
P.O. Box 526770
Miami, FL 33152k
It usually takes about a week and a half to get to me and I will be there until August 1st so don't send anything later than a week and a half from august 1st.. got it?! but send things otherwiseeeee!!! weeeeEE!
That will be my main source of correspondence and I will be able to email once in a while. 

Ah I truly miss everyone-I will be home soon. I will update in Costa Rica as soon as I can.. 
Momma, Daddy, Andrew, Alex... i miss you guys the most. I think about you guys every day! 

Monday, June 2, 2008

ex.plore [ik'splor]

travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it.

Southern Utah is truly a beautiful place. I fall in love with it more and more. Here are some pictures.. 
from Salt Lake City to the San Rafael Swell-Buckhorn draw
Buckhorn draw to Capitol Reef-Sulpher Creek
Capitol Reef to Fish Lake
Fish Lake to Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon to Moab



going through here.. i am just thankful to be alive and well. I am breathing everyday and appreciating the things i get to experience. i am so lucky to have these opportunities.  

i love you mommaaaa