Root Family

Root Family

Dec 30, 2005

This is a place I can't wait to take my wife to

It's lake Tahoe, but specifically, this area is on the western shore and it's called Emerald Bay. Not sure if you can see it, but there is a "Vikings Castle" on that little island you can see out there. A boat will take you out to the island and you can tour the old castle. I'm pretty sure real vikings didn't build it, but it's an older, authentic castle that someone built a long time ago.
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Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to visit with so much to do.

Dec 27, 2005

Brighton snowboarding December 2005

Went with Alene, her sister April, her Brother Brian, and her Cousin Joey. It started to snow right as we arrived. I normally don't care if it's snowing when I board, but the snow was HARD and it pelted your face as you picked up speed. It made it somewhat miserable and my beard froze a few times :-). In addition to that, my board needed to be waxed badly. It was so bad that I'd get some good speed going down a hill, then it would feel like someone was literally pulling me down from behind. Not good. I got my board waxed yesterday, so hopefully that will help.

Here is Alene and April on the lift

Here is my frozen beard

Dec 24, 2005

Las Vegas Bowl & Red Rocks State Park December 2005

I went to Las Vegas with Alene and my parents on December 21, 22, and came home on the 23rd. We went to see BYU play Cal in the Las Vegas bowl. BYU lost, but put up a good point, losing by one TD and being in position to score a tying TD with around 1:30 left in the game, but our QB was hit as he threw a pass and it was intercepted. It was fun while it lasted I guess.

Vegas is alright. I've been there about five times and every time I go, I'm reminded why I don't care for it much. I mean, it's cool and all the lights are definitely exciting to see, but it kind of wears off after a while. The best part about our trip was our excursion out to Red Rock canyon, which is west of the city.

The bellagio had this cool set-up in their garden room that had this fountain full of cranberries (it's behind us).

My mom and dad at the bellagio

The Bellagio fountain in full-effect

My mom and Alene with blue streaks in their hair before the game

Me and Alene before the game

BYU Offense (check out those OL splits and the TE up in a two-point stance. Insane!)

BYU Defense

Alene at Red Rock Canyon

I found a "throne" for me to lead my kingdome

Me and Alene at Red Rock

I found a cozy little place to sleep

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

I got some grease on my hands and decided to plaster them all over these rocks. Just kidding. These are some of those ancient paintings the natives did around thanksgiving time. They were trying to make turkeys with their hands

Yeah, don't let this happen to YOU!