Thursday, December 31, 2009

Day Four: Snowmobiling Alpine, WY

Ready for day four! Its snowing!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Day 2: Snowmobiling Alpine, WY

Ready for day 2!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

View from our Rental House Alpine, WY

View from the deck looking towards idaho.

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Unloading Snowmobiles: Alpine, WY

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Sun is coming up

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Snake River Overlook, WY on our way to Alpine, WY

The famous snake river overlook

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Still Driving! On our way to Alpine, WY

Still driving! Almost to jackson

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Going over togowotee pass. Clear day. we can see the tetons!

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

This might be why roads r closed

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Just crossed the missouri river on hwy 44 little icy here

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Travel is a little slow n windy today. On hwy 44 in s dakota. Interstate still closed

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Snowmobiling Alpine, Wyoming

We're back now! Here's the story of our trip.

Here's my original post:
We’re planning to leave for our snowmobiling trip tomorrow on Christmas Day! Hopefully our travel doesn’t get delayed from this snow storm that's coming through. We usually go south through Minnesota on Hwy 23 and then take I-90 across South Dakota but it appears right now I-90 is closed through Chamberlain. So we'll have to see what the weather brings tomorrow and if they open that road! Or we might have to try the North Dakota route or something?? We’ll wait and see what it looks like! I’ll update my Twitter whenever I have phone service (you can find these updates on the right side of our blog). If we have internet at the house we're renting I’ll update the blog but I’m not sure if we do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Here are some links to sites with road conditions:
Minnesota Road Conditions Map
South Dakota Road Conditions Map
North Dakota Road Conditions Map
Wyoming Road Conditions Map


Here are some more handy links:
Alpine, Wyoming webcam
Southwest Trails/Grey's River Avalanche Report
Snotel site for Blind Bull Summit
Wyoming Range Snowmobile Trail Map

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!



Everest:


Junebug (Santa's Little Helper):



Love,
The Schnells :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Building our Pine Log Bookshelf!

We finished building our pine log bookshelf! Here it is!!! Read below for the story ...



Our bookshelf project started about a month ago when I first posted about it. Prior to that post we had made a trip to Home Depot to get our supplies. There was some other random dude in the wood aisle also loading up many pieces of wood. We had the Vibe with since it has a roof rack and more space than our other car. After we checked out we started loading the smaller pieces into the back. The random dude from the wood aisle then came over and blurted out '24 boards.' We were like 'huh?' He replied 'You can fit 24 boards in there.' Turns out he also has a Vibe and buys a lot of wood and knows how many will fit. Good to know. Thanks, random guy! We proceeded to load the wood and strap the big piece of plywood that would be the back of the book shelf to the roof rack on top. I'm sure this looked pretty humorous - I should have taken a pic :)

The next day Grant took all the wood to work and cut it to the size we wanted. That night we measured out and marked where all the shelves would go so we'd be ready to start nailing. Then we fired up our 'milkhouse heater' in the garage and set out to put the thing together. Grant had borrowed a nail gun from a guy at work which was an excellent idea because it would have taken us FOREVER otherwise! So, he proceeded to attempt to put the first nail in the bookshelf after we had wood glued it ... and it went sideways. Of course this resulted in a lot of swearing and I was like, Grant, really, I think it's going to be fine. He said no, he wanted it to be perfect! Oh boy, we had a lot of work to do :) Well, the rest of the nails actually went in straight and we had most of it together in no time! Pretty slick except I forgot to take pics before this point!



The next task was to fill the nail holes with putty. This also didn't go so well at first. The directions say to apply the varnish or clear coat first and then put the putty in the nail holes. Well, we decided to go against the rules and do the putty first. It ended up making discolored marks around the nail holes that showed up more when we put the clear coat over the top. Hmm ... note to self ... follow the directions next time. Grant fixed it up by sanding it off and re-doing the clear coat so I think it looks just fine. Now we know for the next time!


Then we ordered the pine logs to put on the edges (they came de-barked, sanded and routered to a 90 degree angle). Once we had those we put clear coat on them, screwed them on the front corners and put the top on to finish it!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas with the Schnells!

Grant and I spent the weekend in Clotho to celebrate Christmas with Mom and Dad Schnell and Molly and Clark!

Molly made her famous pies


The Ingmans came over to visit


We took a family pic


And we opened presents and had a great time!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ice Fest 2009

Grant and I joined the Johnsons and many other crazy folks who like to brave the cold MN winter at Ice Fest in Sandstone, MN this weekend. We had a great time as usual even though there were times when we were FREEZING!

We helped Ed Bouffard, the ski pulk guy, set up his tent and put together his sleds for people to try out.
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We were entertained by the Outdoor Endeavors crew that was camped next to us. We watched Grover, Josh and EB try out some ice climbing. We ventured out for a walk along the river to warm up. We chatted with the skijoring guys that were there and chuckled as a pet goat trampled through camp!
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Later on we checked out the gear swap in town and listened to Dawn Glanc, the speaker for the evening. That was followed by some fireworks that were being lit off so close to us we thought we might start on fire! Then, of course, we ended the evening with a beer at the Gas Light bar and some words of wisdom from Ryan Woodward:

“Your only job is life, so let’er buck.”

It was inspiring. :) That night it was slightly chilly sleeping in a tent but we survived. The next morning Ed made us some tasty fried bagels and then we packed up and made our way back home. It was a fun time!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Kitten Dinner

Apparently Everest thought I was setting the table for him ...



And he didn't appreciate Junebug trying to get in on the action ...


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