book worms

Now that I am done with school and actually have time to read for fun I've been eating it up. I usually always carry a book with me in my purse and read whenever I get a chance. So when I am waiting in line, on the train to work, arrived 15 mins early to an appointment, I can read a few pages instead of just mindlessly scrolling through FB or pinterest. Usually I average about 2 books a month so the question at work is always "what is Brighton reading now?". The biggest reason I never really read before is because I had no idea what to read (and since I'm a little bit of a perfectionist if I started a book, even if it was awful, I felt I had to finish it). So I thought I would share some of the books I discovered that I like and don't like in case you're in need of some ideas.
{I am always looking for good books to read so if you have some you love comment and let me know!}
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I really really liked this book. From the outside the Le Cirque des Reves mysteriously appears at night without warning and disappears It's about two magicians, who preform REAL magic, who are placed in a dual to the end. Sounds weird but it is like a mix of Harry Potter magic, historical, and love.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This is a classic everyone should read. Even if you've seen the movie (it is different). I loved it! Set in France / Italy during the 1800's this story is about love, betrayal, loyalty, hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness. I really don't think you'll be disappointed by this one.
Serena by Ron Rash
They are coming out with a movie for this book starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence so you know it is a good read. Based off a real person this book tells the tail of the Pembertons, newlyweds, who run a timber camp. They are one couple you don't want to mess with. I didn't get into this book right at the beginning but once it picks up you get hooked and it ends with a bang.

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Hofe recommend this one to me and I'm so glad he did, its one of my favies. I read it awhile ago but with the turn of events in the news I thought I should add it to my list. I've always been way interested in diseases and such, even wanting to be an epidemiologist for awhile ,so this book was fascinating to me. It would be fascinating to anyone though, especially after all the publicity Ebola has been getting on the news. This book is a true story. Which makes it a little bit terrifying. It is about the ebolaviruses and marburgviruses, their origins, and incidents involving these viral hemorrhagic fevers. Great book! Helps you understand Ebola better too.

Wild By Cheryl Strayed
This is the perfect summer or vacation book. It makes you super travel hungry and ups your wanderlust. I loved this book, it was right up my ally. Even if you aren't into the outdoors I still think you'd really enjoy this book. The author decides she wants to hike the Pacific Coast Trail and does it. By herself. With pretty much no experience. The PCT is a big deal and I think its so awesome that such accomplishes her goal. This is a great motivation book. 

The Kill Order by James Dashner
This is a young adult novel, so if you want a good quick read this is a good option. Super fast, easy read. It's the prequel to The Maze Runner (which I haven't read) but I liked this book. I love anything with diseases or post apocalyptic so this book had me hooked. After sun flares destroy most of the plant & people feel to the mountains and other cooler places, some think whats left of the earth won't be able to sustain the surviving population. The kill order doesn't go as planned though.

The Eaden Hunter By Skip Horack
I don't recommend this one. Set in 1816 the story centers around Kau , an African slave, that escapes enslavement and flees toward Florida with a slave hunter on his tail. Although the historical part of it was very interesting it is very gruesome and depressing. Someone gets killed on pretty much every page.  

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
This is the first Nicholas Spark's book I've read and its was so so. It you like super mushy romance novels then go for it. It's not really my cup of tea though, I need a little more adventure and mystery in my books. 

so long fall, hello winter!

adventure date: November 2nd, 2014

I want to cry right now. Why? Fall is slowly disappearing and it is pretty dang sad. Fall is the best season. Don't even try and argue with me on that one because you will loose. Fall is beautiful with all the bright warm colors and changing leaves. The days are warm and perfect to get outside and explore nature, and the nights are cool and perfect to cuddle up with someone (or a wonderful 4 legged friend) and drink cider. There are so many fun festivities going on, and pumpkin flavored things coming out your ears (not literally. that would be gross) And I'm just going to say it, fall fashion is probably the best there ever was. YAY for cardigans!!! Now that you see that Fall is the most wonderful season let us shed a moment of silence..........................

Luckily winter is so pretty and makes the loss a little less devastating. (Still hold a little grudge though.
Sunny blue skies always makes people want to get outside and enjoy nature, but stormy skies should make you want to go exploring just as much, maybe even more in my opinion. I love hiking when its sprinkling rain or snow flakes, it makes the mountains so peaceful and quite! It's the best. Trust me. Plus there are less people on the trails and the odds of seeing wildlife are higher.  
So this stormy Sunday we headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon and our search for snow was a quite a successes. (White Pine Lake is an awesome one to do! Even if you can't make it all the way). There was way more than we were expecting... or prepared for. My boots got soaking wet and my toes were frozen but it was such a wonderful hike. I'm not a huge fan of the cold, being from AZ & CA, but boy it sure makes things pretty. The mountains were empty and extra quite because of the snow muffling all the sounds. We didn't summit any neat peaks, and got lost trying to find the lake we were headed to, but had such a blast wandering and playing in the snow. I highly recommend it. (maybe don't get lost though)

peace out until next time ladies and gents!


I honestly don't even know how this happened. I was just standing there and next thing I know my butt was in the snow. 

Get Flexy

I have to share because I think its awesome and I'm kind of obsessed right now. YOGA. 
If you and your inner chi really hit it off you can even master the art of levitation >>>

pic credit : self-timer (thank you very much) 

    I did pilate's tons in high school and loved it
 but could never really get into yoga. I attempted over and over, using different videos/youtube channels/apps/ect and could never make it trough a full session. I would either get bored and stop after a solid 5 minutes or fall asleep in about the same amount of time. I was so used to high intensity forms of work out, like running or climbing, that it was reeeaaalllyyy hard for my busy body self to sit still and just focus on breathing (pretty pathetic considering it was only for 2 mins or so). Since I was so busy and didn't have a lot of time to work out I wanted to feel like I was getting the most bang for my buck, and yoga just didn't seen like a really good work out to me.
Boy was I wrong. Last month I started attending the yoga classes at my climbing gym and loved it from the first 'ummm'. So much funner than trying to do it from a video. I could not believe how sore I was after the first two classes!! Guys like really sore. I hadn't been that sore in a long time, even muscles I don't think have ever been sore. I had no idea it was such a good workout. And talk about stress reliever! Yoga is wonderful because you take time to slow down and focus on yourself and let go of your worries. It is simply great for just overall well being. I've noticed a huge difference with my climbing and no longer have my usual sore back. I absolutely love trying the poses and having them been a little easier than the previous yoga session. I always feel so much better after doing it; less stressed, more flexy, and it even helped clear up my cold! Yay, its that good. So if you can't tell I'm pretty hooked on yoga now and think you all should try it. It's good stuff.

Back to The City

adventure date: October 16th - October 19th

 We have been really crushin' on City of Rocks this year so we loaded up the Subaru once again and headed north. This was probably one of my favorite City of Rocks trips. The weather was so perfect! The other times we've been it gets so hot during the afternoon you feel like your rubber shoes are melting unto you feet, and your hands along with your body wont stop sweating which all leads to not so great climbing. The park was also the most deserted I've seen it. So nice to have pretty much free range of any of the climbs we wanted to do. We did some exploring and hiked out to some new areas. The supposed "20 min hike" turned into 2 hours but we eventually found the crags and now have some new favorite spots. Definitely worth the trek out to the striped rock area and surrounding rocks.

On our first day I accidentally took off a small chunk of my toe, gross right? especially with the word chunk. Anyways, it gets grosser. I did my best to keep it clean, but we were camping, hiking around, and putting on dirty climbing shoes. Needless to say it got pretty dang infected. It kept me up that next night and hurt to walk on but it was our last day so we had to pack in as much climbing as we could. If you've been climbing and worn "good fitting" climbing shoes you know they are TIGHT and uncomfortable. Now imagine having an infected toe thats 10x worse than an ingrown toe nail (so gross I can't believe I'm writing this), and smashing it into a shoe that is super tight with no padding/cushioning inside. (Sorry Gross I know!) So I just climbed in my approach shoes (wahoo for Evolve Cruzers!!) but still wasn't too pleasant trying to toe off the little jibs.
Hofe wanted to end on a bang and picked a long pitch 12a. He lead it and was getting pump so I knew it would be a killer for me. Since the route was so tall he had to wait and belay me from the top while i brought up a second rope that we could use to tie together to repel down. There was barely ANY feature on this route so I knew I would get no where with my approach shoes. After a solid 5 mins I wedged my foot into my shoe and attempted going vertical. I was wedging my body up a crevasse (like how you'd put your back against a wall and feet on opposite walls to climb up hallways when you where little). About 10 ft off the ground I happened to glance into the crack and noticed a fat furry face staring back at me. I had never seen once of these adorable guys. It looked like giant guinea pig mated with a koala bear (cute!). I headed towards the top so I could tell Hofe about it. It took me a loooonnngg time to make it up that route. It was so dang hard! Especially when you're trying to do as much as you can with one foot. Eventually I couldn't stand it and had to take my climbing shoes off and do it barefoot. Longest climb of my life! So an amazing view though!>>>

When we got down I excitedly told Hofe about the guiene pig/kangaroo mouse/kooala/sugarglider creature I saw that had a huge gray and white body (about the size of a small loag of bread), super long fluffy tail, and gianormous ears. Hofe didn't believe me, even after I showed him the nests that were build up in this crack he thought I was exagerating. So I got our head lamps and pointed them into the creaves so Hofe could see. Haha sure enough after he saw he described it just as I had, "He's huge! Wow his ears are gigantic! Look at his long tail!". Told you so...
We researched it and I think it was a obese pika or bushy-tailed woodrat. Has anyone seen one of these before? or know what else it could've been?


City of Rocks

adventure date: September 18th - September 21st , 2014

City of Rocks is heaven on earth. Probably one of my favorite climbing getaways. Hofe and I had a blast exploring there the last few days. Just under 3 hours drive from Salt Lake City this National Reserve is packed with more climbing than your can even handle, and so unbelievably fun. Really though. You HAVE to go! Climbers come from all over the world, we met climbers from Germany to Alaska.

The day we rolled into camp it was POURING rain. Luckily it died off so we could set up camp and explore before it got dark. Also we really like kissing in the rain...

We found this awesome little bouldering spot (see pics above)... as long as you don't fall. Heel hooks are my jam. They come in handy quite a bit when you are my height. But they make for real awkward photos. It sure would be handy to have three arms though! Imagine the things I could climb!

Our first day there Hofe and I decided to head over to Castle Rocks and conquer a multi pitch that we had to bail out early on the last time we were there due to weather. I made the AWFUL mistake of reading an article in Climbing Magazine on our way to Idaho about climbing accident/horror stories so I was a quite nervous at the start. After leading the second pitch though I started to relax. On my fourth pitch I was going to lead Hofe reassured me before I headed off that it looked liked the easiest one so far. The first to clips were, and I moved pasted them no sweat. Then the feet and hand holds melted away and it turned to slab. If I'm bouldering I enjoy slab, its fun. But when leading (especially a few pitches up) I think the slab best be left to lizards. I slowly started moving my way up, smearing my feet against the granite. The next bolt was still a good six inches out of reach. I could hear a bird in the crack just to my left and was anxious waiting for it to swoop out and scare me off the wall. I barely stayed balanced as I reached further and further and finally managed to clip the draw. I breathed a sigh of relief. (i'd been holding my breath so it was a big one). The next bolt left me in no better position. I was instantly stressed again and didn't think I could handle that for the rest of the climb until I reached the chains.  I was already so close to falling I wanted to give up, go back down to the last chains and have Hofe lead this pitch. With the gusts of wind must have come a gust of confidence because the next thing I knew I was moving up the slabby rock with precision movements. The next clips were as crappy and far as I expected but I got them! and made it to the chains with out falling! Best feeling ever! Don't get me wrong I was nervous and terrified but to over come that and not give up felt awesome. I love the mental challenge climbing gives you and the high you get when you push yourself past your boundaries. Now if I could just be that way all the time... This ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip. The view from the top was incredible! I was kicking myself for not bringing the camera up but was too nervous of it getting banged up. After being on the cliff for a view hours in the sun with no water or food we were exhausted by the time we made it back down. We scarfed down what food and water we had and collapsed and took a nap in the shade.

We spent the rest of the afternoon climbing until we were out of water and couldn't handle the heat  any more. Such fun problems though! I love the climbing in City of Rocks/Castle Rocks. The holds are just unbelievable. My fav. That evening we went to a presentation one of the forest rangers gave on how the rocks and holds here are formed. Geology is pretty dang neat. And City of Rocks is Geology at its finest.

I climbed up to the top of a big rock that evening to do some yoga. Talk about a peaceful place to get your yogi on. So good. Hofe even join me for some couples "yoga" and we entertained the old ladies who's campsite was across the way. I could barely hold poses I was laughing too hard. Hofe and I watched the sunset from this same spot and it was the perfect way to end the day.

That night our pals Jamie and Kerri came to the city to join us for some climbing.

We started the day off climbing "Too Much Fun". The name fits this route perfect, it really is too much fun. Its the tallest route I've lead (aside from multi pitches) and is a blast the whole way. If you ever go to City of Rocks it is a must! Best to hit it first thing in the AM since its popular.& make sure you have 2 ropes for the repel.

Just a little short person beta.

Later we headed over to Transformer Wall where Michael found this awfully sketchy climb. The book said it was a sport route so we didn't bring our trad rack. The first clip was a good thirty feet up. Since the start had no feature (you can see in the second pic down) Hofe had to climb up on top an outcropping of rock and extended our stick clip as far as it would go, and could still barely reach it.

The climb was a 10c so once you got past the hold-less start the rock feature was pretty decent. Then the bolts became further and further spread out. He was a few clips up when he couldn't see the next bolt. We all sat for awhile searching the wall above him trying to find it. We realized there wasn't one. The chains were still a good 35+ feet above Hofe. (there could have easily been four bolts in between). I would've totally wussed out, but Hofe being the brave soul he is kept going. I was so nervous watching as he worked his way up and over the hump. So nervous. It just went on and on. I could not believe how run out he was. It was definite deck potential but I tried not to think about this. I was holding my breath & was so nervous I couldn't even take pictures. You have no idea how relieved I was when he finally reached the chains and clipped it.

Can I just say peanut butter is a camping and climbing essential! plus check out that cool swirl. all those health nuts are all into almond butter slapping it on every thing they can, but nothing beats good ol' peanut butter (don't sweat its natural). I mean is almond butter really that much better for you?

We were pooped from climbing all day in the sun but decided to climb one more rock, Bath Rock. Bath Rock is one of the more "famous" rocks here, and made for the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Hofe and I had never climbed it though in all the times we'd been to the City. With all the climbs at City of Rocks you could come over and over, and never climb the same thing twice.

You don't need gear to climb up bath rock. We free climbed it and even though it wasn't hard it was way fun. Don't worry Mom I'm not going to start free soloing.

Bath Rock gets its name for a large pool of water on top. You wouldn't want to take a bath up there though because it is the greenest slimiest water you've ever seen. Old Greg would be all over it.

The top of Bath Rock offers a great view of the national reserve.

Unfortunately the rain striked again and we had to pack up early.

It was a bummer to leave, but are planning on another trip before the ice season.