Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mt. Doom

The Tongariro Crossing was featured in Lord of the Rings as Mt. Doom. Apparently it's a world known hike, with amazing views and a good workout. 19 something kilometers, normally completed in 6 or so hours.

Normally, you go on a beautiful day where the sun is shining and you wear shorts and a T-Shirt, but the only day we could do the hike, the forcast gave us rain, 100 kilometer winds and cold. The hotel we stayed at usually offers transportation to the hike, but they closed transportation because of the weather. Conditions were not ideal, but that didn't stop us.

As we were going up, we passed many people who turned around to go back. We really didn't understand what we were facing.

Pretty much, I've never seen anything like this. This was EXTREME HIKING, appropriate for New Zealand high adventure. Basically, on the top of the climb, we were on a ridge where there was a cliff on both sides, we were in a cloud, the wind was blowing so hard (I felt like I was a Husky in Canada and couldn't lift my head to see my next step), it was also freezing, the white cloud around us was moving like a fierce river.

I was wearing a t-shirt, a thermal, a hoodie, a little rain jacket, rain pants and was soaked to the bone. I was freezing.

I always believed heaven was on top of mountains, in the clouds, but if it is anything like this, I wouldn't mind being surrounded by fire.

That's the best description I can give. It was frightening, but the most exciting thing ever!

A perfect day to hike a mountain

Ready with wool socks to cover our hands

Oh yeah... and we look good.

Can't really tell, but there are water droplets all over her face

And this is when  it got bad.

We held hands with fear of getting blown away

Leaning in the wind

Little curls

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Waitomo, The Lost World

Today we went to Waitomo (water opening/water cave), the Lost World Cave and did some spelunking! One of the most magical places I've ever been to. It's amazing to me that just a few feet underneath the earth, there is a completely different ecosystem and it looks like a part of outer space.

Thanks Papi for the Adventure.
Geared Up

Glow Worm Constellations

Sunday, December 18, 2011


After 27 hours of traveling, we made it. . . but the weird thing is that we left Saturday morning and arrived Monday morning. 

Oops. We missed Sunday. And the other thing that is weird to me is that I'm seeing the same sun people are seeing in Utah, but it's a different day. I'm having a really hard time understanding that. 

That was the longest flight of my life, but I was well entertained with newish movies and a great crew. I watched The Help and Jane Eyre, and probably 4 episodes of Modern Family. I tried to sleep, but after 2 hours or so, I woke up terribly sick, it didn't last long thankfully.

So far, I've walked on the beach, collected shells, eaten this creamy rasberry thing at a French bakery, saw Bryce and Zion (uncle and aunt) and took a 5 or 6 hour nap.

AND! I have crazy hair. I don't really know what to call it, but my friend Maudelin did it and I love it. I hope it lasts through the trip.

Wish you were all here with me. 

I think I've gotten about 10 hours of sleep within the last 3 days. I was dying while this picture was taken.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

EL Yucateco

In my graphic design class, we had to choose a product/company, create a new logo, make business stationary, a pamphlet and packaging.

My first design was of a rooster blowing out fire, but for the packaging, I decided to use birds from the Yucatan and Central America. 

I decided to look up hot sauces and stumbled upon one called El Yucateco.

This is what I made:

(A booklet) HOT SAUCE REMEDIES includes a courtesy tissue at the end for crybabies. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011



We have missed her very much, she has been in London for 4 months learning about art and perfecting her talent! But it really seemed like yesterday when we lit the chinese lanterns into the night sky.

So, something cool about pillar house traditions, we celebrate Christmas! Christmas morning and breakfast. A lot of homemade gifts were given, a lot of love put into each one of them.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Merry Christmas from the BYU AdLab

So this Christmas the AdLab has organized this really cool project.

The goal is to send a student home who hasn't been home for over four years. His name is Chatura and he is from Sri Lanka. Here is a little web site we put together to spread awareness.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


12 Years ago a little Anahí was born in Mexico City.

She loves to make science experiments in the bathroom
Loves to cook
She is very crafty with fabric
She is an avid rock collector
A rock climber
and she's a babe