Quote of the day:

"You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake."
Bob Hope

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look familiar?

    I remember as a kid my Dad decided to take some of the family on camping trip up American Fork canyon.  We loaded up the Aspen Wagon and hitched up our horrible canvas tent on a trailer and off we went.  Of course in all of the excitement, we left our cooler of food in the driveway.

   Upon setting up camp and realizing we were missing something, dad decided we did not need the cooler of food.  Instead, we would just get by on the dry goods we had packed which were not in the cooler.

   So the next morning, off we went on our hike to, if memory serves me correctly, the above pictured lake.  Upon our arrival at the lake, we built a fire and my dad buried some potatoes near the hot coals. We then spent a great few hours at the lake and after sufficient cooking time we dug up the potatoes.  I tell you, a little salt and pepper and I have never before or since enjoyed a more delicious baked potato.

   Later in the evening upon returning to our camp, my dad drove down the canyon and purchased some steaks at a local grocery store.  He then drove back up to our campsite and cooked us a great steak dinner.  Thanks Pops for a great memory at Silver Lake.

Postscript to this story.  Later on in life, my wife and I moved to American Fork.  As we settled in to our new neighborhood, I met a neighbor who confessed to selling my dad the worst used tent trailer he had ever seen.  He claims he tried to get my dad to buy something better but I guess the price on the canvas tent on a trailer was right for my dad's budget.  My neighbor informed me he had felt guilty all of those years for selling George Durrant such an awful trailer.  I do think I eased is guilt by telling him of the great times we had as a family in the old tent trailer.

So here you go, It is a rough drive up to the trailhead but I did see a few cars in the parking lot.

The hike to Silver Lake is about 2.5 miles with a 1450 ft elevation gain, for a big guy like me that is a tough climb.  Make sure to take some extra food (perhaps a potato) and water.

The last 25 yards is a scramble up some loose rocks.  Once you reach the top you should see a very large granite boulder directly between you and the lake.

Before enjoying your time at the lake, look to where the boulder seems to be naturally pointing at the ground.  At this point, you may find a fork and a little deeper in an orange match container.

Good luck and be safe.

Good Job eh.  My Canuck Niece Cami and her mate Emily found some loonies up at the lake.  Now they can afford to queue up for some poutine and a glass of homo milk at Tim Horton's.  Don't forget the serviettes.

Translation: Good Job girls.  My Niece Cami who will soon be leaving to serve a mission in Canada and her friend Emily found the hidden cash up at the lake.  Now they can afford to line up for some french fries covered in brown gravy and cheese curds and a glass of whole milk at a local diner.  Do not forget the napkins.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."
 ~ George Burns

Welcome back to my blog.  Sorry it has been so long,  I have been away celebrating Jodi's 50th birthday.  Just to prove fifty is not really that old, I took her on a five state adventure during which she hiked, biked, raced, surfed, cooked, went to shows and visited with many friends and family members.


Happy 50th Jodi Lynn Durrant!

Now back to business.  Today I took a ride around the Heber Valley on my road bike.  It was a great morning with cool temperatures and heavy moist air.  On rides like today I seriously wonder if there is a more beautiful place than the Heber Valley.

My ride took me to the following location tucked beneath the shadow of Mount Timpanogos.  It was a memorable place for Russia's Yuliya Chepalova and Norway's Bente Skari in the winter of 2002

If you locate this place, look behind the concrete wall.

The prize is under some weeds behind the "2002".

Good luck, have fun, be safe and shoot me a photo if you find the cash.

A very pregnant CarolAnn from Mona finds the cash.  If you do not want to name the baby Warrina maybe you should consider Yuliya.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July 2014!

Where's Warren Today???

This Fourth of July, take a ride with me on the 
Murdock Canal Trail.

Along the Murdock Canal Trail there are nice little parks with parking, picnic areas and restrooms.  These parks also have sections of pipe on display similar to the pipes used to enclose the Murdock Canal.

 It is near the base and on the corner of these pipes that you may find what you are looking for buried beneath some gravel.  No orange container this time just a small baggie.

I stashed the baggies at three of these park/pipe locations along the trail.  Good luck and remember to send me a photo if you find the treasure.

1, 2, 3 or 3, 2, 1,  you decide

Finally, I made one extra stop and stashed some cash at the following location.  If you recognize it grab the cash.

The early (5:40am) and late night (11:04pm) birds get the worm.

 Thanks for playing Annie and Eliza.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Don't cry because it's over.  Smile because it happened.
~ Dr. Suess

Before we get to this weeks hike,  I need to take a minute to tell you I lost a great friend this week to cancer.  Patty Wanlass was truly one of my biggest fans.  She encouraged me in photography, education, business and life.  No person ever had a more appropriate nickname, Sunny Lady.  I will never again take a hike or watch a sunset without thinking of Patty's smile and her kindness. 


Todays hike is one of the most popular and beautiful hikes within 1/2 hour of Utah County.  I feel lucky that I was able to spend my first 10 minutes alone at this popular location in order to hide the stash of cash.
I really think my Uncle Stewart Durrant would have enjoyed this waterfall.
If you found your way to this waterfall based on the pictures and the clue, you need to cross the stream to the left side of the falls.  Hike towards the falls and near the base of the falls, the lush green on the side turns to a rock face.  Look in the cracks behind some small rocks for the orange container.  I placed an old green sock next to the hiding spot.  There is also a dead stick in the lush green pointing to the spot.

Good Luck!  Remember to send me a photo of you with the cash.

Cami strikes again.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

After returning from my recent world travels to exotic sites such as Venice, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Parowan and Beaver, I thought "Y" not head out on a hike.

So off I went.  As I approached my hike objective I thought "Y" stop at the bottom, "Y" not hike to the top.

Once at the top, after catching my breath, I thought "Y" not hide some cash.

So I found a crack just below the upper left hand side of this massive icon and decided "Y" not hide the cash here under some small pebbles and twigs.

Have fun and if "U" find the cash, "Y" not take a selfie and send it to me so I can add it to the blog.

What a great day to hike to the "Y"and score some green.
Great job Daniel, Teresa, Tanya and Alex.

Friday, May 30, 2014

I Love Istanbul!

And of course Jodi also loves Istanbul

From the Blue Mosque

To the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar

Istanbul is Amazing.

And now for the fun stuff.  To earn some cash, be one of the first five people to find me in person and tell me the name of the Turkish bridge in the above photo as well as its significance and I will hand you $20 cash.  Sorry, no phone calls, texts, emails, tweets, face books, skypes or snail mails, you need to find me and tell me about the bridge face to face for the cash.
See you soon I will save you some Turkish Delight.

The Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul is the link between the European and Asian continents.  Great job Kath, Stacie, Halie, Pete and Eliza.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Big results require big ambition 
~ Heraclitus of Ephesus

Welcome to the ancient city of Ephesus, in the country of Turkey

Standing in front of The Library of Celsus

The Great Theater with seating for 25,000. 
(dibs on an aisle seat)

Let sleeping dogs lie ~
while I hide some money under his paw.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  
Ephesians 6:1
Good find Berrak Vilmaz of Ephesus