Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tour of the Cedar City Fire Station

To help out the Cub Scout group, Angela volunteered to lead a meeting.  So she coordinated a tour of the fire department.  It was neat to learn about the training and service that they provide to our community.

Looking at the jaws of life (above).

The kids were captivated by the large tires of this military Deuce-and-a-Half converter to a brush fire truck.

Carson's Motorcycle Repair

Carson pushes the little electric Razor MX650 motorcycle pretty hard on the dirt trails.  On a recent ride, he blew out the rear suspension -- it was literally in pieces.

So we found a much nicer mountain bike shock on eBay.  It has better dampening and is a little longer.  The bike it still small for him, but not quite as bad.

Carson removed the old shock and installed the new one by himself.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cedar City Rock and Mineral Show

The kids have loved attended Rock and Mineral shows in Atlanta and DC.  So it was one of the first events that we looked up when moving to Cedar City.

It finally arrived and was a little disappointing in comparison.  We really liked the educational displays that they had in Georgia -- it was more engaging for the kids.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Every Kid in a Park - Free National Park Annual Pass

The National Park Service has a program -- Every Kid in a Park -- giving every 4th grader and their family a free annual pass to all of the National Parks.

Savannah and I went to the National Park office and claimed her pass. 

We're excited to tour the parks near our house.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Star Gazing Party, Cedar Breaks National Monument

Every Saturday during the summer, Cedar Breaks National Monument hosts as Star Gazing Party.  The night sky is so incredible by our house that we were eager to see how much better it would be far away from city lights and at 10000' elevation.

We arrived to find that is was cold -- colder than we had anticipated -- so our jackets were not quite up to the job.  Of course, Carson wore shorts and didn't complain at all about the cold.

Lightning had struck the forest about a week ago and it has been burning since.  They don't intervene in these types of fires unless they pose a threat to buildings or people.

Park rangers lead a brief discussion about the moon and had several telescopes setup to view different sights. 

Overall, the noise of all of the people detracted from the experience (especially some really loud kids that were there) and the moon was so bright that it make it more difficult to see. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Carson Dirt Biking

Carson has enjoyed a little electric dirt bike that we bought.  He goes exploring the trails near our house regularly.

We just received a larger 48v 1800W motor for it, that we will connect to a better motor controller and 52V lithium ion batteries (from our lawn mower), that should drastically improve its performance with him on it.  We're still waiting on a few parts to arrive before upgrading it.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Beaver UT Creamery

As we were moving to Cedar City, we saw the Creamery in Beaver UT.  It sounded really good and we had heard good things about it, so we finally went.

As we pulled in, the parking lot was full of cars.  The shop was just as crowded.  I had expected them to be making cheese or cream related products, but it just looked like they were a retail store.  They had a small exhibit on how cheese is made, but is wasn't functional and the kids didn't find it entertaining.  

Instead of waiting in the long lines for overpriced food and ice cream that wasn't even made there, we went elsewhere.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pokemon Trade and Play at GameStop Cedar City, UT

Tucker saw that there was a Pokemon Trade and Play event at GameStop.  So we decided to go.  As we walked in, Tucker announced to the employee that we were there for the event.  Looking around, we saw no one.

Surprised, the employee said, "Wow!  Someone came in!".  He went into the back and got out an unopened box of supplies for the event.  They had free trading cards, little plastic tokens, and coloring sheets.  The store also had albums of cards that you could trade for.

We were the only people that had come in to the Cedar City store for the event this time (and apparently, the last time the event was held too).

The employee happily gave the kids all of the cards they wanted and let them trade with the store cards as much as they wanted. 

The kids ended up having a good time, despite not seeing any other kids.