Hike to Cecret Lake

Yesterday's hike to Cecret Lake wasn't anything like the first time I made the hike. Back then, my kids were little and they weren't too excited about the prospect of the hike at all. Even my bribery of having a breakfast picnic of egg mcmuffins at the top didn't muster up much enthusiasm.

I wanted to see the wildflowers which are spectacular right now so Ban and I went up to Albion Basin yesterday morning. Many others had the same idea so the area was teeming with people, we were surprised at how far we had to park from the trail head. I imagine the weekends will be considerably more crowded. But don't let that stop you, the air is crisp, clean, and cool and totally worth the effort.

Roller Derby Recap

How did the Salt City Derby Girls' Shakers do in their quest to beat out higher ranked Arizona Roller Dolls? Check out my recap here for SLUG magazine. Photo by O'Durgy.

Movie Review: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This week the Swedish movie, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was released on DVD and is available to watch instantly on Netflix. Last night I settled down in the cool basement to watch it. I was a little bit apprehensive about the movie, but I always feel this way watching a movie based on a book that I adored. By the way, if you haven't read the book already, what the heck are you waiting for? It's a thriller! Go get it and start reading.

I'm happy to report that the movie was a thriller too. In fact, Ban hadn't read the book and a half hour into the movie he decided to stop watching so that he could read it first. I thought the movie was exceptionally well cast and the Swedish landscape austerely beautiful. Don't be put off by the subtitles, after a few minutes you'll forget that you're reading.

Hollywood is making their version of this movie due out in 2012 and I'm afraid to see who they cast. Do yourself a favor and see the Swedish version of the movie. Best of all, it's a trilogy, I can't wait for the next movie to be released in the U.S.