10 things about me, Amber-Leigh!

I thought I would intro myself a little more, by doing a ’10 facts about me’ post! Here it goes..

  • My real name is Amber-Leigh, but no one ever calls me that. Except my mother, when I’m in trouble…
  • I began dirt biking in 2012, shortly after Joel and I started dating (2011). Ever since I bought my first dirtbike (Yammy YZ 85) for my 22 birthday, it’s been a huge passion of ours that we absolutely love to do together. It will be something we bring our kids up with, as well as continue to do as the years go by.
  • The word “Boo” is of huge significance for me. When I was younger my grandfather always called me Amboo or Boo as a nick name. It’s stuck in my family for years. I call everyone I adore and love Boo (although to me it doesn’t mean significant other like other people). So, if you have ever been called boo in my life, it’s because I like you hehe.
  • I have two dogs Easy (red nose pitbull) and Eva (staffy) and a cat, Mrs. Meowingtons (calico). I’m not sure how old my cat is – I adopted her from the Meow Foundation – but she’s super chatty, talks 24/7 and love, love, loves to cuddle and be pet. The dogs are her get along really well and snuggle a lot. Easy (7) and Eva (5) are 2 years apart and from separate litters. They are like day and night (just like their fur color!) and have completely different personalities. Eva is always wanting to explore and go, go, go – bounces off the walls and always wants to play. Easy is a lot more docile and chill, he would rather stop and smell the roses along the way (meaning pee on everything in sight).
  • I enjoy being outside and try to get outside at least once on the weekend. Either camping, dirtbiking, or hiking.. In the summer times I try to get out after work. Days are longer and after work summits are always the best!
  • I only started “majorly” hiking about two years ago. When I had met some girls off of Instagram. No regrets there. I have climbed some of MY highest mountains and seen some of the most beautiful places – I made best friends with two of them that I have met!
  • I have little to no filter, especially when it comes to swearing. Fuck is my go to word. I have a dark sense of humor. I’m also incredibly sarcastic, so a lot of people don’t know if they should take me seriously or how to act when I say things. One thing – don’t ever take me seriously unless I say “I’m serious”.
  • I’m very in touch with how I feel about situations or people. I always go with my gut feeling on things. I feel people out when I first meet them on the vibe I receive from them.
  • My two favorite places in the entire world are Moab, Utah and Vancouver Island, BC. If I could live anywhere, those two places would be high on my list of pickings.
  • I have two memorial tattoos. One on my shoulder of a 96′ Ducati, that my Grandfather rebuilt for a friend and named “Little Star” which in Italian means Stella (my Nana’s name) and one on my upper thigh for my Nephew who passed away 3 years ago. It’s of a Lion (because he got a stuffed Lion for Christmas that he adored, took everywhere with him. He named it ‘puppy’). Balloons (for when we released balloons at his service – one for me, my mom, my older brother, and my younger brother). Poppies (in remembrance for him). Both are on my left side, where my heart sits.. ❤
  • Music – Anything but Country. Please don’t play that shit when I’m around…
  • Joel and I are pregnant with our first child – after trying for about a year and a half. Our dreams of starting a family are coming true. We both cant wait to start this new journey ❤

Last two are bonus facts haha – and there you go, a little more into my life. But, that’s all you get so suck it.

Moab, Utah – Off Roading Trip

The best days are spent with the ones you love, doing what you love.

Joel, his Dad and I all share a huge passion for off-roading. We go almost every weekend and had decided to expand our playground to Moab, Utah.

Day One : The drive to Moab from Calgary is a good 16 hours. Give or take. We try and split up driving into two days, so we’re not over tired driving. We pitt stopped in Idaho Falls for a night. Then headed bright and early the next AM to Moab.The first day we got to Moab, we got to our house rental, which was amazingly beautiful. I love the design of houses out in the desert. They’re literally mansions. We unpacked, toured around the town, and bought some groceries. When we got back to the house we made some dinner and had a few drinks out on the Patio.

  After the sun had gone down. The stars decided to make an appearance. Since it was New Moon week, you could see everything! So, naturally I stayed up for hours and took some night photos. Got the Milky Way,  tons of stars and some meteors. I am slightly sad Milky Way nights are coming to an end, but we had a good go!

Day two : We made some breaky pulled out the map and decided our destination was Chicken Corners for the day. This trail follows along the Colorado River through Kane Springs Canyon and Hurrah Pass, eventually ending at a dead end near Dead Horse State Park, just on the other side of the river. We decided for an Easy to Moderate ride, to get used to the terrain. The area is incredibly scenic and jaw dropping. You get the ultimate views from the Mesa top’s. Here are some photos of the day

 Day Three : Our friend Curtis was supposed to tag along with us on this trip. Unfortunatly he had injured his knee the week prior and was not able to come. He had given us a list of places to ride at while we are here. One of those places was Gemini Bridges. Along with this trail we decided to trail off onto Metal Masher Trail up to Cliffs Edge. Both trails are a ton of fun, and very rewarding.

 Day Four : After spending the last two days riding we decided to take a break day and tour around Arches National Park. The Tourism Center stated that this park is busy, and I mean Bumper to Bumper busy. On a weekday, not so much which was nice, but when we were leaving Moab on the weekend, the line to get into the Park was out onto the highway. It was insane.. thankfully we went when it wasn’t busy I couldn’t imagine parking, or even not having Delicate Arch to ourselves! At the end of the road in ArchesNP there is Devils Garden, where you get to see so many Arches. Hikes ranging from Easy, Medium and Hard. Be smart and bring lots of water with you, 35 degree heat and hiking do not mix well…

After we spent the day in the hot desert sun, we went back to our humble abode made some dinner, watched the sunset and again. The stars were shining, so I obviously had to take some photos of the night sky. I couldn’t believe how vibrant the Milky Way  and Stars were while we were out there.

Day Five : Our destination for riding this day was Hell’s Revenge. Yup, it sounds as nasty as the name states. I was completely out of my comfort zone and rode some terrain i never thought i could. but, i did it. It was great, besides some slip ups. Not an easy trail by any means, and there are some super sketchy parts. But, it was an experience in itself. I don’t know if i would do it again, but once you get past a lot of the shitty parts, its smooth sailing. The place we had set out for was the Hot Tubs, for Dad. Where you go into a deep pit and try and get yourself out. We did the easiest one, as we had no one there to get us out if we got stuck. That was the “Car Wash” and that was still sketchy as shit.

Day Six : Our last full day of riding here in Moab. We decided to hit up Poison Spider Mesa Trail – as per Curtis’ list he gave us. This one is ultimately my favorite trail ride. Its technical, there’s a lot of clutch feather to climb small hills etc.. It was great! We had beer breaks on top of some Navajo Sandstone. It was a great ride to end an awesome week.

Once we got back to the house, we quickly got dressed and ready for a dinner and a boat ride down the Colodrado River to end the day. After we got home, again. I set out to take some night photos one last time. Joel even helped out a bit haha.

Day Seven : Today was spent cleaning the house, taking the garbage out, laundry, packing and heading back home to Calgary. We took again two days to drive back home, driving as far as possible. Stopping in Butte, Montana. It was an overall amazing trip, if you’re into off-roading. Head to Moab. It’s a bucket list place for sure. We are already planning on heading back next year. I think this is going to become a yearly adventure and I’m excited for it!