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To the men we love

Since we posted this a year ago, Griffin became a new dad, and what a great dad he is.

Wishing all dads a very Happy Father’s Day.
To all you dads that play with us endlessly,
consider cereal a food group,
give us ‘the look’ and tell us to go back upstairs and change…
to the fathers who scare away monsters,
build forts,
have ‘the dad voice,’
and “can’t hear” babies crying at night… we love you.
Thank you to our dads who work so hard, that their kids can experience everything they can give them,
believe in us,
who pick us up when we fall,
and who don’t need to tell us how proud they are because their face says it all.
To the dads who make everything better with a hug
and teach us what it means to love,
we are so blessed to have you.

Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Salt Sky

Perfect gifts for him

The perfect gift for him

It’s Christmas time and shopping for the man in your life can be difficult.  Worry no more! We have the perfect gift list, if you can’t think of what to get, simply pick from these 5 items. He will love all of it.

1. It is the winter season and being outside in the cold is inevitable , The North Face ‘e’Tip Apex’ waterproof gloves are the perfect gift.  He can wear them driving or out on a cold day.

2. The Kiehl “men’s must have collection”  is made for the “on the go” man.  It has everything he needs from shaving cream to a moisturizer.

3. Surprising him with Bose bluetooth speakers will make his Christmas the best one yet.

4. Stay in style with The Tie Bar Box.

5. Tempur-Pedic Slippers .  Need I say more? Perfection!

So here’s to the men we love.  Happy shopping.


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wind rivers

August is usually a month for big changes. Kids get ready for the school year, students rush to fill their class schedule, and summer sadly comes to an end.

For our family, August brings about one of the most exciting trips of the year: Backpacking in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.

My Father-In-Law Bob has been backpacking in the Wind Rivers many times since he was a young Boy Scout, and over the years has accumulated what he jokingly calls his ‘Wind River List’ of family members and friends that every given year he’ll refer to for an invitation to the annual Wind River trip. It’s a coveted list, so when I joined the family 3 years ago, I felt honored to have made the list.

This year’s trip didn’t disappoint, and made for some exciting memories.

wind rivers trip

Here’s what made this years Trip to the Wind Rivers one of the best:


The 2nd day of the trip is always dedicated to a day hike. We planned on heading up Silas Canyon to Island Lake, and then climb over the western ridge to reach Thumb Lake. We somehow deviated from the trail (not recommended), and came across a small lake on a high mountain up Silas Canyon that was unnamed but luckily shown on the map we had.  The view from the top was breathtaking, especially considering that very few (if any) people had been where we were. As a group, we decided to name the lake ‘Bob’s Lake’, in honor of our Wind Rivers guide extraordinaire.


When we arrived at ‘Bob’s Lake’, I immediately spotted a fish rising near the shoreline. Luckily, I had my fishing rod in hand and ready to go. With my first cast, I placed the fly directly in front of the fish, and in an instant, this beautiful fish took the fly only for me to set the hook and reel him in. It wasn’t until I reeled him in close that I realized I caught the fish of a lifetime.  There’s only a few places on earth where you can catch a Golden Trout, the Wind Rivers being one.

Over the course of the trip, the 3 of us that were fishing together caught and released over 150 fish. Everything from the Golden, Brook, Cutthroat, and Tiger Trout. One aspect that made the fishing so great was the fact that we basically used the same Caddis Dry Fly the whole time. I’m hesitant to go fishing again in Utah as I’ve gotten so used to catching fish on every cast in the Wind Rivers!

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The Company

Sitting around a campfire in the wilderness having meaningful discussions is a great way to grow close and strengthen relationships.

Airplane Mode

One underrated benefit of the trip came when I turned my phone to Airplane Mode, essentially turning off many potential distractions that take away from the surrounding scenery and those I was hiking with.

wind rivers back packing trip

Until next time,

Griffin May



Fathers and Daughters – 7 things that make all the difference

I married the man of my dreams. I’m not going to lie, he came with a few rough edges that were quickly polished when he became a father. This tough guy’s heart can melt in seconds the minute his daughters throw their arms around him and call him daddy. I have to admit I used to get a little jealous, there is a bond between them that is only understood by them. When our girls were little, they would cry uncontrollably when their dad left for work. Until my friend Liz Diamond taught me a song to sing to them that goes like this… “Daddy has to go to work so he can earn some money, so he can buy some bread and milk for his little honey.” I had to sing this every morning as they waved good-bye to him.

Here are 7 things that make all the difference in a father-daughter relationship.

He lets them know what his expectations are.

About education, relationships, modest dress, who they date and marry,  Always allowing them to make their own choices. His daughters know what their father wishes for them but they also know that he loves them even if they choose something different.

Is present at their events.

He has been to more dance performances than he cares to admit. But one thing is sure, he was always present and that meant the world to our daughters. Some of these events he described as “painful” especially when they were young. In high school and college the performances became moving, though he did throw his arms up in the air and cheered when he saw our daughter’s senior piece and last dance. Watch out, here come the granddaughter’s ballet performances!

Is gentle in times of trouble.

Three out of our four daughters wrecked their cars in the first year of driving. A pretty expensive time in our lives to say the least. Every time they called me first, worried more about how mad their dad would be than anything else. To their surprise, their father gently took them in his arms and let them know that he was so grateful that they were not more seriously hurt. Dried their tears and took them home. No lecture, no punishment. Just calm words of advise, caution and a gentle lesson on better driving skills.

Creates meaningful memories.

From family vacations to activities around town. These times are full of conversation, stories, songs in the car, hikes, eating out, picnics in the park, long walks, a trip to get an ice-cream cone. And not just activities, our girls have great memories of their dad dressing them and doing their hair. It horrified me that he took them out in public with outfits he chose because they rarely matched. But they loved it and so did he.

Gives them “the look”.

Our girls claim that their dad has a look, so scary that from when they were tiny all it took was a look and they knew to behave. From church to restaurants to any public place, the look has actually been very helpful. On the other hand, he also has a look that can say “I love you” to them from across the room.

Talks openly about boys and men.

His girls know how a man should treat them because of the numerous conversations he has had with them on all kinds of topics. He has been known to shew away a few boyfriends that did not meet his approval. The girls eventually saw the light and thanked him. Once, when our oldest daughter was in college, as she was picked up for a date, a nice looking young man panicked as he recognized who her dad was, his former high school principal. He started talking fast and in a nervous voice said: “Mr. Dowdle, I have changed, I promise.” We got a kick out of that one!

Let’s them know he loves their mother.

Ok, I have to admit this one touches my heart and is my favorite one. Nothing means more to daughters, than a father who often reminds them of his love for their mother and shows it in how he treats her and speaks to her. His example is so powerful that when choosing their husbands, they look for that gentle side.




summer tips for the well-dressed man

Summer tips for the well-dressed man

At Salt Sky we love a well-dressed man. Here are some general guidelines to hot weather dressing that we feel will help keep you looking sharp.

Wear light colored clothing. Fabrics made with natural fibers like linen and cotton are the best choice because they are breathable weaves. Dark colors as you know don’t reflect light, they absorb it, making you feel hotter.

 The summer t-shirt. If you are going to wear a t-shirt, make sure it is 100% cotton and not see through. Loose fitting t-shirts will allow for airflow but remember to not wear too loose of a shirt and especially not too tight. Go for the middle and stay safe and classy. Note: a sharp dressed man chooses a polo shirt before a t-shirt when possible.

The polo shirt. While still casual, this shirt is a step up from the t-shirt and a favorite for a weekend out on the town. With this shirt you can choose some stripes and patterns. Polo shirts are seldom fitted but would look so much better if they were. Consider a visit to your local tailor. Even a slight alteration can make a huge difference.


The button down short sleeve shirt. Love these! You just can’t go wrong, now the question is… to tuck or not to tuck? You can look stylish either way but a shirt that is too long will make you look like a slob. Rule of thumb: if you are covering more than 50% of your back side, the shirt is too long. This is a simple alteration that doesn’t cost much.

The undershirt. Always wear a light weight undershirt, preferably with a V-shape neck. You may think this will make you feel warmer but it will absorb moisture and keep your shirts free from sweat stains. A sharp-dressed man simply wears one because it just looks nicer.

 Shorts. The nicest look are shorts that are 2-3 inches above the knee. Anything shorter looks like you are on your way to the gym. Choose linen when possible.  However, some shorts made with synthetic blends have a nice cut, which do look classy. Stay away from denim as the weave is too tight making them too warm for hot summer days.


 Shoes. There are 3 types of shoes that look great with shorts. A nice sandal, boat shoes and a canvas sneaker. Never running shoes, unless you’re exercising that is.

Have a happy summer, you well-dressed man!







Try to be a little more careful, courteous and kind as we share the road this summer.

Keep calm and pedal on

Several people in our family enjoy road biking for health and fitness. Although I can’t say that any of the gals at Salt Sky are very happy about it.  We worry about our men on the roads. So far no one has been injured but I do have 3 friends that have been seriously hurt in the past few years. All three required surgery and faced hospitalization and a difficult recovery.

The warm weather has arrived and so have the number of bikes and stretchy pants on the road. We want to encourage all our readers to promote positive interaction between drivers and bicyclists.

During the month of May and June, the Utah Highway Patrol, Zero Fatalities and Bike Utah, among other organizations, will host the annual Road Respect Tour.

“The Road Respect Tour carries the message from southern to northern Utah as a core group of 30 Road Respect Riders and a small contingency of classic Cobra cars travel Utah’s roads. They ride to encourage bicycling, demonstrate obedience to the law, show proper car/bicycling etiquette, support local tourism, and create conversation. As Road Respect Riders move from town to town the public is invited to participate in community rides for all ages and abilities, and Road Respect Events with fun activities. Many of the Road Respect events feature mini car shows to attract automobile enthusiasts and encourage interaction between drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.”

Please go to to learn more.

Here are four basic bicycling tips that will help keep you safe:

  • Maintain control of your bicycle.
  • Protect yourself–reduce the risk of head injury by always wearing a helmet.
  • Be visible, alert, and communicate your intentions.
  • Ride with traffic.

I hope we can all try to be a little more careful, courteous and kind as we share the road this summer.




The unforgettable groom

The unforgettable groom

All week long at Salt Sky we have been talking about weddings.  Love is in the air and preparations are on the way for weddings of all kinds. The bride seems to get all the attention on that special day, but let’s not forget that the groom is just as important.

I’m not sure how I got so lucky with four awesome sons-in-law, but somehow they have come into the family and right into my heart.  I loved watching each one of them on their wedding day, in love and beaming with joy.  They all looked so handsome.

Here is what each one of them wore and why…


Devan Baucom chose to purchase a new suit for the day of his wedding.  He wanted something that he could wear for many years to come. Jos A. Bank at City Creek Center, measured him and altered the suit beautifully as well as fit him with a new white shirt.  His groomsmen all wore matching silk copper colored bowties.  Because it was a backyard wedding, this look fit in nicely.

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Griffin May wore a beautiful fitted black tuxedo for his day. It was elegant and fit just right. He gave his groomsmen suspenders and matching ties.  It was a hot summer night and leaving the jacket off was nice.

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Kyle Sansom wore a tuxedo with a silver vest for a more formal look.  His groomsmen all wore dark suits and were given a nice silver tie which fit this October, indoor event just right.


Greg aka Bubba Fenton , chose a formal tuxedo with a gold tie. His groomsmen wore these nice tan suits which worked out great for a warm summer indoor wedding.

Whatever you choose to wear on your special day, try to wear something to fit the venue, be comfortable and see that your suit or tuxedo compliments your bride. A nice boutonniere always finishes off the look just right. It should be small and simple.

Enjoy the day, it will be unforgettable!


Tips on managing your stress.

Managing Stress

Stress can hit anyone, at any moment and when you least expect it. Prolonged periods of stress can affect your health, relationships, work and the ability to cope with just about anything in life. Self-care and support are crucial.

I ran a business for 20 years and found that positive stress can sometimes be a good thing. In the workplace, it helped launch the business into new and bigger things, accomplish projects and grow the business.

However, stress can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel constantly over­whelmed.

The Center for Decease Control (CDC) lists the following symptoms of Stress to watch for:

  • Tension and irritability
  • Fear and anxiety about the future
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Being numb to one’s feelings
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anger
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • Sadness and other symptoms of depression
  • Feeling powerless
  • Crying
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches, back pains, and stomach problems
  • Trouble concentrating

CDC’s recommended tips for self-care

 Avoid drugs and alcohol. They may seem to be a temporary fix to feel better, but in the long run they can create more problems and add to your stress—instead of take it away.

Find support. Seek help from a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson. Having a sympathetic, listening ear and sharing about your problems and stress really can lighten the burden.

Connect socially. After a stressful event, it is easy isolate yourself. Make sure that you are spending time with loved ones. Consider planning fun activities with your partner, children, or friends.

Take care of yourself.

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out—for example, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage
  • Maintain a normal routine

Stay active. You can take your mind off your problems by giving— helping a neighbor, volunteering in the community, even taking the dog on a long walk. These can be positive ways to channel your feelings.

At Salt Sky, we want all our readers to stay healthy. If you are feeling the stresses that come along with life, you are not alone. Take a minute and make a plan to take care of yourself today.


4 reasons your man needs to go on a backpacking trip.

4 reasons to connect with nature

My husband loves camping and backpacking in the rugged backcountry of Wyoming.

I fully support his yearly trips to commune with nature. I even support the purchase of expensive gear to make the whole thing more comfortable.

Connecting with the four elements of nature is not only important but necessary to cope with the stresses of everyday life. He and our sons-in-law love not only going on these trips but the planning that goes into it.

Here are 4 reasons why you should consider planning a trip to the backcountry this year.

AIR– There is nothing like breathing in the fresh air of the mountains away from all the pollutants of the city. The scent of pine trees invigorates and gives new energy to the body. These days, we are more distracted and stressed than ever, finding little time for relaxation and meditation. Setting time away from screens and apps is vital to your health. The remedy is simple…get outside to the deep woods. Studies have shown that this simple practice can help fight off depression and lower your blood pressure.

WATER– There is something magical about being near water. Proximity to it increases calmness and diminishes anxiety. The clear streams, rivers and lakes can make for some unforgettable moments, especially when the fishing if good. Forest bathing in the cold, clear lakes can be invigorating and healing.

FIRE- Men love building a fire and take pride in it, from gathering sticks and wood to maintaining a good fire and cooking a meal over it. This whole fire ritual is a spiritual experience for some. Food tastes extra good because of the effort and care put into that fire especially if cooking fresh, recently caught trout. Sitting around a fire and gazing at the stars on a clear night, has to be one of the most grandeur moments of life.

EARTH- From time to time, we all need to get away from the city and commune with the earth. To be among wildlife in the middle of a forest or a meadow is not only healing but can be a reminder that we live in a beautiful world that needs to be taken care of. Walking through these stunning sights is the perfect time to sort out thoughts and work through them, to meditate and make plans. The mind becomes more clear when away from the noise of the city.

I hope you will take time for yourself in the near future. It is not only necessary to connect with these four elements, but much needed to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Get some of your friends, family or work associates to join you and start planning an adventure that is sure to be memorable.



Our Just For Men article this week is on road rage  check it out! {link in bio}

Road Rage, Don’t go there

Last month, as my husband Bob, was stopped at a red light at the freeway exit by our home, he could see in his rear view mirror a motorcycle approaching at a high speed. The driver of the motorcycle had to lay his bike down and ended up hitting the back bumper of our car. He was drunk and as he tried to get up and get back on his bike, he fell over. By now he was very upset, yelling all sorts of very colorful words at my husband who luckily remained calm. As Bob called highway patrol, the drunk driver decided to take off, but fell over again, this time hitting the front bumper of our car. Madder than before, he decided he wanted to fight my husband, who was now taking photos of the whole ordeal. Bob told him that he was not interested in a fight and to calm down. It wasn’t until another bystander rolled down his window and yelled “Dude, what are you doing? We’re all watching you.” That he backed away. He must have felt a little embarrassed because he got back on his bike and fled the scene. He was picked up by the police just a few minutes later as he ran into yet another car. He spent the night in jail and was slapped with a DUI that cost him $10.000.00 not to mention that the bike was impounded.

I’m thinking he’s not going to forget this mistake, ever!

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, has a quiz on their website that you can take. It asks the following questions and will help determine how likely you are to get road rage.

How often do you:

Get angry at drivers.

Get angry at fast drivers

Get angry at slow drivers

Get angry when cut off.

Get angry at malfunctioning stoplights

Get angry at traffic jams

Get angry at tailgaters

Get angry at your passengers

Get angry when multilane highway narrows

And finally, how often does a spouse or friends tell you to calm down?


Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities.

AAA has some great advice:

“You will be much happier if you learn to enjoy the journey instead of letting yourself grow angry over petty behavior. Try to be relaxed, listen to some soothing music or have a nice conversation with your passengers. When you think of driving, whether it is to work every day or on your vacation, don’t think of it as wasted time until you reach your destination. Instead, relax and think of driving as worthwhile and pleasurable.

In addition, allow yourself plenty of time to drive comfortably to your destination. This will alleviate inevitable traffic jams that may set you back. Remember that if you are looking for drivers to yell at and cars to cut off, you will find them. Why not just treat yourself better and be the smarter person!”

Not bad advice that we can all use.

Be careful out there!




Why every man should get a yearly physical

At Salt Sky, we want to keep our men healthy. Men tend to pay closer attention to having their car tuned regularly, including scheduled oil changes than taking care of themselves.

Let’s face it, most men avoid that yearly physical and only go when absolutely necessary. The number one reason is it’s inconvenient.

This past year, I made my husband go see our dermatologist because I thought a spot on his neck looked odd. It turned out to be cancer that needed to be removed and watched closely.

All year he has been complaining of back and hip pain, losing tons of much needed sleep. Of course, he didn’t want to take the time to see a doctor, I made him an appointment anyway. Turns out that he has a broken back. He is fit, exercising regularly, so we never would have guessed that diagnosis.

Even if healthy, all men should visit a doctor for a yearly exam.

There are many reasons why, here’s a few:

  • Prevent health problems.
  • To screen for diseases
  • Get lab work done.
  • Establish baselines. For weight, blood pressure, cholesterol.
  • Catch medical problems and assess future risks.
  • Encourage a healthy weight and lifestyle.
  • Establish and maintain a good relationship with your doctor in case of an illness.
  • Get advice on vitamins and minerals that your diet may be lacking.
  • Fill prescriptions.

This yearly visit is vital in avoiding future problems and high medical bills. Some insurance companies feel that serious medical problems can be avoided by nipping them in the bud, so they don’t require a co-payment for yearly well-care visits.

If you are one of our awesome Salt Sky men followers, and have not seen a doctor in a while, make an appointment today. There are people that care about you and want you around for many years to come.



Best Bang For Your Buck Golf Courses in The Salt Lake Area

By Griffin May

If you’ve driven by a golf course at all lately, you’re likely to notice something a little unusual this time of year, Golfers! Golf can be an expensive hobby, but there are simple ways to find some discounted passes. Some of the more popular courses are overpriced, poorly kept, and crowded, but there’s a few excellent courses out there that haven’t dissapointed me yet. The weather is only going to get better, and as an avid golfer who’s always looking for a good deal, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite courses in the Salt Lake area that’ll give you the best bang for your buck.

 South Mountain Golf Course
 Location: 1247 E Mike Weir Drive Draper, UT 84020
Phone: 385 468-1480
Review: This is one of my favorite all around courses. My friends and I hadn’t even heard of this beautiful course until a couple years ago, and we consider it a hidden gem. It has a friendly staff, is rarely crowded, somewhat challenging, and affordable; but what makes this course so awesome is the layout and scenery. It’s situated on the south mountain in Draper, and has a breathtaking view of the whole valley. The back 9 holes are particularly enjoyable, where there’s plenty of wildlife and beautiful homes to admire. We always make a point to stop for lunch at their clubhouse before hitting the back 9, their Club Sandwich with Fries doesn’t disappoint.
Old Mill Golf Course
Location: 6080 Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Review:  I play Old Mill more frequently than any other course in the state. This is due not only to convenience and price, but because of its forgiving greens and fairways. The course is laid out so that every hole is closer together than other courses, so if you accidentally slice off the tee, chances are it’s in another fairway, rather than lost forever. I’d recommend Old Mill for your first round of the season, it’s challenging enough for you to adjust your game, but also forgiving enough for you to make some bad swings along the way.
Mountain Dell Golf Course – Lake
Location: I-80 Exit 134, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Review: A few minutes up Parley’s Canyon, Mountain Dell is always a fun and quick golf getaway because you feel far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Make sure when you set a tee time, you’ll be playing on the Lake Course, which is significantly more beautiful and presents more exciting and challenging holes. Everytime I’ve golfed Mountain Dell, I’ve encountered some form of wildlife including moose, deer, and geese. The scenery is gorgeous, and the course is always in great shape. I’ve never had a problem securing a tee time or waiting on other golfers when playing on the Lake Course.
Soldier Hollow Golf Course
Location: 2002 Soldier Hollow Dr, Midway, UT 84049
Review: Soldier Hollow is a championship caliber course nestled up on the mountain south of Midway, and trust me, it’s worth the drive. Similar to Mountain Dell, Soldier Hollow offers 2 different courses, Silver and Gold. The Silver course is significantly less challenging, particularly because of its large greens and wide fairways, and be prepared for some stunning views of the back side of Mt. TImpanogos. If you’re up for a challenge, go for the Gold! The Gold course is one of the more difficult I’ve played simply because of it’s dramatic elevation changes on what seems like every hole. Whichever course you choose to play, I’d say the best time to play Soldier Hollow would be an early morning in late summer because it’s rarely busy, and the sunrise coming up over the Heber Valley shouldn’t be missed.
I hope you enjoy the awesome golf Utah has to offer, and good luck working on that handicap!
Let me know what you think.