OrderProof your LifeProof case for your iPhone…

Last week, after narrowing down my search for a water-proof solution for my iPhone, I decided to purchase a LifeProof case.  I had no idea what a whirlwind of an adventure this would be.  There is a frenzy-like environment over these cases.  The reviews have been solid, the videos that show people outright ABUSING their iPhones in oceans, lakes and aquariums are incredible- it’s no wonder people are scrambling to get a LifeProof case (have you ever had to replace a phone, due to water damage?  Ok, me neither.  But I don’t want to go through it.)

I have delved into kayaking and open-water swimming this year and need something that will protect my fragile and delicate iPhone4 (the back case of mine has already been shattered and replaced in the last few weeks.)  So I’m trying to get my hands on a LifeProof case.  It’s a process, I tell ya.  But from what I can tell, it will be worth it (especially when I go on a cruise, later this year…)

That all aside, I’m trying to get a pretty good hold on the process for ordering these things.  Here’s what I have learned about ordering a LifeProof case, so far:


How to order a LifeProof iPhone case:

1.  First, go to this page and fill in the form on the right, which looks like this:

This is the first step in aquiring your LifeProof case
















2.  Next, check your email for an email titled “LifeProof iPhone 4 Case Preorder (After 4/13): Please Confirm Pre-Order” (or similar).  There is a link within that email that you need to click to confirm your “subscription.”  The email looks something like this:













3.  You will then receive an email from LifeProof titled “LifeProof iPhone 4 Case Preorder (After 4/13): Subscription Confirmed” (or similar.)    It looks like this:













4.  At this point, I have gone as far as possible, in terms of moving this process along.  LP is scrambling to make these things available to us, but the next step is to receive a Purchase Link.  For the time being, Purchase Links have been disabled so that LP can catch up and make sure that they are able to efficiently  deliver a quality product.  Once we receive a Purchase Link, we will then be able to go ahead and make our purchases for a LifeProof Case.  From one post I read on Facebook, this Purchase Link won’t be available until around Mid-July.


5.  Flip your television on to Versus and watch The Tour until you receive your Purchase Link.  Spend quality time with your kids or family.  Row your kayak, go for a run, or browse FailBlog.org.  Whatever you do, do not keep refreshing your email, over and over.  It won’t do anything for you, except make you miserable.  Also, feel free to add some positive vibes to the LifeProof Facebook Page.  Mod down some naysayers or something.  But for now, excuse me.  I have to go refresh my email…

I’ll update this process as it unfolds and enjoy the same feeling you get a few weeks before Christmas.

Kayaking with Roxie in Utah Lake

Roxie and me in the kayak

After going to Black Ridge Reservoir with the family to kayak/swim, we learned that the place is under construction and not available to the public until July 30th.  It was a major bummer and took two valuable hours out of our day.

So we tried to find the Saratoga Springs entry to Utah Lake- also unsuccessfully.  Another hour.  So we drove back to Alpine and dropped the family off.  Roxie stayed in the van with me…

…for an surprise trip to Utah Lake (via Center Street in Provo.)  Hooray!  So Roxie and I launched even further up the river than Reagan and I did, yesterday.  We made our way into the lake and went through a few adjustments in the Equinox 10.4.  At first, I had Roxie tucked tight under the deck while I kept my legs sort of tucked close to me.

As we moved further into the lake, small waves started washing over the deck of the kayak, I got a bit nervous.  But Roxie and I were both wearing life jackets, and I’m pretty confident that I could get us to shore now that I can swim (as of last year.)  I’m just guessing here, but at about the 1/2 mile point, we turned around and headed back.

This was, by far, the funnest trip in the kayak.  Small waves are exciting and pretty fun to navigate through.  At some point, I want to do a small solo trip and get a better feel for the tipping point of the kayak, as well as how easy it is to access the storage units that are on the kayak.

Here’s a small video of our trip.

Kayaking with Reagan in Utah Lake

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Went to Utah Lake with Reagan, tonight.  We launched on the South side of the parking lot, where the Provo River empties into the lake.  Reagan and I paddled into the marina, and enjoyed some of the small waves that rolled underneath the kayak.

By keeping Reagan in front and having her lean back against me, I was able to paddle pretty comfortably.  Reagan loved it.  Every time a little water from a paddle would fall on her, she’d laugh.  It was pretty cute.

Bought a new Equinox 10.4 kayak

Here, pictured, is Lucy, my 2-year old, which shows that this kayak is large enough for a little girl and probably a few cookies, as well.

Thanks to my interest in open water swimming, which is in thanks to my interest in triathlon, which is in thanks to my interest in running, which is in thanks to my 70-year old dad, who is still running circles around his kids, I bought the Equinox 10.4 kayak from Costco in Lehi.

Here’s what I know, so far, about my kayak, which I lovingly refer to as “The Yacht”:

-It’s a punk to life into a vehicle for transport.  From the moment it came off of Costco’s kayak stack with a <THUD>, I knew this would be a heavy craft.  But I put it on the flatbed cart and, without breaking anything or anyone, carefully navigated to the Costco line with my loving wife, who knew what I needed for Father’s Day, and made my purchase.  I worked at Costco in Chico for 5 years and always show loyalty to them, when I can.  I know that if things go wrong with this kayak, they’ll show me loyalty right back.

-Last night, I launched this vessel into Utah Lake.  Besides myself, my wife was also in this thing when we went out.  It was awkward and very tippy, but I’m pretty sure that Equinox didn’t have our configuration in mind when they released this model into the wild.  Once out into the water a bit, I jumped out and swam while my wife learned to move alongside of me.  It was tricky at first, but she seemed to get the hang of it while I spotted for some buildings across the way.

-I only went a little ways, because my ribs have really been hurting (incidentally, they are feeling much better, today.)  So we didn’t spend a ton of time out in the lake.  But it was enough to know that this would be a fun way to spend some time, together.

-This thing was only built for one, so we’ll probably want to get another kayak or something so we can all go out.  I think it’s big enough that I can tote a kid around, but we’ll probably want an inflatable kayak to fill in for the rest of the family.  I envision our family, as we get older, making longer and longer trips across Utah Lake, until finally we end up in Eagle Mountain.  Or perhaps we’ll stay marina.  We’ll see what the family can handle.

-I love the storage spaces on this kayak.  There is storage on the sides of the seat, in two dry-bag-ish storage place on the top-front and top-back of the kayak, as well as straps on top to affix various items, as well.  A thermometer will be a must.

-This kayak is quite comfortable.  Granted, I’ve only done very little paddling in it, but it really does seem like a doable craft for what I need.  I even thought about filling the back storage space with ice and just making a day of paddling and fishing.

-One other thing I’m excited for:  To actually volunteer at a race and help fellow triathletes.  I hope that this thing brings years of enjoyment for me, personally, as well as our family.

Thoughts about building a storage unit…

Today, I got to thinking, again, about building a shed in my backyard.  I called Lakeside Storage, where I’ve been renting one for a few years (it’s been great) and found out that I’m currently in a 10′ x 10′ unit.  From what my brother in law, Mark says, I don’t need a permit if I build in that range.  I need to figure out about how much this would cost and go from there…

Here’s a possible plan. (first link)