Yay! The house will be back to normal again. Katelynn had Summer band practice, every Tuesday. And for the last two weeks, she was in Band Camp. So, for her the Summer Break flew by quickly. Since we’ve got two new pets, Sara was so busy, she didn’t realize how fast the break came to an end. It’s hard to believe, we have a Sophomore and a 4th-Grader this school year. I hope, they have a wonderful and safe year in school. To another great school year!
Happy First Day “Back To School”!
School is back in session.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! 😉
Happy First Day of School!
June 1, 2019
At 8:45 a.m. our plane took off from Dallas Love Field. We were on our way to San Jose in California within 3 ½ hours. Arriving in San Jose we found out that Kevin and my luggage (we usually share one bag) wasn’t at the airport. After some back and forth in the Baggage Claim Office, we decided to go get our rental car and move on as planned. Southwest Airlines called us back later that day, letting us know, the luggage never made out of Dallas, and asked how they could accommodate us. I told Kevin to let the Baggage Claim know to send our bag to Seattle by Monday. I was in a bad mood and didn’t want to talk to the guy on the other end of the phone. It was bad enough, I didn’t have my hiking shoes with me and had to purchase some toiletries, clothes and shoes to hold us over until two days into the trip. But at least they found our luggage. It could have been much worse. At least I had my camera gear and our passports in my carry-on, in case we wanted to go to Vancouver, British Colombia in Canada for a day.
Mountain Range somewhere in southern California close to the Mexican Border
Our first destination was the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Kevin, the girls and I couldn’t wait to see the huge bridge stretching one mile over the entrance of the San Francisco Bay. The bay and the top Golden Gate Bridge were covered in fog. A cool wind blew from the Pacific into the bay. It was perfect weather for sailing, surfing, parasailing, and many other water sport activities. There were a lot of people having fun in the bay that Saturday afternoon, while many tourists were just in “Awww” seeing the San Francisco Designated Landmark. Since it was very misty, we could only get a climbs of Alcatraz Island. But it was all what we needed. I’ve got some pictures of the former prison out in the distance.
San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts
Sara and Katelynn were in “Awww”, when they saw the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time.
Tower of Jewels (Echium wildpretii) at the San Francisco Bay
Misty Golden Gate Bridge I
Misty Golden Gate Bridge II
When you look really close, you can see cormorants on the big, center rock.
Misty Golden Gate Bridge III
Misty Golden Gate Bridge IV
Alcatraz Island is covered in mist,
Here is a video of us crossing the Golden Gate Bridge: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/48034613211/in/album-72157705230883495/
The first night we made it to Weed, which is a stone throw north of the town of Mt. Shasta. On our way there, we had a good look at the mountain. But it got too dark for capturing good photos. The next day, we were in for a treat.
Mount Shasta at dusk
… to be continued …
Well, the first half of the year 2018 is done, finished, over, kaput … And now, we get into the second half of this year. Personally, the second half is my favorite. Because it includes all the beautiful late Summer and Autumn festivities.
Now in July, Katelynn and Sara use the Summer break for meeting their friends at the pool. Our own pool broke, before we left for our Utah vacation. And while Kevin and I sat on the porch of the cabin at the resort, we decided we would get the girls seasonal tickets for the public pool. No more build and maintain the pool in the backyard. It was fun, while it lasted. But the girls rather wanna hang out and exchange snacks with their friends at the big pool.
Sara played in the splash zone, a few years back. Summer break fun in July. 😉
June 18, 2018
Zion National Park is only a stone’s throw away from the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. Coming down from Twin Knoll Road and making a right turn on Highway 9, we could see the East Entrance of the park already. Once we entered Zion National Park, we all were in awe. I said to Kevin: “Bryce Canyon N.P. and Arches N.P. might be the famous Utah parks. But Zion N.P. is a hidden gem.” I wish, we would have taken the shuttle bus, since it is free of charge. But we didn’t know that. And of course, we didn’t go to the Visitor Center to ask, if there was a fee to ride on the bus. Now, it’s one of many excuses to come back again. 😉
Zion’s East Entrance
Looking north across from Checkerboard Mesa at the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway near the eastern entrance of the park.
Scenery along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
An undefined hiking trail along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
Kevin, Katelynn and Sara at Zion National Park
Zion National Park
I’m amazed, how beautiful this place is in southwestern Utah.
The East Temple
The Sentinel, Streaked Wall, and the Altar of the Sacrifice
Scenery along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
Katelynn and Sara at Pine Creek Canyon
Silver Leaf Night Shade
Kevin and I at Pine Creek Canyon
Pine Creek Canyon, Zion Canyon and the West Temple in the background
The West Temple
The famous Watchman at the South Entrance of the park
Scenery right before we drove through the tunnel from the west side
A couple interesting facts of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel
In the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel
Along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
Near the Checkerboard Mesa and the East Entrance
… to be continued …
Our Utah vacation was almost jeopardized by my minor medical setback. But I’m feeling good, now. And I’m ready to go. I wish I had a few extra days to get a couple more things ready for the trip. Kevin and I just have to make a trip to the store and grab a couple more shorts and I need to find a smaller, lighter tripod than the one I have here. When we hike and come across a neat waterfall, I would like to capture it in long exposure. The only way to get a decent shot, I need a tripod for these photos. The lighter the backpack, the easier the hike. 😉 I will take a short break from blogging. And when I come back, I will have a whole new story to tell, and hopefully some cool pictures to show y’all.
Time to pack for our trip to Utah. Katelynn’s plush snake makes me giggle. 😀 Hopefully, we don’t come too close to a venomous snake. After all, it’s the desert.