This was a fun trip through the Four Corner States in the last five days. We left on Saturday morning, and arrived at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort on Sunday afternoon. In the meantime, we saw a whole bunch of landmarks along the way; took a Jeep ride on top of the mountain to see the sunset over Zion National Park; saw two National Parks; and yesterday evening, we came back home. After a good night sleep, we will take it easy today. And the next days, I will post about our adventures out in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions. As much as I love travelling, it is always good to be back home.
Happy Summer Solstice!
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.
Today is the Last Day of School. Katelynn is done with her Middle School years, and she will start High School after Summer Break. And Sara is done with 2nd grade. It seems like yesterday, when Katelynn started Middle School and Sara had her first day in Kindergarten. Hard to believe, these three years have passed so fast.
Wow! The last day of May comes to an end, and so does the Meteorological Spring. Tomorrow begins the Meteorological Summer. In 20 more days begins the Astronomical Summer, which is also called the Summer Solstice. The days will get shorter, and the nights become longer. (For my followers in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the opposite way. 😉 )
Summer is coming early to North Texas this year. Since a couple of months, there are several big sunflower plants growing in my first raised bed. I’m still not sure, if these are self-seeders from the previous season, or a critter left some seeds of the Common Sunflowers from a nearby field in my bed. The chances are great, that some of the seeds I’ve been sowing haven’t produced last year. And now, we have some big shading plants standing tall in the Community Garden. They produce a lot of smaller heads. But they look very pretty and are very nice pollinator attractors (honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds). The birds will be happy to have fresh sunflower seeds in late Summer, again.
Kevin installed the pool and filled it up, yesterday. Three hours later, Sara jumped in the cool water. This year, we set the pool up before Memorial Day. Usually we do it on the weekend, after school ended. But By we supposed to have temperatures reaching the 3 digits by mid-week. What could be better than cooling off in the pool after a long day in school?! I can’t wait to stick my tootsies in the water.