Saturday, April 25, 2009

Llama Hike on the Upper Kings River

Today I took Gavin and my nephew, James, with me on a hike with the S.O.L.O group.  We drove up past Trimmer and met up, then bounced along a dirt road for too many miles to the trailhead.  We had lunch along the river.  And then hiked back.  

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Panda Elephant

We discovered a new animal at the zoo today - the Panda Elephant (otherwise known as the Tapir).  I think Boone's name is a better fit.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Highlights From Catalina

Saturday, April 11th, we took the Catalina Express Ferry over to Santa Catalina Island.  It was a rough ride and four out of the eight of us lost our breakfast along the way.  Poor David even asked if he was going to die.  It left me wondering what would have happened to me if I had been born in the last century in Europe and had tried to take a boat to the new world, if I can't even handle a 1 hour ferry ride!    We rented a unique little rustic cabin only a block from the beach.  I loved it because it was already so old and quirky there wasn't much my kids could do to damage it.  The whole house was so crooked none of the doors would stay open without the use of a rock. 
We did some hiking and some shopping.

 We made homemade easter baskets out of paper and the kids all got Catalina souveiners from the Easter Bunny! We rode the Catalina trolley up to  the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden.  

We did some snorkeling.
We took a glass-bottom boat tour.

     We even attended church on the top floor of a local bank.  We were the only attendees, aside from the missionaries.  The Ferry ride back on Monday was much smoother - fun was had by all!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Plastic Egg

When I was young.........That is how this type of a commentary on the passage of time should begin.  But I never even participated in an Easter Egg hunt when I was young!  We hunted for our Easter Baskets.  I guess my parents figured that was hunt enough.  I never even saw a plastic egg until I went to college.  Did I live a sheltered life?  Or is that an East Coast - West Coast thing?  Anyway, my biggest problem with plastic eggs is not that they are plastic.  It is that they won't stay shut!