Sunday, December 20, 2009

More Puppy Photos

Grandma sent us some great things to torture the dogs with this week. As you can tell, we turned them into reindeer. Molly was not happy as evidenced by the last photo.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Typical play

Being Super Cuties

Just the kids being adorable.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mono Lake

Views from Mono Lake. A surprise sidetrip for us. Very pretty.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

Alan took this photo of a Northern Pygmy Owl. It is tiny, I thought it was just bird that the birdwatchers were excited over, but it turned out to be an owl.

Yesterday, the weather was due to be nice so the boy and I headed to Olympic National Park, specifically the Hoh Rainforest. We had some lovely weather and got to see sunlight throughout the rainforest, something a bit unusual. We walked the Hall of Mosses trail and it did not disappoint, we saw a ton of moss. As we left the trail to head back to the parking lot, we came across a bunch of excited people with huge cameras pointed up. We knew they saw something good in the trees, it took a minute to find the pygmy owl, it is one the world's smallest owls. Alan got the only shot that ended up in focus. The remainder of the posted photos all come from the Hall of Mosses trail.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunset Crater

Sunset Crater NM is a small park in Arizona that has some great views! I found this park in March 2008 when I went on my solo adventure into the Utah parks and came down into Arizona on the drive home, it was along the way. So when we were planning our trip up to the same area, we decided to stop for a some quick pretty views.

Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks NM is much much smaller than Bryce Canyon, however both the boy and I feel it has prettier coloring. It is worth the trip there because it is much less crowded than Bryce, and you feel like you have the whole place to your self. We saw no one at the turnouts and only a few at the main viewing area beside the visitor center.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Doggy Park

We get to play soccer in Washington!


The big dogs kept stealing our ball!

One of the best things about our new home is the off leash dog park about 15 minutes away! So the corgis get to go to the park to play soccer, meet big dogs to play with, and make new human friends everyday.
The park has a large open grassy area to play soccer, but also has a bunch of trails in the woods. Today is the first time we explored the woods, and loved it. The dogs did really well off leash mostly heeling very well.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Point Sublime (name says it all)

Which way?

The road that was described as "very rocky"

Overcome by the sheer beauty!

Hazy pollution, but still amazing view

While researching our trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I came across a road that lead to Point Sublime. It was described as a two hour one way drive along a rocky 4 wheel drive only road and that if you were brave enough to do it, you could be surrounded on three sides by the Grand Canyon. Seventeen miles for that view. I was interested, so I tried to find more information, only finding it described as a horrible rocky, better carry a spare tire road. Having been on roads like this with Alan, I decided to mention it to him to see if it was something we could do in my jeep. He was up for it! I figured it could not be worse than the road to the Crystal Mill in Colorado.

The road starts out as a gravel road to a trail head that quickly turns to dirt. It did get rocky, but not like it was described. We did need a high clearance vehicle, and we did use 4 wheel drive in one spot. We both thought it was totally worth the drive for a view that was just for us, no one else was there. We passed a few other vehicles, but not many. For an experienced off roader like Alan, he called it "a country road". A very easy road for him to drive. I think I could have driven it and I do not have much experience off road. (we did it in a stock 2001 Jeep Cherokee Laredo)

So is it worth it? It depends. If you have four hours to spare, and are comfortable with easy off roading using 4 wheel drive at times, than YES! The view is worth it, the completely non crowded space is worth it. It was one of the most beautiful views of the canyon I have ever enjoyed. We had time for this view and paved road for views, after driving in from Jacobs Lake.
Here is the short video of the entire view. Of course it was a little smoggy :(

Friday, September 18, 2009

Made it to Washington

We made it to Gig Harbor! However, we had a little accident along the way. We were in California needing to stop for gas, and had to get into a station that we thought we could get in and out of okay. We thought wrong.

The back of the 5th wheel hit a concrete barrier and the corner got a little messed up. However, that is why we have insurance. So we will be displaced for a little while until it can fixed. The repair place unfortunately is backed up for a few weeks, so we get just enough time to settle in for while, before packing up our house and taking it to the shop.

I start work next week, am very excited. As for the trip, we made it to all the national parks listed except for Mt. St. Helens, it was fogged in again. We did get a bonus park, Mono Lake!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Big Bend....not what you think....

The boy and I made it to Big Bend today. It was not what either of us expected. I expected to see a river and Mexico in the distance. I knew there was some desert life, but I did not expect it to be so green, I did not expect to see petroglyphs, be above 5000 feet in the mountains, or for it to rain.

We only did some of the park, due to time constraints, however, I think we did well. We went Chisos Basin. There were some very unique mountains, it was also where we ended up above 5000 ft. It started to rain up there and the temp dropped to 63 degrees, and about 30 minutes later we were back down to 2000 ft and it was 83 degrees.

We then went south to Rio Grande Village. It was mostly shut down for the season, be we saw a really green campground. The highlight of the trip was a 2 mile dirt road to Hot Springs. We found old buildings, petroglyphs and the boy dipped his toe in the River. We also found a huge palm tree (see Family on the road), and what we think is bamboo. It sure looked like bamboo to us!

Oh, then it started to rain in the a serious rain. So I got to drive through water that was flash flooding. It looks deeper than it is!

Driving 90W from Uvalde to Marathon, we saw what we think were golden eagles, and the most vultures I have ever seen in my life. They were everywhere, covering the entire road, and on fence posts seven in a row. We also saw too many to count border patrol trucks. We even did our first immigration checkpoint. They make everyone stop, and ask if you are a citizen. Me being the whitest white girl ever, had no problems!