Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Nestled up in the mountains 20 miles SE of Taos, NM is Sipapu. Skiing was really cheap-- about $60 for lift tickets, rentals, and a night in a hotel room.
We had a blast. They didn't have many runs open but the ones that were open were a decent distance. The boys did great. Toward the end of the day Daniel (the daredevil) went off with John while Ethan (the cautious one) and I stuck together.
John used my little point-and-shoot digital camera and took some video. The video quality isn't great, but it was easier to handle. John took most of the video while skiing backwards.
Daniel is in the blue coat. Ethan is in grey and orange. I am in yellow. They just happened to meet up with me and Ethan on one of the runs.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
That was the big adventure of the day. Other than that we were in Oklahoma, Texas, and finished our day in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is interesting. All of the buildings and houses are fashioned in an adobe style.
I finally feel like I am in the west.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
After Little Rock we went to Hot Springs National Park. The kids did the Junior Ranger program and we touched some of the hot water. If you haven't been there you are not missing anything.
In Oklahoma City Daniel got one of his Christmas gifts. He got to pick out an animal at Build-A-Bear. This gift was under the guise of being for him, but really I enjoyed it as much as he did! =) I tried to talk him into getting one of the reindeer but he was set on his dog that he named Smokey. Smokey has a firefighter's outfit on.
Angie--- I am with you girl--- Okalhoma City is rather dull. The mall was really nice though!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It was a day of driving, driving, and more driving. I am not a fan of driving. I don't have much to say about this day because my day was full of A LOT of sleep.
The bright part of the day was having lunch in Memphis with my friend Anne. Anne, it was great seeing you. Heidi is so cute! I love her personality. When you come down to Florida give me a call!
As most of you know, Ethan and Daniel are great in the car!!! Seriously!!! I printed them off a bunch of pages about the states that we are passing through. They have coloring pages, maps, state facts, crosswords, and word searches. The biggest highlight is when we pass into a new state. Today we were in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
We ended the day in Little Rock, AR.
The only pic that I have is of Daniel. He LOVES to help out when we are on vacation (Ethan does too-- this is something that developed from our Alaska trip). The picture is of Daniel pulling in a suitcase that rivaled his size. He really wanted to pull it in though. In the picture you can't really tell how big it is.
Monday, December 8, 2008
For my Tallahassee ladies-- we passed our peanut hay in that one field in GA, and all of the cotton was harvested--- I reminisced about good times.
We stayed in Birmingham, Alabama.
Sorry no pics today.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Fairbanks was a nice resting spot for us. We didn't really do much. We did get to see a few moose though. Did you know that moose put their faces under water and eat the vegatation? When they come up (after quite a while of being under) lots of water pours out of their mouthes. I had no idea.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
For those of you who know about the paragraph that belongs right here about John loving the Yukon--- he deleted it, and no he is not a dork. =)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Friday, December 28, 2007
"On the tweleth day of Christmas my three men gave to me, twelve days of "forever memories", eleven runs on the bunny hill, ten scary mountain passes, nine dollars to visit Four Corners, eight sandstone hoodoos, seven amazing vistas, six petrified wood chips, five Indian dwellings, four yummy tacos, three spinning windmills, two fighting boys, and an exciting road trip for our family."
On Christmas we were in Colorado Springs. We took the kids to Garden of the Gods where we climbed on the rocks. Later that evening we went over to a friend's house (Sarah, it was so nice seeing you and your family).
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Okay so there weren't exactly ten mountain passes, but they sure were scary! We drove from Durango, Co to Gunnison and the whole way was mountainous. There were restrictions on 2/3 of the passes making chains or 4wd mandatory. Red Mountain Pass was the scariest. It is a two lane road with a steep 1,000 foot drop off the side and no guard rails. The road was covered with packed snow and ice. Let me tell you, that is NOT a good combination. However, obviously, we made it safely to Gunnison, CO on Sunday night.
On our way to Gunnison we stopped at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP. The pictures don't show how dramatic it was. It was beautiful.
In Gunnison we took the kids ice skating! It was so cool. We skated on a pond for a couple hours that night. The kids were really good at it. They ended up playing tag with 5 or so kids that were there. I, on the other hand, had only been ice skating twice before this. I did just fine, but I am sure that it was pretty ugly! In my defense, John's skating was pretty ugly too. =) I thought that it was really cool that you can skate for free though and skate rentals were only $3 for as long as you wanted.
Monday, December 24, 2007
"On the ninth day of Christmas my three men gave to me, nine dollars to visit Four Corners, eight sandstone hoodoos, seven amazing vistas, six petrified wood chips, five Indian dwellings, four yummy tacos, three spinning windmills, two fighting boys, and an exciting road trip for our family..."
Saturday we visited Capitol Reef NP, Glen Canyon, Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah, and Four Corners. The drive from Capitol Reef NP to Four Corners was amazing. The pictures with the overlooks and also the pictures with the red sandstone in the foreground and the white capped mountians in the background are from the drive.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
"On the eighth day of Christmas my three men gave to me, eight sandstone hoodoos, seven amazing vistas, six petrified wood chips, five Indian dwellings, four yummy tacos, three spinning windmills, two fighting boys, and an exciting road trip for our family..."