Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

Here's my contribution to Outdoor Wednesday.  See more at:

More shots from the trip!

Mount Rushmore

Sea Lions at Monterrey

Four Corners

If you are thinking of going there, its closed.  No signs to warn you of this before you get there.  However, they have provided a "fake" four corners for you to stand on!
Monument Valley

Dead Skunk Count = 16
Dead Jackrabbit Count = 8
Dead Coyote Count = 3

Not bad for 5,800 miles in 20 days!

Till next week....


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

I can't believe its been a week since I posted here.  I have been doing all of it at Facebook, its just faster and its been a busy week!
I have so many incredible shots from this trip, I have Outdoor Wednesday covered for 5 years!

To see more incredible shots go to:

I have so many...The Redwoods at Muir Woods...

Fisherman's Wharf in San Fancisco...

The Pacific....

The Grand Canyon North Rim, that was today's adventure...

Have a good week, I think maybe I'll focus on one part of this trip every week for Outdoor Wednesday (the cotton patch hasnot worked out, but I'll go by and look at it first thing when I get home!)


Thursday, July 15, 2010

The trip continues....

After Reno, we drove over to Sacremento, Roseville, and Alex visited his friends, Steve and Tammy.  We had two wonderful dinners with them, one at a casino, the other at a place called Claim Jumpers, where we had jambalaya.  It was good, but it wasn't really jambalaya, and you could get it with rice or ..get this..noodles!  how wrong is that?

On the way to Sacremento, we drove around Lake Tahoe...what an incredible color that lake is!

On Wednesday, we drove through Napa and had lunch here...

We stayed the night in a small town on the way to San Francisco and rested, we are getting pretty tired at this point!

Thursday we went to Muir Woods and Stinson Beach.  I didnt take pictures at the beach, but here are some pictures of the woods, with those incredible redwoods, and my first glimpse of the Pacific.  At the beach I of course took off my shoes and got my feet wet in the ocean..and there were no shells!  So I picked up a little pebble...I think thats what they call rocks here...

When Alex saw this sign, you guessed it, he just had to bark....

And this is my first view of the Pacific.....

We went into San Franciso over this landmark....                                                                                       

And went here....

Where we had a wonderful dinner at Scomas....

So thats up to date....

Dead Skunk Count = 14
Not seeing any dead jackrabbits!

I just lost count on the antique stores... we didnt stop at a single one in Napa...
Must be over 10 million now....


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

Join Susan over at A Southern Daydreamer for more outdoor posts!

Here is my contribution to Outdoor Wednesdy.  We are on vacation and visited Temple Square in SLC, and I had to get some pictures of the gardens!




After a thrilling drive across Nevada, where pretty much the big thing was the salt factory...

This is the only tree that will grow on the salt flats....

Then we finally pulled into Reno, after stopping off at this famous landmark...the Mustang Ranch.

More later...

Dead Skunk Count = 11
Dead jackrabbit count = 8

Antique stores we have passed by remains unchanged...I didnt see a one in Reno!


The vacation saga continues....

Greetings from California. 
I didn't blog in Nevada because we stayed at Harrahs and they charge $10.95 to use the internet...and little by the road motels and McDonalds has it free!  Give me a break.

So last time I promised Salt Lake City, and here it is...

We first stopped in Morgan for the Browning Outlet and dinner at a chicken place Alex loves.  See pictures under what we ate...

Then on to SLC, where we stayed in a really lovely hotel that was not very expensive. They provided a great breakfast and free internet...

We went out to the Lake, once you get across the causeway to Antelope Island, it doesn't stink at all.

We went to the visitors center and got some great pictures... and a great view.

These rocks are ledges that mark the shoreline of the glacial lake that once covered much of this area and formed the salt lake.

We visited the ranch that was worked on this island until the 1980's.

The Ranch house

This is the bunkhouse

There is a bell on that post

The barn - it was a great barn!

There are supposed to be a lot of antelope and buffalo on this island...this is the only antelope we saw...and these are the only buffalo we saw...

It was an interesting and awesome place...very ancient.  I was so glad to be able to see it!

That afternoon we went downtown to Temple square and visited the tabernacle, the outside of the Temple and the grounds, which are truly lovely.

The Tabernacle

The Temple

The back

The front of the Temple with the reflecting pool in front

The statue dedicated to the seagull.

Then we left the next morning and drove across the state of Nevada to Reno, which is the next post.

Dead skunk count unchaged
Dead jackrabbit count = 6

antique stores we have passed by = 6,545,999