Archive | July, 2011
Addie getting a bath in the hotel sink in Moab, UT.

And then we were a wolfpack of four…

We had a slow start yesterday morning – Addison had an early morning poo-plosion. I won’t got into the details – I think the name is descriptive enough. Anyway, it resulted in a hotel sink bath, and a later departure time than we anticipated. Despite this, we made it to Carbondale, CO by 2:30pm, and […]

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Arches National Park, Moab, UT

Arches National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we headed to Arches National Park! We spent the morning doing short, easy hikes to various natural sandstone arches.Yet again, the scenery was gorgeous! There are over 2,000 arches in the park, spread out among amazing rock formations and desert landscape. Of course, after 3 hours of hiking, even easy […]

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Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lake Hike and Lehman Caves

We packed up the campsite early and headed up to the Visitor’s Center to buy tickets for a tour of Lehman Caves. Our next stop was the cafe next door, where we had egg and cheese sandwiches with coffee, and good conversation with an older gentleman from Utah. He was telling us at his grandkids’ […]

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Yosemite National Park's Tioga Road

Highway 6 – A Long, Deserted Drive

I was sad to leave Yosemite this morning. As we drove along the Tioga Road, I was continually amazed by the surrounding beauty of the mountains and trees. I have never been to a place quite as beautiful – it must be God’s country. Now I understand why Ansel Adams spent so much time here. […]

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Making breakfast at the campsite in Yosemite.

Giant Trees and Chocolate Cake!

After a quick breakfast of cereal, we headed to Tuolumne Grove and hiked to a small grove of Sequoias. This was my second time seeing redwoods, and I still can’t believe my eyes when I look at these massive trees. It’s hard to comprehend the idea of a tree being over 3,000 years old. We […]

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Addie playing in the mud at Yosemite.

Errands and Yosemite…

We said goodbye to Jen this morning as we headed began our trip back to the east coast. Before we left Redwood city, we took care of some errands, including an oil change, some grocery shopping, and a Starbucks run. After that, we hit the road and headed to Yosemite National Park. On the way, […]

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

San Francisco with a local (aka Jen)

Addison and Jen had a blast together while we were at the wedding. Jen took her for a long walk, played with her, and even let her terrorize her dog, June. Addison loves dogs, but she hasn’t mastered the art of gently petting, rather than pulling, their fur. We all woke early today, and Jen […]

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Buck's of Woodside in CA.

Redwood City and a Wedding!

Kendra decided we should go out to eat for breakfast this morning, so Jen took us to Buck’s of Woodside. Located in an unassuming cluster of shops, the interior was completely unexpected. Nostalgia lined the walls and ceiling. The food was excellent – Kendra and Jen (that looks weird when I am not the Jen […]

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The Nevada Highway

A restful stay with the Albertis!

We drove from Las Vegas to Sparks, NV on Wednesday. It was a long drive through a very hot, very rocky, very unpopulated desert, but well worth the ride. The Albertis are like my second set of in-laws. Boris and Terry served in Vietnam together, and the two families have been friends ever since. I […]

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Climbing up to the top of the desert view tower at the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas… all in one day!

We spent the morning exploring Desert View, hiking along the rim of the canyon and climbing the Desert View tower. The views were spectacular, though a bit of haze continued to hang in the air, obscuring the visibility. I can’t imagine why more people don’t camp up at Desert View – it is not nearly […]

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