Monday, August 23, 2010

a visist to Nana's

We had a nice visit to Pacific Grove to see Nana Parks after her trip back east. She brought back mintueman hats for the boys, which they loved.

When I took the kids to Dennis the Menace Park all the other kids where screaming, "Here come the pirates!" My boys were a bit confused, since they knew these were mintueman hats.

The big boys even went surfing in that freezing water!!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

the boys will play when mama is away...

Took another beautiful Sunday hike with my mom to Weaver Lake. We were up and back to Visalia around 2pm. When we pulled up to the house this is what we saw...

Yes, that is a platform in the tree. The boys were so exicted!

Maybe mama needs to rethink her Sunday hikes....who knows what I might come home to next time :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Clouds Rest

Being in the central valley of California and so close to Yosemite National Park, last summer Troy and I had planned to hike Half Dome in a day. As I did more research I realized the crowds hoping to summit Half Dome would ruin the trip for Troy and I. I also doubted my ability to hike 14 miles and deal with the elevation gain. (Lets face it I Hate To Work Out!!!)

Upon further searching I came across another summit that actually looks down upon Half Dome and does not boast the same crowds, CLOUDS REST! The planning took several months because Yosemite is incredibly busy during the summer months. To secure a permit to backpack and camp in the back country it took submitting requests five months in advance. Now that the trip is over I can say this.....IT WAS WORTH IT

We left Visalia at 4am and reached Yosemite Valley at 7am. We ate breakfast, then a two hour wait to pick up permits we already had reservations for (we were slightly annoyed). Next, back into the car for another hour of driving up to Tuloumne Meadows and Tenaya Lake. We started out on the Sunrise trail head. Above is a pic of Troy and Mark after a 3 mile hike, and a climb of over 1,000 feet in elevation (all done in a series of switchbacks that were a killer). In the distance was Clouds Rest, our destination for the second day of our hike.

We stayed our first night at Sunrise Lakes. A few other hikers passed through, but we had the lake to ourselves that first night. Can you see two heads in the water? Mark and Troy the "bathing beauties".

Our destination for day #2 was the summit of Clouds Rest, 10 miles round trip and an elevation of 11,000 feet above sea level. It was a beautiful hike with awesome vistas....Clouds Rest was breath taking. You can see Tenaya lake in the background next to Troy. This is where we began our journey the day before. After a lunch below the summit we headed back to Sunrise Lake for a final night then back to civilization on Sunday.

Ice cream and hamburgers never tasted so good!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Took My Mother on a Death March

Sunday I asked my mom to go hiking with me. I picked her up at 6am and we headed up to the giant Sequoias. We left out of Wolverton (elevation 7500) and three hours later found ourselves at the Watchtower. AWESOME and SCARY!!

The flowers on the hike up were just as breath taking as the view.

Thanks to my wonderful husband who got me a camera that can capture these beauties.

My mother and I had a great time. When dropping her off my mother replied, "I thought you had taken me on a death march." I love you mom and glad we made it!!! Let's do this again sometime.

Zip Lines

We had a fun and exciting Saturday spent with Troy's fellow workmates and their families. We prepped the kids to be on their "best" behavior as Troy's boss was opening his home in the country for the get together. Milo's response was, "I've always wanted to meet a Boss!" Not sure what goes through his mind at time.

The highlight of the day for Mack and Milo was the zip line. And of course we got the request, "Dad can we have a zip line in our yard?"

This place ROCKS! Of course the kids did not want to leave, and asked if we could come back in the morning when they wake up.