Yesterday I posted a blog about my whole wonderful trip to Oregon. Today I want to highlight Crater Lake.
On July 27, 2012 my mom, dad and I pulled up to the visitors center, it was a beautiful crisp sunny morning. We got there early, before all the crowds…which I prefer. From the top of the ledge you could see the pretty blue lake through the trees. Right in front of us was a Sinnott Memorial Overlook so dad and I went down.
I gasped as I saw the blue of the lake and the emerald green that lined the edge. While I was busy taking pictures my dad was reading the information at the overlook. He later told me the reason the lake is so blue is because it is precipitation, snow and rain. There are no rivers flowing in or out of the lake. It is beautiful and amazing.
At the end of July I surprised my family by flying to Oregon and spending a week with them. I went to help my dad with his book. We are working together on writing his life history. We accomplished a lot in the week. And it was a wonderful vacation for me!
Here is a picture I took with my cell phone as I was taking off in Phoenix. It is a dust storm affectionately called a Haboob, by people in Arizona.
To have it be a surprise I flew into Medford where my older brother Jay lives with his family. I wasn’t the only one crashing at their house that night. Here is a picture of the front room slumber party.
Sunday morning Jay drove me to Klammath Falls where we surprised my parents and my sister at church.
To add to the festivities my younger brother Scotty joined us too. We did a photo shoot out in dad’s garden while picking onions
One of my favorite parts of the trip was hiking with my father. He is so great at explaining what he sees and knows and he takes time to enjoy nature, which I love and appreciate so much. Oh and he is 80 years old and it wasn’t an easy hike. Go dad!
The first part was straight up hill.
We came over the mountain just as the sun came up
Below are a couple views of the valley from the top.
I put the camera on a rock and got a picture of me and my dad.
Here my dad is showing me the natural gas line and watching the dragonflies eating breakfast.
He saw a deer and encouraged me to see how close I could get and take a picture. Below are a couple of the pictures I got. I learned after they ran away that if I don’t move they can’t see me. Good to remember for next time.
We also got a picture of my parent’s home from the top of the mountain. It is the one with the white car in front.
The next day we went on another hike. This time not so steep and with Kristen and her children.
On Thursday it was my nephew Donavaughn’s 16th birthday so we went to his birthday party at Moore park. We played scum and ate hamburgers and watermelon.
The picture with the hats are the scum of the table.
The Birthday boy.
Below is a picture of the park. I ran around and played barefoot in the grass with Nya. We became good friends which makes me very happy.
We had a red head photo shoot- Remington, Me and Kristen
I took pictures of dad’s garden and his art. He was so excited about how great the corn was growing.
He makes tables, coffee tables and doors. He also painted the universe and made the Christus statue below.
Then we went to Crater Lake. It is breathtakingly beautiful. I gasped when I saw the blue waters rimmed with emerald green.
On the way up I got this picture. You may be wondering what is so special about a field. If you look close you will see columns of mosquitoes. Yes there were millions of mosquitoes in that field and they were in columns.
Picture of me and me and my mom
Photos taken on the way back down the mountain.
It was a wonderful week and my favorite part was sitting on the back porch with my family eating vanilla ice cream covered with dad’s hand picked raspberries looking at the view.
Quail and Jake the cat.
This picture was also taken with my camera phone. I love Oregon in the summer!
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This past weekend (Feb. 10-12, 2012) I went to Winter Park, Colorado. It was wonderful. I met great people, adored the cute little village of Winter Park and LOVED the snowmobile through the snow covered mountains.
A couple of shots on the mountain.
The Village of Winter Park. Established 1940.
And a couple of me posing with the bears in the village.
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Whenever I go back to Utah I always go back to my Alma Mater BYU and wander through campus. It is so beautiful and peaceful.
The new library…ok so it isn’t so new now, but it wasn’t there when I was going to school there.
and I just had to get this staircase
Another beautiful spot in Provo is the LDS temple. Now the grounds are covered with beautiful flowers.
We even saw a bunny on the lawn
I love the light in this picture.
These next three pictures are of Jill’s neighbors home in Orem. Amazing!
The images below were taken as I roamed around Temple Square for a few hours. It is a beautiful, peaceful place.
Joseph Smith Memorial Building
Salt Lake Temple
LDS conference center
Tabernacle and Church Office Building
And the beautiful flowers!
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Three of my favorite things are Literature, Art and Architecture. As far as architects go I am quite fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright and have been to his houses in Pennsylvania and Chicago and decided that while the weather in Arizona was so beautiful (80′s with clear blue sky) I would go see Taliesin West. I learned even more about a fascinating man the school that he founded.
He believed that the students would be better architects if they studied the arts. Every student has to learn to play a musical instrument, they also participate in drama, dance and singing. They are also encourage to participate in other arts such as sculpture. These are a couple of sculptures a student at the school made.
He spent a significant amount of time in Japan designing the Imperial Hotel and bought and sold a lot of Japanese art. He brought many pieces like the one below and they are scattered throughout the grounds.
After seeing Taliesin West I REALLY want to go to Wisconsin and see Taliesin. And my next visit to New York City I will go to the Guggenheim. It was a great morning!
I had a WONDERFUL month!
From October 4-19th I was traveling with 9 great friends in the Mediterranean Sea. Our adventure started in Italy where we ported in Venice and sailed to Egypt, Israel, Greece, Croatia and back to Italy. Below is a small sampling of the trip. For more pictures see
We landed in Milan, Italy.
The Milan Cathedral or Duomo
My first of many gelatos. I got strawberry in every city and then in Venice I also got a few other flavors. I got 6 of them in 2 days.
Next we went to Verona.
It was a very quaint town which I really liked but we only spent about an hour there.
We ran to see Juliette’s balcony and the six of us touched her right breast (for good luck).
I was amazed by the arena that is still in use from the 3rd century.
St. Marks Basillica
And of course a gondola ride in Venice.
We sailed on Vision of the Seas.
Most mornings I walked the track to counter the amazing food I had at dinner.
Me with Renato and Charleen- our fabulous waiters
Our tour of Egypt catered to every sense.
We saw the great pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, the Great library and the Fort of Qaitbey in Alexandria
We rode camels in the desert.
We smelled perfume with Sinbad
We ate delicious food at a great garden restaurant
and heard the call to prayer at this mosque.
But my favorite thing about Egypt is what they call Egyptian hospitality. The people were so friendly!
Our tour guide Mohammad
Our Security guy- Mohammad
Our bus driver- Mohammad, just kidding, it was Mosen
The boy on the left is Mustafa he followed me around and finally said hi to me in the Alexandria Library
These cute school girls were in line with us as the Library
and people waved to us from the streets
Next we sailed to Israel, the land of religious historic places
Our first stop was Jerusalem
I was surprised by the green trees
We saw the BYU Jerusalem Center from afar
The Western Wall
The streets of Old Jerusalem
The Garden of Gethsemane
The Church of All Nations
The Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene
I got to see the Dome of the Rock
Next we went to the Garden Tomb
A view of Jerusalem at night
The next day we went to the Sea of Galilee and Capernaum
Church of the Primacy of Peter
What I found most interesting about the churches in Israel is that they built churches around a rock that someone touched.
St. Peter’s house, or what remains of it.
It was across the courtyard from a synagogue
The highlight of my day was the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and learning to dance and sing Israeli folk songs
The garden area at the Mt. of Beatitudes was so beautiful!
Our last stop was the Jordan River
Lots of people go there to get baptized in the same river Jesus was baptized in.
In Greece we spent the day in Athens
We went to the Acropolis and then Plaka for lunch and shopping
A view of Athens from the Acropolis
A view of Mars Hill from the Acropolis
A beautiful sea side city
We went on a tour of the Diocletian’s Palace- both under and above
The palace was built in 305 AD.
The bouganvillas we Gorgeous!
Angela and I even did a little photo shoot in front of them
It was a Sunday morning and the people were out on the boardwalk enjoying the sun and each other.
Rinda and I climbed the Bell Tower
and here is the view
We then headed back to Venice.
We went to Murano and Burano.
Murano is famous for glass blowing.
Burano is a colorful city on the water
One of my favorite friends I made on the trip is Emily Graham
It was a fantastic trip, I am so glad I had the opportunity to go.
October 1-4th I went to Utah to visit family and friends and took some pictures for my brother’s Envision the World Project.
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Pictures taken on my trip to Oregon this summer to see my family. Redwood Forrest in California, the Oregon Coast and Klammath Falls.