Oregon Trip July 2012

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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Trip to Winter Park, Colorado

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.

Our Lodge


The fireplace…

And a couple of me posing with the bears in the village.

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Trip to Vegas

This past weekend (Feb. 3rd-5th, 2012) I was able to go to Vegas and see my dad, sister, friend Kara and friend Dawn. It was a crazy whirlwind trip but so wonderful.

My first stop was Kara’s home. We were roommates in DC many summers ago. We still keep in contact and she has a cute little boy named, Brigham. I had fun taking pictures of him.

Then the garbage truck came, Brigham loves to see the truck! The first pictures is down stairs, but they couldn’t see well enough so they went up stairs to get a better look.

Here is a close up of Enzo, the dog.

and of Kara

and Kara and Brigham

Then I got to do something really great. I went with Kara to the Nevada Caucus. The Nevada Caucus was on Saturday Feb 4th. Here are a couple of pictures and my thoughts about it.

My thoughts about the Feb. 4th  Nevada Caucus-

Kara’s district was assigned one side of the gym, hence the picture of the gym above. There were 38 people from her district that participated and I was a spectator. The guy checking Kara in said that I was welcome to stay and “watch democracy in action”. I am glad I did.

The first thing that they did was figure out who wanted to be delegates, these people would represent the group at both the county and state level. Kara’s district needed 10 delegates and one extra. That process was pretty easy, the man in charge asked who wanted to be delegates and 13 people raised their hands. Two of the guys said they didn’t need to do it so there were 10 delegates and one extra.

This was definately my first caucus but it also seemed like it was for many of the people there. I was wondering if these delegates were going to be representing you won’t you like to know who they were going to vote for? They just let those that want to volunteer. In the end it worked out fine.

Next, people could stand in front of the group for two minutes and plead the case for the nominee that they thought most deserving to be the next Rebulican presidential canidate. A few talked about Romney, one for Gingrich and one for Paul.

Then those in the room voted on a little piece of paper who they wanted to be the Rebulicatn presidential canidate. These votes were counted. I am a big survivor fan and have watch every season since 2004. This part when they took the little papers they voted on and read the names really reminded me of tribal council. It made me wonder if Mark Burnett modeled it after this? or at least the democatic process? I realized that the people getting up an pleading the cause is also very similar.

In the end the votes were 33 Mitt Romney, 3 Newt Gingrich and 2 Ron Paul. Then the group asked the delegates who they were going to be voting for and it turns out that one of the delegates was for Ron Paul and one for Newt Gingrich and the rest for Mitt Romney which went with how the votes turned out.

I am glad that I was able to watch a little bit of demcracy in action!

In the afternoon we went downtown to City Center to see Chihuly. I got a very pleasant surprise–there is a Henry Moore piece and other beautiful art at City Center as well.

I don’t know the name of this artist but it is great because what you see in the metal changes as you move.

Henry Moore- Reclining Connected Forms (1967-1974)

A quick view in the lobby of the Aria

With Kara on the bird chairs.

The Chihuly Gallery. I have always loved Chihuly’s glass and have seen them installed in three different botanical gardens, which in my opnion is where they should be seen.

But in this gallery I gained a new appreciation of his paintings.

Now we are at the Safari Club international show and my dad’s booth. He makes beautiful doors, tables and goblets.

Next to Dawn’s home. We served as companions on our mission many years ago. It was great to see her and her family. They live on 5 acres of land and have lots of animals which I had a fun time taking pictures of with the help of Drake and his cousin.

It was a wonderful trip seeing my family, friends and great art. Oh, and see the political system in action.

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