Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hike around Pinecrest and up to Cleo's Bath

Early in August we went up to Pinecrest to hike around the lake. `
 This was the final activity we did with the cousins before they moved away.
 Grandpa  set a quick pace that we all had to try to keep up with.

 The hike around the lake is actually quite easy and the kids started off strong.
 It was a little hot and because we got a sort of late start we were hiking in the hottest time of day.

 At about 2/3 of the way around the lake we took a detour to go up to Cleopatra's Bath. It is up the creek about 2 miles.  The terrain was very different than what we had been hiking when just going around the lake.

 Much more rocky and not much of a trail. We had to really look for the arrows to keep us going in the right direction.

 There was much complaining. It was really hot. We were tired and the climb was difficult for us city slickers.
 But we finally made it to the swimming hole.  The kids didn't wear their swim suits but that didn't stop them from taking a dip in the pool.

 The pool was deep enough for the rock jumping.

 Mostly we just soaked our tired feet in the cool water.
 I wore my mom's wide brimmed hat and I am so glad I did. It kept me from really burning up  in the bright hot sun.

 My dad is 76 years old and in great shape. Many of the young people we met along this part of the hike were very impressed that he was climbing up these hills and doing this hike.
 Can you see that small patch of blue out in the distance. That is the lake we have to hike back to in order to finish our hike.
 Heading down the hill from Cleo's bath was a whole lot easier than the climb up!

 Even little Molly made it up to the top with only a moderate amount of complaining.
 Here we are back on the trail around the lake. This bridge crosses the creek that Cleo's bath is a part.

 By this time in our hike we were completely out of water. We had drunk too much on the first part of our hike and didn't save enough for the end. We were really melting and in need of water. I finally decided to would go to one of the cabins near the lake and ask for some refills to our water bottles.  I think that saved our lives. We were seriously tired and thirsty and still had an hour or two before we got back to the car.
 At last, we made it to the dam. Only about 20 more minutes of hiking and we are back at the car.

The hike was only about 10 or so miles but it took us a really long time and we were hot and so tired afterward. It is a beautiful place and I think I heard the kids say "next time, when we hike this....." so I guess they weren't so traumatized by the hike that they never want to come back. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Family History Temple Trip

Sophie is a Family History consultant and along with several other youth that are either also consultants or their sibling (Ian for instance) went to the temple one weekend last month to do baptisms with names that they had found themselves. A couple in our ward (who are newish to the church) set up this Family History Temple trip because they wanted to a) learn how to do family history b) the process of taking names to the temple c) perform the ordinances. So they got some youth together. 

 Served them breakfast.

Spent some time here at this beautiful temple.
(No this is not my photo.....wish I knew who took it)

 Then took the whole group to Fenton's Ice Cream parlor in Piedmont.  They make some very big Sundaes!

 I remember going to Fenton's Ice Cream after youth temple trips when I was growing up. Nice to know some things/places never go out of style! Fenton's is far fancier now than I remember it being back in my youthful days.
 Evidently these two girls were the last to get their sundae so they had fun joking around about eating their pretend ice cream
 But eventually the large sundae arrived and all was right with the world again.

 Do they look like a set of Sister missionaries?

It was a great trip for all involved. 
And I am so happy Ian got to go do baptisms again. He has now been twice since turning 12 in January. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Half Moon Bay

 This girl loves the beach and so we finally made it to the coast for a treat for the Birthday girl.
 We decided to head to Half Moon Bay. It is only about a 2 hour drive from our house.
 The water was freezing but it didn't stop the kids from quickly jumping into the waves.

 We set up our little beach tent and settled in with our shovels and snacks for a relaxing day listening to the waves.

 We spent a good amount of time just looking out at the bay. It was quite a show the sea animals put on for us. There were lots of whales in the bay that would spout and then we would see their backs come up out of the water.

 Sometimes we would even see their big jaws come up out of the water and shut scattering the many seagulls and pelicans that seemed to be swarming around. Pelicans were fun to watch too. They would fly by flapping away and then suddenly the flapping would stop and they would hover for a moment then dive down into the water after a fish or something that looked edible.

There were also lots of seals or sea lions (it is hard to tell when you only see their heads) swimming very close to the shore. At one point the kids were only a few feet away from a seal while they played in the waves.

While the kids were playing in the waves we saw two dorsal fins in the wave just cresting behind them and got a little scared. Dorsal fins made us think of sharks. We yelled to the kids to come up the beach but quickly saw that they weren't sharks but dolphins. They jumped up out of the water and did a little flip for us as if we were at marine world or something. We of course didn't get any pictures but I did catch a moment of video of them as they were further down the beach. They kept jumping clear out of the waves all along the shore.

 The kids were prepared for lots of sand play.
 We haven't purchased actual sand buckets and tools for years but the kids grabbed our big shovels, gardening shovels and lots of large yogurt containers to bring with them. They planned on digging and building!
 I buried a few kids in the sand.

 While Henry and Sophie started the castle.....or Kingdom they started calling it because it was more of a whole city with lots of towers.

 Now Molly is dumping on Henry to bury him in the sand.

 There was some seaweed play as well.

 It was too cold for us. We stayed bundled up most of the time and didn't venture into the waves. But it was a glorious day at the beach for just relaxing.

 I think we stayed for about 5 hours and while Sophie and Ian were pretty much done by then. Henry and Molly could have stayed even longer.

But our Happy 7 year old had a birthday wish fulfilled. 

 We stopped at a great seafood restaurant for dinner and Molly got a little cake to celebrate.
We decided to take a different route home and drove north up through San Francisco and then across the Golden Gate Bridge. It actually didn't add much if any extra time to the trip home. 
The kids didn't seem to mind how long the trip home was they were enjoying watching The Princess Bride as we drove home. 

What a Great little Vacation trip!