Thursday, December 29, 2011

At Camp

We drove to camp today in order to be here for the usual New Year's festivities. The drive was uneventful, but cold. The temp here when we arrived was 16 degrees and going down. There are a few inches of snow on the ground, but not enough to be plowed.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tallis Scholars

We saw the Tallis Scholars in Princeton last evening. Wow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

King-sized Quilt

I finished piecing the king-sized quilt for our bed in NJ. Of course, this is just the top. It still needs to be quilted, but I'm hiring someone to do it with her long-arm. So it may be a while before it is complete.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hawk Mountain

We all went to Hawk Mountain today.We didn't see many birds but it was a nice get-together.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

At Camp

We drove to camp last Thursday and are driving back to NJ on Tuesday. We're looking forward to the Halloween progressive dinner Monday evening. Also looking forward to missing New Jersey's first snowfall happening there today. We are supposed to get a dusting here at most. Definitely good planning on our part.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Back in NJ

We're back home after good visits with relatives. We spent last night in a very nice airport motel in Portland and had a great dinner at Salty's on the Columbia River. I'm posting this so we remember it for next time.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Houseboating Adventure - Day 6

We returned the boats this morning then drove to Moab, Utah. Again, the drive was spectacular, but we did not spend the time to take pictures. After a night in Moab we will drive to Grand Junction, fly to Denver to visit my sister, fly to Oregon to visit my parents, then home to NJ.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Houseboating Adventure - Day 5

Today we decided we should gas up the runabout and see what the Dangling Rope Marina store had to offer.Then we went to Rainbow Bridgebefore returning to the houseboat and beautiful sunset colors on the rocks.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Houseboating Adventure - Day 4

Another gorgeous day, including sunrise on the rocks above us. This morning we walked around above where the boat is moored.This afternoon we went out in the runabout again to explore Face Canyon and Last Chance Bay.

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Houseboating Adventure - Day 3 PM

After lunch we took the runabout and went up the canyon to explore. We went as far as we could, then climbed out of the boat and went for a walk

A Houseboating Adventure - Day 3 AM

Good weather, finally. After breakfast (and a neat shadow of the boat on the rock wall we were moored beside) we left for West Canyon to find a mooring spot for the next few days. We couldn’t find a spot with enough sand to use the anchors, so W improvised. Here is some of the surrounding scenery.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Houseboating Adventure - Day 2

This morning the first thing we did was to move the boats across the cove to a better anchorage. Here is some of the surrounding scenery. It was still very windy but in the afternoon we took the runabout across the cove and went for a walk. Thankfully, the weather is supposed to improve over the next few days.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Houseboating Adventure - Day 1

We left Grand Canyon this morning and drove to Page, AZ to pick up our houseboat and runabout, preparing for several days exploring Lake Powell. The scenery along the way was spectacular, but we didn’t have time for many photos. This is the Colorado River where we crossed it at Marble Canyon.By the time we did a lengthy grocery shopping and got underway, it was too late to get very far up the lake. It was also VERY windy. We tied up the best we could in the first cove we came to, along with 4 other houseboats. The wind tossed us around all night, so we didn’t get much sleep.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Grand Canyon - Day 3

Here is a view of our 2-room cabin on the rim.Today we walked part of the Widforss trail along the Transept side canyon. It is a nicely forested trail that leads to great views of the canyon We saw the largest ponderosa pine on the north rim. We also saw a pair of blue grouse.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Grand Canyon - Day 2

We drove toward Cape Royal and Point Imperial, stopping at various viewpoints. This is the only glimpse of the Colorado River you get from this side of the canyon.We started down the Ken Patrick trail along the rim from Point Imperial, but impending rain made us turn around.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Grand Canyon - Day 1

This morning we packed up and drove from Bryce to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We hiked the Bright Angel trail behind the lodge. But the light was not good for photos, except of the lodge on the rim. Later we went back to the rim to wait for the sunset.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bryce Canyon Day 2

This morning we hiked a portion of the Fairyland Trail, which is in the northern part of the park. We only hiked down about 550 feet and walked a total of 3.5 miles. Coming back up is enough of an effort; we didn’t want to overdo it. Then this afternoon we drove the length of the road, stopping at the various viewpoints.