Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mist Trail ~


From LA we headed north to San Carlos to visit friends of DSO ~ people he worked with decades ago and hadn't seen in 20+ years.  From there we went to Yosemite.  Oh, my what a park.  Just gorgeous ~ breathtaking ~ amazing.  Thankfully we were there before the fires.  I pray that they get them under control soon.

Vernal Fall is one of the many falls at Yosemite.  We decided to take the 1.3 mile walk to the top of the falls.  Let me tell you, the climb was one of the hardest things I've ever done.  We were a couple of the oldest people attempting it, but I am happy to say we did it! 
 
Near the beginning of the hike up.

 
After having already hiked up a mile, we came to this sign.  Vernal Fall is as far as we went.  About 3/4 of the way up, the "mist trail" began from water crashing against the boulders.  As my DSO says, "Mist my a**.  More like a summer rain.".  We were soaked down to the unders :)  We pretty much dried off while at the top, only to have to once again get soaked on the way down.
 

 A good part of the steep walk up was paved.


But the closer to the top, the more difficult the climb became.





If you look to the bottom left, you can see people.  It really is a steep climb!

 
We made it to the top :)






The trail started much farther down than you can see in the picture.

 
The "mist".
 


Fitbit counts a floor as a 10' change in elevation.  Not a record number of steps or calories burned, but by far the most floors I've ever done.

 
 
Bridalveil Fall.




 
Giant sequoias.


Upper Yosemite Fall.  I love the reflection.


Another arsty-fartsy picture :)


I still have a bit more to share, but tomorrow I am heading to southern Ohio.  Melinda (Merry Wind Farm) and I are going to the Ali Strebel hook in with featured guest Maggie Bonanomi on Saturday.  I'm sure it will be great fun and it is always a pleasure to spend time with Melinda.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

California ~

 
Apple and I don't play together well.  I was able to blog from my iPhone ~ just once.  The next time I tried, I could not find any pictures to download.  I tried the iPad a couple days later.  Got a blog post all done complete with pictures.  It would not let me save and post it.  I tried for three days.  ARGH!!!  If you post from your iPhone or iPad, what app do you use?  Do you have any suggestions for me or am I a lost cause?
 
Anywho . . . we are home.  Landed in Cleveland about 6:45 am yesterday.  I don't think I've ever taken the redeye before and I'm not a real fan.  We flew Spirit.  Bare bones but you can't beat the price.  The seats (I think they forgot to add the padding) don't even recline and needless to say, I got very little sleep.  It was good to get away but it is great to be home :)  We were busy every day and I need a vacation to recover from my vacation.
 
While in the LA area, we got to visit the job site where my son is working.  It is the same house he was working on when we were there last fall, a $30 million property that has been taken to the studs. 
 
 
Son Bill and DSO at the front entrance.
 
 
 Great room fireplace, I believe 16th century, which he is helping to restore.



Here Bill is pointing to a piece of wood he replaced.

 
In the distance, a famous TV doctor's house.  (Hint ~ Dr. P***)


On the Strand, Hermosa Beach.  Beachfront homes.



 
This cool trash can is in front of an ice cream shop in Hermosa Beach.
 
 
Can you believe they had to put this on the bottom?  I thought it was for people walking dogs, but Bill said it was meant for the drunks, especially the 4th of July weekend (like they would read that?).  So disgusting.
 
 
We went whale watching on the Pacific.  Bill told us whale season was over, but we decided a boat ride would be nice.  We had a mariachi band playing on the lower deck the entire time.  


 A HUGE container ship arriving in Long Beach, a major shipping port.  It's unreal how big those ships are.  They look so top heavy. 

 
Those dark specks are not birds but porpoise jumping out of the water.  Though we didn't see any whales, we did see hundreds of porpoise and some sea lions.

 
Son Bill (aka #1 bad boy).


 
 We took a walk on the Manhattan Beach pier.  This view is looking toward the city . . .

 
. . . and looking out towards the ocean.
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Lots more to share.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, July 9, 2017

LA ~


This is a first.  I am trying to blog from my iPhone.  I know some of you do it all the time, but I've never tried.  I took pictures with my phone and thought they'd transfer to the iPad but they did not and I want to post a few pictures.  I also took pictures with my camera and have no way to post them.

Our trip west was uneventful ~ thankfully!  We arrived Thursday eve.  It's so nice to see my #1 bad boy.  

Friday we visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery.  So moving to see.



We are staying on the Pacific Coast Highway so we're within walking distance of the ocean.  







Today we headed to Venice Beach.  Always an experience :)  








We have done so much more, but since I have no idea how this post will turn out, I will call it a night.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren