On Sunday, Mark and I took a drive up to Kings Canyon National Park. It has long been a favorite of ours, but we haven't had time in the last couple of years to go there because we have spent so much time at Lakeview Cottages. It is only an hour and fifteen minutes from our driveway to our destination. Now I know that Yosemite gets a lot of spectacular press, and it is pretty phenomenal, with the gorgeous waterfalls and Half Dome, but Kings Canyon is spectacular in its own right. While it doesn't have the waterfalls of Yosemite, it also doesn't have the crowds. What it does have is General Grant, the giant redwood that was designated the Nation's Christmas Tree back in 1926.
We took a meal and our books. Some sleeping,
(What? You always look like Sleeping Beauty when you are taking a nap??)
a little reading,
and a hike to the top of the world. Actually Panoramic Point, which seems like the top of the world to me because of the phenomenal view.
On the way to Panoramic Point:
At the top, a great place to sit
while you enjoy this view.
You may remember Christa from her party planning skills for Mark's birthday, with the Minnesota State Fair theme.
Charlotte is turning 5 and, of course, Christa is using her skills at designing the invitation to what looks to be a fabulous, and oh-so-fancy, party. You might want Christa to design something for your next party.You will not be sorry!
I officially started back on Weight Watchers yesterday, to get back on track with healthier eating habits. Can someone please explain to me where weight goes when you lose it? And once it's lost, why can't it stay lost??Also started an online photography class to learn more about my Canon Rebel, highly recommended by Christa, who just completed the last session. Love the name of the course:
I can't end this randomness without something quilt-y. Last week Levi (3 1/2) and I went to the local quilt shop. I had a gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket, and he wanted a new pillowcase. I thought it would be fun to have him choose the fabric for his pillowcase. On the way there he said he wanted dinosaurs. We looked at all the dinosaur fabric, and while it was "okay," nothing really excited him. You know the feeling, right? Then he saw this fabric with all the big equipment, and that was "it." He even chose the green and black stripes all by himself. I think he did a good job and we had a great time looking at fabric. He's got a good eye and knows what he wants. He may become another "guy who quilts." I'd be fine with that!