Friday, February 28, 2014

Sarah Beth's pictures of Hailey

Aunty Sarah Beth had fun taking pictures of her new niece two weeks ago!
She gave me permission to use the pictures on my blog,
so here is an update on Hailey, though it was two weeks ago, 
and she has grown a lot since then!
Love seeing her dark, shiny eyes.
Sweet little toes! 
This is boring Aunty Beth!

Hat made by Grandma Vanessa
Look at all those wrinkles and rolls!

Does that melt your heart or what?

All dressed up!

Nap time after all that posing!
Between being sick and being busy seems like I've hardly gotten any time with her and Cherisa.  Looking forward to getting over there some soon!

Weekend in Shaver!

Friday evening Matthew came home from work, we loaded up the car, and headed out stopping at McD's on the way out of town.
Oh, also before we left, I opened my birthday gift from Matthew!
A Camelbak!  I finally get to carry more than just my water.
It is very comfy and can hold a lot, and 3 liters of water.
Super excited =)

Arriving at the cabin in Shaver.  It is one that Ron built.
No, that is not a shower head behind us but a cool lamp shade!

Really nice place, but definitely want to go back with more couples or family.
We were rattling around in there just the two of us!
(We slept in the nook!)
Got up early Saturday morning to go skiing.

Made a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast.
(BTW, if you want a cup of tea or coffee, start the kettle about 30 minutes before you want it!)

Some of you might have seen this picture on Instagram.
When Matthew put on his helmet and goggles, my heart started pounding!
Wow, it brought back memories.

This is at the top of Chair #1.  It was a beautiful day!

The station at the top of the mountain.

This was an interesting piece of machinery!  Does any Newfy know what this is?  It is a snow maker!  Can you imagine?  Crazy, huh?  I'd love to know how it works.
I did my hair in two braids, but they kept getting snagged on my jacket's velcro.  It was mid-way through the day when I noticed a little girl's pigtails flipped up like this.  Problem solved!  Thanks little-girl's mother!
We went down the bunny slope once for me to get the feel of it again, and of Austin's skis and boots (thanks a ton, bro!).  Then we went down Academy a few times.  I told Matthew I was ready to try something else, take me wherever he wanted.  
So we went right off of Chair #1, down a slope that I thought was almost vertical.  It levels off though, and then drops off again.  Then, where it gets even steeper, Matthew was going to take me on a trail that leads off to the left....but it was closed due to not enough snow.  Therefore the ONLY way was down, and that slope really WAS straight down.  I mean, in the summer time with no snow, you would not choose to even scramble down that!  But it was the ONLY way. So I started out, all the way to one side, and then almost straight across, back to the other side!  Fell once or twice and was losing nerve as people flew past on skis and snowboards.  Then I got going pretty good, back and forth, not too fast not too slow, and then faster, and faster, and faster, and it only got steeper and steeper.... and then I wiped out heading toward the right side of the trail.  I slid backwards closer and closer to the side, which dropped a few feet off the groomed trail. I finally got my ski behind me enough to stop me, right at the edge with part of my ski hanging over.  It wouldn't have hurt to fall off, but I would have kept sliding down further away from the trail.  I didn't get back up and Matthew came down and stopped right above me. An old timer went by about then and said something about if it was easy nobody would be snowboarding,... but that looks harder to me!  Anyway, I chickened out then and was a baby, but there was only one way down!  So back up on my skis and I think I only fell one more time, but went really slow.  It took a few runs down Academy for me to regain the small amount of confidence that I had!
The sun was strong and by noon there were slushy patches and the patrols were going around putting cross sticks in front of the rocks that were being uncovered.  We had a quick lunch around 12, more for a break rather than being hungry!  After a few more runs, the last part of Academy was all slush.  Especially the flatter part and we'd have to pole almost the whole way.  We rested a few times at the bottom watching a stunt competition that was going on.  Little 9 year-olds out there spinning around, jumping, crazy!  We quit around 2:30 or 3:00.  It was so slushy by then it was like snow and water skiing at the same time!

I made pancakes and bacon for breakfast.  There was only a round thing that goes on top of the stove for making them and it took a long time, but they were mighty good.  Then we cleaned up the cabin and got all packed up.  Matthew had looked for trails around, but the neat ones were a ways to drive and then like 6 or 7 miles long, and we could hardly move we were so sore!  So we drove through Shaver and found a trail that seemed to head in the direction of Shaver lake.
It doesn't show up in this picture how
bright green the moss or lichen is on these branches.

Not sure what type of big tree this was, but it was really big!

So neat to be just walking along and see two of them standing together.

The water was incredibly clear, and that is coming from a Newfy gal!

Interesting to see the stumps where trees grew so many years ago before they built the dam.

Here you can see the normal water level on the rocks.  Crazy.

Slightly crooked, I just realized, but still one of my favorites!  It was interesting to see all the kinds of tracks going down to the water.  I'd love to set up a night camera!

There is something about a perfect pine cone...
I can't think of how to put it in words.

Little streams here and there show how this lake gets its water!
Usually there is a lot more snow than this.

We rested at this quiet cove for awhile.  Very peaceful, except for the constant air traffic of jetliners!

We found a place partly out of the breeze and still in the sunshine to eat our lunch, and then headed back out to the car, and then down the mountain.  We made it back to town around 6, stopping to drop Austin's gear off and visit with him for awhile, distracting him from his homework!  Then home to unpack and clean up.  That evening and the next day I was miserable.  Partly from the cold I came down with at the beginning of the week, partly because of strange eating over the weekend, and we think a bit of elevation sickness on top of being SO sore from skiing!
Great weekend full of fun, the great outdoors, and being together with the man I love!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cerro Alto hike and my b-day week!

Monday was President's Day, a holiday for Matthew!
We got up at a decent hour, instead of barely still morning =), ate a hearty breakfast and headed out 41 to Cerro Alto.
Gotta love selfies!

This is part way up, you can kinda see 41 going through the middle of the picture
around that range, and then the road back to Cerro Alto follows the valley towards
this picture.

Slightly hazy, but this is Morro Rock from the summit.

So pretty up there!

Amazing view.

This is the same direction as the one taken part way up, looking towards 41 (goes from A-town to Morro Bay) and then
the road to the base of Cerro Alto

There were a bunch of college boys up there being noisey so we didn't stay long.  But this ridge caught our attention
and we saw that there was a trail heading out along it.... so....

We ventured over there! 

Quite a narrow ridge.

Looking back at Cerro Alto.

You can see just the edge of Morro Rock in the right of this picture.  Mostly it is behind the rock in the foreground.

Looking over the other side is this peaceful valley.
I want to live here! There is a small hill in the middle
where the house is nestled, and you'd HAVE to have a horse!

Here's my handsome fellow explorer! Great fun to be able to spend a day with him
out in God's awesome creation.
And here is me.

Kind of distorted, but gives you somewhat of a feel for it.  Notice the trail/road at the base of this ridge....

We stopped here to eat our snack.  Sitting against the rocks, looking out over this view, we'd occasionally hear
a swishing, swooshing sound, look up and see a buzzard glide over us so close!  Then we were startled by a strange noise. Suddenly there was a humming bird not 6 feet from us.  It hovered there for a few seconds trying to figure us out.  It was so awesome with the distant background, his blurred wings, ruby throat and inquisitive, bright eye.  We held our breath and I wished I could somehow get a picture.  But it will just be one that is forever painted in my mental album.  One of those moments nearly impossible to catch with a camera, but a gift from God to treasure in memory!

We walked along the ridge, climbing rocks and trying to avoid poison oak.  The trail had since branched down to run along the left side of the rocks.  When we got as far as we could climbing the rocks, we had to decided how to get back to the trail.  One was to push through thick bushes for quite a ways to get back to that trail.  Or we could slide and scramble down a washed out area on the right side to get to the trail/road that goes to the cell towers.  We choose to slide down the old landslide.  Pretty much like skiing with your feet buried in dirt!
Road reached!  Looking back up at the ridge where we came from.
We jogged and walked along the cell tower road until we found the trail that connects back to the Cerro Alto hike.  We took a steep short-cut trail back to the parking lot.  So sore walking down that mountain!  Whew!  We drove directly to pick up Dawn dishsoap from Mom, then home and right into the shower!  Dawn is supposed to be good for getting poison oak off.  As I was getting out of the shower, Matthew told me he'd made reservations for dinner at 5:30! We went to the Guest House Grill.
This is a silly picture, but the only one I have of the evening!
Dinner was delicious, then we went to Starbucks for tea/coffee and chatting.

On Tuesday, Vanessa-mom had a party for me with Grandma Pauls, Aunt Pam, Aunt Kris, and Cherisa, and Hailey!  She was so cute all dressed up in her purple outfit.  It was fun to visit and be with them!

On Wednesday, Lynn and Annie had put together a b-day party for me at Brenda Swift's.  The young married girls and mothers were invited, as well as Mom and Aunt Carol. Many thanks to these three who watched the kids in the back yard while the young mothers got to eat in peace with the rest of us!  Then we all went outside and enjoyed the beautiful afternoon for awhile.  Thank you all so much!  It was great to be with everyone.







And me, 23 years!, with one of the flower arrangements they gave me.

Yesterday I started reading "The Winning of Barbara Worth".  Thought this quote was interesting.

And I attempted to load pictures but it gave me issues!
 Finally I left it be and Matthew fixed in 2 minutes when he got home!  
So on Monday evening when we were eating, Matthew asked if I wanted to know what he had been arranging earlier when he'd gone outside to make some phone calls.  Of COURSE!  We are going to Shaver to stay in a cabin Uncle Ron built and sold last year for Friday night and Saturday night.  Saturday we will go skiing and Sunday we'll take a hike, if we aren't too sore from skiing!  So excited!

Also, Sarah Beth borrowed Matthew's camera to take pictures of Hailey.  There are some really cute ones, of course!, and she was kind enough to leave them on the card.  BUT I haven't tried loading those yet!  When they do get loaded, she's given me permission to share them with you all!

So now I need to skeddadle and get ready to go grocery shopping with Mom to get a few things for this weekend and get started on next week.  Hope everyone is well, trusting in the Lord, and therefore resting in His peace and love!

P.S. Ryan and Paige are super excited about expecting their first baby, due to arrive in August!
And Greg and Tamee are looking forward to welcoming their third child in September!