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Las Vegas For Thirty Minutes

Our all girl vacation was awesome.  We flew into Las Vegas and retrieved our luggage quick-like.  Then we headed to the car rental counter and were out of there.  Thank God.  I don’t like that city but it was cheap to fly in there, so we did.  Plus one of the girls would want to ride the rides on top of the Stratosphere on the way home.  We made that happen.  I’ll try to stay on track here.  Those of you who know me well know that I tend to talk in circles and hey, I might write the same way on occasion.  Bear with me the photos are worth it if the words aren’t.

We immediately drove to Flagstaff which is a beautiful place.  I’m glad we drove.  I really enoyed the ever changing landscape from Nevada to Arizona.  One minute we were viewing deserts and canyons.  The next minute huge piles of rocks were rising up from the ground in sporadic Stonehenge-like fashion.  The next moment we were checking out pine trees and mountains.  Flagstaff actually reminded me a little bit of Minnesota believe it or not.  There were mountains, tons of pine trees and lots of trains in the area where we stayed for one night.  And for one night only we crashed, at the Holiday Inn Express on Lucky Lane that was NOT marked.  Just in case you go there.

The next morning we drove to the Grand Canyon to tour the south rim.  It was a cold and cloudy 38 degrees.  I had a sleeveless vest with a hood to wear and I was glad.  Lauren stole my fingerless gloves my mom had bought me in New Zealand.  Good for cold weather camera toting, that’s for sure.  I love this photo of Lauren shooting a picture at the edge of the canyon. 

The Grand Canyon is just huge.  Ginormously huge.  Vast.  You just can’t even imagine how large it really is until you are actually standing there looking at it.  We had clouds all day long so it didn’t make for the best photos.  But of course I shot several anyways.

We spent the day there at the south rim, loaded up on souveniers and headed out.  Sedona was our main destination and we couldn’t wait to get there.  I drove this stretch from Flagstaff to Sedona.  We took the scenic route of 89-A which took us through Oak Creek Canyon.  This is the part where I wish I wouldn’t have been driving.  It was spectacular eye candy.  Once we arrived a little more deeply into the mountains, we had red rocks on one side and white mountains with pine trees on the other.  As we drove further, we hit Oak Creek with its massive round boulders in the water.  I wanted to just camp there and forget Sedona.  For a minute anyways.

We checked into our hotel which was thankfully located away from the touristy shopping district (looked like Branson…yikes) and we got settled in.  My friend took a walk down to Le Rouge Spa and Hotel to make her massage appointment for Monday.  It was supposed to rain on Monday.  And it did.  And it snowed for most of the day as well.  What did we do?  We cruised the touristy shopping district and devoured an over priced lunch at a joint with an exceptional view.  But that’s the norm.  The view that is.  Every direction you choose to turn your head allows for an amazing vista.  I found it distracting to even drive the car because the views are fantastic no matter where you are.

At first I was somewhat disappointed that we had rain and snow the first day.  The second day we had clouds most of the day.  The third day, we had bright blue sky and sunshine.  I found myself actually being thankful for nature.  We were able to experience Sedona in different weather during the four days we were there.  On Tuesday we would hook up with Akul for a tour of some Medicine Wheels.  Read on.


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Dumped, from a Canoe

Today, my daughter has orchestra first thing.  After that, they load up and head to a lake for canoe and kayak safety.  She wore her bathing suit, quick dry shorts, sweatpants a T-shirt and sunscreen!  We packed a lunch, filled a water bottle and made sure the hat was in the backpack.

I guess they’re going to dump them out of the boats!  The morning is cool today, so I’m sure the water won’t be much better!  On Tuesday, they spent the day at a creek, snorkeling and studying fish.  They’re also learning hunting safety in the classroom, which she thinks is kind of boring.

My son, just rolls his eyes at all of this.  He’s a big outdoorsman.  He was a junior zoo keeper at our local zoo for two years.  He also volunteered at Wonder’s of Wildlife museum, until they decided to completely renovate it, so it’s closed for like a year!  Wish they would’ve had this awesome school when he was in 5th grade, it’s truly been an amazing experience for Lauren so far!


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Swan Creek

Swan Creek

My feet in about 2 feet of water at Swan Creek

I survived another Campbell Family Reunion in Bolivar.  It was fun.  Great company, good food and we all got to enjoy the pool at the hotel in between little storms.  We were all pretty burned out when we got home yesterday.  Especially me.  The laundry.  Just the stuff you have to do when you’ve been gone, if even for a short time!  Today I had planned on finishing you know, my table.  I started making two small landscape gardens by our deck stairs early this morning instead.  You see, I have a habit of buying plants for like $1 that need to be rescued.  It was time to get them in the ground.  The table would be later today.  That’s where my husband comes in and suggests that we all load up and go to Swan Creek. 

Swan Creek

Swan Creek

Just the thought of that, made me crabby.  I’ve been to rivers, I’ve been to creeks.  I didn’t feel like doing weeds, snakes and mud today.   I lost the battle.  Within an hour, I was loading the cooler in the 4-wheel drive with the kids.   FIVE MILES of the trip was down a gravel road that I wouldn’t have wanted to drive my van down.  Then, we arrived.  It was beautiful, honestly. 

Lauren Snorkeling

Lauren Snorkeling

No weeds, no mud, no snakes.  Just clear, pristine water.  You could see the bottom no matter where you were.  Truly amazing.  Instead of mud and grass at the bank, there were smooth rocks.   I snorkeled and felt as though I was in the big fish tank at Bass Pro!  I was the only one that saw a Gar, that was way cool.  The water felt great, and the crowd down there was dismal. 

Jordan
Jordan

When we got home at 6 this evening, we had dinner.  Then, I grouted my table.  Hope it looks awesome when I polish the grout off all the glass tomorrow!  And speaking of tomorrow, my good friend is back from Santa Fe.  We will meet at 7 in the morning for yoga!  I’d better get in bed. 

I didn’t use my yoga mat at the reunion.  I usually take it outdoors in the mornings, the weather didn’t permit that.  But, I did find some time to meditate on the bed before everyone else woke up.  Stretching will feel wonderful in the morning!
Sweet Dreams.


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Rain, Rain Go Away

Flood June 13, 2008Enough is enough!  Yesterday, we got 3.88″ of rain in like 6 hours.  I don’t know where they were doing the measuring, but our once empty 5 gallon bucket on our deck had 6.25″!  There is a creek way down back of our property.  It overflowed accordingly as it often does.  The problem doesn’t do much to our place, just makes for an extremely soggy yard.  It does flood out other people in the area and at times like this, I’m glad we don’t have a basement. The water was so high at the intersection South of us, the road had to be closed.  That’s where the creek flows under the road.  Wait, correction.  The creek was flowing over the road!  Cars stallled trying to drive through.  They had to be pushed out.  The water receded quickly once the rain stopped.  All that was left today on the street, were hoses.  Basements being pumped out, carpet strewn out on the sidewalk, stuff like that.  It was beautiful, hot and sunny today.  Tomorrow, they’re calling for another 4″ of rain.  Oh boy.  Happy Father’s Day!