Monday, February 19, 2018

Paris Trip 2018

Our Fearless Leader, Jeana, found some very inexpensive tickets to Paris on Iceland Air.
Three of us answered her call to 
adventure and began planning our trip.
Really, Jeana planned our trip, and 
we were along for the ride of a lifetime. 
No, this is not Paris, but our stop in Iceland.
When we went to retrieve our rental car,
Sylvia, our new friend, advised us that
a blizzard would arrive at 12:00 noon.
So we took off adventuring after a night of flying
and very little sleep.
And, yes, we did get stuck in a huge snowstorm, but our intrepid
(Montana) driver, Jeana maneuvered us through the storm
and even managed to get us out of a snowdrift.
We experience the beautiful snow-covered landscape of Iceland.
I would love to go back in the summer.

Following are just a few highlights of the Paris trip.

The Catacombs of Paris were fascinating.
Imagine seeing some 6 million bones from
an early Parisian cemetery and learning how
this most unusual Tourist attraction evolved.  
One of my favorite stops was the Musee d'Orsay.
This museum used to be a train station,
 and it is absolutely beautiful.
If I am not mistaken, this is the station where the book/movie
The Invention of Hugo Cabret was set.

We were fortunate to be there for a Degas exhibit.

We ate very well, and Macarons were definitely on the menu.  

This is the kitchen of the cute apartment that
we stayed in.  The building was built in the
late 1800's and was very comfortable.
We referred to it as "home"
as we ended each day with tired
feet and happy hearts.

These are my very special adventurers.
We had one woman in her 30's, one in her 40's,
one in her 50's, and one in her 60's.
You can guess where we all fall.
However, we don't want to hear your guesses.
We had so much fun being together.

Notre Dame was one of our first stops.
Yes, we climbed to the very top, all 300 plus steps.

Although we missed going up in the Eiffel Tower
because our flight out of Iceland was cancelled (that's
another story entirely), we did get to enjoy it from the ground.
This was our only sunny day of the trip.

On our last night in the City of Lights, we
saw the Eiffel Tower in all it's glory.

We enjoyed MANY Metro rides.

This is the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles.
This was one of my favorite places we visited.
I cannot imagine how crowded it must be in the summer
tourist season.
We enjoyed many delicious meals on our trip.
These are the famous Laduree Macarons.
I just noticed that I have included two
pictures of these delicious treats.
French foods do not disappoint.

A special thanks to Jeana, Lela and Caryllee for
a wonderful adventure that I will not soon

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Yellowstone--Just Us

David and I have been married for 45 years on August 14th. I used to think only "old" people were married that long. It was fun experiencing Yellowstone and the Tetons with my best friend. 

At a thermal area. 

By a beautiful waterfall. 

See the steam from the thermals rising behind us?

He can always make me laugh. 

Another waterfall. 
Perhaps my favorite sights on the trip. 
Except the bear. 😜 🐻 

Yellowstone Nature

The wildflowers were beautiful. 

The waterfalls were amazing. 

The thermal areas made you feel you were on another planet. 

The rivers were gorgeous. 

The Prismatic Springs were like nothing I've ever imagined. 
God's handiwork is amazing. 

Yellowstone Landmarks

It's a must to have your picture taken in front of the Yellowstone National Park sign. 

Beautiful Mammoth Springs
One of my favorite stops. 

The original gate in Montana. 

We had dinner in the Yellowstone Inn one night. 

Another evening, we had dinner in the majestic Old Faithful Lodge. The tour of the lodge was fascinating. It has withstood fires and an earthquake. 

Yellowstone and Family

My brother Lynn. 

My brother Terry. 
His middle name is Norris so 
we had to go to the Norris geyser. 

Terry Girl as we like to call her to differentiate from brother Terry. 

All of us. 
We missed Kim and Randy on the trip but they were busy enjoying meeting their first grand baby. 

Terry and Gail
Terry and Lynn 
Beautiful scenery and beautiful people. 

Yellowstone Animals

The wildlife sightings in Yellowstone were amazing. 
Of course, our bear sighting was the most exciting. 
It fulfilled one of my LIFE LIST goals. 
My sweet husband was prepared to drive out of our way to BEAR WORLD in Idaho if we hadn't seen one in Yellowstone. 

We saw hundreds of Bison in a trip we took to Lamar Valley. 
Our craziest wildlife encounter came one evening when we were driving after dark. A bison ran, yes they can run, within inches of our front bumper. 

It's crazy how the animals think they own the highways. And I guess they do. 

Not pictured is a wolf we saw running along the highway as we were driving. We were glad we had the windows rolled up. 

Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

We stopped at some interesting sights along the way. 

The Tetons were amazing. 

Had to copy the Ansel Adams picture of the Morman barn against the backdrop of the Tetons. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas ABC's 2016

I'm a little late in getting
our 2016 Christmas ABC's
done, so I have randomly picked
some of the pictures that I like the most
and we'll see how creative I can be in 
assigning letters to them.

A is for Alaska.
We enjoyed the trip of a lifetime
in July and had more fun
than we even imagined.

Both David and I agreed that this
was the highlight of 2016.

The Deadliest Catch excursion was one of our
favorite parts of the trip.  

The summer Days that I spent with this
crew filled my heart with joy.

Every time I went to Houston,
there was some new Exciting Event.
This Experience was getting to
visit my niece, Stacie's school where
she had just been named principal.
We also had two weddings and 
other fun memories.  

We had lots of Fun decorating cookies
on the deck.

This is the Gang playing sack races
at our end of summer Carnival put on
by the Rollett family.

How can you not know there is a wonderful
God when surrounded by the
beauty of autumn?

Imagine the fun we had when our kids' Aunts visited.

Just when we thought we had all the snow we
needed, we got more.  This was just in time
for my brother, Terry's Retirement Party which
lasted 3 days.  

Keeping up with this crew in the Garden of the God's 
was lots of fun.

Leave it to us to find as many
forms of transportation as possible when we
get together.

Many times, the simplest pleasures
are sitting on the couch and reading
a great book.

There is Nothing better than a surprise
visit from a niece.  
And to top that off, the
same niece became Doctor Aven
this year.

These two visitors (Larraine and Barbie) went Over the top
on Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods.
Lea and I stayed on solid ground.

No we have not all shrunk.
This is a Plus sized chair.

These three pictures capture the awesome Quiet in
Glacier Bay, Alaska.  
When I was to relax, all I have to do is go
back here in my imagination.

The Raging waters of a beautiful waterfall
by Mendenhall Glacier.

This Ship was our home away from home for several days.
We can certainly tell you all about the eating places on board.

When you see hot air balloons,
you know it is Time for the Colorado Springs
Balloon Classic, one of my favorite
events of the year.
A very Unusual sign for this landlocked girl.

We were Very blessed to have David's mom
and niece, Courtney come and visit
us this year.

What fun to be with Cora when
she picked out her very first
American Girl doll.
She fell in love with this
baby the minute she saw her.

It's always  eXciting to
be reunited with "old" friends.

Yes, these two are big buddies.

Zippety Do Dah!
We can still hold on to
summer even after school
has started.

And a few more random shots
that I will add letters to.

Crazy "new" friends on
a ministry adventure together.
More details in 2017.

My mom is doing great and looking
muchYounger than her ????? years.  

Kangaroo sighting in Houston.

I have caught the Gardening bug.  

How can we not be Happy when we
see this smile?

We have loved all the Christmas
cards from near and far this year.

As 2016 comes to an end and we welcome 2017,
we wish you all a most blessed year.
As with every year, there will
be high points and low points,
but God will be with us through them all.

David and Karen