July 21st - We packed up the car
with both girls, both adults and Sparky and headed out on
our way to the
Quaking Aspen Cabin, in the
Forest. When we got to the cabin we were
July 22nd we took off to do some
hiking, then headed back to the cabin for some time by the
July 23rd we tried to go find
hot springs, we didn't find any springs, but did find the
COOLEST mountain stream with the best swing. We also
found an interesting town (that we thought was a point of
interest) called "Balance Rock". The sign below is
found entering both sides of the town on the one main road.
We weren't quite sure of the message, but it was worth a
July 24th we headed off to a local
lake, Lake Isabella
- Sparky and Kaylee said "AHHH" and played in the water.
Michele and Candice said.. uh, no.
July 25th we did a whole day hike
up to the Needles Point Fire Lookout at 9000 feet.
It was a five mile hike, and the one family member that
was the worse for wear would be ol' man Sparky. He
isn't used to the physical activity. Take a look at the
two pictures of the lookout tower, one from about midway
on the trail.... one right at the edge of the stairs to
the tower. Yes, it was a challenging hike!
After the long hike, it was time for hot cocoa at the cabin
for the girls, and an early bedtime for Sparky. (Oh
and Michele didn't make it through her cocoa either)
July 26th was a travel day, we
headed home through Sequoia National Park, checked out the
Sherman Tree, which Kaylee was SURE was not the biggest
tree in the world. After that, and due to Candice's
superior navigation skills, we took a nice meandering detour
through lovely downtown Fresno. But at least we got to stop
for chips and salsa at a local
July 27th, we, Kaylee, Michele,
and Michael, packed up back in the car to head to Seattle,
via Oregon Caves National
Monument. Candice and Ol' man Sparky stayed behind
to hold down the fort.
July 28th, time to hit the Amphibian
conference in Washington on the way to Cindy & Marks.
We saw lots of frogs but it we didn't get any pictures.
July 29th through July 31st, relaxing
and playing with Cindy, Mark and Amelie. We took several
ferry rides, check out the panorama (just click on it) from
the back of the ferry.
Olympic Game Farm
in Sequim, WA.
August 1st, to the airport!
This day was an awesome adventure. In the morning,
Cindy drove us from the house to the Kingston/Edmonds Ferry.
Then we walked on the ferry and we went across the Puget
Sound to the town of Edmonds. After about 30 minutes
on the ferry, we arrived at Edmonds and walked to the Amtrak
station and hopped a train to Seattle. From there,
we we walked up the street to
lunch. We had the bread, meat, and cheese platter.
The selection of salami ranged from good to awesome which
explains the LOOOOOOONNNNG lines. The cheese and bread
was also very good (although, we didn't eat the Gorgonzola,
ewwww moldy cheese). After our lunch, we toured Seattle
Pike Place Market to meet Cindy at the Seattle Center
in the Children's
Museum. After an hour or so at the museum we headed
off to the airport.
Kaylee takes her first trip alone
on a plane. Michael put her on the plane in Seattle,
Jennifer picked her up at Sacramento. She did great,
what an adventurous spirit! It was a long day for
Cindy, Michael, Amelie and Michele.
August 2nd through August 5th,
Michele and Michael kick back with Cindy, Mark and Amelie.
They did squeeze in a trip to Victoria, BC in Canada, and
did some sightseeing.
August 6th, back on the road for
a long long day with a stop at Shasta Dam for some exploring
then on through to Rocklin. Thank goodness for
portable DVDs, leapster portable gaming and one VERY travel
conscious and explorer-spirited 4 year old girl. And
Sparky says.... "oh great, and now MY vacation is over"