For all of you that have been following along, we finally
have some new pictures and stories. I have also learned that our
pictures don't look very good using Microsoft's Explorer or AOL.
They look better using Netscape. I'll try to find out what needs
done to make good pictures for all of the programs.
After leaving Yosemite we headed North We
planned on joining a family reunion in San Diego in early August so that
provided us with seven weeks to visit with friends and family in Washington
and take care of business in our home town.
||We parked our trailer at Gabe's house, (Ed's oldest son),
a couple of times. Gabe is behind the Jacuzzi as he and his friends work
on building a deck. There's no such thing as a free parking spot, work
... work ... work.
It turned out to be the busiest seven weeks of our travels.
Dentist appointments, taxes, hair cuts, business meetings, and rental unit
problems are a few of the chores that filled up many days.
|We had the opportunity to get all four of our older kids,
their spouses, and the granddads together for Bridget's 21st
birthday, (Cheryl's daughter). That's a nice napkin-hat Bridget.
You must still be feeling the effects of the party your friends had for
you the night before. That's her daughter, Kayce, sitting next to
|Here's the whole gang together for the first time in
many years. However, two of the granddads were visiting their other
grandparents and one granddaughter, Kimlyn, had not hatched at the time
of this picture.
We also had a list of friends and family we wanted to
visit, but we were unable to find the time to see them all. We are
hoping to do more visiting when we get back up in September and December.
But Valdez turned out to be too crowded too, so here's a
picture of her new property. She has about 350 acres. To get there
you go to Fairbanks, drive a couple hundred miles further north, then park
at the end of the road. Then you go by boat up river for 30 miles
and then hike or use ATVs the last 20 miles. It sounds like it's
easier in the winter when snow mobiles and sleds can be used.
||Here's an interesting story. It's about Cheryl's
sister Mick, (Michelle). She has always been the outdoors type, (like
hiking for several days in the middle of winter with just her dogs in the
High Sierras near Lake Tahoe). One day she decided that Tahoe was
getting too crowded and she was moved to Valdez, Alaska, homestead style.
|So, some of you out there thought Cheryl and I are roughing
We had a chance to visit with Mick this summer as she
was passing through town. She bought a mid-sized truck, like a large
U-haul style, and picked up some horse-drawn farm equipment. She
going to grow a lot of her food and hay for her horses in the meadow near
|Here's a picture of her plow. She has disassembled
the equipment and plans on bringing it all in on sled after the snow falls
this winter. I wonder how many huskies it will take this spring to
pull one of these plows through the permafrost.
||Here is Mick, Mitch and Max and her truck.
I wish I had the picture of the grizzly bear skin
she obtained one morning from within her tent. As I understand the
story, her boyfriend got off one shot as he flew from his sleeping bag.
With the grizzly chasing him, Mick joined the chase and was able to get
the bear with her rifle.
We also parked our trailer at the Carlson's house for
a week and I got this great shot of an eagle in their back yard.
With a little editing and frame overlays you can watch him fly off.
We visited with friends and neighbors during the annual 4th
of July Lake Goodwin Boat Parade and Picnic. It looks like everyone
wants to get into the action, even they don't own a boat.
|We also stopped by and visited neighbors next to our
old lake house. We stayed at the State Park on Lake Goodwin. Here
a group of scouts fixed up the handicap RV spot next to where we were staying.
Considering this was their first concrete pour and a monster rain and thunder
storm dumped on them, they did a great job.
Below is a picture of our old place on the lake
It's now a three story house with a fourth floor castle style
turret. The house has everything from full solar/battery operation,
water purification/treatment, and many other electrical features and systems.
I think they are ready for Y2K or something.
||The new owners started to remodel the house but the project
kept growing on them. Eventually they remodeled everything from the
foundation up, except the garage .
||A friend of Gabe's puts on professional 4th of July fireworks
shows. Gabe helps with the setup, we go down and watch the show and
help with the cleanup. Here Gabe is helping to test all of the electric
ignition wiring connections.
We always get a pretty close seat. It is really
quite an experience to sit where the noise is so load and the fireworks
are so bright that it is almost overwhelming. There are also a few
burning embers that sprinkle down so this adds to the experience as well.
|On the right, Darren is testing the control panel to
check all of the connections for the City of Lynnwood's 4th of July show.
After the show any hot spots are cooled down, mortars that
didn't ignite are gathered up and then the clean up begins. The cardboard
boxes on the left are like the 50 shot fireworks sold on Indian Reservations
only much larger. On the right you can see the black tubes that each
contained a mortar. This is about one-forth of the total.
Click here for an interesting picture
taken during the show and made into a mirror image
Well, it's time to head back to San Diego; and with weather
like this it's a good time to go. To the right, we're back in Southern
California with a seaweed fort protecting Mitch and Max's lake from the
|Max found this fellow sitting on the gas pump house at
Corning, California. We stopped to refill the tanks and replenish
our supply of specialty olives at the famous "Olive Pit". It's one
of those places that has billboards every other mile for twenty miles along
the freeway. Well, one day we stopped and now it's a regular stop
whenever we travel on I-5. Check
|Cheryl's dad lives in San Diego, her sister's family
from Merida Mexico was coming to town. Her
other sister's family was flying down from Seattle to join the party.
We usually rent a condo on the ocean but this year we stayed at Campland
on Mission Bay. It's was just a short bike ride to the beach on a
bike path along Mission Bay. Here's a shot of Mitch riding a wave.
||Now here's a picture for the album. The four cousins
Next we are going to slowly head north up the eastern
side of California.
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