Sunday, April 4, 2021

Lakeport, CA - visiting with cousins


We went to Lakeport, CA to stay with Scott and Lori and their kids Brianna and Bethany. We did a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. (We put glowsticks inside the plastic eggs)

We went on a nature walk through the Anderson Marsh Historical Park. 

Doesn't look much like wetlands, does it?

John Grigsby homesteaded in 1854 with his family, and built a small house. Scotsman John Still Anderson, with his wife and six children, bought the property from Grigsby in 1884, built what is now known as the Ranch House, and ran a dairy and raised beef cattle. Their descendants lived in the Ranch House until the 1960s.

The State Historic Park was named after John Still Anderson in 1982 after the State of California acquired the Anderson Marsh.

The girls had a "Maniology" set, so they were making designs on their nails. 

On our way to and from Lakeport, we drove through Nevada City to see filming locations for the Hallmark movie "The Christmas Card". This is the church. In the movie, a guy almost got hit by a speeding car in the front of the church and that provided an opportunity for the main character to get to know the guy's daughter and fall in love with her. 

In the movie, they meet at this cafe and end up ordering the same "chicken club sandwich on rye with curly fries (extra crispy), and hot chocolate with marshmallows".

This is the hotel the main guy stays at when he visits. 

Right after taking the Yuba pass exit from I-80, we stopped at picnic area near the Bear River. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Skiing at Mt. Rose

We live about 20 minutes from the Mt. Rose ski resort, and a lot of the kids' friends go skiing and sometimes the youth groups from church go skiing for their activities. We found some used skis and Savannah's friend Vivien let her use her brother's old skis, so then Carson, Tucker and Savannah could participate in those activities, or just go with some friends sometimes. Keith also got some gear so he could take the kids as well. 

The conveyor belt to the bunny hill. 

Vivien and Savannah


Monday, February 8, 2021

Griffith Canyon Petroglyphs

After extensive quarantine and isolation while some members of our family were sick, we needed to get out.  Our searching for places that weren't too far away lead us to Griffith Canyon Petroglyphs in Spanish Springs / Sparks area.

It is an unmarked trail off of a dirt road that generally would be accessible with a 2wd sedan, but with all of the snow melting, the road was muddy in a couple of sections.  Fortunately, we have 4 wheel drive and it wasn't an issue, other than getting our car a little muddy.

We were surprised to find several other cars parked at the trail head, which is really just a bend in the dirt road.  We started on the hike to find the trail covered with 6" - 2' of snow, but generally manageable.  It leads down to a beautiful narrow canyon with a small creek and frozen puddles of water.  As you follow the canyon, there are rock walls on the sides with occasional petroglyphs.

Not all of the petroglyphs are original, but there were quite a few that appear to be very old.

The trail was about 2 miles round trip, but felt longer as we were hiking through snow, ice, and a lots and lots of rocks.  It was SO nice to get out, get some exercise, and to explore a beautiful area that is new to us.

The boys couldn't help but climb some of the incredible rock ledges.

Savannah loved tromping through the water with her waterproof boots.

New Pets: Cherry Shrimp

 Our ghost shrimp have all passed away, so we replaced them with two cherry shrimp.