Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day To All Moms

I hope everyone has a wonderful chore-less Mother's Day.  Take Mom out to lunch or dinner and show her how special she is!!

Back to Yosemite, with me in the picture, you get a little more perspective of the Merced River water level.  We were only about 15 feet from the road.  Truly, it couldn't have been a nicer day with temperatures in the 70's and bright sunshine.
Here's a flower for all the Mother's ... dogwood blossoms.  Me, I'll be cooking by the time you read this.  The Elks put on one of the best brunches around for Mother's of Members ... for FREE.  We got everything set up yesterday morning, and by 6:30 am I'll be baking biscuits and egg casserole.
Majestic El Capitan is the rock to climb, if you're into that kind of thing.  My rock climbing career thankfully ended before anyone suggested this behemoth!!  On any sunshiny day, you can stop in the meadow and watch the diehards climb the cracks.  In case you were wondering, it takes a good three days to reach the top.  Of course there are those that can do it in record time, but the rest spend a couple of nights in hammocks hung from the tiniest of carabiners.  Not my idea of fun since I'm a restless sleeper.  
These two were about a quarter of the way up near the front point.  There are many "trails" up, some easier than others.  All are too hard for me.  
These two were about half way up the rock, getting ready to lock in for the night.  Directly below them and to the left were four climbers, two being the smart ones who were staked out on a tiny ledge.
Just to give you a little perspective, here's the same climbers as the above picture, next to the little dark spot you can see in a previous picture.  I don't think so .... absolutely not. 
As we made our way around the construction to one of my favorite places to take photographs, the river was wider than ever.  The nice slow moving smooth as glass creek that makes for great reflection images, was twice as wide as normal and running like a freight train.  Still, I was able to capture El Capitan on the left and Bridle Vail Falls on the right.
The mountains to the far right still had a little snow, with more rain clouds coming in.  It's always a great day in Yosemite, in spite of the traffic and crazy amount of people on a THURSDAY!!
I got a big surprise after lunch ... Tammy got me a birthday card and a gift card ... for Sees Candy no less!!  Good heavens ... my first "second" birthday present!!  Thank you Tammy ... you're a sweetheart.  
I hope everyone has a great day while I'm slaving away in the kitchen!!  It's okay, it's worth it to see 400 happy people eat breakfast at the Elks.  Maybe I can even swipe a small piece of ham for MY kids, Cooper ......
and Jessie and of course don't forget Jonathan.  Maybe a donut for him ... or her as the case may be.



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    1. Thank you!!! Always glad to put another year behind me! LOL

  2. Hope you have a wonderful day Nancy...sure LOVE those Yosemite pics!

    1. Thank you Dave ... I had a great day with my puppy kids!

  3. Are you going to be on Long Beach Wa, for the 4th July weekend if so
    A show you don,t want to miss
    When we were in Ocean shores Wa, it was totally unreal
    Just do a YouTube search. Long Beach 4 July fire works

    Local News
    Long Beach Peninsula does Fourth of July right
    You have not experienced the Fourth of July until you’ve
    hit the Long Beach Peninsula on the south coast.

    It features more than 20 miles of uninterrupted beach
    where people can park, set bonfires, and let loose with
    thousands of dollars worth of the good fireworks.
    Mortars, roman candles and rockets; they’re all OK to use
    at the beach. It’s a fire zone all around you with each
    person trying to out-do the guy next to him.

    Bob Andrew is the mayor of Long Beach, the peninsula’s
    largest town. “It is amazing to see 20 miles of beach that
    seems to have fireworks all along it,” he said.

    Those personal fireworks shows build to a crescendo
    between 9:00 and 10:00 pm when the city fires off its $15-
    $20,000 display.

    And then the beach turns into a free-for-all.

    But what’s left is thousands of dollars worth of cardboard
    tubes and paper packaging. What makes this Fourth of July
    event special is the army of volunteers that meet at the
    beach with garbage bags and gloves on July 5th. By noon,
    there’s very little left of what happened 12 hours

    Mayor Andrew says the clean-up effort is what makes this
    event profitable and a big economic boost for the
    peninsula. The city doesn’t have to pay for a lot of the

    “If it was all from the different governing agencies,
    you’d probably be looking at, I hate to even estimate,
    probably $40-$50,000,” he said.

    By now the peninsula has set out large dumpsters at each
    of the beach entrances so people can throw out their own
    garbage and community groups are organizing their own
    clean-up schedules.

    And the city and the peninsula come out ahead on this
    holiday, not only because of the volunteers, but because
    it pays for the fireworks with a lodging tax. It doesn’t
    have to scrape for funding each year.

    One downside of the beach fireworks is the fire department
    racks-up a lot of costs putting out fires. Someone always
    seems to light the dunes on fire.

    1. Sounds like a fun time. If I'm up that far by then, I'll be sure to go check it out!!

  4. Happy Mother's Day to you as well Nancy!!
    Your fur babies are Blessed with the BEST!!! :D
    Can't wait to see pix of how the Elks breakfast faired this morning, how Totally Awesome!!
    I hope the kids came away with that piece of ham, they deserve it for their patience on Thursday... ;-)
    Love the shots of the rock climbers, it's just amazing to think that people actually find such a "hobby" to be FuN, lol!! It's also amazing to think that those waterfalls still have enough water behind them to continue their shower show...
    No matter how many times you see them, they're always different, and always equally as Beautiful!!
    Sweet Dreams, you've definitely earned them tonight... ;-)

    1. Happy Mother's Day to you too Tammy!! I can never get enough of Yosemite!!