Upping the Lego Levels

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I know I haven’t mentioned this recently but the space on our family blog is almost used up. Mom and Dad don’t want to pay for space on the world wide web so I’m thinking that sooner rather than later this posting thing is going to be coming to an end. All things must come to an end, right? I just want those few of you who actually still read this blog to be prepared for what will inevitably be coming.

Until then, I’ll keep posting a picture or two each time which might allow me to post a little longer than if I post a myriad of pictures on each post.

P1010801 So this is the next generation of Legos. What do you think? They are called Technix and they are a bit more complicated than the traditional Legos. I chose to use my Christmas and birthday gift cards to Toys R Us to purchase them. They have working gears, the landing gear goes up and down, and the cockpit lifts up. I was pretty excited to get it put together and fly it around! It did test my patience a little more than the traditional setups though. There was more than once that I was asked to take a break while putting it together.

Until next time . . .

Snow!!

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We’ve had a bit of snow this winter but nothing like what our friends and family in the Midwest have gotten. We had some snowfall overnight and when I woke up at about 6:30am Mom let me take a peek out the door to see the snow in the backyard. I immediately went in and started getting dressed and she didn’t stop me. I guess she figured that we don’t get much snow out here so getting up a bit early wouldn’t hurt too bad.P1010785Took the time to make snow angels and have a snowball fight with Dad but totally forgot to make a snowman. P1010789P1010791Until next time . . .

Bearizona

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While Mom and Dad were huffing and puffing down and then up the Grand Canyon, Grandma and I were enjoying the wildlife at Bearizona. Hey, we had to find something to do beside swimming in the pool all day. IMG_0426 IMG_0428 IMG_0458 IMG_0467 IMG_0477IMG_0479My favorite animal was the Red Fox. He was so cute and fluffy and he ran in little circles.

Until next time . . .

Grand Canyon – Bright Angel Trail

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One last sunrise down in the canyon. So pretty!IMG_8948 IMG_8949Beauty abounded on the trail out of the canyon. The Silver Bridge was a little unnerving for Mom. It was before dawn when they crossed it so the river in the pre-dawn light flowing under the metal grate under their feet was a little nerve racking.IMG_8956Frozen waterfalls . . .IMG_8958IMG_8960Flowing waterfalls . . .IMG_8963Layer upon layer of rock. The red layer kept going and going and going. After hiking for a few hours, Mom and Dad thought for sure they were higher than they really were. When they stopped to take a look they were surprised that there was still a lot of red and then the tan layer to climb up.IMG_8968IMG_8973Just like someone took a saw and cut layers in the rock. Tan stacked right on top of the red layer.IMG_8974And if you wanted to see just how huge that wall was . . . this doesn’t even come close to showing it.IMG_8975One more cut out tunnel to go through before the top.IMG_8976The return to the top couldn’t have had more perfect weather. A little bit of cloud cover made it a great temperature for the seven and a half hour hike. The clouds were also perfect for picture opportunities that showed the variation of the rock layers. When the sun was shining brightly it disguised the depth of the canyons and ridges.IMG_8983And who wouldn’t celebrate a major hike without enjoying some grub? Of all the things that Mom and Dad experienced on their hike, this was the one thing that I was able to take part in.IMG_8984Do you like my mountain lion souvenir? I had to walk away with something, right?

Until next time . . .

Grand Canyon – Ribbon Falls

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For the one day that they had down in the canyon Mom wanted to hike around and check out some of scenery but Dad wanted to stick close to Phantom Ranch. He wanted to make sure his legs made it out of the canyon the next day.

The only problem was that neither of them wanted Mom to go on a 14 mile hike to Ribbon Falls on her own. Especially not knowing what the trail was like and what was out there. Problem solved when they found a group of 20 something Amish kids going that same day (and they happened to be leaving right at the same time). Mom tagged along with them and got to know a few of the women who were in the group, one who was also a teacher. She learned some interesting things about their life, that’s for sure.IMG_8927Another one of those amazing amphitheaters! Mom was so impressed that the canyons just kept going and going and going. Kind of like our mountain peaks and ridges that keep going and going and going once you drive past the initial first layer.IMG_8929And here is Ribbon Falls! Seven miles of fairly even trail (just a little bit of up and then down at the end) through the box. If Mom hadn’t been with the group of Amish she probably would have just admired it from afar, but seeing the girls scrabbling up the rock in their dresses and bonnets made her realize that she owed it to herself to get a closer look.IMG_8930She climbed up underneath the fall, kind of where you see the top of that green mossy layer. The group had lunch up there. It was pretty awesome!IMG_8933One of my favorite pictures from the trip! Sunlight shining through the waterfall!IMG_8935Twin pools at the midpoint of the fall.IMG_8938Love the erosion that is happening from the water cascading down.IMG_8941Mom headed back to Phantom Ranch on her own. The trail was pretty empty on the way there but on the way back there were quite a few parties of backpackers heading up to Cottonwood Campground. She was very excited to see the large trees that signaled she had reached Phantom Ranch again.

Here is her one selfie to document that she was there!IMG_8946Until next time . . .

Grand Canyon – Phantom Ranch

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They made it!!!! Five and a half hours down and no sore knees (or at least not hugely sore).IMG_8918Isn’t their cabin cute? It’s all decorated for Christmas with a little wreath on the door. I really wish I could have been down there with them. I love bunk beds!IMG_8919The view from one of their many windows in their cabin!IMG_8920Sunrise from down in the canyon.IMG_8923You can see the Cantina in the distance. There are also a few other cabins in the shot.IMG_8922Until next time . . .

Grand Canyon – Lower South Kaibab

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The red earth layer seemed to go on and on and on. You can see the skinny trail running along the spine of the ridge.IMG_8910The first glimpse of water. Don’t get too close to the edge though.IMG_8911Look how teeny tiny Dad looks.IMG_8912Bright Angel campground and the Ranger buildings are down at the bottom of the canyon. Not there yet, but getting close.IMG_8914The Black Bridge – There were two bridges crossing the Colorado River. This was the one that the mules went over because it had wood beams across the center. The Silver Bridge only had metal grating which wouldn’t have calmed the mules down one bit.IMG_8915Through the tunnel and over the bridge to Phantom Ranch we go, the mules know the weigh to carry the . . . Oh wait, wrong song.IMG_8916Until next time . . .