Saturday, August 19, 2017

So here's one of Meredith's photos that I love - our true view from the campsite at Butt Lake......


Friday, August 18, 2017

Okay - so I've been slacking on the posts - I've been busy!!!  (Not a good excuse, but that's all I've got!)  Last weekend, I went up to Butt Lake by Almanor with Meredith and Chris.  Ralph brought Alli up for the morning on Saturday too.  Meredith and Chris just got kayaks a month or so ago, and Meredith was excited to try out kayaking on Butt Lake.  It is a great lake for kayaking!

This was the lake in the morning:


And this is the lake in the afternoon - love the seagulls on the tree stumps!


And one of them on the shoreline.


Meredith in her kayak:



We found a blue heron and followed it around the lake for  awhile.




Some of the tree stumps in the lake - it's a PG&E lake, so it's man-made - lots of tree stumps.



The lake in the evening - we sat on the beach in our campchairs and watched the meteor showers.


The views from our campsite - though Meredith has a better one I'll have to steal off Facebook.....





Some of the tree stumps are pretty tall......


And some were interesting shapes


We were slaloming in some of them....


We found a nice secluded beach and explored a bit.



A cormorant on the stumps


And Chris out on his kayak, leading the way......

Sunday, August 06, 2017

We had our annual family camp out last week - sans most of the family!  Jeff and two of his boys went up camping (Kody was his no-show, since he happens to still be on his honeymoon....) Friday/Saturday/Sunday.  Kirby and I drove up Saturday to visit. That's a nice way to camp!!!  We had a nice drive/chat, lunch at camp, a couple of walks around the lakes, a chat with the boys and Jeff, and then a nice drive/chat home.  It was a great break in my routine - just what I needed!  

This was Kirby's first trip up to Plaskett Meadows, and she was expecting the lakes to be a bit bigger, I think.  I'm sure part of it is from all the stories she's been told from the boys' annual camping trips over the years. When you're 6 or 8, the lakes ARE much bigger!  (Jeff keeps telling us we can't call them lakes - they are too small!)

I got a great photo of the egrets at Elk Creek.  I always stop there on the way up to camp (and sometimes on the way back too....) The rocks are just so cool there!


Some shots of Upper Lake





One of Lower Lake - 


I had to be creative in my photos of Lower Lake - we had a large group of kids follow us down to the lake with inner-tubes and floats, and I had to be careful not to get them in the photos.  They had come up to go swimming in Upper Lake, but there were quite a few people fishing, and they didn't want to disturb the fish, so went to the Lower Lake.  They were very concerned that we were trying to fish too, since Kirby, Jake and I were just hanging out, talking, across the lake from them.  We assured them they were in no danger of interrupting our fishing - they were having a blast in the water!  I got this shot just before they hit the water - the reflections are cool, and once they were in, the water wasn't nice and still anymore.....

And some of the flora and fauna




Saturday, July 29, 2017

Alex and I are off today for Kody's wedding - just the two of us to Vacaville and back.  It should be a fun trip, and the wedding will be fun.  It will be nice to see everyone.

Book club this month was Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly - a novel based on events from WWII.  I really good book - but the subject matter was very disturbing (concentration camps, etc.)  For bookmarks, I made this:


I couldn't find a good way to crochet lilacs, so we got flowers in shade of purple.  Close......

The pattern is here - modified just a bit for my eyesight.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Vacation is almost over......I took a quick trip over to visit Cindy in Chilcoot, and we drove around the Sierra Valley and surrounding mountains, talking the whole time, I think....

These are from Frenchman's Lake, which is bout 10 minutes I think from Cindy's.  We went there Tuesday night, just after sunset. 




The next morning, we drove around and visited places like Beckwourth, Graeagle (great ice cream!!), Portola, Loyalton, and a lot of lakes!  We stopped at Sardine Lake, and found that there are two Sardine Lakes - Upper and Lower.  Upper had a ton of people swimming and playing, while Lower had a few boaters - no swimming allowed.    Both are nice lakes, but Lower had the best view.....even through the smoke from all the surrounding fires.


I even managed to get a picture of one of Cindy's outdoor pets.....(not really a pet, but they are everywhere there!)  When I got up Wednesday morning, I saw a coyote outside my bedroom window - between me and Rachelle's chicken coop.  Luckily, he shooed when I yelled at him - he was a bit too interested in the coop!


On the way there and back, I stopped at the Vista Point above Hat Creek.  I found the PCT marker (mounted a bit sideways, I think....) and got a couple of shots of Shasta and Lassen.





Monday, July 17, 2017

Today is my first official day of vacation!  Meredith and I went kayaking this morning at Whiskeytown Lake - putting in at Whiskey Creek.  There was a light wind, so the water wasn't as smooth as it could be, but it was still a gorgeous day.  We got off the water around 11:00,a and it was heating up already.  It's only supposed to get up to the low 100's today (a nice change from the weekend).

Meredith got a new kayak for her birthday, so she had fun trying it out....




We surprised a heron on the shore - and I was able to get a couple of shots of him taking off!  Not bad for sitting on a kayak!





Saturday, July 15, 2017

I did it!  Last weekend, I finished up my Ooh-Rah quilt.  I absolutely love this quilt!  Since I got it done now, it's going to be a wedding resent for my nephew getting married at the end of the month, but I really hate to give it away.  It was a 'block a month' quilt, so there aren't any more kits of it, and I doubt that I could find the same fabric again, but....I can find similar ones, I'm sure.  I'm tempted to make one for me.....




I had some leftover yarn from the bookmarks I made with Meredith's yarn, so I started a scarf for her. She is warm-blooded and seldom uses a scarf (too hot!!!) so I'm making a very lacy one for her.  I ran out of yarn, but she's promised me more.....


We went to a Colt 45 game last night - you know you've been in Redding too long when it's 90 degrees at 10:00 p.m., and everyone is commenting on how cool it is......

Here's a shot of the clouds overhead just before sunset.