Castles in Moonlight

Castles in Moonlight
Have plenty more castles!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

trying to find time for everything!

First of all, 107 hits from Russia!  How interesting.  Find anything good to do or are you just trying to find out who I voted for?
Out in San Diego, I found this museum!  I had entered the challenge when they first started, and didn't get in.  But I had to go see the challenge exhibit!  They wouldn't let me take pictures.  Fine.  The book does show them really well.  But in the book they all look the same size. 

this was out side the building.  It's printed on plastic stuff.

Out in the mountains outside of Bakersfield, the trees and rocks really depend on each other for support.  I love the way they are together!

The rivers were beautiful.  Low water since it was the end of fall.

Don't know if the tree is holding the rock in place or if the rock is the base for the tree.

I love the huge rocks with the rounded edges!  They all look like they are resting and waiting.

River again!

You know the water gets up many feet when the snow melts.

Twisted roots was another thing I thought was great.

Rocks and trees helping each other out.

Terry took so many pictures!

Very low water.

This  was a mill over a river.  And now it's just collapsing.  The local cats live in it.  there were so many of them there.

Now out on a hike, I told Terry that we weren't seeing any wild life.  There's a trarantula!  Big Mother!  And it seems to have a dark sack on the back of baby spiders.  I went way far around it!  It was half the size of my foot.

Looking down from the hike on the side of the mountain, you can see that there are only trees around the water.

And here's the best rocks!  In Joshua Tree National Forest.  All these look like old men with smiles or they are sleeping.

This is a Joshua Tree.  Looks like something Dr. Seuss made up!

Just fun rocks that had people climbing all over them.

About  the middle is a climber hanging on.

Can you see the face?

And this one on the side?

More that  are plainer.

They were everywhere!

And more funky plants.

Then we were on the road, and this one valley had hundreds of windmills! 

The Zoo! 

And in one bathroom the doors were painted with animals...

... too cute!
So I'm trying to get back to normal.  But I think I'll just rewrite the diffinition of normal and keep going.  Too much to do and quilting seems to be shoved aside.  Help!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Home and tired....

San Diego is a wonderful place to go visit.  We ate at Mitch's Place right on the harbor the first night there.  Walked to it from our hotel.

This was the view out the window.  Had seafood, of course!

Went to watch the sun go down!  Air was quite chilly! 

All those little dots out in the water are the surfers.  Great waves coming in.

More dots!

Next day we took the trolley around the city.  Very interesting.  Then we went to the harbor and watched a Chiness ship get pushed into the dock.  2 China boats came in for a special reception.

It was amazing to watch the tugs maneuver the ship.

Now this boat was at the other dock.  Does it look like a very BIG sewing machine sitting on the front to anyone else?!  I laughed and laughed!

There were seals on some of the docks.  They were barking at something.

There is the Midway aircraft carrier.  Very impressive!  We spent the day on that!

Very compact inside, and the deck seemed large until you thought about the planes landing and taking off from it!

There were retired military men there as volunteers to help with questions and tell you stories.  They made it more real.  I got the tape recorder and listened to more stories told by the men who actually served on these and flew the planes.

You could see this statue from the deck.

this was another boat at the dock,

As well as this one.

Then we drove up to the top of a mountain, and there was this memorial for people who has lost their lives and had been in the service.

It was the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, so flags were at half staff.

Ok, I recognized him,

and him.

back to the next beach.  More surfers!

I love this pier.  You can stay in a cabin up over the water!

All the businesses there, each had made a wreath and it was on the dock.

there are the cabins.  And there was room for one car to be parked by each cabin.

More to come at a later time.  I love the beach and would love to go back there.  The cabins aren't cheap, but they are within walking distance of every thing.  You can sleep with the sound of the waves right underneath you!
Barely got things unpacked and washed.  Some left in the dryer right now... My case was opened by the TSA, and looked into.  My dirty laundry wasn't very interesting... but they did look at the books and probably could have cared less that they were quilting books. 
Quilt meeting tomorrow morning!  Need to be around quilters!  Almost 2 weeks without sewing or hanging out with anyone who quilts!