Wednesday, October 31, 2007

California here we come!

First of all, before we leave Nevada - I just want to share one picture with you of our kids, Peter and Paige, in their home in Las Vegas -- what a great time to be with them again!
And now into California - we did thoroughly enjoy ourselves at Buck Owens Crystal Palace - the country music provided by his son, Buddy, and the Buckaroos was a delight...his museum is marvelous, all thru the Palace, with photographs, albums, awards, and larger-than-lifesize bronzes of ten country music greats.
Just driving through this state has been an "ecstasy overload" as we like to say in our family! There are so many variations in the landscape...I thought the drive from Barstow to Bakersfield was spectacular scenery..but then we headed north into the valley with all its agriculture, loaded fruit trees, nut trees...and today we were in to rice fields, and olive trees and almond trees -- simply amazing!
Yosemite National Park is not to be missed! We are so glad we were able to spend some time there. We hit the fall colors at their absolute peak - so we didn't get fall in the Ozarks but we were more than blessed by the fall colors at Yosemite. At both the Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoias, we were fortunate to take the ranger guided tram tours - and it was the best choice ever...We learned so much.
The last two days we camped at the California Delta. Our campground was just west of Lodi, CA, on the river. We saw a glorious sunset the first night, but last night the sky was too cloudy. Today, Halloween dawned perfectly--with lots of fog, very spooky, and just right for this trick-or-treat day!
We spent time yesterday with Jerry's Aunt Roberta, his Mom's sister, who lives in Livermore. She is amazing - 92 years young...she and Jerry went from one family story to another! Jerry has been out to visit her several times in the last few years. We are so grateful we had this opportunity to visit her.
And tonight we are camped just outside of Redding CA. Mt. Shasta rises up just in front of us, and tomorrow we will be driving in the mountains heading for Oregon. We are excited about the beauties of God's world that still lie ahead of us as we head north. Its all new to us and we are constantly amazed by His creation.
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