Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sunny San Diego?

Well, San Diego wasn't necessarily warm or sunny during 90% of our trip, but hanging out with my parents, eating great Mexican food and sea food, riding beach cruisers down to the pier, dressing up like members of the Mormon Battalion, touring a real-life naval sailing ship from Portugal which was built in 1915 and which was on its way to Somalia, seeing Pandas and Koalas at the San Diego Zoo, watching Shamu, dolphins, and sea lions do tricks at Sea World, getting soaking wet on the Atlantis ride (and not having to wait in line because everyone else was smarter in the cold weather), going to Coronado and pretending to me Marylin Monroe in "Some Like it Hot," watching the sea lions and harbor seals bask in the sun (during the one sunny day) on the beach, and going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead were definitely worth it, even if Sunny San Diego wasn't as sunny as we had anticipated. The only thing I could have wished for was a longer stay. I miss you mom and dad!

P.S. For those wondering, the tall tan guy in our pictures is Eric, Brian's younger brother, who we took on the trip with us. Besides sleeping an impressive amount in the car, Eric was the only one prepared with a phone charger and also went to the Padres game with Brian when I wouldn't. He was a lot of fun to have along and we are glad he came!

Uncanny reemblance don't you think?

Thumbs up for such a great trip!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial Day Fun in the Sun

Finally...something interesting to blog about. After the drudgery of school and work, Brian and I were finally able to make it away for a weekend. Brian and I, along with Rich and his fiance Maria, headed down to Las Vegas for the weekend. Originally we were going to spend Saturday on Lake Mead, but those plans didn't work out. Like the resourcful people we are, we pulled together some other plans that turned out to be just as fun.

On our way back we stopped at Sand Hollow. It is a little lake by St. George, but it has some great cliffs to jump from. Problem is, you have to swim quite a ways to get to this island. It made me realize how out of shape I am. This picture of Brian cracks me up.....

Brian is about to do a back flip here, but the camera man got a little too anxious.

This is what we call synchronized cliff jumping

On Saturday we hiked up a canyon in Red Rock. The day was hot, but had a nice cool breeze. We stopped to do some artistic yoga along the way. We are so zen.

Those Vegas thugs will strip your car in seconds.....Brian never even noticed--he's such a focused driver.

Rich was kind enough to throw a rock into a stagnant pool at just the opportune moment, splattering me with moss--literally from head to toe.

Maria and I clinging for dear life.

We had a great trip--great company, great food (thanks to my wonderful aunt Shelly who waited on us hand and foot, and to my uncle Russ who even made us grilled ribs on the BBQ) and beautiful sights. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah....a pet to bring home. That's right, we collected some tadpoles on our hike and they made the long journey home with us. Brian dubbed ours Buffalo Bill---in honor of his western heritage. And that wraps up our successful memorial day weekend.
How was yours?