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The past couple of months have been super busy.  I know that everyone is.  I don’t think I’m special. Ha!  Sometimes we get so busy we don’t seem to slow down and smell the roses very often, soooo…..stop for a minute and take a deep breath and smell this beautiful yellow rose. 

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This is one of the flowers in a beautiful spring bouquet that my husband bought for me a few weeks ago.

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Well, here it is.  Beautiful isn’t it?

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Nathan and I going out for the evening. 🙂

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Beautiful Shaver Lake, on our Camping Trip. 🙂

Have a Great Day!  Try to stay cool.  Blessings!

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Nathan and I have been out of town for a few days, celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary (Sept 2).  We were able to go to Bodega Bay, CA (1 1/2 hours northwest of San Francisco) and stay at the Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa.  Thank you to our church family for giving us this gift.  They actually gave it to us for our 4 year pastor/church anniversary and we were able to use it for our wedding anniversary trip.  I guess you could say we “killed two birds with one stone”.  🙂  Bodega Bay is beautiful and especially at this time of year.  The nights are cool and the days are warm and perfect.  I asked one lady if that was typical weather and she said, “Yes. September and October is kind of our secret.  After all the tourists leave from summer travel then we get the good weather.” 🙂 I thought that was cute.  For those of you who don’t understand the weather pattern on the coast…In the summer months it is cold and foggy a lot of days and then now (September/October) it is sunshine and perfect weather with no Marine Layer (Fog). 🙂   Needless to say, we had a great time just relaxing and doing absolutely nothing! Well…we did walk on the beach and took a couple of drives up the coast with the convertible top down.  I sat on the balcony of our room with an ocean view and crocheted a little and read, etc.  This was an awesome, peaceful time for us. Thanks again to our incredible church family for this gift. 🙂

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We made it to Houston about 8:30 p.m. (Texas Time) After getting our rental car we then stopped and got a bite to eat at Pappa’s Seafood.  Nathan had the crawfish platter and I just had fried shrimp.  This isn’t just any fried shrimp though.  I don’t know how to explain it.  You just have to eat it to understand.  🙂  We headed up Lufkin Way.  We got here about midnight and lo and behold when we walked into the lobby of our hotel there was a snake right in the lobby area. 😦  Yes! A real live snake. Nathan had a conniption. LOL  Those of you that know him, know that he is deathly afraid of snakes.  The lady at the desk called for maintenance and he refused to come.  He said, “that is a deadly animal and I’m not coming to get it.”  LOL  I don’t know what they finally did.  I’m sure it’s gone by now.  I wish I could have gotten to my camera but it was packed and in the car and I was frozen in place. 🙂  Quite a welcome I’d say.

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While we were in Florida we went to a place called “Silver Springs“.  This is what greeted us as we entered……general-conference-2007-trip-155.JPG We were standing on a bridge and looking at him.  Way to close for comfort.

Yes!  It is real and very much alive.  I thought it was just a prop but as I looked at it he moved his head and his eyes.  Yikes!  This alligator is a small one.  Later on we saw a 12 footer on a boat ride we were on.  We were moving to fast for me to get a picture, but that’s okay.  I didn’t want to linger to long by that one.  LOL 

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Going Home

We are packing up and getting ready to leave Santa Maria for home.  Camp-Meeting was incredible.  I will post more when I get home and unpacked. Hopefully all of my pictures turned out good.  It may be Monday before I actually get to it but I will tell you all about it.  So many people to talk about (in a good way).  lol  See ya later!

p.s.  I just noticed that I’m over 50,000 hits.  Wow!  This is fun!

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Just 27 miles south of Hollister is Pinnacles National Monument.  Yesterday Nathan and I drove out there again to see them.  It is amazing.  You are traveling along in the beautiful rolling hills and all of a sudden these jagged peaks are in view.  Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California’s Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.  It is quite an awesome sight to see.  It also never ceases to amaze me the micro-climates there are in California.  When we left Hollister it was only 76 degrees and just 27 miles south it was 94 degrees.  When we left the Pinnacles we drove south a little way and then cut back across the hills toward Salinas.  By the time we got to Salinas the temperature was 58.  Then by the time we got back to Hollister it was 72 degrees.  I can’t figure that all out but it’s really interesting to me.

Pinnacles National Monument began as a volcano that first erupted about 195 miles south of its present location. It has traveled northward along the San Andreas Fault, and currently moves at a rate of about 2 – 3 centimeters per year. 

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Queen Mary 2

WOW! That’s all I could say as I stood and looked at this magnificent ship. The Queen Mary 2 came to San Francisco on Sunday and was in port at Pier 27 for about 24 hours. We drove up today to take a look and it was well worth the drive.  queen-mary-2.jpgWe were able to see it go under the Golden Gate Bridge as it left the bay around 8:30 this evening.  Its next stop will be Hawaii.  I would say these folks are traveling in style.  To see pictures of inside the ship visit: www.Cunard.com and go to Our Ships.  

  QM2 Is Largest Ocean Vessel Afloat

Here are some facts and comparisons about the Queen Mary 2 from the Cunard Web Site.

  • Length: 1,132 feet
  • Beam: 135 feet
  • Beam at Bridge Wings: 147.5 feet
  • Draft: 32 feet 10 inches
  • Height (Keel to Funnel): 236.2 feet
  • Gross Tonnage: Approximately 150,000 gross tons
  • Passengers: 2,620
  • Crew: 1,253
  • Top Speed: Approximately 30 knots (34.5 mph)
  • Power: 157,000 horsepower, environmentally friendly, gas turbine/diesel electric plant
  • Propulsion: Four pods of 21.5 MW each; 2 fixed and 2 azimuthing
  • Strength: Extra thick steel hull for strength and stability for Atlantic crossings
  • Stabilizers: Two sets
  • Cost: Estimated $800 million dollars

Since it is often difficult to picture the size of such a large vessel, here are some comparisons:

  • QM2 is five times longer than Cunard’s first ship, Britannia (230 ft.)
  • QM2 is 113 feet longer than the original Queen Mary
  • QM2 is more than twice as long as the Washington Monument is tall (550 ft.)
  • QM2 is 147 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall (984 ft.)
  • QM2 is more than 3 ½ times as long as Westminster Tower (Big Ben) is high (310 ft.)
  • QM2 is only 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall (1248 ft.)
  • QM2 is more than three times as long as St. Paul’s Cathedral is tall (366 ft.)
  • QM2 is as long as 41 double-decker London buses (31 ½ ft. each)
  • QM2’s whistle is audible for 10 miles

Source: Cunard Line

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