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People and Places, Visits and Trips -- 2011

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1: Grandma Jill arrived early (after her Egypt tour), for the traditional winter visit, bringing the Bride Doll as a gift for Nick and Lilly. Anika had her for several years, and now she moves on to a new life in a new country. She has lived in New Jersey, Oklahoma, USA; Oberammergau, Germany; Vancouver, Penticton, Canada; and now she makes her home in Reith, Austria! | Austria February 13 - 28

2: Together we enjoyed lotsa activities -- eating, drinking, reading, racing, swinging, sleeping, cuddling, playing dolls, Set, dress up....

3: Getting ready for skiing was quite the process, not to say challenge -- but everyone had a fine time on the slopes!

4: Happy faces, the girls having lots of nice times!!

5: What a great group!

6: Snow scenes

7: Family constellations, taken on a glorious day, as we were headed up to the Haemmermose Alm for lunch and a slick sled down...

8: What a lovely visit it was! It was hard for the West Coast contingent to say goodbye to Reith, Martin and Moni, Lilly and Nick, Opa and Angelika, the stunning view, snow and skiing... Having the cousins together is great fun, and gives the parents and grandma some lovely adult time too! Wir freuen uns auf ein Wiedersehen!

9: Lilly turned Four, Noah is Nine, and now Nick and Marlena are Six. | Birthdays!

11: Nick and Lilly, Moni and Martin took an epic road trip -- for a full two months, mid-May to mid July, starting in the San Diego and LA areas, with lots of beach time. They then went up to the Kremer's in Pacifica, visited Yosemite and the giant Sequoias, enjoyed many SFO attractions, as well as family gatherings. Then they headed for Zion National Park in Utah's Red Rock country before being joined by Grandma Jill for the rest of the trip.

14: A w e s o m e!

17: Grand Canyon! We reached it at sunset, and also caught sunrise the next morning. Great campsite, climbing trees, stunning views. A first for most of us and eye-popping grand.

21: Our RV served us very well. The kids loved it, Martin drove it masterfully; we sang, told stories, slept... and enjoyed a variety of great campsites and activities.

23: Spectacular Bryce National Park--great hikes, scenery and formations, high places and deep valleys, climbing trees... wonderful!

25: We had a great time! Here are some fun activities and some funny faces and poses :-)

27: Doing the exercises in the Junior Ranger booklets led us to explore the world of tracks in the desert, which was really exciting, and the exercises opened our eyes in many other ways as well. The kids got their Jr. Ranger badges at several of the fine National Park Visitor Centers.

28: Our first day at Arches we did some climbing, enjoyed super shadows, a glorious sunset, afterglow, and picnicked under the moon. What a day!

33: Flaming Gorge dam, stopping up the Green River, killing off all the fish except trout, which grow VERY big, fed by the tourists... illuminating

34: Saying good-bye to Utah, with its incredible Red Rocks, we headed north to cowboy country....

35: Jenny Lake and Jackson Hole. The kids were intrepid swimmers, we hiked to Inspiration Point, took a rewarding float trip on the Snake River, watched the Shootout in Jackson, climbed and rode, and even caught a Rodeo!

38: Yellowstone!

39: We reveled in it all: beautiful weather, stunning color, glorious pools, steaming vents and mud holes, waterfalls, ranger talks, hikes, wolves, elk, bison, Old Faithful and the Lodge, Artist's Point, Fishing Bridge, S'mores -- we had snow at one campsite (it was July!), and the bear on our very last evening made the visit complete!

42: What a fabulous variety of plants and animals we saw -- in the parks, on the road, hikes, trails -- we kept our eyes open wide!

43: We watched for animals from the roof of the RV! saw a deer swimming across the Yellowstone River, and finally our 'Goodnight Bear" | The impressive sage brush flats, with countless bison and pronghorn antelope, stretched forever, it seemed.

44: After the great National Park adventure, everyone, especially Nick and Lilly, were ready to be with family. The question, "How long until we see Marlena and Noah?" rang out several times a day. Chico Hot Springs; the hot wind, warm lake, boat ride, and swim at Grand Coulee Lake campsite; the park in Coeur d'Alene; fresh Ranier cherries from roadside fruit stands were fine attractions as we said good-bye to the sage flats and crossed over the Cascade Range, and at last, gathered in Bellingham for a reunion and family feast. The cousins were in heaven!

45: In Cascadia we had a fine two weeks, filled with so much!

46: People shots: the (mad) Hatters !!

47: A collection of twosomes...

48: more twosomes...

49: Climbing Hiking Jumping Balancing Riding Running ...... | What fun we have...... | throughout the year, and in all our many locations! We might just be the luckiest people in the world!

54: And we also have good fun Swinging and Swimming!

55: And now some perspectives from Jill's kayak trip to Haida Gwaii, the Queen Charlotte Islands, with Green Coast Kayaking July 28 - August 4. Jo and Brie were our guides, plus Paul the geologist, Jill and Jill, Paula, Josina, Kai, Joe and Adrianne.

56: Dinner at Fanny Bay, our first campsite. | Geologist Paul showing us the Pillow Basalt. | Louscounne Pt. Day 2 Boy, did it rain, and the tide was low, making a long carry! | Iron Cove, Day 3 Amazing rocks!

57: View from Iron Cove the next morning. | "Drying rack at lunch the next day -- sun at last! On to Rose Harbour for Day 4 and a gourmet feast. | On our way to Jedway, glass calm seas, wow. | View of San Christoval range on the way.

58: An incredible evening, delicious food, fresh caught fish, most interesting rocks and history, led us into the ... | most stunning sunset you could imagine. We sat for an hour as the colors got richer, more cerise, deeper, and the peace and calm of the evening at Jedway, Day 5, enveloped us.

59: Lunch in the Copper Islands (we called them our Barbados!) | View looking to the Copper Islands. | We found beautiful gray limestone here. | And a fresh water spring creating luscious green life.

60: Relaxing on the way to Burnaby Narrows. | Intertidal richness -- bat stars of all colors. | We got to watch the bear for a long time, crabbing! | Lunch in the sun, north of the Narrows. Nap too!

61: A camp still life, our final camp site, and a close up of the humpbacks that accompanied us on several days -- thrilling!

62: Images and impressions: sunset, ocean, trees, tides, clouds, heart rocks, the elusive Haida snail, vastness...

64: Biology. geology and cultural lessons; stunning caves and crannies.

65: Calm seas and rough, rain and sunshine, fabulous campsites, amazing trees, moss, rocks...and fish for dinner!

66: Nick started First Grade, Noah moved on to Fourth, and Marlena and Lilly are both in Kindergarten...

67: Then came Hallowe'en, with some very cool Jack o' Lanterns, ghosts, goblins, Vikings, elves, witches and candy fairies...to take the loot!

68: One last look at all the families in the bunch --

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