1: "Only love can be divided endlessly, and still not diminish." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
2: January 2011 Daddy won this 22-50 gun at the Wild Game Supper...
4: February 4, 2011
6: Jarrod was burning trash....the wind picked up and the fire spread... 2.13.2011
7: Happy Valentine's Day!
8: Our first calf with his mom....
9: Houston Rodeo
10: Keesa the work cat!
11: Mr. Adolph Schacherl...AKA "Schacheralli" One of our most beloved therapy patients. After he finished his therapy and returned home, Diane, Dana, Kelly and I all had dinner with him and his wife at Robert's...what an awesome person!!!
13: Fiddlers Frolics' April 2011
17: Happy Easter
18: Happy Easter
19: Callie Cat
20: Sunset Ranch | May 2011
22: We celebrated Daddy's 63rd birthday in Lake Charles, LA. My 4Runner hit 100,000 miles on the way there.
23: The three hyenas... Ellie, Addie & Henry
25: "The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals." ~ Unknown
26: Sunset Ranch Lake Travis The Rock House June
30: "Love me, love my dog." ~ Bernard of Clairvaux
32: Sunset Ranch 1911-2011 From 1910 through 1913, Richard Rodgers began buying a number of hill country parcels of land until he finally had 21,683 acres. Because he owned the Sunset Realty Company in Houston, he named this acquisition the Sunset Ranch. In 1911, Richard and Blanche Rodgers built for themselves and their family a four bedroom house on a hill one half mile off Nameless Road. To arrive at the ranch the Rodgers family took a train from Houston to Leander where they were met by a wagon and driven to the ranch. To stock the ranch, Rodgers bought a whole train load of cattle from Florida. The cattle were unloaded in Liberty Hill and driven by cowboys to the ranch. In 1918, Richard Rodgers sold the Sunset Ranch to a Mr. Evans, who was the brother-in-law of the governor, Coke Stevenson. Mr. Evans was unable to keep the ranch so Richard Rodgers repossessed it in 1921. In June 2011, the Richard Rodgers Family gathered to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Sunset Ranch as organized by Genny Rodgers Kercheville. Genny also graciously organized tours of the ranch and created a book and had it printed to commemorate the founding of the Sunset Ranch. In 2011 Sunset Ranch was honored as a centennial ranch by the Family Land Heritage Program of the Texas Department of Agriculture.
36: Regina Rodgers (GoGo) received the Davis pasture in 1982 and soon afterwards built for her family their ranch house where they would spend holidays and summers. She and her family raised cattle together on the ranch.
40: Richard and Blanche Rodgers' Family | Richard and Blanche Rodgers' grandchildren
41: James and Regina Rodgers' Family
42: July 9, 2011 Garrett's 25 th birthday
44: King, Scout, & Bandit
45: Sweet Baby Henry...
48: In August we went to visit Valerie in Oregon. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the cooler weather (the south Texas temperature was reaching well over 100 degrees and we were enjoying highs in the 50's & 60's!!!). The Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and Vancouver) were all so beautiful and we marveled in awe of nature's glory. Our travels took us to islands, mountains, beaches, cities and breathtaking waterfalls...it was without a doubt the trip of a lifetime, made better in the presence of good company...thank you for inviting us Valerie!
49: Passing through Seattle on our way to Canada...
52: Steam Clock An underground steam system supplies the world's first steam clock - possibly Vancouver's most photographed attraction. | On the quarter hour a steam whistle rings out the Westminster chimes, and on the hour a huge cloud of steam spews from the apparatus. The Steam clock was built in 1977 and is located at 123 Cambie Street.
53: White Rock B.C. Canada
55: San Juan Island | Scattered between the Washington mainland and Vancouver Island, the San Juan archipelago consists of over 700 islands. (Breathtaking views from the ferry ride into Friday Harbor).
56: San Juan Island
58: San Juan Island Friday Harbor
59: Mount Baker | Mount St. Helens | These signs as seen along I5 indicated Twilight filming locations!!!! | The high school used when filming Twilight!
60: Back to Oregon...there wasn't a single amazing thing about Oregon. There were about ten zillion things!! From beaches, covered bridges and waterfalls to good food, we had an awesome time!
62: Covered Bridge Country Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the west and one of the largest in the nation. Most of the bridges are painted white, however the Shimanek Bridge is set apart by its beautiful red color. Linn County covered bridges were originally built during the 1930's and 1940's. Early covered bridge owners often financed construction by charging tolls; 3 cents for a sheep and 5 cents for a horse and rider. The life span of a wood bridge is about 10 years; however, by covering the bridge it could last 80 years or more. The Howe truss-type construction was used on all Linn County Bridges. Named for Massachusetts-born architect William Howe, the trusses are a series of half "A" timbers sloping toward the center, where they from "X"s with the vertical tie rods.
63: Hoffman Bridge was built in 1936. Spanning 90 ft. across Crabtree Creek. The bridge was built primarily with hand tools. Instead of the usual open sides, this bridge has Gothic windows. Gilkey Bridge is 120 ft. over Thomas Creek, built in 1939 this bridge is still open to automobile traffic. This beauty exhibits open sides and curved portal openings.
65: Shimanek Bridge is the only red covered bridge in Linn County. Built in 1966 this special bridge boasts Gothic louvered windows on each side and a cedar shake roof.
66: Hannah Bridge has spanned Thomas Creek since 1936 and was built on land from an original Donation Land Grant from 1846. Hannah Bridge handles daily automobile crossings and is popular with those who like to swim and fish.
68: Larwood Bridge built near the confluence of Roaring River and Crabtree Creek was built in 1939.
70: The Oregon Coast We drove down Highway 101 and were dazzled by one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. The Oregon coast was filled with towering headlands, broad beaches, majestic forests and gigantic dunes. We saw lighthouses
96: "A baby girl... one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys we can ever know, and one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness in your world today."