S: SUMMER 2011
FC: Vacation 2010
2: Donner's Pass
3: The Kids loved jumping from rock to rock when we stopped at Donner's Pass
4: Fun at the Museum | After leaving Reno we stopped at the Donner Pass Museum. The kids had fun walking through the museum and seeing how people traveled in the olden days.
5: Hiking mountain trails kept the younger kids busy while the older kids watched the movie about the Donner party. | Donner Pass 2010
6: San Francisco | The famous Golden Gate Bridge is one of the sites we went to see in San Franciso, along with Fisherman's wharf, the cable cars and of course China Town.
7: The kids loved the seals and being on the pier. | We stopped and had a fresh sea food lunch on Pier 39. It sure was good.
8: This was Nicole's favorite part of the whole trip. When she found out we were going to go to San Franciso she insisted we see Alcatraz Island. She had learned about the prison in school and wanted to see it in real life. | Alcatraz Island
9: Exploring Alcatraz | Al Capone's Cell | At the Water Tower | Approaching Alcatraz | Just off the boat | Looking at what is to come | Waiting to get off at Alcatraz | Coming to dock | Exploring the cell blocks listening to an audio tour.
10: Six Flags Fun | Shouka did lots of fun tricks and even splashed the audience. We also saw a pirate themed sea lion show. It sure was fun to watch. | Our Adventure began with Shouka the whale.
11: Christina and Alyssa got to meet and feed the dolphins. They had a lot of fun. They got to interact with them and learned how to teach them some tricks. | Dolphin Meet and Feed
12: Swimming with Dolphins
13: IN THE SUN | Mike and Nicole enjoyed the chance to swim and play with the dolphins. They learned a lot about the dolphins and discovered what neat animals they are.
14: The Elephants were very tall and were able to carry five kids at once.. John and Christina rode with another little girl who was alone. | The elephant show was great. The trainers showed that the elephants were strong and smart. The audience got to have a tug of war with an elephant, the elephant won. We also got to feed an elephant. | Elephant Fun
15: Feeding the Giraffe's | Seeing those long tongues come out and take the food from your hand was both a little frightening and a little exhiliarting. Giraffe's are such elegeant animals and were fun to feed.
16: Having fun on the rides brought a smile to everyone's face
17: The Last Airbender Movie | The kids got the chance to meet Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz the stars of The Last Airbender, a movie they all really wanted to see and would as soon as it came out later that summer..
18: Playing in the Fountain
19: Later in the day after the kids were tired of going on the rides they got the chance to play in the fountain. It sure was a fun way to wind down from a long hot day for all of the kids.
20: We could not go to california without spending time on the beach.
21: DAY AT THE | Santa Cruz | Seeing the ocean for the first time was an experience for all of us. Everyone enjoyed the boardwalk, the seals, the wharf and especially all the shops.
22: Santa Cruz 2010
23: Our kids are water babies and everyone loved playing on the beach. First the kids would chase the waves and then the waves would chase them.
24: Hotel pools, couldn't live without them. | At every opportunity the kids wanted to get in the pool
25: Fun | We stopped for a rest at the salt flats on our way home. | Hanging Out | While at the salt falts the kids released pent up energy by climbing the walls surrounding the picnic area and checking out the salty ground.