going back to cali

We’re busy catching up after our week-long trek to California, in particular Pescadero and Butano State Park.  In the midst of all this catching up with work and other things, we’re also getting ready for Gavin to start kindergarten next week! Nevertheless, we took lots of pics on our trip and thought we should post them here before we’re completely overwhelmed.

Pictures are uploading to Flickr as I type this The rest of the pictures are on Flickr, so be sure to check my Flickr photostream to see all the pics we took on the trip.  Here’s the link straight to the pics from our trip.  And if you’re family or friends and can’t see pics of the kids, make sure you log in with your Yahoo account and add me as a contact.

capitol reef

so we took the kids camping with e’s parents at capitol reef this weekend.  both the kids were sick, which was a challenge, but otherwise they loved it.  capitol reef is in southern utah, so it’s got all the expected red rocks with tremendous landscapes.  somewhat less expected (for me, anyway) was that the canyons and valleys were shaped by water, so it’s a little like walking at the bottom of the ocean. (yes, i know it’s a “reef” but i’m a little slow sometimes…there’s a “goblin valley”, apparently, too, but i doubt there’s real goblins there…)  the place flash floods, too, when there’s a good storm, so there are washes with interesting textures and patterns along the walls and that are shaped by the flow of rushing water.  seriously, some of these structures and cliffs i’ve only ever seen replicas of at amusement parks — it was mind-blowing to see the same sorts of things in real life and about 80 times larger.  anyway, i took lots of cool pics.  here they are:

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