Friday, June 8, 2012

Summer Vacation, Part 1

Our summer vacation this year was scheduled around several family visits: a couple of days with Grandpa and his wife in San Diego, a reunion with Mama's mother, siblings, and their families in the mountains of Colorado, and a visit with Papa's family in Fort Collins, Colorado.  We enjoyed the chance to spend time with different relatives, some of whom we hadn't seen in quite a while.  We also managed to fit in a bit of sightseeing.

This swallow's nest was outside our hotel room the first night.


California is very protective of their citrus, so they have agricultural checkpoints at the state border to make sure no one brings potentially diseased citrus across.  We hadn't realized this before we left home, so we were carrying four or five days' worth of oranges with us.  Thankfully, they told us that we could keep the oranges if we peeled and sectioned them and gave them the peels.  So we pulled the van over, piled out, and started peeling!


The latest addition to Grandpa's gun collection.


Trying out the massage chairs.


We stayed just a few miles from the border, so one morning we drove over to look at the fence.  It was interesting to see in person what I've heard and read about, and to see how close the city was on both sides of the fence. 


Coronado Bridge, which connects the mainland to Coronado Island.  There was a sign at each end of the bridge with a phone number for a suicide counseling hotline.  It makes me wonder how many people have tried to jump off.


Coronado beach.


Racing on the beach.


Waiting for waves.


Enjoying the sand.


We weren't sure what this little creature was, but there was definitely something alive in there!


There is a navy base on Coronado, so we saw several military helicopters fly overhead.


Seashells!


On our way from California to Colorado, we stopped at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  We had been to the South Rim in 2004, but this was our first time to the North Rim.  The North Rim is about 1000 feet higher in elevation than the South Rim, which means that it is more forested.  It also means that there are places where you can see well beyond the South Rim to the plains.  The North Rim is also less developed and more rustic, which we enjoyed.



The South Rim and beyond.



We weren't at the canyon long, so we didn't have time to do a lot of hiking, but we did walk a little ways down the trail into the canyon. 


This was a closet in one of our hotel rooms in Utah.


Canyon view in Eastern Utah.

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