Sunday, October 25, 2009

Etiwanda Falls Hike

My hiking partner. He sets the pace and it's a fast one.
Proof that I was there. The large lump on my hip is really a water bottle in my pocket -Honest!
Oh and since I am sure everyone is wondering. Hike 4.4 Miles, +948 ft. elevation, 20.5% grade, Maximum speed 4.4, Avg Speed 3.2, Duration 1 hr 21 min.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween Time

Halloween greetings from Witchypoo Lisa. Being Witchy is what I know best!

The real Ken finally comes out and the truth is I always did like a tough guy:)
My favorite kids. Danielle and friends as the Harry Potter Gang.
Holly as Hermonie Granger, Danielle as Ginny Weasley, Jake as Prof. Dumbledore, Breckan as Harry Potter, Victoria as Cho Chang. Here they are casting a spell on the Photographer that she will be 20 years younger and more beautiful than ever. Hope their magic works.
Danielle's friends from school. David was a smashing Sherlock Holmes and Stephany was a Cowgirl. I think they are the best and I'm so glad they joined us for our Ward Party.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

North Etiwanda Preserve

This morning Ken and I decided to hike the new North Etiwanda Preserve. It was a beautiful morning with clear blue skys. The loop is about 3.25 miles. We did make the little detour up to the water gauging station. The trail is very rocky most of the way. We could see poison oak but it was not close to the trail at all. We were amazed at the number of people who were out hiking. Next time. More water. Link
Going up

This is at the Panoramic view area. They have three panoramic signs that help you pinpoint different mountains, peaks and citites as well as a picnic area.

Going Down

Friday, October 16, 2009


Say it isn't so......Women of the world we must unite and make sure these never leave the runway and hit the stores.

For Katey: I think you will need a dog like this. I can totally see this in your future.

Please promise me I will never see this when I come to your house as a little old lady.

Boomer, a 180-pound Landseer Newfoundland dog, drinks water from the kitchen sink at Caryn Weber's home south of Casselton, N.D. The dog measures seven feet from nose to tail. stands 36 inches tall at the shoulders, measures 7 feet from nose to tail, and weighs 180 pounds.
For Ken: I think that I may have found your next sport. Your Welcome!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cusco - The Historic Capital of the Inca Empire

Flying to Cusco. The Andes Mountains.

Cusco is about 12,000 feet above sea level. You really can feel that thin air the minute you get off the plane. I loved Cusco. The colors of the city seemed so bright and vibrant to me. The sky was the bluest blue.

I love this picture. The women carry all kinds of things but most often babies in these large squares of cloth they tie on their backs.

The Plaza de Armas - this is the city center. It was such a lovely place to sit and people watch and just enjoy the beauty of the city.

Some more of beautiful balconies

The Cathedral of Cusco
The Cathedral of Cusco faced the Plaza. Sitting on the steps in front of the Cathedral was one of our favorite places to sit and watch and talk to the locals. The locals speak amazing english. They are all selling something but they will stop and chat with you but in the end the last thing they want to say is will you buy?

The plaza at sunset. The Church of La Compania on the left.

Traditional Indian dress. These little girls and women would walk around and if you wanted to take their pictures you had to pay them.

This is one of the shops we stopped at and the people also lived above the shop.

This little guy was starting some weaving. He was making bracelets.
The Plaza again.
Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro officially discovered Cusco on March 23, 1534. This is the road that he first entered the city on.The spanish undertook new construction using the foundations of the old Inca city, replacing temples with cathedrals and palaces with mansions for the conquerers. The walls on the right side of the photo are the Inca constructed walls. The craftmanship was amazing. The wall on the left is Inca wall that was torn apart by the spaniards, because they thought there was gold in the walls, then they reconstructed the walls. Big difference. It is believed that the walls were all covered with gold and silver and the Spaniards took it all when they conquered the city.

A view of the city. They have an amazing history and they are so proud of their heritage.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Todays View

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
- George Eliot

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all."
- Stanley Horowitz

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
- Albert Camus

"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."
- Elizabeth Lawrence