Archive | October 2010

Sunday October 10, 2010

 

Letchworth State Park, NY
Letchworth State Park, NY

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!  I hope you all have a nice weekend full of eating turkey and potatoes and pie, oh my!!

On Friday the kiddies had a P.A.Day so we grabbed our passports and headed south of the border for some geocaching and sightseeing.  This was the first time our kids have been to the USA so they were pretty excited to see how things are different or the same as Canada.  One thing we all noticed was the amount of American flags there were, on every house, every building, every guard rail post, and even right out in the middle of nowhere.  Americans sure are patriotic, something Canadians only practice when it comes to the Stanley Cup playoffs or the olympics.  We headed over to Letchworth State Park, I got the idea from an old friend of mine from highschool.  She is very much an adventuress, there is nothing she won’t do and no place she won’t go,  she inspires me to get outside and see what the world has to offer.  April, if you’re reading this…thank you for inspiring me to be more adventurous!

So off we went, driving down country roads through quaint little towns clad with American flags and faded swags hanging over the porch railings, I’m guessing left over from Independence Day.  The country side was absolutely breathtaking, rolling hills and valleys with all the warm beautiful colours autumn has to offer.

The picture above is of one of the many waterfalls that Letchworth State Park has to offer.  I can’t wait to make another trip there, the park is so big that there is no way we could have done it all in a day.  We’ve had an awesome weekend and I hope all of you have too.

I am sure I have mentioned it before but I think it’s worth mentioning again; my other hobby is geocaching, it’s fun, adventurous, good exercise and gets your family working on something together, and best of all it’s CHEAP!   If you would like to know more about it go to http://www.geocaching.com …all you need is a GPS (not the kind that you suction to the windshield of your car, the other kind), a computer so you can search for the geocaches in the area you’d like to go to, and believe me you’ll be surprised at how many caches there are all over the world, don’t forget to pack a snack and some water because you get hungry fast when your out in the wilderness.

Until next Sunday…

~Linda

Sunday October 3, 2010

The Hoover Dam

So it’s been over a month since I last blogged.  What can I say?  I have 4 boys, all of whom I had to get ready for the upcoming school year.  A few days after school started my husband of 13 wonderful years and I took our very first trip together, we went to Las Vegas.  We didn’t have a honeymoon and shortly after getting married we welcomed our first of four beautiful boys, we simply have not had the time nor the money to travel.   My husband turned 40 in September and I really wanted to make his 40th extra special, so I booked a trip for 2 to Las Vegas for 4 days, we had a wonderful time.  Las Vegas is a very busy place as well as very hot and very dry.  My husband has always talked about seeing the Hoover Dam so we were sure to book a tour, it’s gargantuan, there are no other words to describe it.  Even though I took pictures you could never begin to grasp how huge it is through a photograph, you have to see it in person.  We had a nice time together and we’re glad that we went, but honestly I don’t think we’ll make a return trip.  We’re looking forward to seeing some other places, and seeing them with our children; we were not even 48 hours into our trip and we desperately missed them.

The photo that is above is of the turbines at the bottom of the Hoover Dam on the Nevada side.  There are 8 turbines here, 9 turbines on the Arizona side.  We were standing on a mezzanine floor over looking this room.  Please take note of the transport truck that is on the floor beside one of the turbines about half way down, if it wasn’t for that truck being there you would have absolutely no clue as to how massive these turbines really are.  The tour was good, except you don’t get to go outside at the bottom of the dam and look up, this was the one part of the tour that we were really looking forward to but unfortunately is not part of the tour.  There are two bronze angel statues at the dam, they represent the first and last man to die whilst working on the dam.  The first man died on December 20, 1922 of drowning while surveying where to put the dam, exactly 13 years to the day his son died while working on the dams construction.  People believe that if you rub the feet of the angels it will bring you good luck.  You can find the picture of one of the angels in my Flickr account in the file titled “September”.

October is here and we have some road trips booked for this month to capture and enjoy the scenery that comes with fall, I am expecting to have many pictures and stories to share with all of you.

Hope everyone is well.

Until next Sunday…

~ Linda