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Monday I point the van back towards Arizona after a wonderful visit. But this morning I spent a few minutes in the car wash and thought I’d take a few photos as well as stop in to say hello and hope all of you are doing well. There will be much to tell when I return.

Last day in Petrified Forest

Posted: October 21, 2022 in Uncategorized

All during our drive through Petrified Forest National Park, I tried to square my memory of a visitor’s center and display of petrified wood from my two previous visits, one when I was still in grade school. Finally we arrived at the place I remembered. What a relief! Evidently we’d come in through the southern entrance those times rather than the northern one my husband and I used. Nice to know my memory wasn’t faulty!

Dries at DeWets Wild asked about other fossils (petrified wood is, strictly speaking, a fossil) and I realized I happened to have a few photos of some from the visitor’s center.

My, what big teeth you have!

Here are some last views of petrified wood, the dramatic sky, and the park itself. Thanks for coming along. I hope you’ve enjoyed the visit and if you get the chance, be sure to stop and see it all for yourself.

The past and the present meet.

Several days ago we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. It was filled with wonderful, wondrous things but one of my favorites is always the jellyfish (not fish at all) or sea jellies. Their unworldly appearance and graceful way of moving mesmerize me. Here’s a short video of some of them but you’ll have to ignore the audio. There were quite a few people around and no way of shutting out the sound. Just mute and enjoy!

Our daughter and I are off to Pasadena today after getting pedicures, a women’s day out, so I’ll be late in responding to comments and blog posts. I hope you have as much fun as I’m sure we will. Thanks for all your wishes for a happy anniversary to us yesterday. We had a good day, ending with a wonderful meal at Din Tai Fung with our daughter and son-in-law. Grandson spent the evening with his other set of grandparents, being a bit too little to appreciate our delicious meal. 🙂

I’m sure I’m not the only one who recalls the day in 1986 when the Challenger space shuttle exploded barely over a minute after taking off. A few mornings ago while walking along the Strand in Hermosa Beach, I came across this memorial to all the crew as well as to astronaut Greg Jarvis of Hermosa Beach.

Six-Word Saturday 8.20.22

…begins with a single step.

Of course flying might be an even better choice.

Six-Word Saturday 6.25.22

FOTD 5.27.22

Dew drop in

Posted: April 15, 2022 in Nature, Uncategorized
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Just had one of those lovely evenings where Windows decides to update without notice, then takes three hours to get me back online after which it’s perilously near bedtime and I still don’t have a post. Sigh. Just in case you think we never get any moisture in Arizona, this photo proves you wrong. It’s actually a rain drop rather than dew but I couldn’t think of anything clever for a title using “drop” and Windows is still acting up, so I’m signing off.

Much as I love Thursday because it means it’s time for Thursday Doors, it sometimes seems that Thursday comes around more often than every seven days. Of course, it seems the same for all the other days of the week as well. But on Thursday we get to share doors, which is always fun. Today’s selection is the last from my several recent trips to California. The first is from one of the large houses along Manhattan Beach, although I like the attractive but unassuming look of this one as compared to some of the very fancy doors. Doesn’t mean the house isn’t large though. This door is along the street, not The Strand pedestrian path.

Although I understand the attraction of traveling with your own home, ala RV, I never want to drive something that big knowing that the people behind hate me or pay that much for gas. But a “tiny house” like this one could be useful, especially if the top pops up the way I think it does.

Finally, one last Manhattan door, an invisible door of the type that causes animals and small children to come to grief, possibly even the odd adult or two (not that the adult would have to be odd, but…). 🙂 I see I caught the bottom part of someone jogging by as well. Anyway, as I leave, I’ll just remind you of that famous Beach Boys song, “Wish they all could be California doors.” TTFN.