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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cousins!

We were very excited to see our cousins (my cousin Michael Young & family, on the Hamel side) from Alaska as they came for a weekend in Orlando. They flew his mom, my aunt, Bridget Hamel down from Ohio, so my dad got to visit with his sister too. Plus all the kids got to meet cousins they haven't met yet! It was funny to see how alike they were.
Almost got a serious one. 
Cousins, aunts, and uncles. 
Cousins, second cousins, or first cousins once removed, and third cousins, or twice removed... we tried for hours to figure it out and finally did, but I'm not sure we got it right. :)  Here's a chart if you're keeping track at home. :) 
Let's try L to R. Matt, Lizzy, Michael, Caleb, Tamara, Kira, Bridget, Seth, Kathy, Josh, Chuck, Margie, Allen.
Cousins. At least that one was easy. :) 
We think this is the last time all the cousins were together. 2000! We were babies. :) 
It was so great to catch up with some and meet others for the first time! Hopefully soon we'll work our way up to Alaska to visit them there.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is a beautiful (and free!) city park, right in Colorado Springs.
Gorgeous rocks just jut up from nowhere, right in town. 
Kissing Camels. :) 
Yes, he's carrying a gnome through the park! 
Looks like it's storming on top of Pike's Peak. 
The visitor center has pet dinosaurs! :) 
So cool. 
Lots of climbers and lots of routes here. 
Balanced Rock, right beside the road. 
Ryan unbalanced it of course! 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Boondocking, shooting range, Zion

We wanted to move a little closer to Zion National Park, and we found a glorious boondocking site near Mt. Carmel Junction. Free camping and great wifi signal, that's all we need! We LOVE camping away from the campgrounds for a change. We circled the wagons and had the perfect setup with a shared front yard with tables.
These guys showed up to do a trail ride. The kids loved petting the horses! 
A super cool bonus was an incredible (and free!) shooting range nearby. We had some fun!!
We learned not to ever, ever mess with Tiana! She's a great shot! 
It was set up so well with shooting lanes, tables, and a beautiful, remote setting. 
Allen and I took a quick trip into Zion to pick up our permits for the Subway hike. We somehow scored two permits online for the next day!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Grand Canyon, North Rim

We visited the Grand Canyon in the summer of 2011 and in the winter of 2012, both gorgeous of course! This time we visited the North Rim in the spring of 2016 and it was so nice! It wasn't near as crowded and we could drive and park everywhere. It was smaller, more compact, but with similar incredible views. It was a great day trip from Kanab. It took about two hours and we had plenty of time to explore.
Yes, Allen simply has to do it.
 Panoramas...
Lots of bison on the way in and out of the park.