Happy Birthday, Garion!
|(That's actually Kelsey's cake, we haven't had one yet today. But that's our Garion!!)|
we love you heaps,
Dad and Marmee,
Lachlan, Hamish, Bryce and Briony-Anne
|A lot of the little towns in the deserts of Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, have the initials of the town marked in white, just like this, on a nearby slope. This is from Green River, Wyoming.|
|An incredible geological formation. The squared off rock appears to be embedded in the hill as a spade in a sand castle.|
How did this form?
We saw many, many examples of layers like this across Nevada, Utah and Wyoming - miles and miles of country. We're looking forward to hearing some Creationist teaching about these formations.
|The salt started way back in Nevada. It was amazing.|
|This is the great salt desert.|
|This is the only tree we saw all day.|
|And the great Salt Lake begins.|
|The Mormon Temple at Salt Lake City lit at dusk. This one is for you, Mum and for Dianne. Miss you.|
|Wild Horse Annie, of course.|
Mustang, wild spirit of the West.
|Briony-Anne, Hamish and Bryce picked these lovely wild flowers for me at the campground (while T and E were still sleeping).|
|At the entrance to Yosemite there is a pioneer village with a covered bridge! We'd never seen one before - exciting! Everything is exciting!|
|Exploring the pioneer village.|
|Now Grammie Joy had prepared us to be ready for the view as soon as we exited this tunnel - and we were! Thanks, Grammie.|
|I think maybe this is the most beautiful place on earth. Sorry our photos don't give you any idea of it. We were all speechless.|
|Bridal Veil falls from the car park. We were warned to take rain coats to the base of the falls.|
|We didn't. And we were absolutely drenched by the spray! Our feet were soaked through for the second day running with snow water - and we laughed and laughed.|
We can't believe this is all happening to us - can you?
|Our picnic lunch in paradise.|
|This one's for you, Mama. We thought you'd enjoy these enormous yuccas.|
|The incredible and dangerous Kaweah River.|
We stopped for ice-creams at Three Rivers, the junction of the 3 forks of the Kaweah, as advised by Byron and Kelly Fox. Mmmmm delicious. Thank you Ha's!!!
|We took a short walk down to the rocky edge of the river - cautiously!!|
|It was wonderful to hear the rushing water, to see it playing and dancing over the rocks and to breathe the delicious air.|
|We found many pieces of driftwood washed perfectly smooth by the water.|
|The road through the park had also been hit by a landslide! Fortunately one lane was still open and after a two hour wait, we were able to commence our drive to the Giant Forest to see the LARGEST tree in the world.|
|Lachlan on top of hospital rock.|
|A little rock climbing helps pass the time.|
|We snapped these shots from the car as we ascended. You can see the scenery was awesome.|
|Our first sight of the giant trees.|
|And we even spotted bears along the way!|
|We stopped to take photos - from a safe distance!|
|Everybody had been hoping we would see bears in the wild, and we did!|
Is there any limit to God's gifts to us?
|And at the site of the Sherman Tree - the LARGEST - we walked through this fallen redwood - in a stream of water created by the melting snow! We all got our feet drenched and it was so funny! Everything is so funny these days!|
|The kids all loved taking photos of us at every spot.|
|And here it is - The LARGEST tree in the world.|
|We are feeling fairly insignificant and very much in awe of our creator God.|