Click here for Seattle! f.u.n. where I spent the last of September and the beginning of October.
Santa Barbara, Halloween Gymboree, The Adventurers’ Club, and More.
We stopped in at our Motel 6 to drop off our stuff and to scarf on the picnic Sharon brought.
Then we went to the Santa Barbara Zoo which was totally delightful. This is maybe as good as a zoo could get. The enclosures are wonderfully done and the setting is quite gorgeous.
We saw this! It was our favorite thing! I stole the photo off the internet, but it looked just like this, really!
After the zoo we went to the Santa Barbara Museum. It was also a pretty small-scale operation. I don’t think they are in possession of The Great Works but they do a nice job presenting what they do have.
I especially liked a section they did of nudes with statues and many styles of work on paper all collected against one wall. I don’t think you could face that wall and not smile.
We buzzed by the Mission and then visited the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden.
This willow house has been up for about a year and a half now and is a featured highlight of any visit. It looks like just a shell from a distance but is actually made of many connecting rooms.
We tried to take a tour but the guide was so wigged out we were worried for her well being and decided to move on, leaving her with a smaller group.
The walks through the Botanical Gardens are easy-easy and very lovely.
We had lunch on State Street where it was a Halloween Happening, the streets filled with dressed-up kids and all the merchants offering treats to the trick or treaters (and me, who ate a goodly share of peanut butter cups and Baby Ruths.)
I bought a pair of pants and some flips! Then we drove home, and a grand time was had by all.
What a great day! Lastly I went with Ben and Bonnie and Jeanne to their temple for Friday night services and then we went out to dinner.
They were all very surprised by the service since it was packed with rare events – a baby naming ceremony, a naming ceremony for an 8 year old who had not previously received his Jewish name, and then rarest of all there was a double conversion ceremony.
It’s Gymboree! Here come Kaitlin and her friend Nora and all the other kidlets. You can see the guy in the back dressed up like a McShake who is leading the group with his own toddler-sized doll.
There’s a lot of free play and also two or three times they gather for some quick and lively activities. Fun for sure! Since it was Halloween-costume-day many adults showed up for the fabulous PhotoPhoto op.
My next door neighbor. And you had trouble with your kitchen remodel? She has been at this construction project for more than a year.
Last month she fired her general contractor and hired another one. And the first thing the new crowd is doing? Un-installing the windows and doors. I don’t know what else will be undone. Pity! The new contractor said she’d be moved in by mid-March. The Ides of March. We’ll see. I hope so.
An evening out at the Adventurers Club gala. This is a men only group who once every few months have a Ladies Night at their weekly meetings. This is the once-a-year Big Event. I got all dressed up in my cruise-wear finery and it was a kick in the pants for sure. It was actually both fun and interesting.
Here’s Margaret who invited me and Steve who invited her and who treated us both.
I’ll add photos of the event tomorrow but I had to get these two done Becaaause…
…O!M!G! it’s my old friend Yosh! And his new wife Ledonna! It’s been maybe 6 years since I’ve seen Yosh (who became Yosh 15 or so years ago prior to which he went by a different name.) Wow.
Ledonna is part of a women’s group of adventure travelers and she just got back from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Really. Yosh didn’t go.
They carry their flag on their Big Adventures and then bring the flag back for hanging at the clubhouse. I don’t know what makes an adventure big enough to warrant a flag but maybe it’s just a personal thing.
The program was really very entertaining. There was a speaker from JPL talking about comets (an enthusiastic professional), a guy from Lockheed-Martin talking about testing jets (not too well prepared but the crowd loved the topic), a woman who had done a survey of all the statues on Easter Island (knowledgeable presentation but a little flat on the charisma scale), and a guy who talked about Polynesian sailing (had done his slideshow many a time). It was good. I’d go again.
Trevor and Beth and the kids were in Europe visiting friends in Belgium and Lucas and Betsy in Germany. On coming home they were delayed in London for a day due to fog which brought them to LA just in time for all the flights to Honolulu to be cancelled due to the earthquake.
So, much to the delight of my sister and brother-in-law, they got to have the family around for a couple days until they could get another flight. And then that flight was delayed. Can you imagine? Five people keeping up good spirits spending 4 days trying to get home!
We are here making the Mommy-Motion. She is the center of the universe and we merely rotate in her orbit.
We’re back from Sequoia tonight, and now I am going to Bed. It was great fun and I’ll be finishing up on the pictures and story tomorrow.
The lodge did have a wireless connection but the rooms were some distance away and we were just tooo busy to take advantage of it!
All done – click here for our trip to Sequoia!
What’s next? Sequoia on Thursday! So until then I should get busy and unpack from Seattle, get the mail, take out the trash, see my mom and Kaitlin, and etc and etc. To start I should probably get up and get dressed.
from www.NPS.com ‘Moon over Moro Rock.’