Day 1. When we got to Moon Twp. Beaver Co. PA, the snow began with a vengeance. S and I checked in curbside at the airport and there were no lines, always a plus in travel. All flights were on time. About 10 minutes before we boarded, the sun came out and stayed until after we took off and then
A and J met us at the airport in
We drove the Trans-mountain road across the
Day 2. J fixed a "smoothie" for us for breakfast and we had an Italian raisin cake they had frozen since Christmas, saved just for our trip. It was good. This was our day to go to
You could hear the water dripping into the cavern. Some dropped onto other rocks, some into small pools and I don't really know where the rest went, sometimes on my glasses. You could put a skyscraper in the big room and from the way it appeared, there are more unexplored caverns beneath the ones we walked through. The colors ranged from gypsum white to black and through all shades of grays. Some of the forms looked like little family groups; some looked like the pillars on a building; some were like domes either above or off to the side. They had lighting that had been arranged by a movie director and he knew how to make the most of what he was looking at. The bats don't return for another month...that didn't hurt my feelings. There was very little smell down there, just a bit damp and the smell of dampness. It is necessary to speak quietly...it is a built in broadcasting system in there. We had been given "individual tour guides," a 14 inch long gadget that looked like an overgrown remote and when the correct buttons were pressed (there were signs around with a number) and the top held to one's ear, a description of what we were looking at was right there in our ear. It is necessary to go east from
We returned to
There is a type of yucca that grows here that reminds me of an ostrich. It has a stem like legs, the spiny parts are like a feathered body and the bloom with it's stem looks like the neck and head. In some places there were flocks of them. There were acres of prickly pear cactus, both green and purple. The cactus came in green, yellow, purple, red. The dry lake beds are white...probably alkaline. Most of the river beds were dry also. I saw 3 deer. They were not mule deer nor white tail, so I am not sure of the variety, but they are certainly hardy to eke a living out of that area. It was 80 degrees in
Day 3. It was an incredible warm clear day in
Day 4. J and A have traveled the world in the past few years and they showed us some of their pictures from the recent trips,
We were a bit early for sunset, so we stopped at a huge mall that had every wall painted a bright, but different color...purple, orange, green, yellow, red. I got a battery for my watch and a pair of pizza pans...am I the last of the big time spenders, or what? We went up the mountains in the
Day 5. We went to Christ The King Presbyterian Church this morning with J for church and Sunday school. A decided he needed a day of rest. They were inducting new deacons on this morning and served cake, ice-cream and coffee after the service to celebrate. It is a storefront church, but looks churchy inside. We went to Pei Wei for lunch, a local Chinese restaurant in
Day 6. Another beautiful day in our Southwest is upon us, but we do need a jacket. It is 65 at home today, that should melt the snow there. A made asparagus omelets for breakfast and he is a good cook. We are going to
Day 7. A took us to the airport, another beautiful bright sunny morning. He took us in the truck and was headed from here to the repair shop. All of our flights were on time and that is always a good thing. We grabbed a pizza at D/FW because we expected to get home about 7 PM EST and that is a long time between meals. Again the sky was fairly clear to the
We arrived on time and R already had my luggage, but he didn't know what S's luggage looked like. Her luggage showed up shortly and we were on our way. Pgh was cold and dreary and it was raining slightly, better than snow for the trip home, I guess. There was a landslide on Rt. 60, so we took an alternate to get around it. We both enjoyed the trip very much. A and J are special people. Their two children are between my two children in age. Please remember J in your prayers. She may have Pick's Disease which is a decreased blood flow to the part of the brain that takes care of short term memory. She can remember childhood, but maybe not breakfast or yesterday. The doctors have eliminated some of the possible diseases, but they haven't really decided what the problem is.
It is good to be home and the first think I did was make beef vegetable soup. I can't seem to get warm. Hopefully by the time I get adjusted to the cold, it will be spring.