Thursday, July 8, 2010

VACATION 2010- IDAHO-Photo heavy

This year we made a trek to Idaho for our vacation.  I brought my sister Susan Susan's blog with me.  We had a really good trip. Good weather, good company, good meals, lots of knitting and fun.  The road trip was filled with chatting, music and XM radio.
Long dry highways in Nevada
Susan driving the first leg of the trip.
Stopping in Mesquite Nevada for Breakfast.
The carved out gorge in Arizona
Beautiful red earth in Utah near St. George
We have 400 miles to drive just in Utah.
We drove hundreds of miles and then switched drivers.
We arrived 14 hours later in the evening.  Bambi had made us a delicious dinner.
Swimming time. The weather was warm and the kids dove in.
Here Peanut is with her cousins (through marriage of aunt Bambi & uncle Dustin)
The ponies in Bambi & Dustin's yard opened up when we were there.  They are beautiful and huge.
There I am enjoying the peonies and the warm weather.
I finished my brown Bugga Socks. Mis-matched yes. The left sock is the Holidaze Pattern  by Anne Hanson. The right sock is from my head.  The colorway is Oak Timberworm.
Then I cast on these socks Tesserae Socks
A common site when driving around American Falls
Dustin driving us to Pocatello
We arrived to the Farmers Market in old town Pocatello
left to right: Susan, Bambi, Peanut & Dustin
We saw veggies, handcrafts, food and free ice cream.
People were very friendly.
After this farmers market visit we did some shopping in town.
Driving back to American Falls you will see a lot of potato fields.
We are in the car returning home. Peanut bought a kitty from money she had saved for this trip. I bought the necklace you see on my neck from the Farmers Market.
Our freeway exit.
In the distance you can see the very large American Falls Reservoir. The Reservoir is 56,000 acres. It is the largest reservoir on the Snake river. The bird watchers have noted over 270 bird species there.
Peanut is happy for this day.
Cherry trees make good climbing
Left to Right: Susan, Bambi & Dustin. Yes Dustin is making a face. He is funny. The girls are all dressed for the 4th.
The ball was stuck in the tree. Dustin was trying to free it. No luck. I came and shook the tree and the ball popped out. Yeah.
Bambi watering their garden. Here comes Dustin. I love their deck.
Family picture time!!!  Susan is our photographer. 
Look at those rascals!! Hiding in the shadows.
Peanut and Carol, aka grandma.
I love Peanut's skirt and 4th of July shirt.

There is Susan. Dustin and Bambi are preparing a tasty BBQ
I told Bambi when I saw this photo that she was an angel. She is really.  But who is that rascal behind her dressed in black? Scary to say the least.
Peanut hard at work. LOL
In the evening we went to the park. The fireworks were shot off at the reservoir at 10 pm,
It was very different for us at the park. Everyone had bought fireworks and were setting them off. We had rockets whizzing pass our heads. Peanut could not believe it.  At our home in So. California fireworks are prohibited.  There is too much of a fire hazard for us to set them off. The hills are so dry in July.  We did enjoy the Idaho fireworks.
Stairs to the basement where Susan and I had our own rooms.
Susan's room. Isn't it lovely?
Carol's room. Very cozy too.
And here is the basement that D & B have been working on for months. I know that they busted their butts to have this finished for our visit.  It is beautiful. Dustin laid all that ceramic tile himself.  He yanked down dark brown paneling and patched the drywall. They painted and he put the trim.  It is a wonderful place to go to relax. It is about 20 degrees cooler in the summer. The guest rooms are through that open doorway.
Here we are upstairs. It is a one story home but with the basement I call this upstairs. So this is Bambi and Dustin. They are a great couple. How do I know? Because look, they are dressed alike and they didn't even plan that. Or did they?????
Dustin. Don't ask me what he is doing. I just don't know.
Here is one of our Tasty Dinners. Shrimp, noodles, slivered squash, parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil....  Yummy
Our last full day there the roofers came. You can see men on the roof and a wheel barrow.   D & B are changing from a rock roof to a metal roof. It is going to look awesome. I hope that Bambi survived the noise.
On July 6, 2010 we were back on the road for California.
We spotted lavender fields in Mona Utah. They were all in bloom.
Here are the red mountains in So. Utah. We are almost to St. George here.
Isn't this beautiful?
Well that was the last of the vacation photos. I probably should have taken more. I just get busy with enjoying my family and I forget.
Our vacation was over as fast as Peanut can run and jump!!!
It's good to be home but it was great to be with my family for a whole week. Thank you B & D for having us. I love you both to pieces!!!!!!


  1. Carol I had a wonderful relaxing visit. It was so nice to get to spend time with the kids. And get to know them better. They are great people! Food was the bomb and the evening games were soooo funny! Thank you for inviting me!!

  2. Your welcome. I'm glad you got to visit places you haven't been to before. The games were great and you are so good that that Apples to Apples game. That was fun.