Thursday, August 16, 2007

Trip's log

Luke is off for his first day of high school. It's freshman orientation day. Wow, our summer vacation just butted right up against our first day of school. I haven't even finished all that laundry yet. Yesterday, I registered Emily for her new school and took Luke to buy school supplies.

Part of me is still hanging on to our trip. Yesterday was the first day in forever that I've been grocery shopping and fixed supper.

I still have pictures of Lake Powell and our road trip floating in my mind. Like this:

Lake Powell is located in the southeast corner of Utah and the northwest corner of Arizona. One hundred forty miles of lake with over 2,000 miles of coastline, it was formed in the 60s when the Hoover Dam was built in the Colorado River. I remember as a little girl, my family traveled from New Jersey to Arizona where my dad worked in Flagstaff for several summers. One year we went home by way of Colorado, and saw the dam when it was brand new.

My favorite part of visiting there is taking the speed boat and exploring all the canyons, where there are still remnants of Indian ruins and paintings on the wall, and some of the coolest rock formations! My kids love the water sports -- tubing and wake-boarding.

We spent 5 days at Powell, then headed for Sacramento, staying the night in Sandy, Utah. My sister-in-law was totally surprised when the whole family showed up to celebrate her 50th birthday!

(Suprise, Carol!!)
It was priceless! We had two full days to spend with her, visiting a winery and antique car show one day, and taking the "kids of all ages" to a fun center the next. Race cars, bumper boats, and putt-putt followed by lunch at In-and-Out-Burgers -- yes, it does have the best hamburgers I've ever tasted. And the fresh peaches,plums and figs, right off the trees in Carol's yard were scrumptious.

The road trip went very smoothly and surprisingly quickly. Dan, Joe and I broke up the driving. Luke and Em watched movies, and during breaks from driving Joe chatted with friends through text messaging, Dan napped and watched movies and I knitted or read books.

On the way home, we took I-80 through Wyoming and stopped at Ft. Bridger. The kids were good sports -- they were so anxious to get home, but first we dragged them through most of the buildings, buying bottled Stewart's sodas at the little gift store to quench the heat, and snapping photos.

Historic trails marker -- Oregon Trail, Pony Express route and Mormon Trail, all passed through here.

And, the best part of vacationing is coming home. We were so happy to see our dog, Abby, who had a little vacation of her own. Our good friend brought her dog, Winnie, over to house sit. She broke all the rules by letting Abby sleep with her and Winnie in our king-size bed. I have to say, Abbs looked pretty happy, but thrilled to see us just the same.

If you've lasted this long, you should get an award. If not, no worries. I'm thinking that when I'm old and gray and in a home somewhere, I'll enjoy reading my blog. By then, I will have probably lost the rest of my mind, so it will be a brand new story!


Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Karen, you crack me up! The thought of you sitting in a nursing home, reading your own blog, and it being new all over again :)

Great post, it sounds (and looks!) like it was such an awesome trip! Makes me really want to visit so many of these places. We haven't vacationed in that part of the US yet, and it looks so beautiful! I love that you're sharing it with us :)

Hope the orientation goes well, and everyone gets back into a routine soon. Hang on to those vacation memories though!

Karen said...

Oh you are too funny! Of course we're still with you! I love vacation pics! and the fact that you'll think it's a new story is hilarious!
Lake Powell looks gorgeous! It sounds like a very relaxing and fun time. I'm glad you're back, though.
Good luck with the new school year!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Welcome home, Karen! I forgot you were leaving so I kept coming to read your blog to find you not there, and then I'd say, "Duh!! She's on vacation." And then do it all over again the next day. :)

Lynne said...

What a great time you all had. The lake is beautiful. I love being around water.

We've never been out west. Someday, when it's just Dom and me, we're going to do some traveling. I'd love to see all parts of the country.

Hope school goes well for all the kids.

Xandra said...

I did the same thing as Tristi! I would check your page, find the same post and feel slightly dejected. Then I would remember that you were on vacation!

Sounds like you had a great time, but we are glad to have you back in the blogosphere!

Becky said...

I have seen some incredible scenery in my time but that lake is stunning. So beautiful. And I am sure it is even better in person.

You have such a great looking family, Karen. That picture of everyone peeking in the doorway is so cute.

I can't believe how quick the turnaround was for you from vacation to school. We start Monday. I am looking forward to having the house to myself a little while every day to get things together.

Good to have you home.

gail@more than a song said...

Great pictures Karen! That lake looks so nice...we've been several places out that direction but not there. And school again so soon, we had to take many a vacation that way right before school. It makes it hard to start sometimes.

annie said...

Sounds like such a fun trip!
You are so funny!

kris said...

What a great vacation! We've done some traveling in that part of the country - but not Lake Powell itself. I think we're going to have to add it to our list! In-N-Out burgers - the best!!!

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Karen, sounds like you had an absolutely blast on your vacation. Good luck catching up with the laundry and things while working through the first days of school with your kids.