Saturday, July 30, 2011

Epiphany Crafts and Best Creations in the house!

Hi all, it's me again! Today I am sharing some layouts I made for a swap between Epiphany Crafts design team and Best Creation Inc. I was given the entire "Travel Forever" line to play with! That worked out wonderfully for me since I had some photos of some of our summer excursions that I had yet to document.
This first layout is of Brad taking in the landscape at Stinson Beach. It just so happened to be a clear summer day on the typically foggy California coast line, so we were taking full advantage!
I call this one "Live in the spirit of adventure". He has such an adventurous spirit and love for life. It is one of the things that we have in common and something I hope that he never, ever loses. I feel like this picture sort of captures his adventurous side (especially since I know he had to hop a fence to be able to hike up to this peak)!
This picture is from that same day. It details some of our activities that day. We had a good time playing frisbee, flying the kite, boogy boarding and having a picnic on the beach.
This one is from when Brad's parents made their very first trip from Ohio out to California to visit! We had a great time showing them around San Francisco and succesfully exhausted them and ourselves in the process. lol We showed them the Palace of Fine Arts, The Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Ghiradelli Square and dined at Alioto's just to name a few! See what I mean? Exhausting!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. If you get a chance stop by Epiphany Crafts and Best Creations and take a look at some of their newest offerings.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Nature walk

One day while we were camping at Patrick's Point me and my little man set off on a little adventure. He wanted to see where each path and fork in the road led and I obliged him as I knew it would be a little bonding time for us as well as a great opportunity to take some photos of the foliage around the area. With camera in hand, or on back rather, we set off on our nature walk.On occasion he would check to make sure I was still with him since I was stopping here and there taking photos of stuff. This pretty little flower is called "Queen Anne's Lace". It grows wild and some were over 6 feet tall!Look at how they close in on the trails.Ferns were growing all over the place. There were parts of the forest that felt kind of tropical with the flowers and ferns even though it was in Northern California.These flowers bloomed from what looked like pea pods which I thought was pretty interesting.You can't really tell from the picture, but these creatures are actually pretty large for a slug. They are called "Banana Slugs" and I think it's pretty obvious as to why.I loved this little leaf because it looks like a heart. ♥This is actually a weed and not a flower, but I loved how the condensation had settled inside the little prickles.The are is so green and lush.We took some time out to enjoy the beautiful views.
And to allow him some time to enjoy one of his favorite features of the area, "The Sand Wall".

Our little excursion ended up lasting several hours and we were both pretty tired when we returned, but we wouldn't have had it any other way.
Thanks again for spending a little time with me.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

This is one of the fantastic, unbelievable views up at Patrick's Point State Park. This place is full of natural splendor and beauty and I truly enjoy spending time up here.
My kids and I spent a week camping at Patrick's Point with both of my sisters and their families and a few friends. In all we had a group of 13 that took up 2 camp sites. Here is a glimpse of one of the sites. This picture was taken from the rim trail and our tent is the blue one.
Here is what was directly behind our tent.Magnificent,isn't it? We were lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves every single night. It was such a pleasure and a sound that no "sound machine" no matter how sophisticated can every reproduce!
This is a view of the "puppy palace" where the doggies camped out some of the time.
They were even given chairs to lounge in by the campfire. Tell me these dogs aren't spoiled?! lol
The littles enjoying some beach time.

Here is a view of Palmer's Point. We went down at low tide and had lots of fun tide pooling. Getting down isn't really a problem, there is a well maintained, albeit steep, trail. It is quite a hike up however, but well worth the efforts!
My nephews and my son checking out the sea life in the tide pools. I thought for a moment one of my nephews was going to get a little wet because he was so close to the water and precariously perched on a rock. lol
There were sea anemones, urchins and starfish EVERYWHERE!

We even got to see some seals sunning themselves on the rocks. This is just a few of them but they were my favorite because of the two babies. Aren't they just the cutest little things you ever saw?!?!?
That's a small glimpse into my camping trick. I took some photos on me and my son's nature walk that I will share with you in a future post. For now, thanks for stopping by!

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