Time sure goes by when you are
having fun or your memory is
failing. I hope I am having fun.
I see family members pretty often
now. Of course they are
coming to see Mom now who is 89 years old. I am 71 myself, but who is
anyway? Sam is now almost as tall as I am. I see him checking out other
members. He is way taller than my niece Jannette Sherman, but then, who
My favorite in-law uncle Philip
passed away this year. I’m
glad I got to see him at the New
wedding last year.
In addition to the comics, I check
out the obituaries but
originally I just checked to see if I could tell they were Mormon or
on information in the first paragraph. No one dies of course. They pass
their maker or go home but they don’t use the D word. Anyway; the
point; now I
check their age. Older, younger, younger, younger. I begin to face my
I long ago decided I didn’t want to
sleep on the ground on
camping trips, so it is good we have a tent trailer and get out into
from time to time. We got out to our favorite place on the Salmon River. It is two places actually, one
place, Seven Devils, is at
8,000 feet altitude and you have to know how to keep from frying your
the way up and how to preserve your brakes on the way down. I think I
now. We got a GPS receiver so we could find our way home if we got lost
We tried to go around the back side of Babel
peak to see some distant lakes and on the way around, Sam decided he
go over the top. Eva and I had the GPS and after a while we realized we
couldn’t get there from where we were. Unfortunately, Sam didn’t know
because he took his own route and we were some worried parents until we
able to get voice contact with Sam on the mountain.
The second place which is only 25
miles away is right on the Salmon River
just as it emerges
wilderness area. This part of the river is known as the River of No Return
as it passes through hundreds of miles of wild habitat. At our campsite
grove of fruit trees used by wild deer for treats. The river bank is
the water is clean and cool. The weather can be in the hundreds at the
camp and freezing at the mountain camp so we get two vacations in one
finally made our trip to Southern Utah
and it was very spectacular. I had
always wanted to
photograph a slot canyon and we found one, not far from Bryce Canyon.
We also saw Zion Canyon, Kodachrome Basin
surrounding areas. It became
clear to us that we could spend a month in the area and not see it all.
It is a
vast area of great beauty. I won’t be able to show much in our printed
newsletter but for those of you who have good internet connections,
to my Gallery and see the Utah
pictures at: http://www.pbase.com/photoleon
trip proved to be quite costly in auto repairs. We wore out the front
our van on washboard roads and got bad replacement axels that had to be
replaced again in Boise
when we got home. Also our engine kept cutting out at high speed and in
mountains and we had major timing sensor repairs in Cedar City.
Oh, it was good to be home again. It
wasn’t long after that
the driver side door began to fall off of the van and we had to have it
back on. It’s a good thing the market did well this year because we
over our budget on car repairs.
The bottom line is we had a great
year all-in-all and we hope
you did too. Happy New Year!