I might not be feeling well, but that doesn't stop me from day dreaming of taking another bike trip.
I've just been laying around not doing much of anything, so I decided to view some of our old vacation pictures since it's raining outside and I can't even sit out in the sun and feel bad there today.
There were too many nice pictures to post so I just chose these. The first one is at Yellowstone Nat'l Park in July. It was a hot July day and then the next morning we woke up to snow. Imagine riding our motorcycles in snow. One little secret I'll let you in on....I've never been to Yellowstone that it hasn't snowed or sleeted while I've been there and I've always been there in July or August.
This next picture is of my youngest grandson Brandon and we're in northern California hiking through giant ferns in a young redwood forest. Everything was so lush and beautiful there that year and the ground so soft that Brandon was walking around without his shoes. Everything was so pristine and it seemed like no one was in that forest but us or had been. I like it when people take nothing but pictures and leave nothing behind but footprints. That way everyone can see the beauty that nature has to offer us, if we're all just willing to take care of it.
This is the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. I think Oregon has one of the most beautiful shorelines of any ocean I've seen. It's very scenic, but it's also windy and this day it was very cold. I'd been here before when it was warm enough to swim and enjoy the water, but not on this day.
This is another beautiful place that always looked like a park to me. It's part of Shady Oaks, our family's own private park. This section is known as "Pony Trail" because it used to be part of the trail that I, myself personally blazed through the forest, with axe & shovel, so that my children could safely ride their pony's without getting hung up on those thorny nasty green vines. I had to get that in because sometimes children forget all the times that I spent doing things just for them and for their pleasure.
At that time I blazed a trail for my children that spanned 20 acres up hills and down hollers. I got very good at uprooting trees, shrubs & vines without much effort. At first I chopped the trees down and dug out the roots...it took a lot of time. Then I quickly learned that if I dug around the roots first I could topple the tree down by just pushing it back & forth, and at the same time uproot the root as the tree fell. Needless to say, I never went to the gym...I didn't have to since I also chopped up the tree for firewood and carried it back to our little cabin for our winter heat. That's just some of what I did for fun and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Now it's left for the next generation to take care of...not just Shady Oaks, but the whole world.