Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kramer Sighting

Once again, the white van that may very well belong to a much beloved Military family has been spotted.

Let's take a look.

Belivibility Rating: 80%. This van sure looks like it could be the Kramer's. It is white, and looks big enough to seat all 9 of them. The van in the foreground may even be familiar.

However, it looks like they must have painted over most of the windows, which were there last time. It also looks slightly shorter than I remember.

Well, looks like we bombed out yet again, but tune in soon for the next


Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Cecilia!

Happy birthday to our favorite (and only) God-daughter! We hope your Mommy and Daddy get you a great birthday cake, and that you have lots of fun getting it all over your face and everywhere else within reach. Meanwhile, enjoy this virtual cake courtesy of the Mendoza Blog!

May God bless you on your special day, and may grace drop down upon you like dew.

I say "Happy!"

You say "Birthday!"



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yosemite Falls

Some have asked where the picture was taken up at the top of our blog. Well, that is Yosemite Falls, at least the parts you can see coming out of the clouds, on a weekend afternoon in February of 2010. Again, another one day visit. Yes, we have stayed at or near the park!

Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfalls in North America, coming in at 2,425 feet tall from top to bottom. It consists of three sections, the Upper Falls at 1,430 feet, the Middle Cascades at 675 feet, and the Lower Falls at 320 feet.

There is a short trail that leads up to the base of the Lower Falls. Here is a shot of the entire Falls as framed by trees on the trail.

Here is a different shot of the entire Falls as seen from Glacier Point. You can see the Middle Cascades here.
The Lower Falls.
In summer and autumn, the Falls can run completely dry. In winter, they may start to flow again, but at the base of the Upper, a cone of ice and snow can build up. A small cone is building up in this picture.

O ye frost and cold, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever. O ye ice and snow, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.
Daniel 3:69-70 (DRV)

Yet more waterfall pictures tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vernal Fall In Yosemite National Park

Since just about all the country is in the midst of the summer heat, here are some pictures to cool you down, or maybe to visit Yosemite National Park.

Last month, we took a one day visit to Yosemite to take one hike, the Mist Trail hike. This past winter saw a higher than normal snow pack. Vernal Fall would normally have a diminished water flow by now, but even now, at the beginning of August, the snow is still melting, and looks just like in the pictures.

All the blogs and websites we checked in preparation said that the Fall was full, swift, and very wet. We even bought ponchos in anticipation of getting wet, and they were well used!

About half a mile from the Trailhead at Happy Isle, you come to a Footbridge. Here is a view of Vernal Fall from that bridge. It is like it is enticing you to go further.

Half way up some 700 VERY WET steps, you catch this view of Vernal Fall. Sorry for these photos, but it was very wet, windy, and a bit difficult to shoot there. At least there is a rainbow at the bottom.

Was able to get this picture of the bottom of the Fall, again with another rainbow. The lens quickly got wet again.

At the very top of the Fall, you can see this view of the precipice of the Fall, as it goes 317 feet to the boulder-strewn bottom. We didn't even have to cross the barrier to get this picture, as it is spectacular enough as it is. You can feel the force of the water as it plunges over.

As the hart panteth after the fountains of water; so my soul panteth after thee, O God.
Psalm 41:2 (RDV)

We'll post some more waterfall pictures tomorrow.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Kramer Sighting: Baptist Edition

Kramers, how could you???

We saw the Kramer Bus recently at Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite. We figure it was them as a whole bunch of people got out of the van, from adults to small kids. It had California plates, although it seems to have been painted a silver color. The windows are tinted as well.

Believability Rating: 63%. Although the number of people who got out of the bus was about 10, there were no little children in the group, which make about half of the family.

The bus also appeared to belong to a Baptist church.

No luck this time. They did not come to California to visit friends, unfortunately.

Tune in next time for another edition of ...