Monday, December 22, 2008

A Weekend Away

We are back! Did you miss us? I would have posted a getaway note on Friday, but our computer was uncooperative. I could say a lot of nasty things about AT&T's U-verse, but we'll just leave it as "It was installed on Thursday, and on Friday our computer ceased to function."

We've since fixed the problem ourselves, after waiting HOURS for AT&T to show up. They came at 5:20pm, for their scheduled 10am appointment. By then, we were GONE. If you're sensing some hostility towards AT&T on my part, at this point, you are quite perceptive. It is definitely there.

Anyhoo... to get back to my get out of town story...

We decided to try a little pre-Christmas family get-together this year, and rather than stay in toasty Visalia (where it's been 45 degrees), we headed for the mountains. Our destination? Tenaya Lodge, on the outskirts of Yosemite. It's a two hour drive from the valley floor to the majestic snow-covered mountains.

Isn't it beautiful? Indoors they really get into the Christmas spirit, and decorate with lots of greenery, lights and big red bows. Here is a picture of their real tree, taken from the second story balcony...

There are a number of things to do, including ice-skating, cross-country skiing, taking a sleigh ride or snowshoeing. We chose the latter. Here's a picture at the beginning of our hike...

They look pretty excited, don't they?

And this is what the winter wonderland looked like, as we made our way through it...

jing, jing, jing, jing...could that be sleigh bells ring, jing, jingling? Indeed it could. Look what came around the corner!

The little dog, running ahead of them, ran out of the picture. She was the perfect accessory.

Finally, here is a picture of the five of us, gathered together at the base of the tree.

We're missing two family members. Allison's husband stayed home to work, and our son Andrew is winding up his trip to Japan. Who knows when we will all be together again in person, but we always hold them close in our heart.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!

1 comment:

pb said...

Looks good from a distance. Our snow and slush is not as senic. But we did venture out yesterday to spend a day at West Point Market and shoe buying and the mall. Had a great family dinner last night. The kids are wonderful the daughters beautiful.