Go Take a Hike

A weekend off blogging? Me? NOOOOOOO!

Yesssss!

Surprisingly enough i'm getting into the holiday spirit, and enjoying it. Which also meant a few days off of blogging, not for lack of mind-spew but just a nice break.

The weekend was full of family time, a fun Christmas party with girlfriends and pomegranate martinis, and a very cool hike.

The day started out clear and cool. Perfect day for a hike.
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These guys were rock climbing...all the kids want to try it someday. I don't. I don't fear heights, just falling.
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Papa T joined us and snapped a family shot just as we headed toward some caves.
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There were a few that "required" flashlights, but we had our cell phone pinlights to help us through. *yikes*

K wanted to spend the rest of the weekend at this reservoir throwing rocks in.
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Can you find where X marks the spot?
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The day got cooler and the clouds rolled in preparing for a storm, yet the scenery was serene.
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A stellar jay anticipates rain.
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At the end of our hike we saw swarms of ladybugs on many a tree trunk. They were kinda creepy like this, gave me the willies.
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When ladybugs attack.
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1.8 miles later we reached the car. As soon as we left, it began to pour rain. It was lovely. Lovely that we missed hiking in it. Ooh Hubby wouldn't have heard the end of it! ;)

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  1. angi_b72 said...

    beautiful pictures!

  2. Braja said...

    Great photos Jen...especially the ladybugs...but that shot of the family? It's kinda eerie cos you start thinking, "er....who's takin' the photo....?"

  3. Braja said...

    And oh boy I'm lovin' your Xmas playlist! John Lennon's song is my favorite...makes me cry every time...

  4. Cindy said...

    Amazing pictures! Pomegranate martinis..Someone made me one, I really liked them..Mmmm, sounds good (for tonight!)

  5. georgie said...

    WOW those pix are awesome! Looks like a place mr gp would LOVE to visit

  6. Ranch Girl said...

    I was wondering what happened to you! Glad you took some time off - we all deserve it. And, I'm so sad I missed the party - maybe next year ... too bad we can't have pomegranate martinis at CH!

  7. Jen said...

    Those pictures are GORGEOUS!! Looks like you had a fun weekend!

  8. jill jill bo bill said...

    Gorgeous shots!So glad you stayed dry and the lady bugs didn't carry off your kids.

  9. kalea_kane said...

    Great pictures! I just found you while blog browsing. :) Have a great Monday!

  10. Ali said...

    Look at those lady bugs! One--cute. Hundreds--creepy!

  11. Tenakim said...

    beautiful! The ladybugs though- I hate those, but everything else gorgeous!!! I had a dream you were pregnant- what's more disturbing... you being pregnant or me dreaming about you???

  12. Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

    what a beautiful place to walk...great pictures.

  13. April said...

    Wow...that is a beautiful location for a hike...and your photos, as always, are fabulous!

  14. Soxy Deb said...

    "when ladybugs atttack" - lol
    sounds like the beginning of a 20/20 episode or something. too funny.

    I saw the "X"!! You take some amazing pics.

  15. Elisabeth said...

    Those are great pictures! And the ladybugs, just wow!

  16. Jay @halftime lessons said...

    I seriously love your pictures, Jen.
    That was a beautiful place, and you looked beautiful in it!

    Thanks for sharing that one...great post.

    Jay

    ps- dont forget to get entered for our grand prize giveaway this week...this one is for the big one...

    Jay @ HalftimeLessons.com

  17. Ramblin' Red said...

    Great pics!

    So jealous of your "cool" weather. It was double digits BELOW ZERO this morning here!

  18. Linda S said...

    beautiful photos. 1.8 miles! that's like like a marathon with young kids...and a husband...glad it was a fun family weekend!

  19. Ann's Rants said...

    I especially love the last photo--very cool.

  20. Tony said...

    Great pics. There was no hiking around here this weekend. Just trying to stay warm. 8" of snow and a high of 21.

  21. Jamey said...

    no fair my pictures never come out that good when I go there! I LOVE the lady bug one!

  22. Swirl Girl said...

    Ladybugs are about as 'communing with nature' as I like to get!

    You are so brave!!

  23. Spice said...

    Great pictures!!! I took the weekend off form blogging too - just too busy. :)
    http://spiceworld.us

  24. Tasha said...

    Looks like fun! I love the ladybug one. It's cool but it gives me the creepy crawlies at the same time. :P

  25. PaulsHealthblog.com said...

    Nice. Here it is 30 degrees and sleeting!

  26. Lori said...

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures!

  27. HappyHourSue said...

    Those are some gorgeous shots. But if I'd been with you at those caves, you'd be all: " Hold up, kids...Aunt Sue has to take her Xanax..."

  28. Merrie said...

    Beautiful shots! We haven't been up there since March, but the kids made me too nervous on the hike back. Did you find a safer way for K? We'll have to talk about that.
    Odd ladybug swarm!

  29. Rachel said...

    sounds like you had a great family weekend!

  30. Elaine A. said...

    Oooh, love all the pics, especially the family pic!

    We went hiking while on our mommy/daddy only trip over the weekend and the weather changed on us too. The wind was CRAZY!

  31. Shannon said...

    Gorgeous pictures, Jen! What a fabulous day. I love hiking . . . however all our hiking trails are fairly snow-covered right now! No lady bugs here, lol! All frozen solid.

  32. Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

    Sounds (and looks) like a fabulous weekend!

  33. Over Coffee - the green edition said...

    Those are some great pics Jen! I know exactly where that is. We use to hike there all the time…before we moved away ;-(

  34. Clare said...

    looks like a wonderful hike!! i haven't been as good with the blogging either, too much to do:)

  35. xoxo, collette said...

    Nice pictures! I wish I had the time (or the energy) to go for a nice family hike! You have a very lovely family, by the way! =)

  36. derfina said...

    Those ladybugs remind me of a Stephen King movie I saw once. *shudder*

  37. Krystyn said...

    Bea-u-ti-ful!

    Well, except the lady bugs...because, now I'm itchy, and feel like bugs are crawling on me!

  38. liz said...

    mindspew. . . I never thought of blogging like that. . . I like it!

  39. beth said...

    I can't explain it, but I think ladybugs are cool, not creepy at all.

  40. Real Live Lesbian said...

    Fabulous photos! I'm lovin' that X!

    And ladybugs are cool...until they invade your house. They come to my place to die. Lucky me. ;)

  41. ♥spoiled mommy♥ said...

    Oh my goodness, your pictures are magnificent!
    LOVE the ladybugs one...holy cow, theres so many!
    Its beautiful there...what a beautiful place where you live.

  42. Minxy Mimi said...

    Thats beautiful. I love lady bugs, but that would so creep me out too!

  43. Tiaras and Tantrums said...

    oh sounds like a gorgeous day!
    Love the photos

  44. topsytechie said...

    I'm kind of with K on this one...is there any problem that can't be solved by throwing rocks into a reservoir??

  45. Fifi Flowers said...

    I had ladybugs like that in my bedroom one year... it was CRAZY!

  46. Elaine said...

    Beautiful photos. I have been on a forced bloggy break. I am way to late trying to catch up...

  47. Shonda Little said...

    The ladybugs are amazing!

  48. Audrey said...

    This is extremely weird, I know, but I am soooooo scared of ladybugs! They are so gross! That picture gives me the wibby gibbies! :)

  49. Rebecca a.k.a. Mum said...

    What a beautiful looking are to go on a hike....LOVE all those lady bugs, how totally cool is that!!!

    Glad you missed the rain, it has been pissing down here since the weekend...PITB. :\

  50. flickrlovr said...

    Great shots-looks like Pinnacles :)
    MAJOR lucky that you got out of there before the rain hit-that wouldn't have been fun! Those ladybugs ARE creepy...ewwww...

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