Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oak tree

Kelton and Daddy in a lovely old oak tree at the top of our hike at Foothill today. Brennan said he needed a big ladder to join in.


The little kids have snack with David while the big kids ride bikes at the park.

Bobcat !

Kelton and I watched the bobcats at the zoo next to his school.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Hiking around Artists Palette, we found green, purple, white and red rocks in addition to the more usual browns. The kids thought that was very nifty.

Three canyon sliders

The little guys were not convinced about hiking on the way up the canyon, but they sure loved sliding down the marble on the way back.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Giftshop cowboy

Two little boys in a big canyon

Weston and Brennan played rock throwing games in Golden Canyon. Kelton impressed all of us by catching a chuckwalla lizard. David took lots of photos, but we can't upload until we get home. Two tired little boys are napping, hopefully they'll be up in time to hike out into the sand dunes this afternoon.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cactus hike

In the northern part of Death Valley, as the elevation increases there are a some cacti. We pulled off the road and went exploring. We saw barrel cactus, cholla, and beavertails. Some of the beavertails had big bites taken out of them. Both Weston and Brennan were very excited that a page from their book, "Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar", was there in real life. Did Rabbit do it?

Kelton found huge spines that were all that was left of a barrel cactus. On the ride back to Furnace Creek he said that now he could recognize the cacti from the car since he'd seen them up close.

Canyon walk

We hiked up Natural Bridges Canyon this morning. The troops were a bit fussy, but we did make it to the bridge formation. Here the guys are exploring a little grotto.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Environmental art

Kelton showed me around Palo Alto's newest environmental sculpture. His class toured it earlier in the day so he was able to tell me all about it. He emphasized that I wasn't allowed to pull out the sticks. I wonder how he learned that tidbit?

Another lovely hike

Enjoyed a new trail at Foothill Park today. Then we spent a lazy hour lounging on the dock while the kiddos dabbled in the lake.

In the garden

Brennan was so excited to go out alone with mommy, that I felt terrible that it was just a trip to Stanford for an ultrasound. To make it up to him a bit since he was so patient at his appointment, we went to Gamble Garden afterwards and enjoyed the February sunshine.

Cleaning help

Look mommy I cleaned off the shelves!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Tahoe ski evening

Tahoe boys ski trip, part 2

Tahoe boys ski trip, part 1

Friday, February 04, 2011

Hanging with Dad

Hanging with Dad after some bird watching at Baylands.

Treat time

Brennan and Weston got to share in the ice cream treat Kelton earned. Weston wanted purple chocolate. But settled for purple while Brennan had pink. Kelton had mint chip, but didn't want his picture taken.