This is where we usually go to spend some time while camping, it’s called Dinkey Creek. It’s been my favorite spot for many years and my family shares my love for it.
I love the picture because of the reflection of the sky in the water.
The water was very cold but that didn’t stop us from getting in.
Standing on a bridge that runs over the creek I took this picture of the grandkids enjoying the icy water.
One of the favorite attractions at Dinkey Creek is the natural rock slide that kids as well as adults love sliding down into the clear water at the bottom.
I can’t wait till next summer!
When our cousins drove us through the University of Texas we passed by this beautiful mansion. We asked her to stop so we could take some pictures.
It belonged to a prominent citizen of Austin, George Littlefield who bequeathed it to the university.
Unfortunately it is not open to the public, but is used by the university for different functions.
As we continued to take our pictures two workers were passing by and mentioned that it is known to be a haunted mansion.
This past weekend our youngest daughter, two grandkids and myself escaped to the coast to get out of our Central Valley heat.
It really was our annual girl’s trip, but our oldest daughter was unable to make the trip, so her oldest son took her place.
When we arrived we were greeted with fog at Morro Bay. Fog is my enemy because my hair turns into one big ball of frizzy, fuzzy, uncontrollable big head of hair.
But at least it was cool and we were loving it.
The kids managed to do some boogie boarding the next day, which started with more fog but the sun finally appeared making a beautiful day at the beach.
It looked like everyone from the valley had escaped to come to the beach.
We enjoyed our little trip. Here’s hoping we can do this again next year because it’s getting harder and harder to get together with the kids.
What a wonderful time my oldest daughter and I had visiting our cousins in Austin, Texas, my birthplace.
We had lots of fun acting like tourists and taking many pictures at different locations.
Downtown Austin is filled with unique and interesting places. We came across the Bat Bar.
For those that have never been to Austin, there are thousands of bats that live under the Congress Bridge and come out in the evenings to amaze many tourists.
We also walked to the State Capitol. It’s such a beautiful building.
On my list of things to see was the old Briskill Hotel, it’s been around since 1886.
San Antonio was our next stop. The river walk was crowded with tourists like us. The water looked so refreshing on this hot, humid day. It’s beautiful with all the sidewalk cafes and the boats that cruise the river.
Before we went to the river walk we visited the San Antonio Mexican Market square, which I love because it reminds me of Mexico. While there, we had lunch at the famous and popular restaurant, Mi Tierra. This is the most colorful and vibrant restaurant I have ever been to. With Mariachis singing and the beautiful decorations hanging from the ceiling and walls you feel like its one big party, plus the food is delicious!
We also had the pleasure of visiting The Magnolia Market and Square in Waco. This was on my daughter’s and my bucket list. What a thrill to be there to see the huge silos and the gardens, plus the shops.
Here we are with our cousins that so graciously took us to visit these places. We are so appreciative of their kindness and Texas hospitality.
There was so much more, but I don’t like to write long blogs. But this is one vacation that I won’t forget!💜❤️💜❤️
P.S. If you ever get an opportunity you should visit Texas, there is so much to see and so much history.
Every year our family goes to San Francisco to watch a Giants game. This year everyone was able to make it which made this trip extra special.
Willie McCovey is always there to greet us.
The company my husband retired from has a special game day where they provide a tailgate lunch which we get to enjoy so we don’t go into the ballpark hungry.
This picture is from last year, but this is the beautiful view that you can see from the ballpark.
This year the game was extra exciting taking 14 innings to get a winner, which was the Giants. But unfortunately I missed the home run that won the game. I did get to hear the roar of the crowd
Our youngest grandchild loves to watch all the ships that cross our view, like this tugboat Annie pulling this ship out to sea.
And of course we always take a family group picture for memories sake. 💜❤️💜❤️
No, not like the movie, but a fun trip with two daughters, a granddaughter and myself.
We laughed at silly things that probably no one else would laugh at. We teased each other without getting mad, and we shared one bathroom without yelling at one another.
Every girl needs a trip like this.
We visited Mission Santa Barbara, which was beautiful and full of California history.
The beaches were lovely. We watched the sunset at Ventura Beach.
In downtown Santa Barbara we tasted a new food, Goa tacos, which were different from what we are familiar with, but were very tasty.
On one afternoon we managed to beat everyone else to the spa at our hotel.
And because we had such a successful trip, we celebrated by treating ourselves to some yummy ice cream treats.
If you’re ever in Bakersfield, California, you’ll need to visit Rosemary’s Ice Cream Shop in the downtown area.
Next year, same time, different place.💗💜💗💜