This week I will take you back to when we traveled
to the Redwoods in Northen California.
My first trip was in 1963 with my family. Being 6 years old, the cute little blonde on the bottom left, I remember just a few details of this trip. At Confussion Hill, besides the Shoe House, there is the Gravity House and a train ride that takes you up the mountain.
My hubby and I took our first vacation together through the Redwoods in 1977. We found the Old Drive Thru Tree I remember going though when I went as a child.
Then again, in 1979, we took another trip and found the shoe house.
This time the picture was of me and our daughter.
Our next up was in 1980 with my hubby's parents. We were heading to Orcas Island, Washington and stopped for lunch at Richardson Grove. Our daughter was just walking and didn't take her long to acquire balance in the motorhome.
It was a very special trip with many memories.
We were to take one more trip through the Redwoods before we moved away in 1994. It was 1991 and we were headed to Eureka for my nieces graduation from High School. Our first stop was Richardson Grove. Our twin boys loved the adventure going through the Junior Ranger Program. Our daughter though, was not as adventureous and would hang out at the campsite, reading and listening to her walkman. So much so, that she drained the battery in the truck and had to have a ranger jump start it for us. One night, while sitting around the campfire, telling the usuall ghost stories a campfire invites, right when I was getting to the part that upon itself makes kids jump out of their skins with just the normal actions, my hubby had taken a drink of brandy and at the perfect moment, spit it into the fire. Immedately the flames jump 5 feet high and the kids just as high off their seats.
The next day, we headed out toward our destination and stopped at Confussion Hill. I believe I got another picture of the my kids in the Shoe House. We spent the day playing around the hill, riding the train and exporing.
It is stories like this that I wish I had all our photos of our journeys more organized and on the computer.
Don't forget to link up your Take Me Back Tuesday and see where other went back to.
Some people can really spin a web. Some people spin such webs that others get caught in them. They work hard to lure and capture others in their web.
Some people believe they are a puppet master. They pull strings and yank at the heart of others.
I can honetly say that I do not spin any webs nor use others as puppets. I work hard in cleaning the webs off my walls. I also found it was more enjoyable to watch a puppet show then to put one on. This is not to say I am always good or always right, just that I try to do the right thing, act on the truth, share the truth, learn from the truth, and be blessed by the truth. The path along this road might not be easy, but so long as I keep focused on the truth at hand, why I am or was fighting for that truth, God always seems to reward me in the end.
And what about those closets...
My closets are clean, well organized, and can be opened anytime. Though there are some things in there I am not proud of, it did create growth and knowledge. We all learn from our mistakes and they will always remain a part of me but not control me. So I say, let them spin away, because my house is clean. When it seems to get cluttered by all the junk and webs, most of what is usually created by others, though my fault of letting them into my heart and home, I bring in the cleaning crew. With their help, all that junk, all those webs, all that clutter, is taken care of. I'll watch the puppet show, laugh or cry through it, and I will remember it is just a show. I believe there is only one Master and that is God!
"This award means you're really going places, Baby.
You'll still be blogging about your great adventures
10 years from now, and I'll still be reading them."
In order to accept this award, I first have to express
where I think my life will be in 10 years....
Here's were the HOPEFUL comes...
In 10 years....My oldest 'Grand' will be graduating from High School.
I HOPE I am here to see it!
Having a body filled with multiple tumors, unable to remove them, only God knows how long I will be around. It will be 10 years this October since they removed 13 and I almost died in the process. So long as they continue to grow slowly as they have been, continue to remain benign, don't rupture, I HOPE to be here as long as God has planned for me to be. Another 10 years would be awesome!
In the time God allows me, I plan to continue enjoying and loving Our Journey Through LIFE! Watch our 'Grands' grow, play and experience all they can.
There are still places I HOPE to go...Trips and travels with our 'Grands' to places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Redwoods to name a few. I HOPE to go on a cruise through the Panama Canal. I HOPE to go to other NASCAR races like Bristol, Charlotte, and Dover.
There are still things I HOPE to see...The volcano spilling into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii. The launching of a Space Shuttle, The White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and The Smithsonian.
There are still experiences I HOPE to have...A ride in a real race car, not one of the pace type cars I have already done, but a real, loud and vibrating race car. To make that experience even more memoriable, to have Jimmie Johnson drive the car would take the experience over the top. I HOPE I can experience a trip down the Colorado River, where I am just the passenger,while others do all the work of navigating the white water.
So I HOPE the next 10 years are just as memoriable as the last 10 have been.
Now the rules call for me to share this award
with 10 of my blog friends and readers....
I am BLESSED to be able to pass this award onto my favorite bloggers, readers, and just simply wonderful people. It isn't easy to just pick 10 though. I enjoy them all, reading them and enjoy that they read me. They offer support, concern, and care and I am fortunate to have found such great people. I would love to give this award to ALL of them. So if you are not on the list of 10, don't feel left out, grab the award, and share it with your favorite bloggers or readers also.