Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rebel without a Cache

Our trip to northeast Indiana gave us a reason
to stop at James Dean's grave site to discover another geocache.
 After 57 years he still has admirers.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Snowy Pokagon Woods

After our fun on the toboggan run, 
we took a short hike into the snowy woods.

Touchdown tree
Lonidaw Lake
 snowy nest
Woodpecker hole
A pop of color

Sunday, January 29, 2012


We headed up to Pokagon State Park to try the toboggan run.

Hmmmm, it doesn't look too scary.

The toboggan run and the warming center

 The view from the top!

Coming out of the chute.


A quarter of a mile long track.

Heading back up!

Snowballs or not, we had fun!

Sunday Sentiment

Friday, January 27, 2012


A nearby parks department is having a contest to find geocaches.
Geocaching is like treasure hunting, 
except instead of a map, you are given the coordinates
and use a GPS enabled device to find a hidden container.
My daughter, an avid geocacher, with two of her kids & myself set out on the adventure.

The geocache team headed down an urban trail.

There it is!
Usually the caches have a small toy or momento inside.
This one had shoe patches from the parks department.
We found this micro geocache, a tiny capsule, in the hole in this stone wall.
Wonder where the cache is?
Found it!
Tired little geocachers.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Back Home

I'm back home to Indiana & winter.
We've gotten a little snow.

Creek starting to freeze

snowy antler

 Baby its cold outside!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

One of our final treks was to
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.
We saw lots of varieties of cacti and succulents.

Hiked along the Queen Creek Riparian area, 
past Ayers Lake through a Eucalyptus forest and
saw Australian, Chihuahuan, and Sonoran Desert areas.

Past the Boyce Thompson Picket Post House

And the Clevenger House,
home of the original settler.
We also saw some of the fruitful plants found in the area,
such as these pomegranates,
as well as pecan, olive & pistachio trees.
A great way to end our visit to the desert.

So long Arizona.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction

While in Arizona, we attended the Barrett Jackson auction.
Although this was hubby's idea, I ended up enjoying myself.
This event is huge with thousands of classic & muscle cars
and anything else related to moving vehicles.

The cars may have been old, but they looked anything but.

Everything gleamed and sparkled.

They don't make them like they used to.
(Pierce Arrow hood ornament)

Did anyone else ever hit their head on one of these as a child?

 My favorite

Lots of chrome

This hearse carried President Kennedy's body.

Muscle car

Gas truck

Pink Cadillac

Hot Rod

Sports car

Miss Kitty car

Macho truck

Farm truck

Need a cab?

Can't afford 4 tires?
How about 3?

VW truck 

They even remembered underage drivers

That says it all!