Friday, January 23, 2015

The End of 2014

In October we began "Chuck and Rita's Great National Parks Adventure".

On our way to Utah we stopped in Denver to see Sarah and went to the beautiful Chihuly glass exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. 

The exhibit was great in the daylight but spectacular at night!

We then headed to Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. Getting up early and arriving at Landscape Arch trailhead at 5:45 a.m., we hiked the .9 mile trail in the dark using a LED flashlight. Here is Landscape Arch right after sunrise.

Later in the afternoon, we hiked the "moderately strenuous" Delicate Arch trail and made it in about an hour with steep inclines on slickrock and a narrow ledge at the very end of the climb.

The next day we drove to Canyonlands National Park.

We hiked a short trail to Mesa Arch.

Our very favorite park was Bryce Canyon National Park. Here is the view from Sunset Point.

 We found a very photogenic raven at Pondersosa Point in Bryce Canyon.

 We stopped at Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park and hiked the Taylor Creek trail for about two hours. There was a beautiful stream along the canyon floor.

One of the waterfalls leading to Emerald pools at Zion.

 We stayed at the Kelly Place Bed and Breakfast outside Cortez, Colorado, where we met our guide for a 5-hour archaeology hike on the Kelly Place property and into the Canyon of the Ancients.

Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America, is in Mesa Verde National Park.

 Heading back to Kansas, we stopped at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

The park contains the tallest dunes in North America and covers more than 30 square miles.

Great National Park Adventure!

The week before Christmas Joan, Katy and I went to see the Christmas lights at Silver Dollar City.

 Christmas on Quincy Street

 Let it snow!

 Christmas Day was spent at Joan's house.

Lots of delicious food!

 Ted joined us in Pittsburg the Saturday after Christmas. Thanks for the champagne, Katy!

 Dinner with family and friends on the Sunday after Christmas.
P.S. Our version of Finger Wars, Megan!

Dinner was followed by poker.

2014 was a good year on Quincy's street!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Look Back at 2014. . .Part 3

One of our favorite highlights of the summer was traveling to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, 
for a Second Saturday Music concert. The weather was beautiful, the music was outstanding
and Andrew and Bekah outdid themselves flatfooting!

Here's a glimpse of that evening. . .

Thanks Bill and Dee Dee. . .we're looking forward to Second Saturday Music 2015!

We also did a little hiking last summer and hiked the Elk River trail near Independence, Kansas.
It was a beautiful, uncrowded trail and we'll definitely go back.

 It was a dubious start!

It was almost like the Ozarks. . .but in Kansas!

 We never did identify this plant.

On our way to Colorado, we stopped at Monuments Rocks, a series of large chalk formations, located south of Oakley, Kansas.

In Burlington, Colorado, we stopped at the Kit Carson County Carousel which features 
hand-carved and painted wood animals made in Philadelphia in 1905.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Look Back at 2014. . .Part 2

Springtime on Quincy Street. . .

New pottery

In April we visited beautiful Petit Jean State Park in west central Arkansas to hike and see the dogwoods.

The Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park was built in 1933 by the CCC.

We had lunch at Mather Lodge and sampled the hot water cornbread appetizer.

View from the patio of Mather Lodge

We hiked the Cedar Falls trail

Cedar Falls was well worth the 2.5 mile hike

We also explored the Rock House cave and viewed the prehistoric rock art.

Chuck at the Petit Jean State Park overlook

There were a variety of butterflies along the Seven Hollows Trail.

In May our spring gardening began with planting the window boxes.

Our geraniums were beautiful all summer.

In June we began cataloging, tagging and photographing our daylilies.

We ended up with 52 different varieties of daylilies collected over the years.