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Sat, 30 Dec 2017

Eclipse 2017

We'd anticipated the total solar eclipse for about two years. We didn't really know what to expect with regard to traffic. Luckily, Melody and Calvin lived in the path of totality, so we were able to camp on their lawn and didn't have to pay outrageous prices for a hotel room, as some people did. We took two days off work, and drove to Provo, picking up Bryan and his friend Claire there, then on to Rexburg with a totally packed car. We had been warned to take everything we'd need in case of huge crowds. It was not necessary.

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Melody and I had planned food and she'd done the shopping. We had fun eating and playing games and anticipating the actual eclipse, which of course only lasted about 3 minutes. 

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Michael, Jenny, and Ollie were staying with friends nearby, so we met at a nearby park to see them.

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Calvin's friend (who took their wedding pix) came to take pictures of the eclipse. His were good.

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We hung around waiting for the first contact. Melody had provided eclipse glasses.

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  The shadows turned into ellipses.

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Our car was too  packed to bring the big camera, so this is what I took with my cell phone.

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It got dark. Not as dark as I remember in Guatemala.

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And then the sun started to come back. Everyone cheered and we needed the glasses again.

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 We drove home, dropping Bryan and Claire off in Provo, stopping briefly to see his new car. It has a spoiler. Enough said.

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posted at: 23:43 |


Summer 2017

When Thomas and I got back from San Francisco, Marc suggested that we take a day and go to a local ComicCon together. It was pretty fun. I was impressed with all the art work there. 

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 Then I had a week of training for a new class that I was going to teach, AP Environmental science. It was held at a local high school and was fun. I was looking forward to teaching a subject that I love. he picture is of the garden at the school.  Since I have a school garden too, I was hoping that I could incorporate the garden in my teaching more.We hung insect traps to get an idea of what was hanging around the garden.

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  On July 2nd, Marc had a birthday and his usual lasagna and ice cream cake.

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 I went to visit Dad and Sheila and their new kitten, Sunny. He/she is really adorable.I say that because they thought it was a girl at first, but then found out it is a he. We kept calling him "her". Very confusing.

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Besides playing with the cat, we had a nice time visiting, and playing cards.  

Then I drove to Fresno where I also got to visit with Mom and Wayne. We went to a play at Roger Rocka's Second Space. 

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I then drove back north to visit Claudia in Coloma. Again, visiting was the priority, but we also went berry picking.

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  Did you know that geese will eat berries off the vine? I didn't.

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Summer was extra short this year, because school was to start two weeks earlier than usual. So I am nearing the end of summer now. Just a few precious weeks left. I had fun sewing a couple of wall hangings for my classroom. I learned to sew with my glasses on from now on. To learn the lesson cost me a trip to the emergency room with a needle in my finger. 

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My drive home from Placerville had been so much fun because I had taken a new route and come over highway 88 and driven along the back side of the Sierra. When I'd gotten home I'd suggested to Marc that we take my final week of vacation (and Marc's only week) and go to the same area. We visited with Dad and Sheila again, and this time they took us to Calico. It was a beautiful day for a visit. 

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  Then Marc and I drove on. We found Lake Tahoe unusually high after a good snowfall year.

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We stayed at Sorenson's in Hope  Valley for two nights.

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And explored the area. I miss the mountains still.

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We saw lots of wildflowers.

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We stayed in a cabin.

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  On the way home we stopped at Mono Lake.

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And continued on to  Mammoth Mountain and Devil's Postpile.

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The whole trip was very  relaxing and a nice way to end the summer.

 

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