Monday, September 14, 2009

California baby!

I took an impromptu trip to California in July to visit my Grandfather before he passed away. It was a complete blessing to be at his home with almost all of his living relatives, including my sister's children from the East Coast, when he died on July 20th. He was a truly extraordinary man who was a very gifted scientist and a warm loving Grandfather. He taught me how to play chess and draw and always made time for us grandchildren on weekends. The last words that he said to me were "Have fun," referring to a trip up to Lake Tahoe with my brother. He will live on fondly in my memory.

With nephew Alex

And niece Katherine!

I was lucky enough to catch a ride down to Santa Cruz with my sister Lauren and visit with some old friends. Good Times!

At Natural Bridges beach in Santa Cruz

Katherine's first time in the Pacific Ocean

Think she liked it?

With the nephew


Mmmmm...eating sand

That diaper must have been a treat

Bury me!

A few days later I celebrated my 23rd birthday with my brother David up in Lake Tahoe. We took our boat, the Night-Train, out for a memorable sunset sail. Thanks for another great birthday in Lake Tahoe Dave!

Brother Dave stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe

The Night-Train

Sunset over the lake from my brother's flat

The start of my birthday sunset cruise on the Night-Train, looking off the bow

Sunset cruise off the stern

Skipper Dave

Skipper and First-Mate

Sun is getting lower

The clown himself, check out the clouds

More and more color

An absolute explosion of color!

Dark water, great sky

Back inside the breakwater. What a great birthday present. Thanks Dave!