Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016

Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016
Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016

Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mom! -- Fri., Mar. 15



Mom at 80 in Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas!
 
Dear Mom,

You're the Pisces in the sea
The chocolate in the cake
The life of the party 
To the garden, you're the rake

To our family, you're the Mom
To Dad you were the bomb(shell)
To friends you are the best
Our lives are richly blessed

You've seen 83 years
Felt love, pride, and fears
Have helped us through our tears 
And raised a few "Cheers!"

You give, and give, and give.
To our lives you give meaning,
Because you know how to live.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Happy Birthday, Mom! 


Here are some photo memories of your 2010, three-week, 80th birthday hiking trip. Let's make some more memories in Texas next week!!

For those of you who don't know my mom, here's a sample of what she's like. When we visited mom in her 79th year, Bob asked her what she would like to do for her 80th birthday. She replied, "Go hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park." So, that set in motion her three-week, 80th birthday trip.

I planned everything from Las Vegas to national parks, monuments, state parks, hiking and hotels. I made an itinerary binder that she could follow along each day. There were pocket sheets in the binder so she could put in brochures and postcards collected along the way. On the last day, it simply said, "Surprise." There was an envelope she couldn't open until the last day. Join us on our whirlwind trip of the desert southwest, Four Corners area.

Pisces, the fish -- Las Vegas, Wynn

ZION NATIONAL PARK

Mom on Emerald Pools hike.
Zion National Park
Emerald Pools hike.

Weeping Wall, Zion NP--Jan, Mom, Susan
Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion -- Mom
Canyon Overlook Trail - Jan

Canyon Overlook Trail
CORAL PINK SAND DUNES STATE PARK

Jan at Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Mom reading signs on nature trail -- Coral Pink Sand Dunes

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SANCTUARY

This was an unexpected delight on our trip. We only knew about it from a sign on the highway as we were driving by. I turned around and we went back to check it out...ended up on a 90-minute tour of their sanctuary. What a wonderful place. I want to volunteer here!




Best Friends Casa de Calmar -- adoptables.

Best Friends -- Casa de Calmar
Best Friends -- dog houses and dog runs. Dog Town TV show
filmed here.

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Me and Mom.
Gorgeous weather. Cold. Mom and my sister, Janyce.
Our ride (thank you, Louise!). Snow at Bryce on March 20, 2010
Lots and lots of snow!
Mom made little snowmen at all the overlooks.
Mom and Jan.
Hike down to Wall Street was mud, snow, ice, slush.
Easiest way down---slide!

Voila! Wall Street.
Goal attained. Mom made it INTO Bryce Canyon.

Mom climbing out of Wall Street.

Mom after climbing out of Wall Street. Amazing scenery!
Snow-covered Mossy Cave Trail.
Mossy Cave Trail to waterfall.

HIKE TO CALF CREEK FALLS, GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE

Susan, Jan, Mom
Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail...no snow here!
Lower Calf Creek Falls
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

The Castle


Cold and windy. Jan and Mom.
Goosenecks Point Lookout Trail--Mom and Jan.
Jan looks like an Eskimo, all bundled up.
Grand Wash walk.
GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK

Goblin Valley, Like Nowhere Else. Look at those hoodoos!
Mom and I, Goblin Valley
Jan and Mom, Goblin Valley
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goblin Valley.
Jan and Mom, Goblin Vally State Park
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, ISLAND IN THE SKY

Mesa Arch, Mom and Jan
We'll save this hike for another day.
Stormy skies
Moon and stormy sky--Green River Overlook
Green River Overlook
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

Landscape Arch hike -- Mom and I.
Broken Arch or Sand Dune Arch?
Which way do I go, Mom?

Narrow trail to Sand Dune Arch
Sand Dune Arch
Jan and Mom in Windows Area of Arches
Park Avenue, Arches
Mom at Delicate Arch, Arches
Delicate Arch Trail
Jan and Mom--Delicate Arch Trail
CANYONLANDS -- NEEDLES DISTRICT

Cave Spring Trail -- Mom and Jan. Fun trail!
Cave Spring Trail
Climbing ladder--Cave Spring Trail
 MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK


Cliff Palace View, Mesa Verde N.P.
 NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT

This is not lightweight hiking!
Jan and Mom on the steep part.
Proof we made it to the bottom of the canyon!
Now we've got to go back up!
Going down another trail.
Gorgeous natural bridges in this monument.
Gotta come back up. Look at her go!
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK--SOUTH RIM
This was the only place where we had snow fall on our three-week trip. We hightailed it outta there.

Grand Canyon
Inside The Watchtower
Grand Canyon from The Watchtower lookout.
Just outside east entrance to Grand Canyon. You can't see
the howling wind!
LAKE POWELL, RAINBOW BRIDGE NATIONAL MONUMENT

Our home for two nights.
The surprise at the end of the three weeks was a boat tour on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge National Monument. It was awesome. The only way to get there is by boat tour or a two-to-three day hike.

Lake Powell behind Glen Jackson Dam.
Lake Powell
Our boat tour took us up into side canyons.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Our tour boat.
Jan, me and Mom with our audiotour headsets on.
Side canyon...at one point the boat was only a couple
inches from both side walls of the canyon! Wow.
Lake Powell Marina
Mom and our Captain.
GLEN CANYON DAM HOLDS BACK LAKE POWELL

 


PIPE ORGAN NATIONAL MONUMENT
Mom wasn't feeling well (something she ate) so she didn't go with us into this monument.
Ranger in period dress.
Fortified against raiders and invaders.
My younger sister, Jan.
  
From here it was back to Las Vegas and our flights home. We all had a wonderful three-week vacation in celebration of Mom's 80th birthday.
For her 83rd birthday, she and my sister are visiting us in San Antonio starting March 23. This time they will have a whirlwind tour of south central Texas for a week. 

Happy birthday, Mom!

13 comments:

  1. Wow, you ladies are amazing! Great tour!!!

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    1. It was a wonderful vacation and celebration. We saw so many fantastic places!

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  2. What a GREAT tribute to your mom!!!! And especially loved the shots at the arches! Your pics of the Grand Canyon brought back special memories for me too. You sure covered a lot of ground with her! Such adventures

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    1. Thanks. She is very special. Can't wait 'til they come to Texas so we can enjoy Spring here.

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  3. What a Mom! And what priceless memories. You sure have a great example in your life and I'm sure you will be just as vivacious when you are her age. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm so glad Bob asked her the year before what she wanted to do. Travel? Oh boy! I love planning and traveling.

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  4. You have some great genes there girl. Mom looks sensational! She has more energy than I do.

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    1. Yes, she looks sensational. She exercises every day unless she's in pain or injured.

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  5. Looks like you had a wonderful time and looks like some great places to visit. Thanks for the suggestions. Smiles

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    1. The Four Corners area, especially Utah, has amazing parks and scenery. And she wanted to hike! I was thrilled to go.

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  6. I thought your new header picture looked familiar! We are in Zion right now. Your mom looks wonderful. My mom is 82 and in the same great shape. What a perfect hiking trip!

    Seems your route is similar to the one we are doing only we are taking three months. Thanks so much for the picture tour. Yes, I think we will move from here to Arches/Canyonland and then back track to Bryce AFTER the snow melts some, maybe May!

    So glad you had this opportunity to make such wonderful memories.

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  7. I was also born on the Ides of March. Don't know if I have as much energy as your mom. It's such a joy to spend precious time with our parents. Both of mine have already passed but I treasure all the moments I had with them doing things like traveling. Nice blog, Susan.

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  8. Your mom sure looks a lot younger than 80 in those pictures! Good for her for staying so active. She's definitely an inspiration.

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