August 26, 2010

weekend o' fun...

last summer i traveled to the carolinas for jenn's wedding and while i was there i met some great new friends, who just happen to live in kc too. we've had a lot of fun outings together this past year and last weekend jacob, nickie and i headed back to north carolina to visit jenn and tyler (and hershey).

there is never a dull moment when you're with jenn...which is one of the (many) reasons i like her so much! she loves playing games and is full of fun outing ideas. plus she's pretty good at planning them.

we managed to fit in some mini-golf, tubing and skiing at the lake, a fierce guys vs. girls trivial pursuit game, bumper boats, a hike in hanging rock state park, some serious games of wizard and a jack johnson concert...which was a dream come true for me!

the trip was a blast...thanks jacob and nickie for being my travel buddies, and thanks jenn and tyler for having us!

nickie, shelly & jenn before jack

the whole gang...even hershey

August 15, 2010

golden beaver fever continued...

the number of road trip participants tripled for phase two. we were joined by the arden family, some of my favorite friends of all time. tara and i met at sbu when we were both on the croatia mission team and her husband matt is also a fellow bearcat. she is definitely what you would call a kindred spirit...sometimes we're so alike it's scary. they have welcomed me as an honorary member of the arden family and i couldn't be more pleased. along with them came two of my favorite little people, sophia and tori. the six of us piled in and the fun began. we...
  • ate picnic lunches by rivers and on beaches
  • celebrated sophia turning the big number four
  • hiked the lady bird johnson trail at redwood national park
  • explored a lot of beaches with some really cool sand
  • listened to our pal dave through our awesome sound system
  • took a sand dune buggy ride through the oregon dunes national recreation area
  • visited the world's largest sea lion cave
  • sang 'hey soul sister' more times than we could count
  • played on the beach with our sand pails
  • stayed in some fun hotel rooms, our favorite being the one with a loft, fireplace and an ocean front balcony
  • laughed at tori walking like a monkey
  • visited the oregon coast aquarium and saw some amazing jellyfish
  • ate a lot of 'fresh off the boat' seafood
  • watched movies in our 'drive in' theatre
  • made some comic book shop stops for matt
  • ate at a fun fifties diner in eugene
the whole trip was a really fun adventure...to check out the pictures click here

August 7, 2010

golden beaver fever...

phase one (the mother-daughter portion) of the golden beaver fever road trip is now complete. we flew into sacramento, california and drove south along the sierra nevada mountains. here's the highlight reel from the week:
  • visited the jelly belly factory
  • ate at in-n-out
  • took a barefoot stroll through sequoia national park and visited the general sherman tree
  • ate dinner at a fancy restaurant overlooking the kaweah river
  • climbed on the rocks in the kaweah river
  • drove across yosemite national park...and saw a bear
  • rolled our eyes every time garmina recalculated
  • overlooked yosemite valley (el capitan, half dome, bridalveil fall)
  • hiked (and i do mean hiked) to the devil's postpile national monument and rainbow falls at mammoth mountain
  • sat in the hot tub
  • went on a bike ride around the base of mammoth mountain (my mom opted out of that one)
  • breathed a lot of fresh, thin mountain air
  • took a scenic drive around june lake, mono lake and mammoth lakes
  • lunched on the south shore of lake tahoe
anyone want to take a guess about the meaning behind the name 'golden beaver fever'? first person to correctly answer may win a prize! (sorry missy, you're not eligible)