Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Alcatraz

Until you've been to Alcatraz or are familiar with the west coast of the United States near San Francisco, you really don't get how cold and desolate Alcatraz Island is. And what a perfect place for a federal prison, except for the fact that bringing power and water and food to the island, let alone anything else was a huge challenge!
What a neat place to visit! There is so much history here and the audio tour is the BEST I've ever heard! It is narrated by former prison guards, prisoners and woman that was a child raised on the island when her father worked at Alcatraz. Obviously all with different perspectives about life on Alcatraz! What a challenging environment to live in on this fairly small island. And after visiting you can see why no one escaped! The winds howl, the water is frigid, and just getting out of a cell was a major feat, but there were 14 escape attempts. And oh my......to be stuck in isolation there!
You can get fabulous pictures there!!
 Here is what the island looks like when you are on the ferry going to the island. It is absolutely beautiful! The day could not have been any better either!
This is what a typical cell at Alcatraz looks like!



 This is the sign you see when you first disembark from the ferry to the Island. Do you see Indians Welcome?? That was from the 1970's when a group of Indian activists took over the Island and claimed it for all indians and wanted to use it. However, the federal government didn't allow that to happen. Things did begin to change for the indians after this incident.



 This is a shot of San Francisco from Alcatraz, you get a really nice view of the city here!
Here is my sister and her husband, Jeff and their daughter Rebekah, our tour guide!!

Jim and I with the city skyline!

  
The Golden Gate Bridge view from Alcatraz!
 If you are ever in San Francisco you definitely need to make plans to take the tour of Alcatraz! Enjoying this trip immensely and can't wait to share more with you!!

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Sunday, June 24, 2012

California Visiting Time

Vacation this year is in California! First time I've been to California and I'm here with Jim, my sister Kay and her husband Jeff. We've come to visit Rebekah, Kay and Jeff's daughter, who is attending Golden Gate Seminary and working on a Master's Degree in Missiology.
So the very first thing we did the first day were were here was go to the Golden Gate Bridge, but it was foggy and rainy and quite chilly! We were going to walk across the bridge, but it was just too wet! We are going to try again before we leave. 
Here we are all bundled up with the bridge in the background! Yes it was like 55 degrees F and windy and rainy!
 Later that same day it cleared up and Rebekah took us by her dorm and we toured several buildings and got another great view. This is a view of the Bay Bridge from a building with classrooms At Golden Gate Seminary located in Mill Valley, California.

Later that same night we had a "party" for a few of Rebekah's friends at the house. They all live in the dorm and it's nice to visit a real home and have a meal that is cheap for them and cooked for them! They had a great time eating and chatting and playing! Here is the entire group with one of Kay's cookies!

Here is the view from the house's backyard, it really is quite lovely!!

Today while Jeff and Rebekah went to the race in Sonoma, Jim, Kay and I headed a little north to see the Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga, California. Here is the video of the geyser going off.

They do have a petting zoo of sorts at this place and they have those world famous Tennessee Fainting Goats! However they don't faint as easily as you are lead to believe and it didn't happen while we were there. Though it wasn't for the lack of trying. Here's a picture of one. If you want to see a very informative video about the Fainting goats check this out.
Then we headed to the Petrified Forest! What interesting trees and HUGE!! Here are Kay and I by one of the biggest and oldest petrified trees.

Driving home we went through some great little towns, St. Helena, Napa, and Sonoma. And there are vineyards everywhere along the roads. We did get it in a little bit of the Sonoma Race traffic, but not bad at all!
What a great day!! Can't wait to go to Alcatraz tomorrow!!!


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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Important Decisions for School!!!

I'm so excited for Jordan! It's finally public and official......Jordan will be in the UGA Law Class of 2015!!! She heads back to Athens beginning in August and will be very busy the next three years! I could not be more proud as a parent! 
After graduating in May of 2011 from her beloved UGA, she went to Kentucky with an internship at a thoroughbred horse farm, thinking this is what she loves and wants to do. However those plans didn't work out. As we have all heard that when one door closes another one opens, well the internship sharpened what Jordan desired to have in a career! She has become a better person because of the hardships of the internship and focused on the things are really important to her. And isn't that all we can ask as parents, that our children discover what they really want to do and where they want to be so that they will be happy with the lives they've made for themselves? 
This past week we rented an apartment and now to secure finances and she's on her way!! 
You know it's both exciting to see her become a young woman and make some really great decisions for her future, but at the same time it's sad as a parent to know that you won't have that little girl around much anymore! Oh, well I can't dwell on that! I'm very excited to see her succeed with her new choices and become a successful lawyer one day!!!
Scrapbook page that I made of J on graduation day!

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