Friday, February 29, 2008


Last weekend, we took the kids to experience snow for the first time. RCP booked a "cabin" in Curry Village (with heater!), and I scoured the South Bay to find snow chains that fit the Hyundai. We got in the car on Saturday morning, put in an audio book of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and off we went. We had some good burgers in Mariposa, and reached Yosemite mid-afternoon.

We lugged our bags to the cabin, and put on our "snow clothes." We ran around in the snow and threw a few snowballs. We took the shuttle around the park, visited the Ahwanee, and eventually had dinner near the Yosemite Lodge. Unfortunately, sometime on the excursion, my wedding ring fell off, and disappeared. (DAMNIT! -- That was the new one!)

Since our cabin had no bathroom, we were disappointed when SKGP had to go in the middle of the night. All in all, it was a pretty restless sleep, but not too bad.

The next morning, we suited up, got some hot coco and breakfast, and played in the snow. We made a snowman, we had a snowball fight, we made snow angels, and we admired the incredible beauty all around. Yosemite in white is amazing.

Then we packed up and drove home with little trouble. We had lunch in downtown Merced.

I was very nervous about driving in snow, since I have no experience with it. And I wasn't certain I could figure out how to put on the chains if I needed to. Luckily, apart from the lake that formed in the parking lot, there were no troubles with driving, and I didn't have to deal with the chains. It appears that I broke a thermometer in the car, since it now says the temperature is 140 degrees outside.

Pictures of our expedition are available.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Year of the Rat

We got a rat. She's cute.

We're looking for a name; your suggestions are welcome.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Chance of a lifetime

From an auction booklet...

San Francisco Bay. 2.2 acres. OWN A PIECE OF THE BAY! This underwater parcel consists of 20 lots just off the coast in San Francisco Bay! The property is located near Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Candlestick Park. The property is approximately 100 feet from the shoreline. This historic area is being redeveloped into possible new sports venue, retails space and housing units. They bay area provides many opportunities for recreational activities such as boating, water sports, and private fishing. The possibilities are endless. Contract County Planning for permitted uses and bid accordingly. This property lacks road access.

Starting bid $500.