I was lucky enough to get to spend Thanksgiving this year in California. My newest nephew was making his state-side debut. He was born in Germany and hasn’t had a chance to meet my side of the family yet. So off I flew to meet him. Well and also to visit with my wonderful Sister in law and my brother. I really don’t get to see them often enough.
On the flight from Michigan to California we flew over the Grand Canyon. I have never been there and was really excited to see what it would look like. It took 10 min to fly over, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. First we just saw the beginning with snow on either side. And then to see the depths and layers and size was just awesome. Sadly the pictures are not, but here they are anyway!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. 22 of us were there at one really long table! The food was great. The company even better. We went to Napa Valley and stayed at a cabin with a vineyard.
While we were there we were lucky enough to spot the Bobcat who lives on the property! It was very exciting. I was very glad it was during the day and he was running away from us! Sadly no photo of him. :(
The day after Thanksgiving, instead of getting up at stupid o’clock to do some Black Friday shopping, (yes I am one of those crazy people! Just for the record I have never knocked anybody down to get a Tickle Me Elmo nor Cabbage Patch Doll. I am very civilized!) we gathered all 22 of us and headed to the beach. Talk about strange. In Michigan it is usually 10 degrees with a windchill of 4 the day after Thanksgiving. So the thought of going to the beach is a very alien thought. And I LOVED it. With just a light fleece on I was warm. The breeze was brisk, but walking on the beach is just amazing. I have always loved the beach. I tried to get some good shots of the waves crashing on a large rock, but only managed some decent ones.
Some kids, or kids at heart had made a rather large tee pee out of drift wood. Quite a lot of work, wouldn’t you say?
While we were leaving I saw some people jumping off of a perfectly good cliff. Crazy people!
Upon leaving the sun was shining and the arched rock below made such a nice picture. Can you believe I took this with my iPhone?
On the way back to the airport we found that they grow hot air balloons in Napa Valley along with the wine. ;)
It was a very quick trip. Out on a Tuesday and home by Saturday. Long flights and time changes. And it was SO worth it. As a final photo I will post the main reason for my visit. Meet Alexander. I am in LOVE. <3