Sunday, September 20, 2015

LAPD Pacific Division Open House (and Pancake Breakfast)

Station tour including the kit room where the officers are issued their gear.

Memorial wall

Roll call.

Jackson's favorite part was seeing the guy in the drunk tank, but if they run out of spaces in the division jail they can always handcuff ya to the bench.
This was a great event and we will definitely attend similar in the future.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Las Days of Summer in Vegas

Stuffed animal party at the Big House.

Grandma's rotating waffle maker is amazing.

All aboard the baby triceratops, at Clark County Discovery Children's Museum.

Dinosaur cave is a perfect fit.


We made it all the way to the scenic lookout at the top!

Life-size Lite Brite wall!

The artist at work, exploring the work of Roy Lichtenstein.

The wonderful water room comes with kid-size mouse-eared raincoats.

The ball goes up, up, up!

Jackson and Grandpa.

Showing off at the little Bellagio fountain.

Come for the Picasso exhibit in the gallery, stay for the Dale Chihuly glass.

The solarium at the Bellagio has an ever-changing Rose Parade-style exhibit of living art.

And...exhausted. Asleep in the Little House in front of an episode of Adventures of Superman.
Thanks, Vegas! See you next time!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Solstice Canyon, Malibu

AA stayed with the boys at the picnic area at the bottom of the hill. While they were there apparently a friendly family showed J1 how to find salamanders in the creek.

Meanwhile, I hiked.

It was the perfect respite from everyday life, and I am so grateful that we have so many wonderful refuges like Solstice Canyon just a short drive from the center of Los Angeles. Rising Sun trail was hot and uphill, but that meant that the arrival at the waterfall was all the sweeter, and then the way back was absolute cake.

Not pictured: A feral flock of gorgeous, screeching black-hooded parakeets. They made for a special treat on my way out of the park.


Rising Sun trail, Solstice Canyon park, Malibu - view to Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island

Catkin with honeybee

Spread of oak tree branches

Wildfire burn scar on tree root

Western fence lizard

Nature has a great stylist. Love this mottled green-and-white weed--it feels like a fabric print well-suited for a summer frock.


Mustardweed seedlings on red soil.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Field-Trip Sunday: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House

Superman waiting in line for the solar system exploration movie.

Showing off their NASA stickers.

In front of the awesome comet fountain.

Parents in front of Saturn.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Southwest Trip: Arizona, New Mexico | Carlsbad Caverns, Albuquerque, White Sands, Flagstaff and other stuff

Elk greeted us outside Flagstaff, Arizona after we drove through the night on old Route 66.

Jason and Jackson playing at the Lowell Observatory Scientific Preserve.

Jackson views the sun through a special telescope.

Jackson had his own hotel keycard and unlocking the door was his number-one favorite activity in ABQ.

J&J check out the hotel atrium.

The Rattlesnake Museum was a great kid-friendly stop in Old Town Albuquerque.

Selfie at Farm & Table restaurant in ABQ.

You probably saw this on Instagram or Facebook already, but this is me and my mom at Antiques Roadshow, which was our motivation for going on this trip in the first place. Our tickets were free, our junk was mostly worthless, and we had a great time!

This is so my favorite photo of the trip. These are the "famous" painted burros of Carrizozo, N.M. This one is outside the visitors' center on the edge of the town. Jackson is screaming "TOO HOT!!" It just cracks me up, and it's beautiful, and it's real.

My mom and posed in front of the world's largest pistachio, as you do.

Driving through the southwest for days on end looks like this.

The White Sands National Monument Visitor Center had some nice wildlife, just attached to the building: cliff swallows, a little bat (see above) and some huge moths.

Sand-sledding at White Sands was scary and fun.
White Sands sledding.

More White Sands sledding.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park was our big destination after White Sands. Perfect for little guys. Very contained, educational, straightforward, not too dangerous etc. Worth the drive. 

Andrew watched Jason while my mom, Jackson and I did the walk around the "Big Room." Jackson wanted to get the Bottomless Pit, which he totally achieved!

Batman in a cave full of bats!

Jason in the Visitors Center cafe.

Jackson earned a Junior Ranger badge with help from his grandma. I totally and completely cried at his swearing-in ceremony. We will do the Junior Ranger program at NPS attractions in the future. So great!


Bat Flight Amphitheater by day. At sundown there was a lightning-and-thunderstorm evacuation that kept us from watching the bat flight from this spot, but we saw plenty by walking backwards up from the amphitheater to the parking lot so we could flee to safety.