Monday, December 2, 2013

Random photo

This was taken on a path heading to an overlook of The Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone in September 2013.  The marker nearby read:

"The canyon varies from 800 to 1200 feet in depth and from 1500 to 4000 feet in width.  Its length is about 24 miles.  The upper 2-1/2 miles is the most colorful section.  Hot spring activity has continued through the ages altering the lava rock to produce lovely colors which are largely due to varied iron compounds.  Have you noticed that steam vents and geysers are still at work on the canyon walls?"

Far below you can see the Yellowstone River.  It was of the brightest blue.  More information about this place can be found here.

I hope those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day with your family and friends.  We spent ours in Virginia Beach where 17 people attended this year, the oldest 93 years of age - my father-in-law - and the youngest two years and seven months' old - our great niece.   

We have been away from home since last Tuesday and will be traveling north today. I have caught a stinker of a cold and am looking forward to getting rid of the darned thing.  It's been at least two years since the last one and it took me by surprise.  I also have to write and send the Christmas Cards out next week.  As usual I am way behind.  It has snuck up on me yet again.  Can you believe it is December already?  Where on earth did this year go?  Time to get the tinsel out and start decorating the Christmas Tree.

I would like to wish my niece in Germany - aka 'my little sister' - A Very Happy Birthday.  May your day be a joyful one in every way.

Added note: we're home after a reasonably fast trip, because I slept for most of it.  I always take our pillows on journeys longer than two or three hours for extra comfort, and they came in useful.  It took us three-and-a-half hours (it would have been just over three hours if we had not stopped at a Starbucks drive-through for my latte and Gregg's lemonade iced tea) and the traffic was light.  I expect everyone went home after the Thanksgiving holiday the day before.