Christmas Portrait Photography was fun this year; so many interesting expressions in costume!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The current holiday films are finding their place in 'reel time'. Our family traditions find us sharing at least one movie during the Christmas season. It's not the shows, of course, but time together - making memories. As for the movies: The re-make of 'Footloose' is fun, but Robert Downey Jr. and George Clooney are always interesting: 'Game of Shadows'; 'Descendants'.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
If you've been to Virginia in the past 30 years you are likely familiar with Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett's ' Sweet Virginia Breeze', perhaps the unofficial state song. The tune and lyrics often dance in my head and put a spring in my step; so last week I was not surprised to hear 'the Blue Ridge Mountains Tend to Set Me Free' singing sweetly in my ears as I hiked the mountain trails in the rain and fog. Yes, they do set me free...
Friday, December 16, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Paddlers came from as far away as Minnesota and Wisconsin for the annual Skunk River Paddlers Holiday 'Waffle Paddle' despite rain, cold and fog. Eleven paddlers stuffed ourselves with 'Dad's Waffles' at the Ames Arboretum, then bundled up like Abominal Snowmen and headed out in the gray fog for a 6 mile paddle down the Des Moines River. We ended our afternoon at the Flat Tire Cafe - along the High Trestle Bicycle Trail, where Dave and Travis kept us laughing with their crazy (but true) tales.