Barbara had a Christmas snowman tree
Wathcing the others open their gifts
Corey eyeing the gifts
Eva shows Addison some jewelry she got
Texting her friends.
Barbara got a portrait of her kitty
Kitty looks down with approval at that choice
Corey and John introduce Bentley to the portrait of himself
Donna got a Buttcracker shirt
Holy cow, look at all the chocolate!!!
Eva got earrings
And a kitty bar of soap
Eva gave Donna this gigantic scarf
And some coffee mugs
Corey gets a special shirt from New Zealand
Barbara got dishtowels
Corey is opening his very large gift.
Wow, a cool drone
It even has video capabilities
Seems to be his favorite gift
No more gifts
Barbara and Rocky start on dinner
Donna gets into the snacks
Eva makes the yams
Rocky barbequed the turkey
As always, he is the master carver
Dinner included ahi tuna
Lots of salad, veggies and drinks
You know what eating turkey does to you...
Barbara says hi to her kitties
You talkin' to me????
Family portrait time
Left to right: Eva, Corey, Bentley (the kitty) Rocky with Bentley's portrait, Addison, Cristine next to Addison, Me, John, Barbara and Porsche (the other kitty)
Another version with the same people and kitties
Hey, what's up?
The morning of Dec 26th, John and I went hiking. We started out here, but decided this isn't where we wanted to go
The American River
Thisi is where we wanted to go. It was right down and across the street from the first place.
The beginning of the trail
It's pretty flat
And this is why we wanted to hike to the quarry
John gets a shot of the sign
He liked this old motor too.
There were ruins from the quarry days
Maybe it was from a bridge
John is looking at how it's been modified for climbing
Part of the mining operation
The tunnel that lead to the mine
The mine entrance which is gated to keep people out.
This was part of the gate
Inside the mine
There were some big critters in these parts at one time.
Looking back at the old tunnel
This is what we came to see
The rock climbing
There were 3 or 4 climbing parties
This was a big 40 lb Boston Terrier
The cliff on the other side
Around the corner we could see a cave
John thinks slack lining is not allowed but they do it anyway
It went from one cliff across to the other.
After shopping for oranges ,we headed home. Back to the land of ice and snow.
Alex came over Monday night for dinner and opening presents. We took this selfie
My little tree and our gifts
Blaze completes the picture
What did John get?
Hans sent us beer mug pasta
Alex got me a cat scarf
I got the face cleansing products I wanted.
John got some sharp horseradish from Germany
He also got this cool camping water jug from our friends in New Zealand.
Hans sent Manner Schnitten. This bag lasted about a day.
I got a beautiful ornament from New Zealand
Faster than a speeding bullet
What can I say?
What did Mom get me?
He now works a shift that starts at 4:30 in the morning and he is NOT a morning person.
Alex got John this t-shirt of the band called OM. John really likes their music.
I got kitty goodies from New Zealand
And this really nice microfleece jacket from Hans in Germany
We got so many nice things. Thanks!
I got Alex this Burning Man art book that he wanted.