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Monday, August 24, 2009

Adorable Kessa

And now, the post you've all been secretly hoping for. More adorable pictures of Kessa. Isn't she just so cute?

Canyon art

One of my favorite things to do (and BJ enjoyed, too) was making pictures out of the canyon walls. Kind of like you'd do with ceiling textures or clouds. See if you can see what we saw.

Here we have a 6-fingered hand. It obviously belongs to a mormon, because there is a white sleeve and the hand is raised to the square. (I wonder who he is sustaining...)
This one is a dinosaur-age bird eating a fish. (Brandon, what kind of dinosaur do you think this is?)
I can't quite place what this reminds me of. Some fictional character. Mad Eye Moody, perhaps? Can anyone else see what I see and tell me what it is?
And here we have a pig.
And here we have a duck. We like our animals.

And a winky face. Of some creepy guy.

Texture pictures

BJ really likes to take pictures of reflections and textures. Y'know, the kinds of things that you'd see on a computer desktop. Go ahead and grab one for your desktop if you agree. (We're currently using the top one for ours.)

Canyon pictures

Here is a structure just at the mouth of Bullfrog. I love how it looks like a pyramid.
And then, here are a few canyon pictures.

Kessa sleeping

Kessa got plenty of sleep this trip.

Sometimes in precarious places. (Yes, that's a glass table inches above her head.)
Sometimes in positions that just seem awkward and uncomfortable to me.
And sometimes just adorably.

Defiance House

A couple of canyons down from us were some Indian ruins called Defiance House. In years past, the water level was a short hike below the ruins. Knowing the water level was a bit lower, we took our tennis shoes. (Or, in my case, my chacos.) Sure enough, the water was low enough that we had to walk off to the right a bit to get around the trees surrounding the channel of water. And by "a bit" I mean, it added about 30-45 minutes of walking on hot sand and rock and backtracking because there was no marked train onto our hike.) We were smart and decided to go during the hottest part of the day.
Here are the ruins.

Monica and Teresa were exhausted by the time they got to the top. (Did I mention that we were smart and left our water in the boat?)
They continued to be exhausted, even after they got to swim back to the boat while the rest of us took that ridiculously hot hike back.
I think Kessa can say what all of us were feeling.

Playing Games

Of course, no family vacation is complete without games. We played Ticket to Ride (USA and Mega), Pandemic, Settlers: Cities and Knights, Speed Scrabble, Acquire, etc.

Teresa likes to play with her trains in Ticket to Ride. Typically while the rest of us are playing, she is building words and shapes out of her trains. On this trip, she decided to stack her trains. We were quite impressed when she got 7. It fell right after I took this picture.

Nick couldn't let Teresa set such a record without trying to break it. He got 13. (The train he's about to put it made the whole tower fall.) (Yes, ladies, he is single.)