Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Fountains

When we went to Spain to celebrate our 20th anniversary in August 2016, we had a treat of watching the water dance in this fountain in Barcelona. I included two photos in this post. The third photo was taken in Portland, Oregon last month, and the last photo is in Yorba Linda, California in front of the President Nixon Library.

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Fountain 4

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CWW Photo Challenge – Alaska Railroad

We took our vacation in Alaska from May 14 to 24, 2018. Our goal was to visit Denali National Park and Preserve to which we had missed from our previous trip. During my research, I found a tour that took us to Denali from Anchorage by Coach and returned by Alaska Railroad. It was a perfect arrangement for us. The train was more comfortable than the tour bus. Since it was the first week of the summer schedule, the train was not too busy during the first few stops. We only had one other couple in the same cart with us. Midway through the ride, the train stopped and waited for the northbound train. The crews from the two trains swapped, so the crew employees from northbound went to the southbound train, and vice versa. It was an interesting thing I’ve learned about changing shifts.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – Alaska Railroad

Share Your World – May 21, 2018

I’m glad to participate in Cee’s Share this week. I like the great questions and here are my responses:

What household chore do you absolutely enjoy doing? (can be indoor or outdoor)

I do the chores as a necessity, not as an enjoyment. The house is always dusty. I dust the house because I can’t stand seeing a layer of dust on any surface. We have Santa Ana wind and it’s gusty, so perhaps it’s one reason that the dust finds its way to get into the house. Another thing is that when the gardeners mow the lawns, they use the blower to blow the grass after mowing. The immediate house is clean, but the dust just goes from one house to another.

I don’t like pulling the weed, but they grow faster than my plants and flowers. I pull weed because I don’t want my flowers to get crowded.

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Create a sentence with the words “neon green” and “train.”

If we take the train to Fairbank which is the northern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, we could see the neon northern lights – the Aurora.

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Other than your cell phone what can you always be found with?

I found myself with the laptop more often than my cell phone. I use the laptop to pay bills, have a spreadsheet to categorize the expenses, have folders and subfolders of photos, research, have folders of writing projects, and manage my small business.

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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

We arrived at the hotel in Anchorage around 9:00 p.m. on May 18, 2018. After we checked into the hotel, Lynton went for a walk at the lakefront.

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I was on the laptop checking emails. After an hour, I started to worry the whereabouts of my husband. I went to the lobby and the bar to see if he was relaxing there after 6 hours of 2 flights. There was no sign of him. I went back to the 4th floor of the hotel. I walked a zigzag hallway from rooms 4000 to 4045. When I got to room 4030 area, a housekeeper stopped me and said, “Are you in room 4045?”

“Yes,” I was puzzled by the question.

“Your son lost the key. I let him in. He is okay now.”

My husband doesn’t look like my son. What is she talking about? Whatever she referred to, I want to see whom she let into my room.

The room was quiet when I went in. Now I suspected that the housekeeper might have let someone else into the room. I checked the area of my bags, nothing was disturbed.

It was 10:30 p.m. when I looked at the clock. The sun would go down at 11:00 p.m. If my husband got lost, it would be harder to find his way back to the hotel after dark.

I prayed for his safe return to the hotel. Before I finished my thought, Lynton came in with his key. Oh, he has a key. Whoever claimed to have lost the key, he wasn’t my husband.

Lynton told me that he walked far away from the hotel, it was as far to turn around as to go around the lake. He chose to walk around the lake. Going around the lake turned out to be further than his estimation. As he walked further, it made him harder to turn around. He ended up going the complete circle of the lake. Even if he walked at my pace, the lake would be at least 6 miles.

I was so happy to see him!

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Cee’s Share Your World – May 21, 2018

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd

Our family vacation to China and Hong Kong was a memorable trip. When I first made plan for the trip, we had ten people on the list. The travel agency was able to book a private tour with a van and our own driver. Our itinerary included Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Hong Kong. We flew from Los Angeles, U.S. to Beijing, China to start our tour. The travel agency made arrangement for the connecting flights and had local guide/driver pick us up from each city. Several weeks before the trip, three family members were not able to make it. With only seven of us, we thought the travel agency would put us in a large group. It was fortunate that we still could have our private tour.

During this trip, we saw faces everywhere. In this post I only include a few photos of Beijing and two photos of Hong Kong. At the Beijing airport, we were a small crowd with seven of us and a few people around. I love to take scenery photos, but in popular vacation places, it’s hard to take photos without including a crowd.

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In fact, Will, my son-in-law’s mom Kathy had never seen a big crowd such as the one she saw in Hong Kong, and she gave us a surprised look! The night life is full of energy in this city!

Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd

Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a Theme

When Mercy was in 5th grade, she and I took a ceramic painting class at a ceramic wholesale shop. It was a hobby we both enjoy and continue to keep. Several years ago, we had a mother-daughter outing and went to do ceramic painting. When we took the class together, my first project was painting the grey bottlenose dolphins. I’ve developed the fondness toward dolphins and have various collection of dolphins.

We are also delighted to watch live dolphins in different occasions. On one of the vacations in Maui, my husband went diving and swam with the dolphins. On another vacation in North Carolina, my husband went diving and we were so happy to see a school of dolphins up close.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

Weekly Photo Challenge – Weathered Rock Formations

Mercy and Will went to Zion National Park in 2016 for Canyonning and rock climbing. They took rock climbing lessons prior to their adventure. It was an awing experience to them.

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Zion National Park in southern Utah is amid the impressive National Parks and National Monuments. The Park’s abundant beauty stops visitors in their tracks and leaving them gaping in awe. The crushing violence of Mother Nature has created the weathered perfection in the heart of Utah.

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The nine-known exposed geologic formations in Zion National Park are part of a super-sequence of rock units called the Grand Staircase. The rock formations represent about 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation in North America.

  • Uplift affected the entire region, known as the Colorado Plateaus, by slowly raising these formations more than 10,000 feet (3,000 m) higher than where they were deposited.

  • The faster-moving streams took advantage of uplift-created joints in the rocks. Eventually, all Cenozoic-aged formations were removed, and gorges were cut into the plateaus. Zion Canyon was cut by the North Fork of the Virgin River in this way. During the latter part of this process, lava flows and cinder cones covered parts of the area.

  • High water volume after snowstorm in wet seasons does most of the downcutting in the main canyon.

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Activities

  • Guided horseback riding trips, nature walks, and evening programs are available from late March to early November.

  • The Junior Ranger Program for ages 6 to 12 is active from Memorial Day to Labor at the Zion Nature Center.

  • Seven trails with round-trip times of half an hour (Weeping Rock) to 4 hours are found in Zion Canyon.

  • Lodging in the park is available at Zion Lodge, located halfway through Zion Canyon.

  • Three campgrounds are available. Overnight camping in the backcountry requires permits.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_National_Park#Geology

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Circle

The theme for Frank’s Photo Challenge is “Circle.”

We have traveled to different places and delighted to see the artistic designs of the garden, courtyard, street using circular green in grass areas or green bushes. They deserve my admiration for the creativity.

The first photo is the Prince-Bishops Residence which is a palace in Würzburg, Germany. The second and third photos are the garden in Getty Museum, Los Angles. The last photo is the view from the southeast on the top level of the Eiffel Tower, looking down the Champ de Mars (Field of Mars) which is a large public greenspace in Paris, France.

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Frank’s Durch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Circle