Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Chia Pet Effect

Many of you may have heard of the Coriolis Effect, but there is another natural phenomenon do doo do do do not so well-known called the Chia Pet Effect.

What, you are asking yourself, is the Chia Pet Effect?

If you were to drive through Death Valley in July, a few words would be appropriate descriptors:

But drive through Death Valley in March after a wet spring, and you experience the Chia Pet Effect. Rocky hillsides fuzzy with tiny green leaves, and even some fields of wildflower color.


Of course we had to hit the tourist highlights.
Badwater, Death Valley - lowest point in the continental United States.

Elevation: 282 feet below sea level.
Don't believe me? Zoom in on the GPS.

Devil's Golf Course

A close up of the green.

Checking out the pup fish that live in Salt(ier than the ocean) Creek.

Enjoying a reprieve from the car seat.
Such a good girl. She slept through the night despite the wind - unlike another small camper.

Honestly, this was the perfect place for Eliza, because if I were to name a few things this girl can't live without, they are rocks and dirt...and Nora.

Throwing rocks with Dad at a pit stop on the way there.

Painting rocks.

Sharing some sand with Nora (who wasn't a big fan of the wind in her face, but check out that sweet hair-do).

I think she was in heaven.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Winter Fun

I guess I have come to grips that we are not consistant bloggers. Life has caught up with us the last month and so blogging has taken a back seat. We still have gotten out to have some fun and here are some pictures.

Checkerboard Mesa, Zion NP

Our yearly snow outing to Bryce Canyon, NP.

We like to go in February and hit the cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails. This year, however, putting something long and awkward on our feet (well, Ang's feet) didn't sound like too good of an idea seeing as how carrying Nora in her front pack with a winter coat over her is about as close as you can get to being pregnant without really being pregnant...and we all know how graceful pregnant people are. :)

Oh, so cute wearing Elmo (this is Eliza's favorite outfit for Nora to wear).

You can't tell, but she's totally asleep. The only thing that woke her, was the snow falling on her face - after she'd been taken out of her backpack and laid in the snow for a bit.

A sucker and a goose, what more could you want?

This is our cousin - the one who is Nora's twin separated at birth.

Nora's special day.

Here's the fam! Eliza and Ang are wearing their Myanmar outfits in honor of Grandma and Grandpa coming home. We're sure glad they get to spend time with these two little munchkins.