**picture heavy post**
C and I had a wonderful time touring around the USA. We learned a lot!
Our first week was spent trying to avoid snow storms across the northern states and then making our way through Oregon and California.
As tree lovers we really enjoyed the redwood forests, the are just simply amazing.
We spent a few days just walking through these amazing forests, but then decided that we were too cold and headed to our next destination…LAS VEGAS!
Vegas is always fun..no matter where you stay or how long..it’s just fun. We spent our first day and night just walking the strip and checking out the casino’s, I had been once before when I was 17, but it was a whole different world to be of age….but I couldn’t really prove it ( this is a whole different story, but in short; my wallet was stolen on the 5th day of our trip. So along with over $100…my license and id was gone…luckily I still had my passport). Anyways, the casino’s were stunning as usual.
This “moving” fountain puts on a show…it was hilarious and so entertaining!
On our second day there we were offered gambling credits for going to a timeshare presentation…Chris couldn’t refuse and I am so glad we went. In an act of total karma we won back the same amount that was taken in my wallet! Who leaves vegas breaking even?? However, it was still cold…so we moved on…
To Texas to visit my very good friend Funky Carolina. We spent almost 2 weeks with the Funky family and it was so nice an relaxing. They cooked all sorts of southern dishes for us to try and I must admit that minus the meat I LOVE southern cooking…and sweet tea…this should be a world wide thing…I had to bring some home!
Carrie and I spent every waking moment with fiber…this is typical of our visits…I think I spun 9-10 yarns while I was there. We had also done a shawl exchange and I had a few hand knit gifts for christmas that I gave her and she so graciously tried them on all at the same time!
After a fun few weeks we moved on south..it was still chilly. Our next stop was New Orleans…we only spent one day there, but we had so much fun. During the day we checked out the french quarter and I really enjoyed my camera time here
This park was beautiful and as always Chris was interested in the trees.
We spent some good time in the bars on burbon street and then chris took me out for a wonderful dinner.
We were just above street level, the food, atmosphere and company were wonderful, but we were still cold..note the sweaters…so we moved on to Florida…it has to be warm in florida right?? Right!
Florida was beautifully warm and we loved it. We spend the first week going down the west coast to tampa where we visited the state fair. Now, we had free tickets because this wonderful man saw a blood donor bus in the WM parking lot and wanted to donate, just in the middle of the day…we stopped to give blood. It was my first time, I have a thing about blood, but I made it through. We were so surprised and excited to receive tickets for donating, we don’t have that at home. After we spent the day at the florida state fair we headed east to visit some more friends…The YoYo family…notice how most of my friends are dyers…I’m a smart friend maker!
Along the way we stopped off at an orange grove…we desperately wanted to stop at an orange grove and I think we may have possibly found the most beautiful grove..and as a bonus it was organic and had overnight rv sites!
Of course we picked oranges the next day and I have to say that Canada is getting a raw deal with their citrus…I have never had fruit that tasted like these
Please excuse the terrible picture..it was hot and I was WAY overdressed!
We spent two relaxing and fun days visiting the YoYo family…we had plans for dinner and ended up taking over their house for a few days..which they were so gracious about. Thank you Alyson, I will make it up to you in smarties!
And somehow this is the only picture I took while we were visiting them
Upon Alyson’s suggestion we headed to St.Augustine to spend some time on the beach. What an amazingly beautiful beach…the sand was incredible and the weather was great. It was incredibly windy and a bit chilly but we went wave jumping anyways while the locals strolled the beach in their parkas! After our swim we spent hours watching the kite surfers
We took every last second we could in the warmth of florida and then started north. Along the route to forida we ran into 4 beautiful Weimaraners that we fell in love with. We started doing our research and made contact with some wonderful people in Michigan who allowed us to adopt our new baby Ryker.
Because of him, coming home from the trip was just as wonderful as leaving for 2 months!
I did quite a bit of knitting while I was gone too and even worked up a new little scarf design in some handspun, I will have a FO parade for you soon!