Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Since our San Diego trip got canceled this weekend, we decided to explore one of the best local Bay Area hikes - the Waterfall Loop at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. There are many good easy and moderate hikes in Big Basin, but we wanted to see the BEST waterfalls so we did the strenuous loop, Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail to Berry Creek Falls, returning on the Sunset trail. 10.5 miles with 2000 feet of elevation changes! We are insane.
When we ran into this sign about an hour into our hike we knew we were in for quite a day.
We encountered fallen trees everywhere, many were very recent from the winter storms and last year's fires.
The family at Berry Creek falls.
Luke and Dave checking out Golden falls. All these cool waterfalls (Cascade falls was another one, but not pictured) were well worth the hike; we loved seeing this beautiful area that is so close to home.
Natalie with her favorite Banana slug - 8 inches long!
Luke loves nature! He didn't even cry once throughout our entire 6+ hour hike. The $8 hiking kid-pack that we got at a garage sale held up well.We wanted to test our gear and our endurance limits in preparation for our Yosemite camping trip in May. Right now, 6 miles of this tough terrain is our limit -- 10 miles was a bit over the top -- we'll have to get in better shape before trying a hike like this again.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
We got to visit Gram in Lodi this weekend to Celebrate Easter! Here's the family picture:Luke wasn't so sure about the Easter bunny...
He was content to chill out under gram's famous orange tree with grandpa all afternoon.
He looks a little grown up in this picture, lounging in the shade... I wonder what he'd be saying...
"Hey mom, grab me another Corona while you're in there."
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Met up with Anne, Leslie, and their husbands and kids today in Pleasant Hill for a pleasant time in the park. The kids' expressions in this picture are great:
Cole teaching Luke how to share... Luke loves swings!
Great families to hang out with for the day, we hope to see them again soon. We even got to eat Chipotle!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
In her first appearance on stage as Missions Director at Central Peninsula Church, Natalie highlighted our missions partners around the world, spoke of her vision for growing awareness of and participation in our missions/service opportunities locally and abroad, and interviewed Ruslan, a missions partner from Ukraine and visiting America for the first time.
Ruslan has planted churches and trained church leaders in Andrushevka, Ukraine; Irkutsk, Siberia; and is now back in Kiev, Ukraine preparing a church plant in Chernobyl. Pictured above: Vitaly (friend of Ruslan, CPC member, and great translator), Ruslan, and Natalie. After church we enjoyed lunch with them at Mimi's; Ruslan was impressed with the restaurant's well appointed interior.