Sunday, November 2, 2008

Anniversary Weekend Con't.....

Saturday morning we headed up the hill as soon as we could. It was raining when we woke up and really didn't stop until we got back into Fresno today. We aren't complaining was much needed and very refreshing after the long dry spell!

Coming into Oakhurst

Starbucks is a treat we don't allow ourselves very often anymore, but an anniversary trip calls for special treats, so when we got into Oakhurst we stopped at the local Starbucks and ordered up!

Dave got his favorite holiday special...pumpkin latte
I got my usual... decaf mocha with soy and light on the mocha....
After leaving Starbucks, we headed up to Fishcamp to the cabin. The road into the cabin is a good mile or so and as we turned one corner we saw this beautiful Dogwood(I think it's a Dogwood - help me Kim if I'm wrong). I was literally just telling Dave on the way in that most of the trees in the mountains seem to be gold, not too much red, and then what do we see! Pat and Mike surprised us with this basket of goodies when we arrived! It had everything in it from crackers and cheese to chocolate covered cranberries to Martinelli's. We felt like we had just arrived at a Four Sister's Inn. Thank you Pat and Mike!!!

Dave stoking the fire. It was warm and cozy in the cabin and cool and rainy outside.

Our room...we never tire of the amazing woodwork and Pat has decorated it to be so inviting.

View of the family room and entrance to the kitchen.
Dave enjoying a moment of relaxation before we head into Yosemite.

Oh this was so cool! We had always heard about the deer that like to feed in front of the cabin, but have never seen them, so needless to say we were so excited when we got to see them. We hadn't been there 20 minutes and they came out. There is a buck too, but we haven't seen him yet.

Momma at the feeder and her fawns in the background. When I was a young girl I had thoughts of being one of two things...a veterinarian or a forest ranger. It occurred to me as we were driving through the mountains that we may outgrow our dreams, but our dreams never really outgrow us, they just look a little different. I don't want to be a vet or a forest ranger anymore, but the love for nature and wildlife is still there.
On our way to Yosemite it started pouring!!
Taking a picture of ourselves in the can tell we are water deprived Californians!

Upper Yosemite Falls...we were pleasantly surprised at how full it was, because we really haven't had that much rain yet. A big, majestic oak in the meadow. I just thought it looked so pretty out there, so I took a picture.
If you live in the Fresno area and have never been down into Yosemite Valley to see the Ahwahnee Hotel, you are missing out. For one thing, it's really old and has a ton of history which makes it a very interesting place to visit. For another - it's really a beautiful hotel...very rustic, but sophisticated at the same time. Everything is BIG! Like this fireplace - it is absolutely HUGE! Do you see that man at the far right of the picture? He's sitting in the fireplace!
This is the dining room. I don't think this picture will do it justice. It is huge too and so grand looking. I love the way the lights just sort of make the whole room glow. And there are windows all around for a great view of the grounds. When we got married we couldn't afford dinner here, so we opted for breakfast. Meals are all served on China with real silver.

This is the back of the hotel.

We are standing in the meadow to the back of the hotel. If you were to look straight up (sorry forgot that picture) you would see a huge mountain of granite just above us.
This is a center foyer leading into the dining room, living room and upstairs guest rooms. While we were there, we joined up with part of a tour that was already going. The guide told how the owners wanted the guests to feel at home when they came, so the room where the big fireplace is, was built to be a living room of sorts....just a really big bigger than our whole house!!!
Back at the cabin it's time for some hor d'oeuvres. We dipped into that lovely basket of goodies that Pat and Mike left for us.
The cheese for the hor d'oeuvres...specially blended goat cheese - our first time to try - very yummy!!!
Waking up this morning....It was still raining, but we wanted some of the fresh mountain air, so we took blankets and coffee and sat on the front porch to watch the rain. O.k. look you see him?

Is he amazing or what!? We couldn't believe it...Pat said we would probably see the buck, but I didn't get my hopes up, because like I said, we never seem to look out at the right time. But not this time....I was walking into the bedroom and just happened to look out the window and there he was. Dave was resting on the couch so he slowly crept over so as not to spook him. He fed for a little while and then I think he heard us. You should have seen me creeping into the kitchen to quietly get the camera out to take his picture. I never even raised up the camera. He was so alert and noticed every move we made. I just held it out from me enough to zoom in on him and shot the picture. Not a couple of minutes after this he took off, but what a site. O.k. I know I'm really excited...probably that vet/ranger thing.... but it really is something to see them up close.

That was our weekend. It was great to get away. Even when your kids are grown and pretty much able to take care of themselves, we found that time away with each other is still important. We get time alone at home quite a lot now, but it's not the same as leaving your every day worries and escaping to a different environment for a while.

We did do one last thing. When we got back into town, we went to see Fireproof - the new movie out with Kirk Cameron. It was great! If you haven't seen it, it's worth it. It's all about marriage and commitment....turned out to be a nice way to end a great weekend.


whittakerwoman said...

You guys are so cute. I love the difference you and your sister have with husbands. Dave was in every picture with a big grin, while poor Tina had to beg for one picture. :)
You looked like you had a great time! H

Tina Balina said...

Looked like a fantastic time away. SOOO many pictures together, how novel! The pictures of the cabin make me miss it. congrats again!

Julie Temple said...

Our seven year anniversary is coming up on the 16th and we are planning to head up to a cabin for the weekend too. I hope when we approach our 23rd anniversary we are still looking to get away just the two of us! You guys are so cute and I am so blessed to get a peek into your life. Congratulations.

Joanna said...

Fun! It looks like you had a great time! The pictures are so pretty! I've never been to that hotel - it looked amazing, and how fun that you got to stay at the cabin just the 2 of you!
Oh, and by the way, my preteen obsession has to tell you that his name is Kirk instead of Kurt. :) I've been wanting to see that movie too! Glad to hear it was good!

The McCracken family said...

What great pictures -- and I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. Special memories.

Me and my better half

J & J

Our Marine

Matt and Trin having fun w/ Joshie and Jenna

Kadence and Keaton

Girl power

Gabe and Josh w/ Grandpa

When they were young

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