Saturday, June 7, 2014

Rushing Through the Rest of Spring Break

I need to finish posting pictures from our Spring Break trip back in March, so I'm just going to put up a bunch of pictures and call it good.

This was the view from my chair at our campsite.

Eric encouraged me to take a photography class while we were in Yosemite.  I don't know how much I'll remember of what was taught, but it was a great experience.  The teacher was the official staff photographer for Yosemite National Park, so it's fair to say he knew a thing or two about the subject. Besides knowledge, he was very friendly so the class was quite enjoyable.  The "class" took place while on a 4 hour walk through part of the park.  Here are two of the pictures I took during the class:

The following day our family hiked through another part of the park.  I found this remnant of a tree which I thought was interesting.

While taking the above picture I thought that top hole would make an interesting frame for a photograph, so I recruited Ethan to be my subject.  Unfortunately, though I tried and tried, I couldn't get the camera to focus on Ethan.  It's possible, I just didn't have my manual with me and couldn't remember how to do it.  Sad face, that would have been a cool picture.

Moving on...

From Yosemite we went to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.  Along the way we drove through a wind storm in the Mojave Desert.  The high winds tore the awning part way off of our motorhome.  We pulled off on the side of the highway and realized we were going to have to cut the awning off before it caused more damage to the RV.  So in high winds on the side of the highway, Eric had to crawl up on top of the RV with a scissors and cut the awning while I held on to part of it to prevent it knocking him off or... who knows!  It was extremely scary at the time.  

A few pictures of the canyon:

I love unique architecture, so was happy to see this Indian building called "Hopi House".  However, it was not anything historical or educational.  It was just a souvenir shop.  

We ate a very nice lunch at the El Tovar Hotel, the oldest hotel in the Grand Canyon.

I was shocked to find this plaque at the entrance to a shop within the canyon:

The Bible verse and the words of the poem are so fitting!  But as more and more Biblical references and Christian symbols are being removed from public places in our country, I wonder how long that will be allowed to remain.

A few more pictures of the canyon.

Now on to other adventures!


Elizabethd said...

I recently watched a programme on the history of the Mojave desert. What an unfriendly and dangerous place it could be.
Your photos show some amazing scenes.

Barbara said...

Great and interesting pictures. Wont be long before someone is offended by the Christian text. It is unbelievable but the same here.