April 11, 2009

Easter Week Day Trip ...

I've said it before. I'll say it again. Big Dude picks the best places to go.

Sand Dunes Daytrip

This week's daytrip began with breakfast at a hole-in-the-wall surfer-dude breakfast diner; 'twas followed by pie for lunch in Julian. Yes. Pie does count as lunch. Yummm. We stopped along the way to our destination and practiced our 2nd Amendment rights. We took a little walk along the Rock Hill Trail at the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge on the Salton Sea, climbed a volcano, and finished the day playing on some sand dunes. A very full day. Very fun. Well, fun except for all the parts where the boys were whining. Oh yes. They were. But I'm going to forget all those parts over the years when I look back through all the smiling photos. ;-)

About those photos? I've got at least a week's worth of photographic fodder for the blog. :-) To be resumed Monday....

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Aunt Tea said...

Ah the whining. It's the most tiring part of parenting I think. The memories are made anyhoo and I think the kids mostly forget the whining too.

I was trying to tell my 21 yr old daughter LAST WEEK! that I thought she would have outgrown her whining when we're out and about, by now. *sigh*

Tracy P. said...

Can't wait to see the rest!!

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

I was the one whinning the week when we attempted Stone Mountain. It is quite a climb. It looks like a fun time and guns! Boys always love those and even girls. I was a sharp shooter in my younger years. Hee Hee

Guess What??? My pennies have multiplied and I am finally getting my big girl camera. Yay!!! My search has narrowed to the new Rebel that comes out next month, Canon's D40, D50 or Nikons D90. It's hard to decide between a lower end model w/ a nicer lens or investing in just a nice body. Ah! Decisions. :D

Happy Easter

Katarina said...

Looks like SO much fun!

Have a wonderful Easter.

Mab said...

Did you sand board? I used to do that all the time growing up and yet I haven't tried surfing- sand is so much dirtier and well just more fun.

Oh I love Julian but haven't tried the pies yet- I'll put it on my list for when I visit in June. Thanks for the recommendation.

I like a few pouting and whining pictures- the kids have their own look when they do it ;)

Cathy said...

So where is that that you could go to a volcano and sand dunes in one day?

Isn't that just like kids to put in their fair share of whining even when they are particularly having the time of their life? It's like they've been having so much fun that they figure it has to get funner and funner.

Yet...for the most part we will totally forget the whining.

Personally I would go with the 50D (or the 40D if you are trying to save $ - but that's just me).


Lizzie said...

we keep meaning to get to the sand dunes in Yuma, lots of people around here (Phoenix) head down there to play in the sand, i'll have to look into this place too! pics are great as always, Happy Easter

SKELLER said...

Mab - we didn't "surf", tho we did try to slide on mats (didn't get very far or very fast - the mats were probably too small). And *do* check out those Julian pies. They are tremendously yummy and worth the drive. Plus Julian is just a fun little, pretty place. I hear the antique shopping is good, too; but since I have boys ... well, shopping doesn't happen on our daytrips!

Cathy - I'm exaggerating just a little. It's not technically a volcano, but it is a volcanic/lava dome. Down at the south end of the Salton Sea. There are actually four or five of them. And mud volcanoes aplenty (tho, we didn't see those.) The sand dunes are another 30ish miles southeast of the south end of the Salton Sea.

Lizzie - I think the dunes we went to are probably the same Yuma dunes. Looks to me like Yuma's at the south end of the dunes. We were in the middle, not far from Glamis, CA. They are HUGE and stretch as far as the eye can see.

Heidi said...

I'm eagerly anticipating the rest of the photos!

(My boys *never* whine. At least, I don't really remember if they do when I look back at the cheerful pictures I take... Glad to hear you live in the real world, too. :))