Nancy hosted Thanksgiving 2018. It was great fun. Helen, Dad and I joined Nancy, Heidi, Jerod, Stacy, Regan, Carly and Stacy's parents, Fred and Shirley. After a fantisimo meal, and an unbelievably tasty dessert called chocolate lasagne, a vigorous game of Mexican Train dominos lasted for hours. I failed to get any photos. However, Helen noticed these two old family photos from 70-75 years ago. They include Nancy's father, Vansel Cline.
Nancy was a super cute little girl.
Vansel is but one of the many things we are thankful for.
Extended cousin Laurin and buddies, Sven and Yannick, are traveling the US during their gap year from school in Germany. After exploring the west coast, including a visit with the Qs in Menlo Park ...
they arrived in Topeka after a long (49-hour) and adventurous bus ride (mechanical breakdowns and fellow passenger arrested) from Los Angeles.
After a nice visit, they were ready to explore the eastern half of the US. No longer interested in riding the bus, we helped them buy a car. They decided on a nice 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco 6-speed manual.
Next stop, Chicago. Then off to Toledo/Erie, Niagara Falls, Albany/Kingston, Boston, New York, Washington DC, Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville, Miami, Key West, Orlando, Atlanta, Memphis and then back to Topeka to sell the car. Then home to Germany. Stay tuned for more.
Earlier this month we joined our grandchildren ... and their parents ... for a week-long adventure at Stanford's Sierra Camp. Located on the shore of Fallen Leaf Lake (which is just south of Lake Tahoe), Sierra Camp is the ultimate in outdoor charm combined with quaint cabins, excellent food, and spectacular views. Here is the main entrance to the Lodge. Our cabin ... lakeside
and our lake view.
We did leisurely things like paddleboarding,
some gentle kayaking,
some couples yoga,
some pedal boating,
... where Samantha and I were aptly crowned as the Camp Orienteering Champions.
George was in a fun parade.
Samantha, Jake and I went on a rugged 7.8-mile hike
up to 8,730 feet which offered spectacular views of both Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe.
And then, we had the scary trek back down. Yes, this is part of the trail down. Lucky for us, we got to spend a lot of relaxed and low-key time with our cute grandchildren ... and with Samantha and Jake, of course.
It was a time to be together. That is a good thing. Mega thanks to Samantha and Jake for letting us join you.