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At the northern end of the Cottonwood Mountains in Death Valley, lies a field of volcanic craters, the largest of which the Indians named Ubehebe, which means big basket in the rock. They say Ubehebe was formed around 6000 years ago when underground water came in contact with molten rock. The resultant steam pressure caused a massive explosion, sending debris high into the sky, blanketing the area with jagged rock up to 20ft in depth. There are several craters in the area, the most easily accessed being the largest, Ubehebe. Ubehebe is about 500 feet deep and half a mile wide. As Mike and I were driving up to the crater, we had no idea the parking lot was right along the rim. . As we pulled into the lot, the whole crater opened up before us. It gave me the heebie geebies to think of falling into this cauldron. But the view was fantastic. However, the wind was blowing, and I ended up with a bad hair day before we left Ubehebe. It was all worth it though to see God’s handiwork.

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Leaping Lizards!

Leaping Lizards!

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While wandering the sand dunes in Death Valley, Mike ran across this slithering lizard. It’s skin so perfectly matched its environment that you could almost miss it if you weren’t looking carefully. The next day, in our hotel room, Mike found a huge cock roach in our bathroom. I wish I had thought to take a picture of it, but I was too grossed out. This roach or beetle was brown and was crawling up our shower curtain. It must’ve been about 4 inches long and about an inch wide. Definitely not the kind of insects we are used to seeing where we live! Thank God we didn’t run into any snakes or scorpions while there.

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Holy Cannoli!

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While Mike and I stayed in the town of Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, we ate dinner one night at Perry’s Italian Restaurant. Being an Italian, for dessert, I just had to have a cannolli, or perhaps I should say cannolo, one of my Italian dessert favorites.

Cannoli are Italian pastry desserts. The singular is cannolo, meaning “little tube”, with the etymology stemming from the Latin “canna”, or reed. Cannoli originated in Sicily and are an essential part of Sicilian cuisine. They are also popular in Italian American cuisine.

Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing sweetened ricotta cheese (or occasionally, but less traditionally, mascarpone) blended with some combination of vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, Marsala wine, rosewater or other flavorings. Some chefs add chopped candied fruit (citron, orange peel, or cherries). They range in size from “cannulicchi”, no bigger than a finger, to the fist-sized proportions typically found in Piana degli Albanesi, south of Palermo, Sicily.

I’m not exactly sure what was in our cannoli, but it was huge! Mike had never tried one before, so for once, he was adventurous and partook of this delectable treat! He wasn’t disappointed, and neither was I. I think that was the best cannoli I’ve ever eaten!

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Awhanee anniversary dinner

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Our 28th wedding anniversary was on Saturday June 16. Mike had made dinner reservations for us at The Awhanee Hotel’s dining room in Yosemite National Park. The reservations were at 5:30 that day, but we wanted to get to the hotel early so we could walk around a little bit. It’s quite an unusual hotel and very interesting to see the Native American designs and the decor itself. The Awhanee is celebrating it’s 80th birthday this year. After a little while of walking around, we settled ourselves down at some chairs in the great hall. We still had an hour and a half until our dinner engagement. As we were relaxing, Mike was admiring the nine-foot Steinway grand piano that he could not play because it was locked.  Shortly thereafter, a man came by us and started to unlock the piano.   He had come to play for the hotel’s tea time at 4pm. What a treat it was to hear him play so beautifully. After awhile, Mike started talking to him. The man was named Christor, and he was from Sweden. He has been playing at the Awhanee for the past 8 years. It’s like a vacation job. Christor also told us that this Steinway was one of five Steinways in the world that were actually signed by Leo Steinway himself.  That Steinway has been at the Awhanee since it opened 80 years ago.  Mike asked Christor if he could play a special song for us. He told Christor that it was our 28th wedding anniversary and asked if he knew the song, “We’ve Only Just Begun”. That song was sung at our wedding. As he began to play it, I could feel tears well up in my eyes remembering our wedding and all the years we’ve been together since then. After about an hour of his beautiful playing, Christor headed over to the dining hall to play there. That meant we would get to hear his playing again. We were happy. When 5:30 rolled around, we headed over to the huge dining hall. As we were being escorted to our table, Christor spotted us and began playing our song again. It felt like the wedding all over again, and the tears started filling both Mike’s and my eyes once more.  As we were led to our table, we passed Christor, who was smiling broadly at us.  We in turn flashed our smiles of gratitude and thanks.   We were then seated at a table called “The Queen’s Table. Queen Elizabeth had sat at this table when she visited Yosemite years ago. I was also told that the Princess of Thailand had just sat at this table a few days before. We had an awesome view of Yosemite falls out the large window in front of us. The service was superb, and the food was delicious. It was a wonderful dinner that neither Mike nor I will forget. I thank God for bringing us together.

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We had a wonderful time on our vacation.  We made it through the valley, the desert, the mountains.  We drove through rain, snow, sunshine, avoided a forest fire fire, experienced 2 earthquakes at Yosemite, a mouse in our cabin, and we lived to tell it all.  The scenery was breathtaking and a witness to the handiwork of our Almighty God.  To see some of our vacation pictures, click here

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03 death valley dunes us

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We’ve been through the desert, the valley, the mountains, the earthquakes, snow, and the fire, and now we’re safely home again. And what an adventure it was!!! As Dorothy said after her journey over the rainbow, “There’s no place like home.” Stay tuned for more of our wild west adventure in the next days and weeks to come.

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White Mountains and Sierra Nevadas

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We’ve been hearing the call for awhile, and now it’s time to answer it. I will be away from my computer (or any computer for that matter) for about 11 days as my hubby and I make our way to the mountains. We will be visiting Mono Lake, Lone Pine (Mt. Whitney), Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite National Park. Please pray for our safe journey, and I’ll tell you all about our trip when we return.

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