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Minaret Summit View

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

ANNIVERSARY ROAD TRIP DAY 3

Today we were up and on the road by 9:00 AM. We were headed to our next destination – the town of Bishop. The skies were a milky white with darker clouds gathering on the horizon. The temperature was in the low 40’s. Hard to believe it’s June. Since these trips are also meant as a time for exploration and adventure, we decided to turn off and visit Virginia Lake, not too far from Twin Lakes. This lake was rather small, compared to Twin Lakes, but it had a similar beauty. It was surrounded by high, snow-capped peaks, and there were many fisherman lined up along its shores. They were having great success in their endeavors as the lake was well stocked with fish. Mike and I crossed a rickety wood foot bridge and made our way to the shore’s edge to take some photos. Since it was overcast, we did not spend a lot of time here. We checked out the resort lodge, and I spoke with a young man named Christian who worked in the store there. He informed me that the lake we had just seen outside was actually little Virginia Lake. There was a big Virginia Lake further up the road. He pulled out a map and began to show me that there were many lakes which made up the Virginia Lakes. They also had a hike that would take you from there to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. I’m sure that would be a rather arduous and strenuous hike. I prefer to drive there.
We continued on our drive and stopped about 15 minutes later at Mono Lake in Lee Vining, CA. We have been to Mono Lake many times, but we still enjoy visiting. Mono Lake is a majestic body of water covering about 65 square miles. It is an ancient lake, — one of the oldest lakes in North America. It has no outlet. Throughout its long existence, salts and minerals have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierra streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left the salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean. The Mono basin’s long history of volcanism is evident in the hills that mark the north and east boundaries of the basin. To the south lie the Mono craters. Panum Crater, the northern most of these craters erupted only 650 years ago. Mono’s islands are also volcanic. Pahoa Island is thought to be around 300 years old. Hot springs and steam vents in the basin show that volcanic activity is still present. This whole area of the eastern sierras is full of geo-thermal activity. Mike and I even saw a hot springs along the side of the road. We stopped at the Mono Lake visitor center and perused the displays and their gift shop. Mike bought me a little stuffed bird that chirps when you squeeze it. We have been collecting these birds for a few years now. The one he purchased today was a meadowlark. I named her Malarky.
Our next stop along the way was the town of Mammoth Lakes. We drove to the Minaret Summit view, which is over 9,000 feet in elevation. From this lookout, we can see across the valley to the group of mountains known as The Minarets. These peaks are very jagged and have a beauty all their own. Storm clouds were gathering, so we did not stay too long here. We took several photos and also video taped the Minarets and its environs using my cell phone. We then sent the video to Jeremy our son. It’s amazing what you can do with modern technology. It still blows my mind.
We reached the town of Bishop at about 2:30 PM. After checking into our room and getting settled, we drove around the town to do some exploring. We headed east on Hwy 6 for a few miles as we wanted to check out the Laws Railroad Museum. It was closed by now, but we wanted to find it in order to visit tomorrow. We rode a few miles further on Hwy 6. We were out in the middle of nowhere, with the White Mountains to our east and much scrub and sagebrush everywhere else. Out towards the west, dark foreboding clouds hovered ever closer. We could see sheets of rain in the distance dumping on the mountains.
We headed back into town and found a local Mexican Restaurant where we ate a delicious, albeit a little too spicy meal. Ironically, above our table was a big photo of over 100 different hot sauce brands. We looked to see if the “Wrath of God” hot sauce was there, but it wasn’t. We had a good laugh over the names of some of the other hot sauces though. There were names such as “Last Rites”, “Lotta Hotta,” “911”, and “Spitfire”. My favorite was “Tongues of Fire”. We retired early to get a head start on the next day’s adventure.

Old Cabin at Little Virginia Lake

Old Cabin at Little Virginia Lake

Boats by Little Virginia Lake

Boats by Little Virginia Lake

Little Bridge at Virginia Lake

Little Bridge at Virginia Lake

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blessed to be a grandpa

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

The month of May was full of surprises in the Mester household. About three weeks ago on a Tuesday night after church, we were walking out to our vehicle. We just happened to park next to Jeremy and Molly’s vehicle, and while walking out with them, Jeremy mentioned that he had something to give to us that he thought we would like. He went to his car, returned with a brown paper bag and handed it to his dad, who then turned it over to me to open. Upon opening the bag, I pulled out the sweatshirt Mike is holding in the picture. I knew that Mike had purchased this sweatshirt after he found out Jeremy and Molly were getting married. He had found it in a catalog, but could not find a grandma sweatshirt. Mike went ahead and purchased the sweatshirt. So why were Jeremy and Molly giving him the same sweatshirt. Well, I’m a little slow sometimes. Upon seeing the sweatshirt, I replied, “Oh, that’s nice’> Still clueless.

Mike turned to Jeremy and Molly and asked them if there was something they were not telling us. Jeremy replied, “There sure is. In January you are going to be grandparents.” Suddenly the light bulb came on in my brain, and it registered. “What!” I exclaimed. I then turned to Molly and asked her the question, “Really?” When she said yes, I let out a shout of elation! We hugged one another and some tears of joy were near the surface. We found out that Jeremy had visited our home that morning while we were at work and had confiscated his dad’s sweatshirt. What a cool way to break the news to us.

Yes! We are going to be grandparents, and we couldn’t be more excited! Thank God for the new little life growing inside our dear daughter-in-law. Just wanted to share the good news with everyone.

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This weekend my Mom, sisters, future daughter-in-Law, 2 nieces and infant nephew went on a power shopping trip to the mall as a pre-Mothers' Day outing. What a grand time we had! Afterwards, our son Jeremy treated us all to a lavish Mothers' Day BBQ complete with elegant white disposable tablecloth, rose petals, candlelight and soft piano music. We ate, we laughed, we lounged on the deck, and some brave souls (Carol and Mom) even ventured to dip their tootsies in the frigid waters of Heartsprings Pond. It was a wonderful time of good food, good fellowship and good memories. Thank you, Jeremy for making this event so special for us! Molly is now convinced that you're a keeper!

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This week my little sister Annie turned the BIG 40!! Annie and I are so blessed because we get to work together in the same office. Here are some pictures of her special day and what the gals did to make her day a memorable one! Happy Birthday Cookie! I love you Sis!

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It seems like the month of February has been a month of family get-togethers. What with all the birthdays we celebrate this month, I guess it’s no wonder. This weekend was no exception. My youngest brother Johnny and his family could not make it out, so they sent his in-laws, Bob and Carole Oelke here to get away from the sub-zero temps and hoary frost of Wisconsin. (Wink! Wink!) My brother Bobby also decided to make the trek from Chicago for a quick visit. We know that everyone was really just coming to see Ann and Chris’s newest addition, Christopher Brady, but that’s okay. We all enjoyed the food, fun and good fellowship. I couldn’t resist creating another Smilebox to capture the event. My only regrets are that we did not have enough time together and that we didn’t meet the Oelke’s sooner. What a wonderful couple they are! Such warm and caring people. We are blessed to have them in our family.

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Jeremy Turns

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Last Saturday, Feb 9, our son Jeremy turned 26.  We had a bash at our home for him.  This will be the last time he is home for his birthday.  Next year at this time, Jeremy will be a married man.  And the mantle will fall on Molly to give him a birthday party!  We love our son and are so proud of the man he has become; a sensitive young man who loves God, loves people and loves life.  Happy Birthday Jeremy.  We love you deeply!  Mom & Dad

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Mom Does the Hula!

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

Yesterday, a good portion of our family dropped by my sister Annie’s home to visit and spend some time with her new son Brady. While there, we all tried our hand at doing the Hula with Abby’s Hula Hoop. Only my 16-year-old niece Jennifer was able to master it, but we all had fun trying. Here is my 68-year-old Mom taking a turn at it. She did pretty good! We all had a good time with this, and I thought to myself later, how wonderful it is every now and then to get in touch with your inner child. Didn’t Jesus say except you become as little children, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God? There’s innocence, self-abandonment and a care-free feeling to becoming like a child. There’s a simplicity too that I like!

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