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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back in the Saddle








I'm just back from a rugged trip to the grand Grand Canyon with family!




All enthusiasm and smiles at the outset . . .



and a bit bored and downright wigged out at the end!




High noon at Meteor Crater NM.





No way to capture the grandeur of the Canyons with my little point and shoot.




We didn't think to anticipate the massive crowds at the national park. But these are all just more of our own people!



We all stayed at a very nice KOA in Williams, an hour away from the canyons.








Visited the two nice wildlife attractions nearby. . . (In the rain!)




And even managed to get in a little antiquing! Lonesome Dove is the only antiques shop in Williams, and so appropriately named.










Just after snapping these pics we got soaked to the bone in a cold, hard, sudden mountain downpour while loading up the car.




Williams is a darling little town on old route 66.



But my own little house missed me while I was gone! And I came home to beautiful red birthday roses. Happy Birthday to me!




Good to be back Home Sweet Home. . . .








I'll be catching up to ya'll real soon.
But still so much summer to fit in!

Hope you have a great week!
Thanks for popping in!

Jacqueline




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34 comments:

Kay said...

Your camera did a fine job--looked quite grand!! What a trip!! And what a surprise to get a cold, wet drenching! Photos up to that point looked mighty hot and dry! No place like home, especially your beautiful one! Glad you're back, safe and sound!
Kay

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thanks so much Kay! At that elevation the weather always stayed quite cool and mild. And the camera phones took much better pictures!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, what a beautiful family you have, Jacqueline and a very happy birthday to you! Your vacation looks wonderful - beautiful sights and even some antiquing, a little camping, and time spent with family. That sounds like a perfect vacation to me! I know it is nice to be home, though. Hugs xo Karen

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Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thanks so much Karen! A nice compliment to the ol' gang.There were nineteen of us this trip. A wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! Thanks for the good wishes.

Blondie's Journal said...

it sounds like you had a great family trip...I'm sure the younger ones kept things hopping! I've never been to the grand Canyon so I really loved your pics. Your camera did a great job.

I know how you feel about coming home. Time to chill and just get back into the lazy swing of things! :)

Jane xx

sweet violets said...

Happy birthday to you, lovely lady!!! Wishing you many more as happy!! No camera can truly capture the majesty and might of the Grand Canyon........but your family is wonderful caught on camera!! What fun, love all the pics.........and so good to get home too, back to all that is familiar......

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Yes, the cousins loved every minute with each other! The children kept saying how the canyons look like a movie set. Just unimaginable and enormous. You must find a way to go!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thank you for the sweet Birthday Wish! And glad you like the goofy family pics. I always take longer than most people to get back into routine, I think. But I'm almost caught up on sleep!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

oops!...just getting a hang of the new comment format!

Debby said...

Happy birthday. Beautiful roses. I think your camera did a great job. The canyons are amazing.

Marilyn said...

It is always so nice to take a vacation, but then nice to return home.
I still have the Grand Canyon on my bucket list.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thank you for the Happy Birthday wish Debby! And so nice to know you came by! I only wish we could have had way more time to spend at Grand Canyon.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I usually have a bit of a reluctance to get away because I'm such a homebody. But once I'm gone I easily leave it all behind. The Grand Canyon is so worth the effort. I hope you get there soon, Marilyn!

lynn said...

happy bday, jaqueline! the grand canyon is amazing and williams looks like fun:) i love to go, but, it's so nice to come back home! lovely roses, too! have a great week!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jacqueline and welcome home and Happy Belated Birthday! Your trip with family looks just wonderful and your pics are great. Lovely to get back home!! Your roses are gorgeous!
Enjoy the week ahead~
Hugs

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

The colors of your hydrangea's reflect the colors of the canyon walls.....did you plan that? How nice to have family time.
Happy Birthday!!!!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thank you for the B Day wish!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...
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Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thanks so much! I'm glad to be back home!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Uh . . . Oh, yeah . . . yeah.. . . Haha! Thanks for the good wishes!

Burlap Luxe said...

Happy Birthday Jacqueline, as for the Grand Canyon trip how exiting to see your travels. Back in the 70's I live on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, my step dad was building the heliport for there helicopter tours and working on a big Hotel. We ended up there for a little over 2 years, it was quite a change to conserving water, and the traveling it took to shop the closest town, as well as entertainment, but the locals became our friends and there culture was what we adopted while our stay :)
I often viewed the canyon by air, and donkey, I also worked a small job there and became quite fond of all it offered in Indian jewelry.

So many memories flushed in seeing this post from you.
And also happy to see you were welcomed home with red roses.

Xox
Dore

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

How wonderful that you lived there! It all has such a wonderful spirit about it. Only it has become so crowded now. A helicopter tour would be fantastic! Thank you so much for the Birthday wish!

Victorian1885 said...

Happy Belated Birthday Jaqueline! Your Grand Canyon adventure looks like fun, natures beauty at its finest. Have a wonderful week!

Wanda

Deborah Montgomery said...

Happy birthday Jacqueline! I met a man last year who was planning to travel the entire Route 66 when he turned 66. sounds like fun! I've never been to the Grand Canyon, but everyone says it's breathtaking. glad you had a nice vacation.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thank you so much Wanda! So glad to know you popped by!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

OMG! What a fun idea! And what an undertaking to travel all of route 66.. The Grand Canyon is just otherworldly. It was my third visit, but felt just like I had never even seen it before. Get there if you ever can. Thanks so much for the Happy Birthday!!

must love junk said...

Looks like a fun vacay! Welcome back and Happy Birthday! :)
Susan

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thanks so much Susan!

Roselle said...

Happy Birthday and welcome back home! Family trips are the best, but it's just great to come back home!
Roselle

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi J!
So glad to se you back in the saddle, it's quiet without ya :-) What a great trip! It's wonderful to see your big lovely family and I enjoyed the snaps of the Canyon! Lovely!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Big Hugs,
B

Sarah said...

Your vacation shots remind me of family trips of my own youth. We always went west. ;-)
Glad you are back home. I feel the same, it's wonderful to be back in one's own home after a trip.

living from glory to glory said...

Happy Birthday, I laughed over the statement at the end of the drive there (down right wigged out) :o)
Blessings, Roxy

Ruffles and Roses said...

You were missed...looks like a wonderful route 66 ..Your greandchildren have grandma's features....very pretty and handsome children.
Hope you had a wonderful relaxing birthday.......Lorraine

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