Saturday, July 25, 2009


Pioneer Day

On Pioneer Day, the Johnson men and Grandpa Hill trekked uphill for nearly three miles to the Blanche Lake area of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, gaining almost 1,000 feet in altitude per mile. We pegged the needle on the "Great Experience Meter".

The mountain flowers were competing in their glory for our attention; every turn in the trail gave a new and brilliant vista.

Injuries to the five hikers, nine fish, one snake, and one giant slug were held to an acceptable minimum. The snacks lasted right up to the end, and we cleared the trail just before the shadows of dusk swollowed the canyon. As the sun set over Salt Lake City, we felt our own little connection with the early pioneers.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Thanksgiving Point

"Word Perfect" software was a very successful venture for the Ashton Family in Utah. In gratitude for this blessing, some family members built "Thanksgiving Point".

From the official Thanksgiving Point website: "Created in 1996 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point is the gathering place for the rapidly growing communities along the Wasatch Front and throughout the state. Their untold generosity is unparalleled, and the result is this wonderful community resource."

Yesterday the grandsons and I visited the dinosaur portion of the park. Here you see the boys experimenting with the erosion and deposition tables within the exhibit.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Alex Cuts a Rug at the Library

Alex seems to have inherited some of his moves from his brother, Enrique, and others his Grandpa Hill!

Monday, July 06, 2009


Look what Seth did!

Seth wrote the copy for this ad. We found this particular one in a Martha Stewart "Living" magazine.

Congratulations, Seth!

Thursday, July 02, 2009


Tribute to a Volunteer

Chuck "Mr. Chuck" Johnson has listened to young readers for over a decade at Vista La Mesa School. He came to my class twice weekly this year for a total of six hours a week. I truly appreciate and admire his dedication. Now that the children are out for vacation, we paused today to celebrate his contribution to my class this year.
Thanks go to Roger & April Bailey for their gift certificate, which made our celebration possible!

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