Lots of Catching Up to Do

Wow, it’s been a month now since I updated my blog, hasn’t it? Well it hasn’t been the easiest month ever (though probably not the worst month ever either). A few days after I last wrote was the 2 year anniversary of my dad’s death. It isn’t any easier after two years. Well, we were on our way back from skiing at Mammoth (where we got 3 feet of fresh snow, yeah) so at least I was tired and distracted. The trip to Mammoth was great. I didn’t manage to get any skiing pictures though. It snowed the whole time and was pretty wet snow, so my camera stayed safely inside its case where it couldn’t get wet. Luke and I went down our first black diamond run ever (and lived!) and did a ton of different blue runs. I am no longer confined to chair lifts that have a green run down…I feel like it’s a whole new world!

I haven’t been doing much stitching this past month except what I’ve managed to accomplish in the car (which accounts for most of it!) or at Luke’s basketball practices. We’ve been playing lotro fanatically; it’s ridiculously fun and has been a much-needed escape while I wait through the post-miscarriage hell. I’ve found that stitching doesn’t distract my mind enough, and it’s something I’ve really needed to do lately.

I did get some more stitching done this past week, though, while we were on a trip to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. We went to Meteor Crater:

Petrified Forest/Painted Desert National Park:

Sunset Crater:

Wupatki Ruins:

And, finally, the Grand Canyon!

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon before, ten years ago in fact. I dragged my best friend out there and made her camp for two days and hike down Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardens, 9.2 miles round trip. It was a wonderful trip and I was really excited to go back. I wasn’t fully prepared for how vastly different a place it is in the winter. We had 4 inches of snow there Monday night, which followed a large storm that had already dropped a lot of snow. I really wanted to hike down Bright Angel again, which meant we needed crampons since most of the trail was covered with snow and ice. Fortunately we managed to find some small enough for Luke too:

Ready to hit the trail:

The trail looked like this most of the way:

Luke loved the icicles:

It was beautiful with the snow everywhere:

The rest of the pictures from the trip are here:Β  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillejones/sets/72157614115938578/

We only made it down to the 3 mile resthouse, so including the treck to and from the hotel it was 6.5 miles total. Much slower going than my previous trip; it’s a little harder with all that snow and ice. It was a wonderful experience though; so much different from the heat and vast crowds in the summer. I can’t wait to go back during the winter again, planning ahead more to do a longer hike.

I stitched a lot on Chatelaine’s “Japanese Garden” but haven’t taken an updated picture yet. I’ll save that for another post so I’ll have something left to write about.

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7 Responses to “Lots of Catching Up to Do”

  1. JenJen Says:

    Looks like you had a great skiing trip Jill! πŸ™‚ glad to see you posting again. πŸ™‚

  2. Karen Says:

    Beautiful pictures, Jill. You three make such a nice family, too! You are totally my hero with all that hiking, especially in the cold!! I’m such a wuss when it comes to the cold. I also love that you bring Luke along. So many people have kids, then use them as an excuse not to do fun, adventurous things anymore. You include him in all your adventures. That’s awesome!! πŸ™‚

  3. Erin Says:

    Excellent pictures, Jill! Looks like you all had a great time.

  4. Melissa M. Says:

    Your photos are GORGEOUS, Jill! πŸ™‚

  5. Susan Says:

    Great pictures, Jill. If Luke liked the icicles, he should have come and visited me last month – we had icicles longer than that hanging from the rafters of our 3 storey apartment building!

    It looks like you had a great time!

  6. Cheryl (momstitches) Says:

    Great to see you blogging! What great trips! Sounds like you have so much fun together as a family.

  7. Melissa C. Says:

    I’m so impressed that you did all that hiking in the snow. I am too much of a baby for something like that. Gorgeous pictures.

    Hugs to you on the 2nd anniversary. It sucks. I keep waiting for it to not hurt as much. 😦

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