Saturday, January 31, 2015

Crazy Icicles

Earlier this month, I shared a couple of photos from our visit to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. We went there to see the beautiful Christmas lights.

During the week we spent in Utah, the temperatures never rose above freezing. And it snowed at the beginning of our week-long visit.

As we drove around town, I saw lots of icicles. Even some cars had icicles hanging from them. Our car was no different.

See what I mean? Here are two photos of our car.

This isn't a sight I'm used to seeing every day since I live in a warmer climate. So, of course I had to take pictures.

I don't know who owns this car, but it looks like it had been sitting there for a while. Lots of snow and icicles.

There were some crazy long icicles hanging from buildings too.

And check out this row of icicles on this house and those snow-covered bikes and that car.

There were even icicles hanging from bushes.

We spent our vacation week in a beautiful winter wonderland and had a great time with our family. I'll share more photos from our trip in a future post.

Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Latest Happenings ~ Missionary Son Update – Snow…ish Stuff

I thought I'd share some of the latest happenings regarding our youngest son, who's serving a two-year full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arizona.

After Christmas our family, minus our missionary son of course, spent time together in Utah. It snowed the first two days of our vacation. And the temperatures the rest of the week didn't get above freezing. So there was snow and ice on the ground the whole week.

In one of our weekly emails, we told our missionary son about our experiences with the snowy and freezing conditions in Utah and he told us about the cold weather he experienced at the beginning of 2015.

He said, "…on New Years Eve, we got rain. A good portion of rain. Which is rather unfortunate, because this Stake started their Pioneer Trek on New Years Eve. So, the kids got a nice muddy start. And the dirt here has a lot of clay in it. Unlike Sandy Mud, which is just kind of moist, this Mud is thick and clings to anything it touches. So, the youth had to pull handcarts in six inches of mud the whole eleven miles of the first day. Then, on that night, it got a little below freezing, and so some of that rain turned into ice. Which, actually iced our trash can shut the next morning. A sight and a feeling I thought I would never see on my mission!"

Wow! I have to hand it to those kids on their Pioneer Trek. And it's pretty funny that our son's trash can was iced shut.

In an email from our son with the subject line "Our own bit of snow...ish stuff" he sent two very similar pictures of the same mountain range. Here's one of the photos.

Yes. I think I see some "snow...ish stuff" on top of those mountains.

It sure is fun receiving emails and photos from our missionary son. He's doing great and loves his mission so much.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

It Was So Cold, Our Camera Quit Working

We spent a wonderful time visiting family in Utah last week. While we were there, we went to see the Christmas lights at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

It turned out that the week we spent in Utah was one of the coldest of the season so far. We arrived on Saturday, December 27. It snowed on Sunday and Monday, and the temperatures stayed below freezing, so there was snow and ice on the ground the whole week we were there.

We went to Temple Square on Tuesday. It was absolutely freezing that night. I mean literally. Our son said that the "feels like" temperature was 5 degrees!

Our family walked around bundled up as best as we could for a while, but it was just too cold to stay outside for very long. I had brought along our DSLR camera and our compact point and shoot digital camera. I took pictures using both cameras.

I had taken several pictures and was about to take a picture with the DSLR camera when it seemed to just freeze up. I pressed the button to take a picture and it just stopped working. Thankfully, our point and shoot digital camera kept on working, so I was able to take more pictures.

I took the picture below with our DSLR camera before it quit working. By the way, the camera was fine once it warmed back up.

Finally our group couldn't take the cold anymore so we went to the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building to see the Christmas lights from there.

This is one of the pictures I took from one of the huge observation windows on the 10th floor.

As you can see, the sun had set not too long before I took this photo. On the horizon is the reddish-orange color from the setting sun. I'm thrilled that I was able to take the picture at just the right time to catch that.

It was wonderful to visit Temple Square and see the Christmas lights before they were taken down for the year, even if it was bitter cold. If you ever visit Salt Lake City during the Christmas season, I hope you'll take the opportunity to visit Temple Square and see the stunning Christmas lights and displays. They are even more beautiful in person.

Thanks for stopping by!

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