Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Family Vacation

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. We were in Palm Desert, visiting my parents at their winter home. David was able to join us. It was fabulous to be together in the sun, after the cold snap we had in Western Washington.

The night before we left home, about 4 inches of snow fell, and the power went out all over our county. We lost phone, internet and TV, but the electricity stayed on - thanks be to God! I had JUST printed our boarding passes. Western Washington has very limited snow removal equipment, and many hills which become treacherous in icy conditions.
We couldn't sleep, because a state of emergency had been declared, and emergency services were recommending that everyone stay off the roads unless you HAD to travel - for an emergency. Is an airline reservation for vacation an emergency? I didn't think so, but Gregg did. We got up around 2 a.m., had coffee, made sandwiches and left for the ferry dock at 3:30 to catch a 4:40 A.M. ferry.

On the way, we passed all kinds of cars abandoned in ditches and on the side of the road. Dozens of cars. I covered my eyes most of the way, but we made it safely to the airport (thanks to Gregg's skill and calm), JUST in time to catch our flight - which had been delayed for an hour, due to the fact that its crew had trouble getting to the airport.

 A week in the sun was most welcome. We celebrated David's birthday, my mom's birthday and Thanksgiving.
Cribbage between David & Kappa, with hors d'oeuvres for everyone - a tradition.
Sometimes it's Grandma vs. David for Gin Rummy.
Cooking stuffing & potatoes at the condo. Gregg & I love preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
Just before giving thanks.

Gregg AFTER Thanksgiving dinner.
There were many golf games, tennis matches, some shopping, a spa day, lots of good meals and card games.
David on the 2nd hole of the Challenge Course.
Kappa on the 2nd hole of the Challenge Course.
David, Kappa & Gregg on the Challenge Course.
David, Gregg & me at La Casita.
Kappa with a margarita at La Casita.
 Thank you, Grandma & Kappa!
It was a great vacation.


deb said...

ah.. just on here.
and this is a delight.

I'm jealous :)

But happy for you. Ick to the winter conditions. It is that time.

Allegra Smith said...

Your Father is a man after my own heart. Anyone who can drink a vat of strawberry margarita is bound to be a barrel of fun.

I am glad you are home safe and we are getting all excited about having you two over soon. Just over a week, but who is counting? :)

Mary said...

What a wonderful vacation! I'm sitting here wearing my ski hat scarf coveting those warm temperatures. Glad you had such a great time.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think I would have walked/ran out of the snow/ice to get to that Thanksgiving haven!!!!
Your holiday looks wonderful (and green/blue) Love that you had some sun and fun with your favorite people.
I recognize the game Gregg is playing on the couch....peek a boo with the ol' eyelids. :)

ChiTown Girl said...

Ooo, that margarita looks yummy!! Sounds like a wonderful vacation. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

Mary Potts said...

Life looks pretty darn good out there! So glad you had fun.

Elizabeth said...

You have such a gorgeous family -- really, I love all those photos! I'm happy you escaped the snow and cold for a bit and grateful that you made it all safely!

Daisy said...

Glad you made it safely to your destination. Looks like a good time!


Paul said...

J-olly good of you to post this.
E-njoyed EVERY photo!
A-ll I want is to do the same thing.
L-ove you all!
O-nly you make me post weird comments.
S-ure hope to see you soon!!

Dawn ~ BJSMomma said...

Stunning family photo's, so glad you enjoyed your wonderful Thanksgiving. I enjoyed reading about it, and looking through all the photo's!


Kay said...

Yeah!I certainly think catching a plane to get out of the cold and enjoy some family is an emergency if I ever heard of one! Glad you've got a calm, experienced driver to get you there in one piece. Looks like an amazing time in the sun. Love it! Just adorable family pics too! : )

Jabacue said...

There now you are ready to settle into winter in Washington!
Looks like a great time was had by all of you. Thanks for sharing Karen.

Anonymous said...

Delightful photos. Your parents certainly know how to pick their "winter home". We love Palm Desert too for our vacations, although coming from coastal Southern California, we aren't leaving the snow too often to get there!

karen gerstenberger said...

Allegra, we are making our reservations tonight!

Chitown, you showed amazing restraint. I thought you were going to tweak us about snow-driving (that video is so scary, to me)!

Paul, you are going to have your fabulous vacation @ the BEACH soon, aren't you? I can't wait to see YOUR photos!

Thanks for all of the kind words, everyone. xoxo

Robin said...

So glad you all had such a wonderful time!

Karen said...

wonderful holiday with special people. loved seeing the pics and the sleepy after-effects of turkey!