Since it was Cinco de Mayo, we went to a new Mexican food restaurant for dinner. If you are familiar with Big Bear, you know that it is a beautiful place. However, it is not known for it's eateries. We chose a place we had not been to yet, but heard it was good. Jacalito's. NOPE. Not good. No bueno!!!! When they brought the chips and those tasted awful, we should have left. Crossing that place off of our list!!
We went back to the cabin and watched a cute kids movie. Monster House. Noah loved it.
We woke up to a chilly clear skied morning. It was 32 when I got up, but warmed a bit when I took this.
After breakfast we took Noah up to the zoo in Moonridge. We always enjoy seeing the animals.
None of my other pictures of the animals turned out too well, because I was using auto and the shots focused on the chain link, and not the animal. But one of my favorite exhibits is the bears. These bears were all relocated from Yellowstone after the three strike rule. They had become aggressive towards humans.
We made a stop at Boulder Bay and walked out onto the dock, and then through the park.
We took a couple more nature walks, and poked around before heading back down the hill.
Walking downstairs, I took this picture of a quilt I left up at my Mom's place. This was not my first quilt made, but one of the early ones. A large block sampler from Thimbleberries.
This is a photo I have always loved of my parents. I think that they had this done at Octoberfest up here one year. It hung in our other cabin too.
It captures the sense of "fun" that we always had with our parents. So many great times. I was recently talking with our oldest daughter Gennifer, about how much work it is for the parents when planning and packing for a trip away. Even if it is overnight. But then, you get there, and you see the fun the kids have, and it is always worth it. My brothers and I have a childhood full of wonderful memories from the trips we took with our parents. Of course, as a kid, we were never made aware of the countless hours spent planning, shopping for, packing for, and preparing for, these trips. All we knew was the fun we had when we were there. These great times from countless trips, fill our memories with happiness of our time spent as a family. And THAT is why we do it. THAT is why the work to pack and prepare, and plan, are always worth it. My parents gave us that gift. We gave our kids that gift. And now, our kids are giving their kids that gift. Thank you Mom and Dad for always giving us that!! My Dad is no longer with us, but the memories that we have are priceless. Luckily for Greg and I, we get to make some memories with our grandkids too, just like my folks did with all of our children.
We got back home yesterday afternoon, with just enough time for a quick shower, and then we shared a delicious dinner with Gennifer and Jake and the girls at their house. And then, we ate pie!!!!