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Bryce Hike in Hoodoo Heaven

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


I learned a fun vocabulary word this summer when we took a hike through Bryce Canyon: hoodoo. That’s what they call these bizarre spires of rocks that make up Bryce Canyon. As we trekked a three-mile trail, I felt like I was walking through a Tolkien book  . . .  or on another planet. We kept making up stories about dragons or other supernatural creatures that must come to life at night in these totem-pole-like rocks.

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Look at the bottom right and note hikers making their way through these weird rock formations.

Hoodoos form strange sculptures that look as if they could topple over any minute.

Hoodoos form strange sculptures that look as if they could topple over any minute.

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Many of the hoodoos seemed to have faces.

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It was hot.

Dramatic and eerie at times.

Dramatic and eerie at times.

We hiked with just water bottle, a couple apples, some nuts, and a bad map. Yes, it was hot, and after an hour I was praying that the loop really did loop back.

We hiked with just water bottle, a couple apples, some nuts, and a bad map. After an hour I was praying that the loop really did loop back.

Colorful.

Colorful.

Tunnels and caves at times.

Tunnels and caves at times.

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Shea in the hoodoos.

One tunnel made the wind blow.

One tunnel made the wind blow.

Tall hoodoos make you think of a higher power.

Tall hoodoos make you think of a higher power.

Hoodoos made us think of castles you make at the beach by dripping sand.

Hoodoos made us think of castles you make at the beach by dripping sand.

Hoodoo windows.

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We made it back alive after hiking through all this!

One of my fav hoodoos: a head about to roll off.

One of my fav hoodoos: a head about to roll off.

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Hues of the Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park print
Hues of the Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park by ElainePlesser
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Living in Princeton House Built in 1757

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


Friends and family have been asking to see the house we are renting while on our sabbatical year in Princeton. So here’s some pics.

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Outside of the historic Princeton house we are renting.

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Side door where we go in to kitchen.

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Living room, part of 1830s addition.

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Original spiral staircase, more than 250 years old.

Original spiral staircase, more than 250 years old.

Upstairs bedroom has low 6-foot ceilings. Colman does homework here and has thousands of Legos set up in here.

Upstairs bedroom has low 6-foot ceilings. Colman does homework here and has thousands of Legos set up in here.

Leading to bedroom. Thomas Jefferson stayed in this room for a month or so during the war. He was tall so he must have stooped under the 6-foot ceiling!

Leading to bedroom. Thomas Jefferson stayed in this room for a couple months. He was tall so he must have stooped under the 6-foot ceiling!

Where Thomas Jefferson slept and where Colman now has his bedroom.

Where Thomas Jefferson slept and where Colman now has his bedroom.

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"Newer" steps from 1830s addition. Have to duck to avoid bumping head.

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Old wood flooring from 1757.

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Backyard is a bit of a jungle. Ginger loves the squirrels. Records show the Redcoats barged in on the house at some point as the owners asked for reimbursement for items they took.

Princeton University Photo 1909 print
Princeton University Photo 1909 by lc_panoramicphotos
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We recently skated in NY at the Rockefeller Ice Rink (the one with the big Christmas Tree you always see on the news). I wrote a HubPage review of the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. At the end is a little video of Shea doing a spin.

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Mount Rushmore: Half-Finished Project

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


Mount Rushmore attracts tons of visitors who ooh and ahh at four towering American heros carved out of a countain.  But did you know the project was never completed?

Here’s a photo we took on our trip across country this summer . . .

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Impressive, of course!  But after we viewed the movie about the monument that went on and on about what a great tribute it is to American ingenuity and tenacity we saw  what the original model looked like . . .

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What happened?  Looks like a job half done!  We asked the park ranger why the sculpture was never finished.  Worked stopped on the project in 1941 after 14 years because other priorities came up and funding dried up.  Neither the taxpayers nor private parties ever came up with funds to complete it.  So it was just pronounced completed. The cost:  $989,992.32.

Did you know there is a cave behind the carving called the “Hall of Records.” It was intended to house the story of Mount Rushmore but was never completed due to lack of funding as well.

So much for American ingenuity and tenacity. We visited the Crazy Horse Monument down the road before we went to Rushmore, and found it much more interesting.  That huge undertaking has taken a lot longer to get going, but at least they are still blasting away.

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Bryce Hike in Hoodoo Heaven

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Creative Scarecrow Ideas for Halloween Decorating

Monday, September 27th, 2010


Creative scarecrows can spice up fall decorations. Many neighborhoods hold scarecrow decorating contests. My sister and I have worked together to enter a few of these and have been lucky enough to win grand prize a couple of times. Our best tip? Use old clothes to come up with a scarecrow theme, then pay attention to detail to make a whole scene.

I used my daughter’s old flower girl dress, for example, to come up with a scene depicting “The Ring Bearer and Flower Girl at Frankenstein’s Wedding. I used her old figure skates to come up with “Skate Crow.” I used my son’s old Kobe Bryant jersey and old basketball shoes to come up with a scarecrow shooting hoops . . . (Kobe Die-ant of the LA  UnderTakers.) An old saddle gave me the inspiration to come up with “Ghost Rustler,” a cowboy lassoing a ghost.

Next up: I want to do a hula girl in a bikini to make a beach scene. Got you thinking? What clothes do you have that be used for a creative scarecrow scene this Halloween?

Make your scarecrows pop at night with a blacklight.

I hope my pics inspire you. Let me know if you have other creative scarecrow decoration ideas for Halloween.

Related Post: How to Make A Prize-Winning Scarecrow

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Amazon has some funny Halloween decorations! Check them out!

Also lots of craft stuff.

Other craft posts:
How to Make a Yoga Mat Tote Bag
How to Make a Tassel
How to Make Bookmarks from a Photo
How to Make Designer Baby Burp Cloths Using Ribbon

How to Visit the Crazy Horse Monument in SD

Friday, September 24th, 2010


The Crazy Horse Monument: Right Down the Road From Mt. Rushmore

In a cross-country family drive, you can’t miss Mount Rushmore. But did you know 17 miles down the road is another must-see sculpture carved out of a mountain? We stopped by to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, and found it more impressive than Rushmore. Started in 1948, the Crazy Horse sculpture is still in progress and when completed, it will be the world’s largest sculpture. I’m a little torn about carving up a sacred mountain, but I gotta admit the site–which includes a museum and lots of history about the sculpture–is fascinating.

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At the top is Crazy Horse's head. The white markings are where the head of his horse will be. Scroll down to see pics of the models.

The sculpture’s final dimensions are planned to be 641 feet (195 m) wide and 563 feet (172 m) high. The head of Crazy Horse will be 87 feet (27 m) high; by comparison, the heads of the four U.S. Presidents at Mt. Rushmore each 60 feet (18 m) high.

What we found to be most impressive was not just the size of the undertaking, but the fact that is has all been done with sheer tenacity in both the carving (by blasting) and in fundraising. Unlike Mt. Rushmore, which received tax dollars, this project receives no federal or state support.

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The project began when Polish American sculptor Korczak Ziółkowski, who had worked on Mount Rushmore received a letter from Chief Henry Standing Bear, which stated in part “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes, too.”  The project became a lifelong work for Ziółkowski, who died in 1982. In fact, his whole family, including his wife, Ruth, and their ten children worked on the Crazy Horse Project.

The site includes models the artist made so you can see what it will look like. It also includes a film about the project and a museum with lots of history so you can see how a mountain can be blasted with enough precision to make a sculpture. The museum also focuses on the sculptor and his family and includes a Native American Cultural Center with lots of artifacts and art.

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Model of the sculpture in the museum with the mountain in background.

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The museum includes lots of info about the sculptor and his family.

The museum includes lots of info about the sculptor and his family.

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If you are planning to see Mt. Rushmore, schedule half a day to also visit the Crazy Horse Memorial. Well worth the cost of admission. Bring camera. If you want more info, visit the Crazy Horse Memorial’s site.

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Related post:

Mount Rushmore: Half-Finished Project

Bryce Hike in Hoodoo Heaven

How to Protect a Samsung Rogue Phone

Monday, September 20th, 2010


Zazz Up Your New Rogue Phone . . . and Protect It, Too

If you have a new Rogue phone, the first thing you want to do is get it a new case and a screen guard, so that you protect your investment. You won’t find much in the way of stylish Rogue phone cases at the Verizon sore, and what you do find there is waaaay overpriced.

Kiosks at the local mall may a a few options for cool Rogue phone cases. But your best bet for the best Rogue phone faceplates is online. With hundred of options, it can take time to find the best hard cover protector for a Rogue phone. We recently got two Rogue phones and my daughter and I spent hours picking the perfect Rogue case. I’m sharing the best ones we found so you can save time looking. We found that Amazon had pretty good prices. Here’s the ones my daughter and I picked.

Polka Dot Rogue Phone Case

Polka dot phone cases are hot.  We  found this cool polka dot phone case for the Rogue at Amazon. polkadotphonecase



We like some other dots ones as well.

These are all quality phone cases that are cheaper to buy online than at the mall, even with shipping.

The best deal though, for a more professional looking case, is the Body Glove black with textured glove material. This sells for $30 at the Verizon store, but you can get it online for less than $10 even with shipping. I got this case and love it. Check out the customer reviews on it on Amazon.

Don’t forget to get a screen guard as well. We are loving the Rogue, although it takes some getting used to the touch screen as it responds differently than an iphone or ipod. Hope our review of Rogue phone cases help!

By the way, did you know that Verizon no longer requires a data plan on the Rogue? See my post on how to take the data plan off your Verizon bill for more information.

Summer Fun Lego Scene

Monday, September 20th, 2010


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Lego scene by son constructed. Summer’s over now . . . better start on the fall scene.  Just got his Legos set up in the Princeton house.


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