My Aunt Mary and Uncle Kevin came to visit. It was really fun. Aunt Mary and Uncle Kevin are hilarious. On the third day they were visiting we went to the Grand Canyon (for the people who haven’t pieced it together).
Aunt Mary finds love in the hobby of gift shopping. She got this cool calendar with super sexy rocks. All the women reading were chanting in their heads “FIREFIGHTERS”! All the guys were chanting “Beyoncé” (or worse Kim Kardashian). Well anyway it was nice to have a connection to the outside world. While I’m on the subject I was thinking (it was extremely hard) about how Kim has her own show. The world is at its peak in TV with Fat Guys in the Woods and The Real House Wives. Not to mention the infamous Keeping up with the Kardashians.
“And now Ladies and Gentlemen it is time for fun stories with Aunt Mary and Uncle Kevin.” One of the best things about them coming is we saw Javelinas. That’s right I finally got in with Javier the Javelina. It was really fun with them I got the closest I have got to deer and Javelina. I mean I was standing 15 feet away them. I think I have had the best time here with Aunt Mary and Uncle Kevin than anyone (including you Lisa). It was super fun and amazing.
It has been a busy couple of weeks, so I haven’t posted in a little while. After the ACR conference it was straight into work on the special issue of the Journal of Business Research that I am editing. In addition, we had the job of getting our Chinese visas for the trip. Sending our passports via courier was stressful for me, as I tend to worry about all the details. But they came back to us just fine; only India left!
In terms of our planning, last week was also when registration opened for the Semester at Sea Field Programs (the off-boat excursions in the various countries). Choosing the trips was so exciting, and made it feel very vivid. Some of the awesome activities we are signed up for including tobogganing on the Great Wall of China, ziplining in Hawaii, safaris and elephant rides in South Africa, a night safari in Singapore, and fantastic cultural tours in Burma, Viet Nam, and Morocco. We are coming back to London for the middle part of December, for lots of little things we need to take care of. The kids are really excited to be able to visit with their friends before we take off again for the Semester at Sea voyage.
This past weekend was really fun. Mary and Kevin Becker came to visit us, and we had a wonderful weekend exploring Sedona and taking them to the Grand Canyon for the day. Throw in Dan’s excellent meals and his prickly pear margaritas, and a fun time is guaranteed!
On their final morning here, the javelins came to visit. Or rather, they came in mass to eat the owner’s plants in the yard. Moms, babies, and large males were all over the yard, the road, and even our driveway.
We had heard that they might be more visible as it got cooler, but Joe thinks they showed up to say hi to Mary and Kevin.
We had an awesome trip to the Grand Canyon this week. The first day we hiked as far down into the canyon as we thought Joe could make it back up. As the warning signs on the way down say, “Going down is optional. Going up is mandatory.” It was glorious weather, chilly up top and increasingly warm as we descended. Having to turn back was expected, but Dan and I really did want to get further down. Next time!
That evening we stayed at the Canyon and had a “fancy” dinner at El Tovar on the South Rim. The walk back to the hotel room (about a mile) under nothing but starlight was glorious. The boys were star silly. On the second day we just walked around the Rim Trail a little more before heading back.
On the trip home we took a side trip up into the San Francisco Peaks, up to Snowbowl outside of Flagstaff. It was a perfect time to see the brilliant yellow aspen leaves. Against the green of the pines, it was a gorgeous contrast, as you can see.
I had to seriously degrade the quality of the video to be able to upload it with the wifi here, but I hope you still enjoy it.
On Monday and Tuesday my family and I went to the Grand Canyon. It was fun.
We hiked about one fourth of the South Kaibob Trail to Cedar Point.
We stayed at Yavapai Lodge and went to El Tovar for dinner and the bus boy was the best bus boy in the world (he called me sir). Then in the morning, we hiked along the Rim Trail.
Then on the way home, Joe slapped me. He slapped me because I sleep best in the car and Mom could not get me awake to see a crazy road. Then we got home and watched Gotham and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then I slept more.
At the Grand Canyon we went down South Kaibob trail and when we were on it we saw this.
We also saw a blue bird that would not go away. It is a guide. He would always fly a few metres ahead of us. One night we went to a fancy restaurant that had a very nice man (if you read my brother’s blog). And we stayed at my first motel BUT IT HAD NO WIFI!!!!!!