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The Desert After A Winter Rain
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 1/16/2019
||Topics: #Arizona #LostDutchmanStatePark #Phoenix #Superstitions #Travel||Page Views: 106|
|A beautiful look at the desert below the Superstition Mountains after it's been greenified.|
Keith and I try to take the dogs out every day—that's what we tell ourselves, but what we really are doing is taking ourselves out every day! Today, the first pretty day after several days of light rain, we decided to head for the Lost Dutchman State Park for an easy hike.
A Visit From The Browns
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 8/3/1961
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|My mom's cousins descended upon us for a visit.|
My Mom's cousins lived in upstate New York, and one day came for a visit. They were led by Cousin Jairus, who had a terrible allergy to pollen, one so bad we would now call it asthma. But I didn't understand such things, and in any case, no one had warned me. So, when the cousins had arrived, I went into the meadow and gathered a huge armload of goldenrod, and brought it in as a welcome gift.
Visiting Grandparents in St Johnsbury
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 6/1/1961
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|Family portraits taken at my grandparents' apartment building.|
After my dad died, my grandparents moved from Bloomfield, New Jersey, where they had lived forever, to St Johnsbury, Vermont, to be closer to us. They moved into a townhouse apartment in a small, four-unit building. Their landlady was Mrs Cox, a widow.
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 4/1/1961
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|Informal family portraits.|
We spent the winter of 1960/1961 at Val's Motel in Concord, Vermont. We had become friends with the proprietors so when the snows melted and we were ready to go home, we took pictures with them. And then, again, when we did get home, we took more!
Cailey's 18th Birthday Party
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 1/5/2019
||Topics: #Cailey #Family||Page Views: 137|
|My oldest granddaughter becomes a woman.|
Cailey was my first granddaughter and I still think of her as an infant. This is largely because she grew up on the East Coast after I had moved to the West; I simply haven't had the chance to see her that often. But recent circomstances have brought Cailey and her mother, my daughter, Dorothy, to the Greater Phoenix Area. And that meant she was here for her 18th birthday! The party was held at my other daughter, Jenny's, home in Chandler.
New Year's Day in the Superstitions
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 1/1/2019
||Topics: #Superstitions #Travel||Page Views: 135|
|A short drive to Canyon Lake to see the results of last night's snowfall.|
New Year's Eve came and went and left a heavy dusting of snow on the higher elevations. The nearest place to see it, for us, was a drive into the Superstition Mountains. We only had to go as far as Canyon Lake to get a generous supply of photos of the rare event.
Christmas at Jenny's
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 12/25/2018
||Topics: #Christmas #Family||Page Views: 118|
|A Christmas get-together.|
Santa's Workshop at the North Pole can't possibly be a better place to spend Christmas Day than my daughter Jenny's Castle, which each year becomes a Christmas Wonderland.
Christmas Eve at Jenny's
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 12/24/2018
||Topics: #Christmas #Family||Page Views: 122|
|A pre-Christmas get-together.|
This year, in addition to our planned Christmas visit, we also had a Christmas Eve visit to Jenny's Castle.
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Posted: 12/17/2018
||Topics: #Christmas||Page Views: 199|
|In which I review the past year.|
2018 was a pleasant year for Keith and me, as we took it easy while I continued healing from the leg break I suffered in 2017. In keeping with that, we went on as many hikes as possible, as well as an excellent vacation in Malibu.
Cold Visit to Lost Dutchman
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 12/14/2018
||Topics: #Arizona #LostDutchmanStatePark #Supstitions #Travel||Page Views: 112|
|Gorgeous photos of the desert beneath overcast skies.|
Despite an unusually frigid winter, Keith and I decided to make at least a short hike at Lost Dutchman State Park. The sky was overcast, the sun struggled to break through, but these photos show that desert beauty isn't masked by clouds.