Saturday, April 28, 2018

Thirtieth Anniversary Trip for Book club

Our book club has been in existence for 30 years! I have been in it the whole time. We enjoy our group so much that we decided to plan a literary trip to LA to celebrate. This is our group as we started out from Phoenix. I have a lot of photos, because I wanted to document it all. A few are out of order.

We had High Tea at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and gardens. 

High Tea

We explored the downtown LA library with it's art and murals.
 This was Dinner at Clifton's Cafeteria after the Festival of books.
Another pic of the LA library

Myrenda and Lezlee drove. This is Tracy enjoying being a passenger.

 Erica and I.

Our wonderful Driver, Myrenda.

Erica thought we should have some kind of cute sign to take a photo with. She came up with a cute idea.

We were able to get a large bungalow that was built in 1903 through Air BNB. It was near USC where the festival of books was and it was fun to all be in the same house. The neighborhood was a little borderline, but we did fine.

It was large and comfortable enough for all of us.

The piano behind Myrenda was a little odd. It was cut down extra short.

The kitchen was very modern. We got groceries for breakfast and Tracy was fabulous omelet maker.

We tried a group selfie inside and outside.

We had dinner the first night at Musso and Frank's in Hollywood. It has been around for more than 100 years. It was known as a literary hangout for famous writers converting their works to movies.

Several of us found Hollywood stars that we liked.

The waiters all wore red jackets. It was pretty pricey.

We saw this in the garage where we parked.

After dinner, we went to downtown LA to check out The Last Bookstore.

  Saturday morning, We went to the Festival of Books on the USC campus. It was amazing and free! There were many famous speakers, music, children's area, Youth area, live performers, interviewers, panel discussions. We had a great time.

Cindy and I waiting for Joyce Carol Oats.

The Memoir panel discussion I went to.

We were worn out at the end of the day.

We went to Clifton's cafeteria for Dinner. Another quirky place that has been around for 100 years.
Sunday morning we went to Church and then to the Huntington. We enjoyed all the beautiful gardens, art and museum.

And of course High tea!  We went to another book store, Vrooman's in Pasadena that evening and dinner at Umami Burger. Monday morning we went to a well known paper store, McManus and Morgan. They make and sell handmade papers from around the world and the last known letter press in LA is next door and uses their paper. 
We explored the downtown LA library and then headed home.
It was an awesome trip! Already thinking of future possibilities!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Few Camping Pics from Lake Pleasant

Some friend's and I try to go camping semi regularly. This March, we went to Lake Pleasant. I had never camped there before, but I had a book that told us the best spots to tent camp in the state, so we picked those spots and went. We had particularly pretty sunrises there.

Sunsets weren't bad either and the moon reflecting of the lake was pretty around 1 or 2 in the morning.

There was a fair amount of water fowl on the lake.

The first night ended up really windy. I should have take down our pop up canopy. It was ruined by morning. the leg broke off. It was so noisy flapping all night, it sounded like we were in a hurricane.

Here is the crew, Victoria, Dericka and Lynnora.

There are wild burros at Lake Pleasant and we saw this one on our way in. The first night, this guy or someone who looks a lot like him, opened Lynnora's closed tub, pulled out a bag of marshmallows, and ate them bag and all. The second night, a burro came by and knocked the lid off the trash can and was trying to get stuff out of there. First time I ever had that happen.

The squirrel's were just as brave during the day. Coming right up to us. I imagine people have fed them. I left some bread in a bag when we left one day and they had a squirrel party while we were gone. I had to go get some more bread for our dinner.  We also heard coyotes, burros and owls. Lynnora and Dericka both saw skunks every night.

Me and Dericka. I ended up pretty sunburned before we were done.

We divide up the meals so we only have to make 2 each. When you don't have to do too many, we end up eating pretty well!

And being so close to Phoenix, we could invite some friends out to roast hot dogs and make s'mores with us one night!