The fountain at Balboa Park is a great place for cooling off your toes, or your whole body. I just sat and watched. My kids would have been in there too, but this was a Mom's Day Out and they got left at home. Luckily there were lots of other people's kids for me to take pictures of.
Most kids love getting wet, and it's hard to keep them out of the water. But there were a couple who weren't too crazy about getting wet, even on a warm day. Especially when dad was trying to help...
The rose garden at Balboa Park is a favorite place of mine to go shoot flowers. There are so many different colors of roses there that it's hard for me to pick a favorite one.
Watch where you stick your nose though!
Red roses are the traditional symbol for love and romance, and a time-honored way to say "I love you." The red rose has long symbolized beauty and perfection. A bouquet of red roses is the perfect way to express your deep feelings for someone special.
As a symbol of grace and elegance, the pink rose is often given as an expression of admiration. Pink roses can also convey appreciation as well as joyfulness. Pink rose bouquets often impart a gentler meaning than their red counterparts.
With their blazing energy, orange roses are the embodiment of desire and enthusiasm. Orange roses often symbolize passion and excitement and are an expression of fervent romance. A bouquet of orange roses will send a meaningful message.
The bright, sunny color of yellow roses evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness. The warm feelings associated with the yellow rose are often akin to those shared with a true friend. As such, the yellow rose is an ideal symbol for joy and friendship.
Yellow roses have a special place in the hearts of Texans too, and I think of my childhood home when I see a yellow rose.
Originally conceived as a folksong in early Colonial Texas history, the first recorded copy of the "Yellow Rose of Texas" was handwritten on a piece of plain paper circa 1836. Historical records indicate this copy was most probably transcribed either shortly before or just after General Sam Houston lead his brigade of Texas loyalists against the army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.The folksong's lyrics tell of a black American (presumably a soldier) who left his sweetheart (a "yellow rose") and yearns to return to her side.
Along with my GPS, I got a Victoria's Secret gift card, some money I've already spent on jewelry from Brighton, and lots of cards for my birthday. I also had a wonderful surprise on my way out the door. Just wish we weren't running late heading off to school so I could have gotten a picture of it. My friend Pam confettied my front porch, and left the cutest cookie jar filled with yummy treats and colorful flowers in a matching vase.
After the kids got home from school they made a new wall plaque for my kitchen. CJ is a whiz at Legos and now I'm the proud owner of one of his creations.
I have the best family and friends! Love you guys!
While we are on our hikes, I try not to stop and take photos of things along the way, but sometimes I just can't help it. Katie will occasionally stay with me, but the boys don't. Waiting around for me while I get that perfect shot just isn't in their plans. Then I have to catch up to the group because they just don't wait. That's ok though, I don't mind.
See what I mean? The boys are small little dots.
But they also miss some pretty things, like the yucca in fool bloom,
sunflowers soaking up the sun,
a charred fence post trying real hard to keep standing.
or a grave stone documenting the lives of people. Katie and I were left wondering when these people lived and how they were related to each other. Maybe we'll have to do a little bit of research to find out. But then again, maybe we'll just hit another trail somewhere else and see what we can find there.
No, this isn't the Rusty Hunk, although he is a hunk. Especially after carrying the dog for much of the hike. Glad we brought the 6 pound dog instead of the 50 pound one! The ground was too hot for the little guy's feet. He really was a hot dog!
We continued up the hill to find a geocache called RS Rusty Hunk. We're close!
Katie found it! It's an old car of some sort, abandoned along an old jeep trail that now looks impassable by anything with wheels.
Do you see the cache?
Katie is pointing to it. It's a magnetic Altoid tin. Inside was the log and a pencil, along with a Geocoin. They have a number you can register on Geocaching.com to track where all it goes. We took it and will plant it in another geocache somewhere else.
Katie is modeling the geocoin for you. She could be the next Vanna White!
I'm the wife of a Marine, mom to two beautiful kids, and a full time volunteer. Most of my time goes to either the kids' school or the the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society where I help out in their Thrift Shop. I'm also a stamper and a photographer. I would also love to be a horseback rider (again) but have no time!