Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Adventures in California!

Last month Mr. Squash and I had the great pleasure of being invited to spend a week with my good friend Lynn of Sew'n Wild Oaks blog.  And what a week it was!  We met Lynn in person a couple of years ago at In Between Stitches where she works and teaches in Livermore, CA. In just that brief meeting I think we both knew there would be a great friendship to come!

We spent the first two nights at Lynn and Joe's home in Livermore because I was invited to attend her Sew'n Wild Oaks class at the shop!

Here we all are at the end of a wonderful day of stitching, laughing and having a wonderful time getting to know all the great gals in class!  That's Lynn on the far left next to her sister Gail and of course me seated on the chair!  Everyone is so nice, not to mention incredibly talented.  I miss you all!

After a couple of nights in town with some great meals prepared by Lynn and even a chance to meet more family members, we headed up to the hills to "Wilder's Last Resort", their gorgeous log cabin in the Sierra's.  First stop was Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  These majestic Sequoias are 3500 years old or more and quite the sight to see!  It actually rained this day - a welcome sight for parched California!  Look how tiny we are in comparison to these beauties!
 Mr. Squash and I had many opportunities for possible Christmas card photos!
Of course we had to bring a toy for the furry family member - Mazey!  This was supposed to be rated a 10 on the "chewable" scale meaning she shouldn't be able to chew it apart - NOT!  Here she is exhausted after a long and fun day exploring and chewing her new toy!
The second day we all headed off to Yosemite!  Here are the four of us at an overlook in the park.  Half Dome, one of the well known peaks in the park is right between the fella's hats!
Lynn's sister Gail (left) was with us during our time at the cabin.  Here we are taking in another view!  I tell you, these two kept me in stitches - both laughing and sewing!!
We had a picnic lunch at the base of El Capitan. This sheer rock cliff is a popular spot for rock climbers.  Through binoculars we could actually see them set up to spend the night suspended from the cliff as they prepare for the next day's climb. I cringe just thinking about picking seams with my seam ripper - let alone scaling the side of El Capitan!
Thanks to the previous day's rain, we were able to see the famous falls, which come down in three tiers from the top.  We hiked all the way to the base.  It's funny - there are loads of people and cars in the park most of the time, but you hardly notice them for all the beauty of nature that surrounds every corner of the park.

Here is a great shot of Half Dome with the sun shining over the curved top.

I'm surprised we didn't come home looking for larger sized clothes!  Lynn's meals were outstanding!  We laughed and talked and formed a lasting friendship with Lynn, Joe and Gail and are already thinking about when we can get together again!

And not to be forgotten were Lynn's quilts which were in every corner of the cabin!  Lynn's designs are totally created by her from concept to execution and even the quilting!  

For a few more photos go over to Lynn's blog and check out her post on our visit HERE.