Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I had a great 4 days off from work. On Thursday I participated in the nations largest timed Turkey Trot held in downtown San Jose. There were over 20,000 participants! We all raised over $1.2 million dollars for 3 charities.
After showering my husband and I went to my brother's home for Turkey dinner. I was careful not to overstuff myself. After dinner my son, daughter-in-law and grandson came over for dessert and to celebrate my son and brother's birthdays. After eating some birthday pie (I brought a homemade pumpkin (using fresh cooked pumpkin) and a homemade french apple pie (my favorite) I took my grandson to the back room to play with trains. He was getting tired and wanted to go home even though they had just arrived and it was only 6pm and I knew he would stay entertained with the trains.
On Friday a friend an I went to Muir Woods and went on a lovely hike through the redwoods.
On Saturday we went to Monterey Bay Aquarium and spent some time with the jelly fish and other ocean life. After spending a few hours here, we headed to Santa Cruz. We went over to Natural Bridges State Beach and hiked over to the area where Monarch Butterflies migrate and stay from October through March. It was warm, so they were flying around. They cluster in cold weather and don't move unless it it warmer than 45 degrees. They can't fly unless it is warmer than 55 degrees. We are lucky to live where the Monarch spends such a long time. Other generations of the monarch only stay 6 weeks when they move on. After photographing the monarchs we went down to the beach to photograph the Natural Bridge. I need to figure out how to re-size the photos. They are to large to post in this web site.
Sunday I got to spend the day with my son, daughter-in-law and grandson. I love being able to spend time with them!