Sunday, August 11, 2013

PA to Arizona to Home Again

I know some of you have been anxious to see our trip pictures! You can imagine the adjustments of getting back to regular life after being away 2.5 weeks. And starting school 2 days after getting home makes those adjustments even more challenging! So, I am finally getting around to sharing some pictures with you!
We did have a great time in Arizona celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary. Thanks again to the very willing grandparents and Aunts who put a lot of effort into babysitting for us! I had 250 pictures, but decided best to not post them all, so here is a few for your enjoyment. If you want to see the rest, well, come visit! (:
We stopped to visit my Grandma Martin on our way to my brothers house.
We had a family reunion with my Dad' s side of the family. My Grandpa and Grandma Heisey.

We spent a couple days and nights with my brother and his family in Lebanon PA. He lives on a chicken farm and they have a few other farm animals. The kids had  a great time with cousins and the animals.

The girls, especially Jennifer, enjoyed sorting and packing eggs. They still pest for us to build a chicken barn! (:

Treyton was glad to get his much anticipated tractor ride!

Amber really loved spending time with her baby cousins

Us 10 years ago

Present day us! (Grand Canyon in background)
Arizona was a unique place! The desert looked different than I thought. It had big rocky looking mounds/mountains jutting out of very flat desert. There was very little green,- grass was seldom seen and there were no tall trees. It got up to around 110* every day.
Our first flight, out of Pittsburgh PA was delayed, so we missed our connecting flight in Memphis. So we took the next flight to Memphis then the round-about way, to Salt Lake City Utah then finally Phoenix. The picture above is coming into Salt Lake.
I did not expect such big cacti!

It was monsoon season in Arizona. The sudden 30* drop in temperature actually made it feel cold.

The first thing we went to do was ride a train through Verde Canyon. It was a rickety old train and the ride was 4 hours, quite a long slow ride!

It had just rained at Grand Canyon, so it was not a good day, at first, to get good pictures. Even still, pictures could never to justice to the vast and amazing view!
We took a scenic by-way around part of the Canyon. It had pull-offs where you walk right up to the edge. It actually made me dizzy and weak to try to look down, so I did the next best thing, laid on my stomach and scooted to the edge and looked down, down...

We did a lot of driving, so I got many scenic pictures. This is a road we were on where we seemed to hang on the side of the cliff!
We went to Yarnell, Arizona where the wildfires were in June, when 19 fire fighters were killed.

The picture doesn't show how blackened the hillside was in the background.
There were many places where there used to be a house. You could still smell the smoke.

Nevada, on the way to Hoover Dam.

The power generators at the Dam. We went down 53 stories in an elevator to underneath the Dam.

From the top. There was a man down there, but he's almost to small to see.

We figured if we were this close, we should at least go see Las Vegas! It was just starting to get lit up. It was actually a dirty place I thought.

I was surprised how excited everyone looked about going to lose a bunch of money! (:

Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedonna AZ
Inside the Chapel
Sedonna is known for their Red Rocks

A very fancy house in Sedonna

We were surprised by the very green hay fields in the middle of the desert near Tuscon.

Summy cousins. The kids enjoyed spending time with cousins from Honduras, one last time before they headed back.

The kids had fun attending 2 different Vacation Bible Schools

A couple days before we left we had closing on our land.  So, here is where the future Summy home will be.