January 15, 2014

Mr.and Mrs. Nicholas Reeves!

Sam and I are so tremendously proud and excited to share this wonderful photo 
of our son Nicholas and his beautiful bride, our new daughter-in-law Bianca! 
Married January 11, 2014.

Beautiful friends. Maid of Honor Isabel, Bianca and Bridesmaid Vicki (from Argentina)

Best Man Andrew Reeves and Groomsman Patrick Armstrong

Bridal Party Trolley

Early evening ceremony at the scenic Matheson Hammock Park 
in Coral Gables, Miami, Florida

Wedding Vows

The kiss.

A Quiet Moment

September 15, 2013

England Holiday Day 1

On Wednesday, August 28, Sam and I arrived in the English Lake District, Cumbria, United Kingdom. Our flight from Orlando landed in Manchester, where we boarded a train to Penrith and finally to Keswick. Along the way we were greeted with glorious views of valleys and fells (as the low mountains are known), many dotted with grazing sheep.
After checking in at Howe Keld B&B, we strolled down a lovely path to this sunset view of Derwentwater, where we purchased tickets for a evening cruise on the lake. We waited with about 25 others (and one dog) to board at the Keswick Launch.
The night air was chilly as the sun began to set and the sky darkened with clouds. For 10 British pounds we enjoyed a glass of wine served with great good humor by our young local guide. The 50 minute cruise included entertaining commentary about Derwentwater, the third largest of the Cumbrian lakes.
After the cruise, we wandered among the sheep then returned to our room for warmer clothes. We walked into town for a late supper at a small restaurant called A Different Taste. Sam had a wild mushroom and leek soup and Cumberland sausage on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.
I ordered Whitby Plaice Goujons with good hot chips and delicious fresh salad and, for dessert, unforgettable sticky toffee pudding! We wandered through Keswick's dark cobbled streets, past pubs filled with people and music, ending our marvelous first day in England.

August 26, 2012

Destination - Relaxation!

Sam and I traveled to California last week to relax and recharge in the lovely Sonoma Valley. We enjoyed three days at a restful cottage retreat that we found on VRBO. The garden surrounding our little guest house was fragrant with lavender and jasmine. Potted lemon trees and billowing hydrangea bushes edged a soft, green lawn and a cool blue pool. 
 We explored Sonoma Garden Park, a 6.1-acre working farm/community garden 
and model of sustainable agriculture --
 a project of Sonoma Ecology Center. Gorgeous fresh produce everywhere!

We biked along scenic roads with views of vineyards stretching in to the hills.
We sipped some great wines and savored wonderful local cheeses and farm-fresh produce. One evening we enjoyed a beautiful summer evening picnic at the Buena Vista Winery watching Shakepeare Under The Stars -a magical performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Photo - http://www.sonomanews.com/News-2012/Shakespeare-returns-to-Buena-Vista-with-Midsummer/
In Santa Rosa, California, we wandered through the fabulous Charles M. Schulz Museum

"I've developed a new philosophy...
I only dread one day at a time."
-Charlie Brown

"Happiness is a warm puppy."
-Charles M. Schulz

One of our biggest accomplishments was zipping in the California Coastal Redwoods on a Sonoma Canopy Eco-Tour.  For two-and-a-half thrilling hours,  we tested ourselves on a course with seven high-flying ziplines, two beautiful skybridges, and a fabulous rappel to the forest floor.
Our Sonoma County adventures led us to the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. This forest, with its 1000 year old trees over 250 feet tall, was a place of wonder and inspiration.

More to come on our San Francisco trip...

August 25, 2012

Pacific Coast Glamping

 Leaving Sonoma we traveled south along the California coastline 
to the eco adventure resort of Costanoa.
 We stayed in tent bungalows that combined the best part of camping with creature comforts 
like electricity and a queen-size bed, ergo "glamour camping" or glamping.
 While the daytime views from outside our bungalow were peaceful, 
the night sky was AMAZING! We were miles away from any ambient light 
and the constellations and the Milky Way were so clear and bright.

 Our tent bungalow had an electric blanket to keep us toasty, and the comfort station, 
only a few steps away, had a cozy seating area with a crackling campfire.
 Costanoa's mission is to help you retreat from the chaos of everyday life
and discover the pace of nature.
 A breathtaking hike along the rolling coastal dunes and secluded beaches was exhilarating.
Costanoa is one hour south of San Francisco, surrounded by 30, 000 acres of hiking trails 
and a wildlife preserve. On the east side of historic Highway 1, the resort is near 
the nation's largest Elephant Seal rookery, and the lighthouse at Pigeon Point.
This is a view of the Costanoa Lodge and Douglas Fir Cabins from the Whitehouse Creek trail.
Pacific Coast sunset.