What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tony Report

Tony did well in soccer.  He usually plays defender and is pretty good at it.  I think he could be a really good soccer player, but I really think his best sport is basketball.  He needs an older brother back to work him some.  He seems to be doing well in school.  He has advanced to third grade next year.  I keep pushing him in Cub Scouts.  They changed the program so he has to pretty much start over with new requirements.  Somethings transferred over.  He is two thirds of the way to his wolf.    He has gotten four sports belt loops, flag football, fishing (he did at pack meetings) soccer and marbles.  He is really into ipad and ipod.  I guess he has inherited one of each. 

his team 

Calaveras Big Trees: 2015

This year we again went camping at Calaveras Big Trees.  This year we went with the Halls.  Over the few days we were there, we went to White Pines Lake in Arnold, to the bottom to wade in the Stanislaus River, walked the North Grove, visited the visitor's center, spent an evening at the View Point so we could look at stars. and had great fun over all.  Sheri took everyone for ice cream to Arnold.
Camberly and finger bugs

Tony and discover tree

Wrapping a tree
The kids

one of the biggest

coming out of a hollow tree

Mother of the forest, her bark was stripped up to 120 feet, then shipped to England and put on display.  The lack of bark allowed her to burn, which ended her life

the boys

Drive through tree

Playground lake in Arnold

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Family Trip July 3: Black Chasm Cavern

This is a cave first discovered by man in 1850 during the gold rush.  This cave had a small opening, just about a foot and a half wide, and was very dark in side.  That is how it got its name.  The minor who found it hoped to find gold inside, but no such luck.  He then began giving tours and got other's gold in that manner.  It has changed hands over the years, and at one time was going to be mined for the calcite.  However this gave has some of the best helictite crystal in the world, and was named a National Treasure as a result.  The people who owned the gave decided not to mine.  The gave is now used as a tourist attraction and tours are given daily.

It is hard to do this cave justice with my pictures.  The Helictite is wonderful.  Also has flows, stalactites and stalagmites, columns, underground water, and many cool features. However, the nicest thing on a hot day was the 57 degree temperature inside.
A few of an underwater lake far below and hard to tak

Helictites look like hardened white shoe strings.  In the cave it was very hard to get a good picture.

Life IN Manteca 120: Sunsets

Who has the prettiest sunsets.  I challenge anyone to beat these.
These pictures are looking at Mount Diablo and North Peak from the train station.

Indian Grinding Rock State Park: Day Trip

For the day off, July 3 this year we took a day trip to Indian Grinding Rock State Park.  I have been wanting to go there for some time, and we finally had a chance.  Many interesting things to see in the museum, with a California map of Indian territories, weapons, cradle boards, village display etc.  The park included a round house and a Miwok village.  This included a granary and shelters.  The shelter were made from tree bark.