Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Side Gate

Before putting the RV in the sideyard we had to take down the old side fence then build a new gate. (You can click on the photos to enlarge them.)

Old. Fence. This is looking out towards the street.
So....off we go....

...had to take out all the nails, then remove the vertical posts that were set in concrete.


View from the street....side gate is already removed.

Fence removed....gravel put in.

I put all the old fence on the front lawn in case I needed use it for reference on how to build a new one.

First build a gate frame.

Add some nice hinges...
Meanwhile, Kim was putting the redwood boards on the large frames.

First gate done...now on to the larger one.

This larger gate will pivot from your right so we can get the RV in and out. This one proved to be heavy!

I got it all up, then found out I needed to add a wheel to roll over the gravel so I had to take off the redwood planks, put the wheel on, then put them all back on.

Almost done....notice the open frames....we thought it looked nice but decided to add latice.

Finished product. This project took about a week...had to only work a few hours a day.
While working, this balloon came over the house across the street. I heard a big "whooooosh"...turned out to be the flamed being turned on.
Next up.....front porch decorations !
...hope you enjoy this episode....we did not do any travelling because of family obligations but, after that,  then we'll post some new ones for you !

Keep those comments coming...they're great!

Kim and Steve

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

On The Rocks !

Kim and I went down to look at the river but it got kinda slippery getting back to land....(Make sure you have your volume turned up before viewing this one).

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kings Canyon Movie

This is a movie I took with my Droid from the Kings Canyon overlook turnout that shows part of the immensity of the canyon.....waaay off in the distance to the right lies Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain the the lower 48 states.


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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Kim and I took our first extended trip with our new 5th wheel to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It's located in central California east of Fresno and Visalia in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The trees are much much larger than the coastal (and more famous) redwoods located in Northern California which are taller. These are older. Those are taller. These are much older as well. Some of them are in the 2,000 to 2,500 year old range.

This is an example of how old these trees are. This one was outside the visitors center in Three Rivers (if you click on the photo, it will enlarge for you).
We took so many photos that it is difficult to put just a few here so a number more are posted here where you can view them at your leisure.

http://picasaweb.google.com/100376105788369441882/SequoiaAndKingsCanyon?authkey=Gv1sRgCOPcl_ix0fCDpgE&feat=directlink

Here are a few more .....
General Sherman tree with Kim in the foreground.

Kim right in front of Sherman tree. 36.5 feet in diameter (the tree not Kim).

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed it the "Nation's Christmas Tree" on April 28, 1926. On March 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the tree a "National Shrine", a memorial to those who died in war. It is the only living object to be so declared.

Looking up at Grant tree.

A vista point. We are headed waaaaay down there. This is a small part of Kings Canyon.

Finally...the Kings River and valley floor.
We also took some time to take other photos.

Early morning view of the Kaweah River right outside our RV.

As always, I could not resist getting in the water.

Proud Papa, youngster and Mom.

Nattie's favorite driving location.

Paul Bunyan carved out of one of the 2,000-year old fallen trees.
Well, that's it for this adventure. I hope you get to see all the other photos at the link above and remember, you can click on the photos to get larger images.

Bye for now....next trip is to Florida in December !