glacier_kitty: (northern lights 2)
Yesterday we indeed went to the plaza downtown and had lunch and went shopping..I found the PERFECT shirt..it's blue and has mountains and says "Santa Fe." It was screaming my name when I saw it haha. I also went to a "new" bookstore (and was happy to see many people shopping there). I like "used" bookstores better..they're more interesting (still won't say no to a bookstore though lol). After that we just hung out at Cindy and Dean's house. They watched The Worst Journey in the World docudrama with me (my 5th time!! I wish I had thought of it sooner, so Julie and the others could have watched it too..oh well :P). Now that I know more about Cherry and Antarctic history in general, it made more sense (like meeting Angela and the quartz thing and stuff). At the end they showed a pic of Cherry I had only seen in Sara Wheeler's book, so I had to take a screenshot to share LOL. When I went to my little trailer thing where I slept I was super hyper and just kept yelling "stick it!!!" haha! It's crazy Cherry still has that big of an effect on me..fun though :P

Today we drove back to Payson..so sad leaving, even if we had an extra day. It was super fun and I'm glad we could get together again! We stopped at the Petrified Forest again to stretch our legs..yeah, I am officially tired of looking at petrified wood now LOL. Still nice to get out of the car though. We got back in Payson just in time for it to START RAINING AND SNOWING AGAIN WTF. It's supposed to do both all week!! Wow, the weather is usually nicer than this here! Not cool :P

a few pics )
glacier_kitty: (abby 3)
Merry Christmas! Yesterday it snowed like crazy..beautiful, but I'd still rather have warmth and sun lol. I got a quilt mom made with cats on it (her very first quilt, it looks awesome! I'll get a pic one of these days lol), a wallet, and an Amazon gift card from Dana (I've been saving up books there till now, since I knew I'd probably get a gift card haha. Must add to my polar exploration collection :P)

Tomorrow we're driving to Cindy and Dean's house in Santa Fe! Not only will it be nice to see everyone again, but I'm also very tired of being cooped up in the house lol. Hopefully we'll get lots of pics!

Speaking of pics, I looked at a lot of old pics today..it's so weird, and sad since I can't remember a lot of the events in the pics (or very little). I'm taking some back to Alaska with me, I like having them around lol. Here's one of me and Snowy when he was a kitten!:
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Aww. I wanted to take a pic of this picture (haha) last time I was here, but didn't for whatever reason. I made sure to this time! Mom made that cat outfit I'm wearing LOL..as you can see, I've always loved cats :P
glacier_kitty: (mountains - winter)
Yesterday we went to REI to get me hiking boots to leave at the house in Payson. We were gonna go hiking, but I got a scrape on my ankle from tripping off this grate thing at Zane Grey's house and the boot rubbed against it, so we went to the dog park instead. The animal shelter is there too, so mom and I went there while Cindy and Dean exercised Blanca. I got to pet and cuddle with kitties hehe yay. :D One was very friendly and loving and purred like crazy when I picked her up. It was nice to get a cat fix hehe. For dinner we went to an African restaurant..interesting flavors! I'd never been to one before. We found a couple caches too

Today it's been cold and SNOWING. Not like a few flakes, a true snowstorm with accumulation. Ughhh..I went on vacation to get AWAY from snow haha! Mom and I still found a cache (must keep our streak alive! Haha..we've had 9 straight days with caches. :D Everyone has a stats page that keeps track of stuff like that) and went to another used bookstore (Cindy was at an art class and Dean just stayed home). It was so weird, it was literally across the street from a place we found a cache yesterday!! Wow, being observant fail. :P The bookstore wasn't as nice as the other one, but I still found some books to read (I think I'm gonna need a separate suitcase for all the books I've bought so far haha!). Then we just went back to the house..we went to dinner after Cindy got home and now it's relaxing time!

Tomorrow mom and I drive back to Payson..I hope the roads will be ok..
glacier_kitty: (mountains - aerial)
The drive to Santa Fe yesterday was interesting..I LOVED driving on the Mogollon Rim..it's so pretty!! I loved the ponderosa pine trees. There was quite a bit of snow too. When you leave the Rim, the trees suddenly disappear and it gets pretty arid. But we drove through the Painted Desert and past the Petrified Forest..the red rocks were so pretty!! We also drove past an extinct volcano, which was cool. We ate lunch in Albuquerque (yikes! Too big cityish for me!), found a couple caches and continued the drive to Santa Fe (around 60 miles from Albuquerque). I think we found 11 caches in total! Most were on the Rim..it was lovely caching up there. Santa Fe is definitely more relaxed and nicer than ABQ. It was nice to see Cindy and Dean and their new dog Blanca and relax haha

Today we had breakfast and explored downtown Santa Fe. The architecture is really cool! I think the buildings are made of adobe. There are a bunch of shops there too..we looked in one and went to a couple churches..pretty! Cindy and Dean also went caching for the first time (their name is "chilipup" haha). One was in a hotel and you go up to the counter and ask about the cache and they bring it out to you..weird! I've never found a cache like that before haha. There's a certain area where Native Americans sell the things they've made (it's regulated, so they can't sell cheap knockoff stuff) and we checked that out. I'm wearing a Payson shirt, and they kept commenting on it haha! There was a LOT of jewelry, but I found a magnet and these cat things made out of clay or something. It's nice to support local artists. :) After that we found a couple more caches and walked to where Dean would pick us up (he went back home to check on Blanca). Well at that spot was a used bookstore!! I definitely had to go in haha. It was actually pretty nice and organized. I didn't have time to look at everything I wanted to, so I think I'm gonna go back. There was also a brochure with the used bookstores in Santa Fe, which is definitely useful haha. Then we went back to the house..tired haha

here are the pics i've taken so far! )
glacier_kitty: (kitty - sleepy 2)
Yesterday we found 8 geocaches! There was one at the library, which was cool (Fairbanks has one in their library too). We checked out their wi-fi too, which is SUPER fast! Definitely better than Safeway haha (we bring our laptop/iPad with us so we can use fast wi-fi before going back to the house). Mom has been wanting to go to a health food store, and near one of the caches was a place that said "Health Center" and "Medical Marijuana Dispensary." Mom thought it was both, but when we tried to go inside the doors were locked and a guy came out saying it was just a Medical Marijuana Dispensary. LOL. Whoops. :P After we got home we introduced ourselves to our neighbor, Karen (she knows dad too, so he said we should introduce ourselves too). She was very happy to finally meet us and her dog Mandy ADORED me. I picked her up (she's a kind of poodle) and she kept licking my hands. Karen said she does that when she's really happy. Karen said she likes cats, so I meowed at her, and she perked up and got even happier haha! She put her paws on my chest (I was sitting on the couch) and tried to touch my face with her paw! (Like Snowy!) Awww..so cute!! We'll have to go over there again sometime..

Today we went on a tour of Zane Grey's house (which is a replica, since the original one burned in a forest fire in 1990) and a museum of Payson. It was actually pretty interesting! We get Zane's books at the bookstore sometimes, but I never knew his history or that he lived around here. He was a dentist, baseball player and traveled around the world. He also built a house on Catalina Island!!! How did I not know that?? It was cool seeing first editions of his books in his house too. I had to buy some of his books to read haha. The Payson museum had artifacts from Native Americans, more Zane Grey stuff, info on the fire from 1990 (6 firefighters died :(), etc. After the museum we hung out at the library for a bit till it closed and went to check out the airport (I made sure to glare at the beacon LOL). There's a good view of the Mogollon Rim from up there. Thenn we went back to the house (we just found one cache today :P)

Tomorrow we're driving to Santa Fe to visit Aunt Cindy and Uncle Dean! We're gonna stay a couple nights at least there. Cool, I haven't seen them in awhile!

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