Exploring our new city…. Whiskeytown Lake

This weekend we took a drive out to the picturesque Whiskeytown Lake. It is not very far from where we live, only about a fifteen to twenty minute drive.


Whiskeytown is nestled among the hills and valleys of the Klamath Mountains. The lake is perfect for swimming, sailing, canoeing, snorkeling and fishing. There are plenty of hiking trails and four wheel drive tracks and even some waterfalls.

The scenery was absolutely beautiful as we drove out of town, looking at the mountains and the forest. We saw cute little old buildings along the highway and we even spotted a family of bears crossing the road as we drove through the forest to the lake.

IMG_8027 IMG_8086 IMG_8042 IMG_8062The water was lovely and cool. We swam, the children played in the shallows and Greg taught William how to skip rocks across the surface of the lake. It certainly is a very pretty part of the world here in Northern California and we are still feeling so very blessed and thankful that we get to be here.


Enjoying the last days of summer

The leaves are starting to turn from green to yellow and red and are falling from the trees to the ground. The early mornings are cool and the sun is getting slower to rise in the morning and earlier to set in the evenings. Autumn or shall I say Fall since I am in California, is just around the corner. I am celebrating these little changes, summer would be my least favorite season so I am glad for the cooler weather to come.

This week we have enjoyed the last days of summer by playing outside on the lush green grass and swimming in our pool. The water was freezing but Will stayed in the pool until his lips turned blue and he was shivering from head to toe.

IMG_4642 IMG_4646 IMG_4653 IMG_4673 IMG_4682 IMG_4688 IMG_4694At the end of this month Fall will officially begin and the days should start to get cooler. I am looking forward to seeing the scenery change around us, the green will be replaced with earthy tones and I am sure pumpkins will soon start appearing at peoples front doors. Maybe I could get a pumpkin carving lesson while I am here.

Exploring our new city… kids kingdom

We took the children to play at Kids Kingdom in Enterprise Park the other day and they absolutely loved it. It was a chance for them to get out and run and play and enjoy the great outdoors. Enterprise Park is quite large. It has gardens, playing fields and a children’s playground which also has a water playground.

The park is just lovely with all its beautiful trees and cute little squirrels running here and there, climbing the trees and hiding underneath the playground. William kept referring to them as possums, you can take the boy out of Australia but you cant take the Australian out of the boy!

IMG_4461 IMG_4479 IMG_4486

Emily crawled around and around and around the play structure. It was perfect for her with all the ramps and it was never ending so she could make her way around the whole thing. She would chase after William but he was too fast for her. She is making progress with her walking but she still has a little ways to go yet. She will hold onto our hands and walk along, then she likes to sit down with a thump and give herself a little clap for being so clever. By the time she had finished playing on the playground she was filthy from head to toe.

We did not have the children’s bathers or towels with us the first time we visited the park so we returned the next day to have some fun in the water. It was such a lovely way to cool down from the summer heat. They played in the water until their lips turned blue from being cold and then we knew it was time to get dry and head home for lunch.

IMG_4561 IMG_4535 IMG_4549