Tombstone, Arizona and Yosemite, California
Like waiting for anything major in life, the time seems to drag until we look back and realize it really flew by. A month seemed daunting when we opened escrow, the days sort of ran together while we practiced patience, postponing those "fun" purchases was challenging. Then poof! we met with the owners who agreed to pre-closing occupancy and we're in our new place a week before closing.
There's been more than just waiting too - we had a wonderful adventure with family back in California. Corey (our number three, Bill's number 2) and Christie got married at the base of El Capitan in Yosemite on October 6. We flew to Sacramento from Tucson on Friday, then drove four hours to Yosemite Valley.
Having a small condo in the park, close to the cabins the rest of the family had rented, worked out great. It was just the parents and siblings so an intimate gathering of 12 people made for a relaxing weekend.
Saturday we visited the wedding site and drove through the park. It took us over an hour to go less than a mile by the visitors' center, but with the surrounding views it wasn't much of a hardship. A short drive down the mountain to pick up a bite of lunch at the market was a nice break from the hordes. That evening we enjoyed BBQ at one of the cabins and tucked in early.
|Figuring out where the sun will be the next morning.|
|Crawling through the park traffic.|
|Much dryer than our last visit (this is upper falls without a trickle), still stunning.|
|Richie and Travis get the chicken and burgers ready.|
|Granddaughter Reese is due in November - momma Emily hams it up with daddy Travis.|
|Family time before the big event.|
|Good friend and wedding officiant Matt with Corey in front of the beautiful natural cathedral.|
|Christie made this darling jacket. Welcome to the family!|
|The lodge, not the BFF's house.|
|All comfy for the 90 minute flight.|
We spend our first week taking care of priorities like satellite, a new king size bed, big TV, and recliners. Projects get started, but until closing we don't tackle anything major.
The house is very livable, but it's dated and we'll be taking our time bringing it into the 21st century.
|Not surprising, most of the work will be in the kitchen. Yes, that's carpet on the floor!|
|We love our big island. The opening on the left into the living room will be twice as large when we take out the big pantry and move the frig to where that closet is in the corner. Probably change out those lights :-))))|
|The tub is wonderful and the commode is new - but have to lose those metal walls and update the sink and storage.|
|The carpet is in perfect shape but will end at the dining room. There will be a more open feeling when we widen that opening and paint the paneling.|
|I'm keeping the large built-in hutch in the kitchen, but the layers of shelf paper have to go!|
Lots of excitement planned for the holidays both here and back in SoCal, but we'll mostly be here through the winter. Then back on the road!
|Naturally we had to share our first "house-cooked" meal with Anna and Donnie!|