Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cabo Fun Never Stops

Yesterday, we went on a Canopy Tour in the desert. Gene loved it all. I loved the zipping but freaked on crossing the river on a cable 20 feet up and later skipped the rappel. We lucked out with the weather, it was threatening rain so the overcast keep the blazing sun off us.

We got back to the resort just in time to see the Royal Solaris, where we are now staying, release the turtles that had hatched earlier in the day. We got to hold them first and then laid them all on the sand by the water's edge and watched them get swept up by the waves. Way cool.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cabo Fun

And the fun never stops. Enjoyed more beach walks as we watched this youngster jump the waves on his jet ski.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Price Drops on Pacific Rim's Trip to Kootenays in Canada

I have some news on Pacific Rim's trip to the Kootenays (Fernie, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Kimberely). Fernie, pictured below, and Kicking Horse are known for their powder skiing. Kimberely and Panorama are fun resorts also.

Just checked Delta's flights to Cranbrook and with all that's been happening with gas and the world's economy, air ticket prices are coming down.

The flight on 2/28/2009 from LAX to Cranbook, BC, Canada is now $420 roundtrip with a return on 3/8/2009. The flight from San Diego is now $480!! These prices include taxes.

In addition, the US dollar has been steadily gaining on the Canadian dollar. Yesterday it was 1.28. Which means if the exchange rate holds our trip cost could decrease by about 25%.

It's not too late to sign up. Just book your air and send Pacific Rim Alliance a $200 deposit.

Hope you can join us. For more trip information go to Pacific Rim Alliance.


Monday, October 27, 2008

Cabo Wabo

Well, it's been another wonderful day in Cabo. Yesterday we went snorkeling to Cabo Pulmo, Baja's only living coral reef. Wow! It was spectacular. Later we drove into Cabo San Lucas for dinner at Cabo Wabo and some of their great tequilla.

Today, we vegged at the pool and took long walks on the beach where we encountered these three horse men. Everyone deserves a vacation like this.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cabo Loving

Having a wonderful time in Cabo. We are currently staying at the Cabo Azul in Cabo San Jose. Here's a photo taken toward the beach at dusk from the last of the three infinity pools. The pools are so relaxing and beautiful.

We found out that you can stay at Cabo Azul for 4 nights for only $299 USD and a 90-minute spiel on Monarch Vacations. They will tell you they are not a time share because they use points and not weeks but it's essentially the same thing. You can then go next door to the Royal Solaris and they will pay you 3,000 pesos (~$250 USD) to sit through their spiel. What a deal! Let us know if you are interested and we can set it up.

Back to all the fun we are having. Here's a photos of the same infinity pool around 8 AM. This resort is one of the most beautiful we have ever been to. I'll try to get a night time photo with all the flames lit.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cabo Bound

We are off to Cabo later today. This is our beach time between water and snow skiing.

I been working long hours to get all my jobs done so I can relax and enjoy our vacation. I've been squeezing in a bit of scanning of old photos and found this wonderful one of my mom and dad on their wedding day in 1948. I believe it is the first and only time my mom wore make-up. They look so young and innocent. They moved to LA from Milwaukee on their honeymoon and settled in to do a wonderful job raising us five kids.

Howard & Frances Ohl, October 30, 1948

Monday, October 20, 2008

Water Ski Weekend

The water skiing this past weekend was awesome. Not a hint of wind all weekend and very few other boats on the river. Temps reached about 95°F and the traditional deep-fried turkey & accompanying feast was beyond great. Here's a photo of Sunday's sunrise. It just doesn't get better. More trips photos are available on the Photo Gallery at Radar River Rats.

Here's a photo of my honey water skiing — so fluid yet so very aggressive. Later.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Day Trip to Los Angeles

Los Angeles was wonderful, warm and relatively clear. I had a nice visit with my mom and scanned in a bunch of old photos. The sunset from San Dimas looking toward the city, with all the smoke from the fires, was amazing. What wasn't amazing was the way the LA Dodgers played and now they are out of the World Series.

Isn't this a great photo. It was taken by my father of my mom in 1948 before they were married.

"9 to 5" was fun, pretty true to the movie with lots of new songs and dancing. The staging was awesome. Allison Janney stared as Violet. This play is definitely for chicks. The guys must have been at the Dodger game seeing them get their butts kicked. But since the San Diego Padres were dead last in their league, guess I should keep my mouth shut.

Now we are off to the Colorado River for some water skiing and our traditional deep-fried turkey. If the weather holds we should have a great weekend. Will be back late Sunday and will have no phone, no TV and no Internet until then. Yipee.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Play Date

This evening I have a play date in Los Angeles to see the new "9-5" musical. I've had these same seats at the Ahmanson Theater for more than thirty years and I can't seem to let them go.

I'll be stopping by to see my Mom on the way to the play. She just returned from Milwaukee, WI and Huntsville, AL and brought back more than 100 photos from relatives. I can't wait to see them all. I'm bringing my scanner and laptop. Should have plenty of time to go for dinner afterward.

Most of yesterday was spent backing up the files on my computer. I've got to stop renaming files. It's a double edge sword because I rename a file so I can find it easier but then I create a bunch of duplicate files on the back up devices.


Monday, October 13, 2008


Took some time today to work on my family scrap book. It is so very difficult identifying relatives in old photos. Here's a two-page layout of my immediate family. Being the oldest of five, you will find me in the bottom row, far left.

It's best that I get back to work. I need to finish up a slide show movie from Pacific Rim's recent ski trip to Argentina. We were in Bariloche for a week where we had some fresh snow but the best skiing was in Ushuaia, otherwise known as the End of the World. We also spent a few days in Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls. It was really a great trip. The Falls were breathtaking.


Sunday, October 12, 2008


I am a first time blogger and decided to set up this blog since I've renewed my interested in scrap booking while reading other people's blogs. While I love photography, creating art, and digital scraping, my real passion is skiing— either on the water or snow.

Later this week, a group of us will be going with the Radar River Rats to the Colorado River for the last water ski trip of the season. Afterwards, my significant other and I will be heading to Cabo San Lucas and then Hawaii for some fun in the sun before we start snow skiing.
Our first snow trip will be to Big White, BC, Canada, where we will be skiing the first three weeks of December. Big White is probably our most favorite place to ski. The snow is awesome, light and dry, including both the early and late seasons.

We normally travel with Pacific Rim Alliance Snow Sports Alliance and will be returning to Big White with them in April as well as skiing the Kootenay resorts of Canada with them in March.