Monday, May 12, 2008

Volcanoes in Albuquerque?

Volcanoes in Albuquerque? Rubbish one would say. Well, whoever 'one' is would be absolutely incorrect. The Hunt family decided to get a first hand look at the volcanic formations that shaped the west side of the Duke City last Saturday.

On the far western side of the Petroglyph National Monument there are three dormant volcanoes. In fact, it was the rocks formed by the dried hot liquid mag-ma (use Dr. Evil's voice when you say that in your mind) that the ancient pueblos and Spaniards used to write their petroglyphs on that we hiked through a couple months ago. We hiked to the top of each of these volcanoes, which was no small feat I would say. Especially, considered the hurricanish winds and the fact that each of us had to take turns carrying Dieter up each hill.

From the top of the volcanoes you can see the beautiful Rio Grande valley, which is actually quite beautiful from this side (if you can see through the dust-storms). You can see the dry, brown desert with a bright green strip where the river cuts through. Downtown ABQ on the south side with the picturesque Sandia mountains to the northeast. It was a very windy trek but well worth the fight. The boys, especially Porter, were troopers and made the 3+ mile hike without many complaints.

We are really finding out that New Mexico really has a lot to it. Like a typical Utah Jazz comeback, though, it may be too little too late.

Friday, May 9, 2008

I am trying to figure this whole "blog" thing out! I think I signed in with Dad's info. Who knows?! Just want to tell you all how much I love and appreciate every one of you. I have truly been blessed to have such great kids (all nine of you) and grandkids (all 13 of you). I have loved being able to be a part of Abby's first few weeks so far. How I missed the feel of tiny little ones in my arms! Now I get to go to Houston and be a Grandma/Mom for a few days. Who could ask for more? I just finished typing a history of my ancestor, Eliza Ann Haven Westover, who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo. I found out Brigham Young was one of the missionaries who "tracted her out"! If anyone wants a copy of the history, let me know.
I also just finished weeding and planting the flower bed that Steph created out in front of our yard. She did such a great job and I want to keep it up. However, everyone knows how good I am at planting, but watering and weeding --I need help carrying through!
Love you all. Hope you girls have a great Mother's day. I am so glad my grandkids have such great mothers.