Weekend Coffee Share – Adventure At Lake Mead

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Good Morning, I can’t believe it’s already Sunday. How is your weekend so far? Would you like some coffee, or tea this beautiful morning?

My body has been craving tea in the mornings for a while. I love coffee (as you know. The stronger the better,) but lately I’ve been craving tea to start my day. Herbal tea that is. Today I had Echinacea tea (with lemongrass, and licorice root,) to go with my avocado toast, and fresh dates. I have some of that hot black gold as well, if that’s what you prefer today.

What’s the weather like where you are? Are you enjoying cold, snowy days? We’ve had a comfortable week in the lower 60’s. Our weekend adventure this week went to Lake Mead. (All the photos in the post are from that trip.) It was a few degrees cooler there, but still very comfortable. I have been to Lake Mead before, but not spent that much time there. I really enjoyed exploring a little more, and I will definitely go back, when it gets hot in the city.

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Majestic Lake Mead looking out towards Arizona, near Hoover Dam. 

Lake Mead is a beautiful oasis in the desert. It’s located on the Colorado River, just minutes from The Las Vegas Strip! It is the largest man made reservoir in the United States. When full it has the capacity to cover the state of Pennsylvania with over one foot of water. Formed by the creation of Hoover Dam during the 1930s, the massive reservoir serves water to over 40 million people. Supplying water to several southwestern states as well as Mexico.

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Rapidly rising water on the backside of Sand Island, located in Lake Mead’s Lower Basin area.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is a National Park with an abundance of wildlife including, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Grey and Blue Herons, coyotes, and the endangered Desert Tortoises, as well as several other species of wildlife.

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Wild Coyotes on the prowl on the shoreline in Government Wash!

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Government Wash located in Lake Mead’s Lower Basin.

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Gypsum Wash, Lake Mead. 

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Looking towards the west at Mount Charleston’s beautiful snow capped mountains.

BTW did you see the post about our weekend adventure last weekend ? We went to Mount Charleston (in the photos above) and played in the snow. It was a fantastic weekend!

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Did you make any New Years resolutions? I’ve been keeping my exercise regime so far, it’s not new, I just like to have my goals on paper (so to speak.) I remember them better over time that way.

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I feel like I’m on top of the world!

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My German Shepherd Gretchen loves water, and she was thrilled when she saw the lake.

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My little explorers. This is a sight I LOVE.

Are we starting to get back in the groove after the holidays? This was the first week at my daughter’s new school. She was nervous the first day, but it went well. The other days she happily went to school. She scored unusually low on a test on Friday, but I don’t make to much out of that, it’s probably due to all the excitement. Her new school is stricter than her last school. Both when it comes to uniforms, and rules. I like it. I think it’s very good for her. I give my daughter a lot of freedom, but my basic parenting is stricter than most of my friends. I think that a child very well can understand the relation between freedom, and responsibility. Their actions, and the result their actions create. I give a lot, but also expect a lot from her.

Are you good on coffee? Maybe a refill? It was morning when I started to write, then I got distracted for a few hours. I’m going to have some coffee, while I’m enjoying the other coffee shares.

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about? All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations!

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of Lake Mead. 

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share

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Please come in and have some coffee, or tea! It’s been so windy today, did you get here OK?

So many things have happened since last weekends coffee share. My zen trip to Mojave National Preserve last weekend was fabulous. I hope you got a chance to enjoy the photos (part 1, part 2.) My German Shepherd Gretchen had so much fun! I took some photos of her exploring in the desert, that I kind of like.

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How was your week? Christmas? Was it everything you wished for?

My daughter arrived safely on Christmas morning, and my world is complete. I am very happy.

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We took a trip to Mount Charleston, with the family I work for earlier this week. It was beautiful, and everything was covered with snow.

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The two little angels I take care of, with their mom and dad. It was easy to see that the boys were thrilled to get some extra time with mom and dad. Such a beautiful family.

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We even saw some wild horses. They were behind some trees, and not eager to be in the photo, as it should be. It makes me happy when wild horses actually are wild, and not approach people.

It’s been a fun and intense week. I hope your week has been magical. Any fun plans for the weekend? I can’t believe it’s almost New Year! I have three days off this weekend, and I’m looking forward to give my daughter some attention. I’m sure the weekend will be filled with lots of spontaneous fun. I like to have unplanned time, just free.

Feel free to grab another cup of coffee on your way out!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Fun At The Pumpkin Patch

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Last Saturday evening, my daughter and I visited one of the many pumpkin patches in Las Vegas.

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It was so much fun! My daughter said it was the best day ever! (In all honesty it’s a phrase she does like to use from time to time..lol.)

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It wasn’t a huge Ferris Wheel, but that made it more scary, I think. You could hear it squeak, and make noises all the time. It was a beautiful sight being above everything at the top. We went on the Ferris Wheel one time, and they took us ten loops around the wheel, it was fun. We both enjoyed it. The first photo of the maze is taken from the top.

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Enjoying the view fromt he top was an experience. My daughter is a daredevil when it comes to ride. She just made the minimum height restrictions to the Ferris Wheel.

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I love seeing my daughter enjoying herself this immensely. She is so grateful for everything, and radiating joy. It’s contagious.

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Do you have a favorite holiday? I couldn’t pick one. Maybe Thanksgiving, because of the message, and that it happens during my favorite time of the year. My daughter’s favorite is Halloween. She loves carving pumpkins and dressing up in a costume. I’ve taken a couple hours of work tomorrow, to go trick and treating with her. I’m excited about that. I tried to buy her a new costume last weekend, but she didn’t want any. She has a cheetah costume that she loves, and wants to wear. I guess it’s OK to be a cheetah for Halloween? If it makes her happy. She’s always been fascinated by big cats.

Are you excited about Halloween? Last year I took my daughter trick and treating in the countryside where we lived. Our adult neighbors were thrilled to meet all the neighbor kids. some had put a lot of effort into the Halloween feeling. It’s definitely going to be different this year. I’m hoping that she will get a good experience.

Happy (almost) Halloween!!

Love,

Ms Zen