Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black Friday

Our black Friday was anything but black.  First of all, we had amazing weather.  Exceptionally warm for this time of year.  I had driven out with Dino to show her one of our favorite hiking spots, Cedar Bluffs.  Once Bradley arrived and the lovely weather was upon us, we were excited to hike.  Cedar Bluffs is about five minutes from our house and we hike it quite often.  If you are a regular reader, you've heard me mention it in the past. 
Dino and Bradley at the Bluffs
The trail runs alongside Clear Creek.  The trail is ever changing as to the level of the water.  Last Friday the water was unusually high, due to excessive rainfall.  There is a lot of rock scrambling.  Chelsea wanted to swim and Bradley threw in a ridiculously big branch for her to fetch.
Chelsea with a branch (log?) bigger than she is!
Once you are on top of the bluffs, you are about 75 feet up.  My stomach does a flip whenever anyone gets too near to the edge. 
Bradley and Dino on top of the bluffs

Doug, me and Chelsea on top of the bluffs
Often, Doug's family is with us for Thanksgiving.  Something I've always wanted to do is attend the lighting of the square called "Canopy of Lights."  It is a little cheesy, but a lot of fun.  Lots of families with little ones.  We sang Christmas carols.  In the article in the newspaper they said that Santa would shatter the darkness with a white-gloved hand.   We had a lot of fun with that.
Bradley excited about the shattering of the darkness by a white gloved hand

Dino and Bradley at Canopy of Lights

Doug and me at the Canopy of Lights
I love our square.  Every tree has tree is covered in lights and then strands of lights stretch from the courthouse across the streets.  It looks like Whoville.  Our black Friday was bright with no shopping in sight!


From the Kitchen said...

I'm all for a Black Friday with no shopping! I love your square too. It has been over ten years since I was there, however!


ArtyMarti said...

I love to visit my daughter in Prescott, a small town about 100 miles from Phoenix. The town is a community. They have events for the whole town. One thing they do is have a tree lighting ceremony. Kids from local schools sing carols on the court house steps, the mayor welcomes everyone, and then the town square it lit up. Big city folk may think its hooky, but the sense of togetherness is tangible. I love it.

Kris said...

Looks like more fun! YOur son seems like he has a great sense of humor and a silly bone! Loved the pics. The town square looks so pretty in the lights. How was the the white glove?

ain't for city gals said...

It looks like you are going to get lucky and have TWO beautiful daughters-in-law! And a new hiking pal!

Brian Miller said...

that is very hiking...but i know that feeling about cliffs...its ok if it is me...but i gotta keep my boys square...we are going to the lights tomorrow night in our town...

Chatty Crone said...

I loved your trip and pictures. So tell - do you think they will get married? Inquiring minds want to know. sandie

Jan said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. And those lights! What a great idea....not cheesy but beautiful.
I love where you hiked....the view is so nice. And those pictures are wonderful. Look at all those smiles!
Like you ~ I don't go near the edge either! SCARY!

Holly said...

How fun for all of you. Not cheesy at all. We have a winter festival here called Glendale Glitters and they use over 1.5 million lights. Beautiful but crowded.


LOVE Cedar Bluffs. Looked wonderful. A perfect way to spend the day, hiking. (Unfortunately, I can't do it anymore.) Your "Canopy of Lights" celebration was equally beautiful. Glad you and your family had a GREAT day.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

What a perfect day huh? You created a very memorable visit for B&D. They'll have great memories of their time with you! Charming and simple!

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