First of September

A month of mix blessings. There was a death of a beloved son 2 years ago and 5 birthdays – 2 of which are my children. Two years ago, it was a death, a 19th birthday, a funeral, and then a 15th birthday. To say that it was a difficult month of 2016 is an understatement of epic proportions.

Back in late June to Early August, we went on a family trip of five-thousand-plus miles. Visited and drove through 11 states, walked around and visited at least three National Parks.

Walked and swam in the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco.

After Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountains, and Yosemite stops

At Sutro Baths — beautiful day for walking

Hiked and got bitten by freaky huge mosquitoes in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite – hike through the re-planting forest – where we took turns taking pictures. Our Abba flew back to Texas for the Yosemite portion of our trip.

Drove up Rocky Mountains National Park where I was a little scared of the railing-less mountain road. Going off-road up there would mean a certain death or at least very mangled.

Abi and Yossi at the highest part of Rocky Mountains. We could not persuade Yoash to climb up the last few feet to this peak.

Saw Texas version of Stone Henge – not bad at all.

Last stop before home — we had fun with sunset silhouette shots

We saw beautiful land formations after visiting Mount Rushmore. We saw a lot. Even cows who huddled together as if it is a mortal sin to stay further than a tail-length away. This from the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Cows were scattered away from earth other in Wyoming and Colorado. We did not see cows in Utah or even Nevada.

A very nice lady took our picture when we were at Mount Rushmore. First stop we did…we had to sleep at North Platte Nebraska before making it here. We drove through Oklahoma and Kansas. It was still worth the drive

Gallery

Pictures of Yoel on our Trip to Utah


Yoel and I in 2015 on a trip to Utah. Arches National Park. We had fun walking around and wished we could have walked even more. I hope that wherever he is now, he gets to hike to places he wanted to. We didn’t have nearly enough time for the hikes we wanted to take while he was alive.


These two, Chana and Yoel, are like twins 15 months apart. I am sure my daughter misses her brother very much. They were thick as thieves and the first pair to venture into anywhere.
At Arches National Park.


Like here, they went up to this rock formation together and looked around.


He was the happiest when he could walk and hike on unpaved trails.

Our family at Arches National Park on an early morning walk. We were going to climb to the delicate arch, but the Little Ones (As Yoel likes to call his younger brothers) were getting tired. So Chana and Yoel went and hike by themselves. I think it got too bright in that early morning, they went back around without reaching the delicate arch. I love those family trips we used to take. It was never quite the same after Yoel. For my part, it did not seem like a family trip because we are missing one.

On new year 2017, we took a trip to South Padre Island for a few days. I really missed having all my kids together. It wasn’t too bad, but it is also strange to be making new memories without my second child. Yoel was my one child who never failed to give me hugs and kisses every single day that we are in the same city. I miss that. I miss his smiles and his random sharing of things he found thoughout the week. The funny books he’d read to us during family dinners. I wished I recorded some of it and just hear his voice.