Every year my brother, David Crook, flies from Arizona to Washington State to help with his son-in-law's Christmas Tree Harvest. This is a huge undertaking, and the preparation is ongoing, as there are Christmas trees that are very small, and on upward. Acres and acres. I spent Christmas with the John Burtons (along with the Crooks) about five years ago and it was magical. Lots of snow, and with a family of eight kids, some grown, some in school, it was such fun. Just wanted to share the picture David took as they got their first real snow. Probably not so much fun for the employees as it is for kids, but typical of that area this time of year.
It's been an enchanting visit to Christmas Hills Tree Farm for Christmas and the days following. Delightful family and friends, all kinds of activities, food at every turn, and a warm atmosphere. Couple this will several treks with my brother to take pictures of creeks, lakes, rivers, mountains, forest beauty, and animals. Got an especially good shot of a porcupine on the property: We even got some pictures of a doe and her fawn grazing in a yard in Mineral Lake. It's a good thing they can't read. They were grazing on property posted, "Taxidermist." Tomorrow we head for Phoenix. It's been such a treat for me to be spoiled by my Mossyrock family. And my Monroe family flew me up for Thanksgiving and also spoiled me...I could get used to this. Happy New Year from one of the most beautiful places on God's green Earth.
My brother, David and I made a delightful trip from Christmas Hills Tree Farm to Mt. Rainier. It was a glorious day...the day after Christmas, and grandkids were playing with their bikes, scooters and all other kinds of toys. We decided it was the perfect time to take some photos. We headed for Morton, then Mineral and then down to Mineral Lake, where we hiked down to the waterfront and got some terrific shots of Mt. Rainier from a distance. Talk about joy! Then we headed up toward Mt. Rainier, going through Elbe and Ashfork, and finally up to the top, where the visitor center is located. It was 29 degrees and windy, and there were people from all over the world enjoying the view and the snow. We stopped quite a bit on the way up and the way down, and each captured about 200 photos. I'm sharing two for now. The surroundings were so peaceful and serene...delightful. And the van had a heated seat. Oh, what we suffer for our photography!
Kelly Ward, who helped me build 4 Paws for Ability and Christmas Hills Tree Farm, just changed the name of her business to Digital K. She says:
To better symbolize my expanding range of services, I have recently changed the name of my business from Ward Web Works to Digital K. There has been no change in ownership and I will be providing the same products and fine service on which I have built my reputation in the industry over the last seven years. It's still the same great company, just with a new name.You can visit her new website at: http://www.digitalKonline.com In addition to being a dandy designer, Kelly is adept at working with the excellent WillMaster software: she's a dandy programmer. She also offers e-commerce sites and Content Management Systems. She a savvy person who truly understands the scope of a website and strives to see that it is consistent. I highly endorse this talented Wisconsin entrepreneur.