Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities’ Category

Disneyland California Adventure

Posted by: Frances

December 6th, 2011 >> Outdoor Activities, Travel

I went to Disneyland California Adventure with the Caudill Family.  It was my first time to go to this park.  I had a great time, but I like the other park much better because there is more to do.  They had my favorite Disney show there called It’s a bug’s life.  I absolutely love this show!  I went on the Ferris Wheel with swinging carts and did not like it very much.  I loved the view, but not the so much the swing.



Posted by: Frances

August 23rd, 2011 >> Outdoor Activities, Travel

During my time off, I was able to make it out to Disneyland again.  I have one more day pass to use before October so hopefully I will make it out before it expires.  I went with my friend Amber and we actually went to a few rides neither of us had done or done in a really long time.  We enjoyed climbing through the tight spaces to the top of Tom Sawyer’s island and the fun adventure Roger Rabbit ride in Toon Town.  We took pictures with Minnie Mouse last time and this time we actually got to take pictures with Mickey Mouse.  This place always puts a smile on my face.  We enjoyed an extremely delicious lunch at the French Quarter, New Orleans Restaurant.  We had an amazing salad and a Monte Cristo that melted in your mouth.  Then we ended the afternoon with a delicious cup of ice cream while watching the parade.  There were some very different costume that I just loved.  I am thinking about making one up for Halloween.  Across from where we were sitting there was this adorable little girl dressed up as Minnie Mouse.  She had a huge red lollipop and then her mom showed up with a pickle.  She went straight for the pickle and said forget the lollipop.  She was very entertaining to watch as the parade went on.


Bridge to NoWhere: Hiking Trail

Posted by: Frances

July 18th, 2011 >> Outdoor Activities, Travel

Matt and I went over too San Gabriel Mountains to hike to the Bridge to NoWhere.  It was 5 miles to the bridge and 5 miles back of sand, rock, and water crossings to hike.  It was really beautiful and the weather was perfect.  It wasn’t too hot and the breeze was just right.  This was a well needed hiking trip for the both of us.  We had a picnic a little bit passed the bridge while listening to the wind, water, and the birds.  We also watched a few people bungee jump off the bridge.  I love taking pictures of different bridges and this one was pretty neat.  I will going hiking here again, this place is fantastic!!!  Here are some pictures below.


Matt making some drinking water


The Bridge to NoWhere


The Sign


Our feet off the bridge


Me climbing up and up on the trail


Us having a great time!

May 3, 2011 Out with Jackie to Hollywood Blvd & Los Angeles Farmers Market

Posted by: Frances

May 23rd, 2011 >> Outdoor Activities, Travel

Jackie was in town on business and we hung out for a few nights after work while she was here.  We made our way to Hollywood Blvd first thing.  We took a lot of fun pictures with many of the famous Hollywood stars.  It was really neat because as we were walking back to the car we saw a star for Frances and then one for Harriet and two down from that Jackie and one down from that Jerry.  It was almost the whole family right there all together.  Ironic.  Here are just a few of the fun pictures we took:


The Chinese Theater


Mickey Mouse


Jackie & I (Sisters)



The next day we went to the Los Angeles Farmers Market.  It was like no other farmers market I had been to.  It was huge!!! We bought all kinds of food to try and I bought some different teas to try and even a really cool tea cup.  This was a lot of fun and a place I will definitely revisit.

Weekend April 30th Tammy visits (Greenville Neighbor)

Posted by: Frances

May 23rd, 2011 >> Outdoor Activities, Travel

So this weekend, Tammy my neighbor from Greenville, SC came to visit in California.  While she was here she and I went to the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday.  It was kind of hot outside with a slight breeze and there were a ton of people and kids there.  It took forever to find a parking spot.  Once we finally got inside the zoo, we had a really good time.  There were a couple of exhibits that were under construction and some of them were quite small for the animals.  She really loved the chimps and I really loved the giraffes as always.


Tammy and I at the Los Angeles Zoo


Me and the Giraffes

On Sunday, Matt, Tammy and I met up with my sister and drove up to Zuma Beach.  I have had so many recommendations from people here in California to go to this beach.  It is said to be the most beautiful and least crowded and located north of Malibu.  It was everything everyone said.  We had lunch a restaurant right down the road between Malibu and Zuma overlooking the water.


My sister Jackie and I


On our way to the restaurant for lunch


The beach


Matt and I goofing off

Trip to Austin & then Santa Barbara for Hang Gliding Lessons

Posted by: Frances

April 9th, 2011 >> Educational, Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities, Travel

I went home to Austin, TX this last weekend.  I had a great time seeing everyone as usual.  I wish I had more time to see the LC Rocks crew, but maybe next time.  On Saturday night when I flew in, I went to Amanda’s Baccalaureate Party, needless to say it was quite eventful for myself.  Then, Sunday I spent the day with great friends and family over breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Monday was a short day, but lunch with mom and dad which was really nice.  I miss everyone so much.

On Tuesday, after being back in California, I drove to Santa Barbara to Elings Park training hill to complete my Hang Gliding Lessons FINALLY with Zac Majors.  His website is: and he is one of the top Hang Glider Pilots in the United States.  He does lessons and tandems.  So we went out to the hill and did about 20 flights off the hill between a 1/4 and 1/2 way up the 200ft hill.  Wednesday we went back out and I did another 20 flights or so off the hill between 1/4 and 1/2 way up the 200ft hill.  Then, to top the day off, I did 3 flights from the top at 200ft.  My first and third flights were pretty good, but my second one was good until the landing.  I wacked and my nose went landed right in the nose of the glider.  I have a nice purple bruise on my nose to show for it.  (Just a little bruise and soar, but no blood THANK GOODNESS!)  I passed my Hang 1 Pilot test and the written part of the Hang 2 Pilot test.  Hopefully next week I will complete the flying part for the Hang 2!  (At least that is the goal!)

See my video on facebook


Elings Park Training Hill: What I get to see as I launch from the hill!  GORGEOUS!


Elings 200ft Training Hill

Newport & Huntington Beach

Posted by: Frances

March 6th, 2011 >> Outdoor Activities, Travel

Matt, Adam, Amber, Stella, and I all went down to Huntington Beach to ride bikes down to Newport Beach.  It was such a beautiful day outside with the perfect weather outside for riding bikes.  We spent the day riding and then had dinner while watching the sunset.  It was a relaxing fun day.  Here are some pictures below:


Me riding in Newport Beach.  BEAUTIFUL!


Sailboats at Newport Beach


Fun with Matt in the sun!


My feet in the sand at Newport Beach.  There are mussels everywhere!  I have a tradition at every beach I travel to and that is a picture of my feet in the sand and taking a small rock.  I write the location on the rock with a glitter pen, spray paint over it with clear spray paint and put it in a very small old milk jug.

Downtown Disney, Seal Beach, Disneyland Anaheim, CA

Posted by: Frances

March 1st, 2011 >> Outdoor Activities, Travel

This weekend I had so much fun!!!  On Saturday night I went to the House of Blues in Downtown Disney.  I walked all around Downtown Disney and was suckered into the Miss Match Store.  This store sell socks in packs of 3 and each sock is different.  I just couldn’t buy one pack, I had to buy two so they would match.  There was also this really cool store called Ride Makerz.  Basically, you build your own race car and pick all your parts.  I had some fun in there!  The best part about tonight was I found some really awesome Minnie Mouse ears that I just had to buy!  Lastly, we headed over to LegoLand!  That was just soo cool!


My Miss Match Socks & my Minnie Ears


Ride Makerz: I want one of these


Woody & I at LegoLand


Amber & I with the “Robot”

On Sunday, I took a trip down to Seal Beach for a relaxing afternoon.  It was a bit chilly, but I enjoyed a nice walk and took some pictures.


Seal Beach


Seal Beach Pier

On Monday, I went to Disneyland in Anaheim.  Oh my gosh I had such a great time!  The rides were just like the ones in Disney World except there were one or two I had not been on that Disney World did not have.  The Indiana Jones ride was really cool, it actually scared me for a second there.  At the end of the night we had some interesting entertainment watching an man play Make Pinocchio Dance.  Very, very funny!  I just absolutely loved the Buzz Lightyear Ride, we actually went on this one twice along with Space Mountain.  To see all these pictures see my facebook page.  Here are my favorites:


Minnie & Me


Amber Caudill & I Buzz Lightyear ride (She kicked my butt)


Amber & I with HATS!


The man playing “Make Pinocchio Dance”

Santa Barbara, CA Weekend

Posted by: Frances

February 7th, 2011 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities, Travel

This weekend Matt and I went to Santa Barbara, CA to see Zac, Hang Glide, and hang out at the beach.  On Saturday, Matt and Zac both flew from “The Eliminator” launch site.  I brought the dogs with us and walked them all over.  The view from the launch is so beautiful!  I can’t even imagine how beautiful it was for Matt and Zac as they flew.


Standing on “The Eliminator” Launch Site

The next adventure after the two of them finished their awesome flights, we headed to Hendry’s Beach with the dogs.  That was fun and relaxing.  We walked up and down the beach as the dogs played.  We also got to see an amazing sunset.


Me at Hendry’s Beach


Matt and I

One of the other neat things I saw at the beach besides the gorgeous sunset, are ladybugs.  They are everywhere.  That was very unusual for me to see.


The Ladybug

After they both enjoyed their flights and the beach, we went to the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company for some dinner.  We ordered the 3 lb Local Rock Crab Special.  The crab was still all together when it was served.  Then, I was taught how to properly crack the crab to get to the meat.  Needless to say, we made a mess.  It was very good and there was definitely some excitement in it for me.


Santa Barbara Shellfish Company


The Crab

On Sunday, the guys went up to fly again and attempt to fly to East Beach.  It was a gorgeous day.  I wondered East Beach with the dogs the majority of the afternoon.  It was very relaxing.  Very few people were at the beach, which was very nice.  I let the dogs loose to play and enjoyed the sun.


East Beach Santa Barbara, CA


The dogs…

It was a nice weekend and felt like a vacation getaway!  Thanks Zac and Erin!

Making my 1st Terrarium

Posted by: Frances

January 20th, 2011 >> Crafts, Educational, Outdoor Activities

Matt and I were watching CBS Sunday morning the other day.  They had a special on Terrariums and I was inspired to make one of my own.  So… I ended up making four and Matt made one.  So, come to find out they are quite easy, but require some patience.

Supplies: Gravel or Rocks, Horticulture Charcoal, soil, weed stopper mesh, plants and a container (i.e. fish bowl, or something enclosed)

Step 1: Buy a jar or glass bowl of your choice

Step 2: place about and 1 inch to 2 inches of rocks on the bottom

Step3: cut a piece of the mesh to lay on top of the rock to act as a barrier for the soil to stay above the rocks

Step 4: mix about a cup of charcoal with the soil.  You only want enough so that if you take a handful you can see some of the charcoal mixed in the soil

Step 5: add water to the charcoal/soil mix until it is moist.  You have put too much water if there is water pooling in the bottom of the bowl you are mixing it in.

Step 6: put a very small scarce layer of the charcoal on top of the mesh

Step 7: add the soil on top of the scarce layer of charcoal (about 2 to 3 inches deep)

Step 8: plant your plants into the soil in the order you like

Step 9: Slightly water when completed

Step 10: put on display

These are the ones I have made: