When we arrived Friday morning, this should've been my first red flag.
Then we had to sign the waivers, and give the name & number of our next of kin to be notified in case we don't arrive at the other side. The guy we rented the canoe from said he hadn't had a chance to go through the river since Wednesday's storm and there might be a tree or two that was knocked down, that we'd have to get our canoe over. Uh, what? I just pretended I didn't hear that part and we got in our canoe.
My 11 year old son had never canoed before and didn't know how to paddle. So I was pretty much doing all the work. Oh look... there's a gator. And a turtle. We also saw Water Moccasins (poisonous snakes) and huge @ss spiders. I was also told they have Alligator Snapping Turtles in there, but they like to hang out on the bottom.
Then we came across our first downed tree. You have to climb out onto the tree, balancing so you don't fall in, and try to find a way to get your canoe over. Then you climb back in the canoe (carefully). But there wasn't just one downed tree. There were SEVEN. And some of them you had to get the canoe over one, while ducking under another part of the tree.
So it was, while we were getting past the 2nd tree, that my son accidentally tipped us. Yep, we were unceremoniously dumped into the river. Then we hung out up to our necks in water (thigh-deep in river muck) while the next group of people came along who could help us get our canoe tipped back over. My poor son was crying. Meanwhile, I was hoping that gators weren't hungry for ginger.
Oh, so you know how I took those other pictures above? With my iPhone. Yep, that went into the water too, which pretty much ended my picture taking (and phone use) for the rest of the trip. This "easy" 4 hour (8 and 1/2 mile) canoe trip ended up being a difficult 5 and 1/2 hour canoe trip with nonstop paddling on my part. While soaking wet. Oh and after each tree we had to get over, we'd end up with 3-4 of those huge black & red spiders in our canoe. Try keeping your son from freaking out, while you try to remain calm, while you both try to kill the spiders without tipping the canoe again.
And that was my son's first canoeing trip. Just think, all that adventure for only $30. Then, 24 hours later we hopped a plane back to Los Angeles, with my mom's kitty in tow. I kept my iPhone in a bag of rice until after I got back, which enabled me to get my pictures downloaded, but sadly it still wouldn't work right.
So... the nice people at the Genius Bar at the Apple Store had pity on me after I flew home & gave me a new iPhone. Yay! And then I washed our Florida clothes, and packed up our family of 5 so we could head to Yosemite. We managed to rent the one and only house inside the park with wi-fi. Cause that's my idea of "camping".
Now that I survived the gators and the snakes, I decided to test out my luck with the bears and mountain lions. Which brings us to the news of the day...
In Pennsylvania, a bear entered a couple's home and attacked them both, causing them both to be hospitalized. Did I mention there are bears here in Yosemite? I'll try to take a picture if any of them attack me.
Speaking of being mauled by wild animals, Siegfried & Roy celebrated Roy's 67th birthday by eating a white tiger shaped cake. Seems only fitting since 8 years prior the white tiger ate a bit of him.
Ladies and Gents... it is official. Arrested Development will be coming back for 10 episodes, explaining what has been going on with all of the characters over the last 5 years, followed by an Arrested Development movie. If you haven't ever watched it, watch the old seasons for free on Netflix. You will be hooked.
Hey, WTF??!! Sadly, this was just like me on my 15th birthday. If you have a new perm, do NOT lean over the cake when you blow out the candles. #JustSaying
And now, for today's FAIL. Just what you expect to see at a hunting shop. (though I kind of think it's a WIN)
And for today's WIN. I need to find this guy and have him make me a sign just like it for my street. I'm sure it would look awesome in my little suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.
This isn't a WTF pic. This is just awesome. I want to play foosball with a bunch of Stormtroopers.
And that's all the time I have for today. I'll see you back here same time, same place, provided I don't get eaten by a wild animal. Try to keep the bears out of your house, and until tomorrow...
McDonald's oatmeal contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than one of their cheeseburgers!
At first glance, the breakfast item may seem to be a "healthier" option than most of their other fast food fare. Fear not though - the restaurant has somehow managed to Mac-ify even their most simple, wholesome options. The concoction's 'cream' (if you can call it that) contains a total of seven different ingredients, only two of which are real dairy.
This creamy substance is added to the oatmeal automatically, and brown sugar is also routinely tossed in unless the customer asks for it not to be included. Even though the mixture's diced apples, dried cranberries, and raisins are all presumably as natural as possible...the oatmeal itself contains seven separate components, one of which has been labeled 'natural flavor'. Bleh...GROSS.