Ducks Walking on Fish

Author: Wes | Filed under: FREE Stationery, Site Information Monday Jan 26,2009

Hi Scrapbook and Stationery Friends,

Yesterday, we took a short trip to Lake Majave near Bullhead City in Arizona.  What we saw astounded and entertained us to no end…

We found a place where the Carp (fish) are so thick when you feed them that the wild ducks litterally walk on them to get to the food too!  If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the photo… click on it for a larger version.

Wild Ducks walking on the carp (fish) while we fed them.

Wild Ducks walking on the carp (fish) while we fed them.

Kathy and Wes’ mom, Donna along with our friend Carol had a ball feeding the carp and the ducks… there were even a flock of pigeon getting in on the popcorn action.

As you can see from the next image, the girls were all smiles and couldn’t believe how the ducks were literally walking on all the carp.

Donna, Kathy and Carol feeding the carp (fish) and ducks.

Donna, Kathy and Carol feeding the carp (fish) and ducks.

It was so funny watching the lake carp stick their whole heads out of the water trying to get the popcorn before the ducks could steal it away.  At times we had to have one person feeding the wild ducks so that the others could feed the lake carp some of the popcorn.  As you walked along the docks, the lake carp would be following you and begging for food…

Lake Carp (fish) begging for food

Lake Carp (fish) begging for food

We were just on the boat docks outside the visitor center at Lake Mojave – Katherines Landing… if you can believe that.  The carp, ducks, pigeons and other birds just hang out there waiting for nice people like us to come feed them.
If you don’t bring popcorn like we did, the visitors center sells some food for them too.
Here’s the image I took standing on the deck of the visitors center looking out over the boat docks.  You’ll notice that you have no problems seeing all the fat ducks and carp in the water… just watch were you step on the docks as the ducks are not the cleanest of birds!
Lake Mojave AZ Carp and Ducks at the boat docks.

Lake Mojave AZ Carp and Ducks at the boat docks.

One last image for you before we head off today to get some errands run…
Here’s a photo of one of the other birds that was hanging out with his buddies in the trees outside the visitors center.  Not sure what kind of bird it is, but they are all over southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
One of the birds watching us at Lake Mojave

One of the birds watching us at Lake Mojave

Don’t forget that you can click on any of the images for a larger view that you can save and use as your digital scrapbook background or as digital stationery background papers.
Hope you are having as great a week as we are…
Until tomorrow…
Kathy and Wes

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Motorhome Trip Photos – London Bridge

Author: Wes | Filed under: FREE Stationery, Site Information Friday Jan 23,2009

Well, we made it to Nevada today…

Had another great day today and the first long trip in the new AerBus Motorhome is going great.  Some of the roads were pretty rough today, but all in all it was nice.  It was supposed to rain this evening, but nothing came down here.

We made it into Lake Havasu NV this afternoon and after parking at the Havasu Falls RV Resort… great place with very friendly people… we headed out to see London Bridge and walk the east walkway.

Kathy Waddell at the East Gateway to the London Bridge.

Kathy Waddell at the East Gateway to the London Bridge.

Here’s Kathy at the East Gate near the Visitors Center…

As you can see, the sky was a bit cloudy, but it was just above 70 degrees outside and calm.  A perfect day to go exporing and walking.

The next image on the right is of the fountain just inside the east gate to London Bridge.  It

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side Gateway Fountain

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side Gateway Fountain

 had quite a few coins with wishes in it and all the coins are donated to the bridge preservation society.

From the fountain, it’s just a few hundred feet and you are standing below the London Bridge itself…

It’s amazing to think that they really took this bridge appart in the UK, transported it all over here and then put it all back together.  Some of the stones are huge and the effort and care it must have taken is mind boggling.

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side View

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side View

Here’s one of the images I snapped while standing on a balcony in the little walkway of shops that are below the bridge.

I also snapped a couple of shots of the walking/biking path that leads to the south end of the channel that they dug from Lake Havasu into and out past the north side of the bridge.  You can littlerally boat from the lake and go under the bridge and out the other end back to the lake.

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side Walkway 1

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side Walkway 1

The first image shows some of the shops… or what used to be shops.  As you can see, most of the shops have gone out of business and have closed in the slow economy.

Which also leads me to my second note… notice that there are few, if any people in my photo images?

It was a really beautiful January day (Thursday the 22nd) and there wasn’t but a hand full of people there the whole 2 plus hours that we spent exploring the London Bridge walkway and what shops were left.

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side Walkway

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side Walkway

The birds and ducks largely outnumbered the people!

I should note that the West side of the channel had a great park with a large fenced in dog park attached to it and it was full of people playing basketball, running their dogs and enjoying all the playground equipment.  There was a benifit for kids going on and most of the activities were on the other side of the bridge.

But, you would still think that some of the traffic would have spilled over to the walkway too… wouldn’t you?  Everyone says things are a lot slower than last year.  Even the brand new mall that is just finishing up is half empty.  More signs of the times I guess.

Makes for some really great photos for me to use to create digital scrapbook and stationery templates from though.

London Bridge South Channel entrance lighthouse.

London Bridge South Channel entrance lighthouse.

The one last note I have is that there are 4 really neat (I know shows my age…) miniture light houses; one on each side of each end of the bridge channel.  I got photos of them and the beach front park just before the sun began to set.

With the palm trees, it reminded me of Maui Hawaii were we were the middle of December.  The warm day felt like it too.  I’ll leave you with just a couple of the images of the lighthouse and beach park in Lake Havasue…

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side Walkway Park View

London Bridge - Lake Havasu East Side Walkway Park View

 

Tomorrow we head up to Laughlin and Quartsite for the big desert swap meet.

Can’t wait to show you the photos from there.

Don’t forget you can save these images and use them to create great digital scrapbook backgrounds and digital stationery templates.

Until then,

Kathy and Wes

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Motorhome Road Trip Photos – Oregon

Author: Wes | Filed under: FREE Stationery Sunday Jan 18,2009

Hi,

I know it’s been way too long since our last post.

Those of you who follow us on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/scrapbooks) have heard a little of what we are up to and know that we left a couple of days ago on our first long road trip with the new motorhome.

I wanted to just take a little time here in Readding CA where we stopped for the night to post a couple of the breathtaking photo images that we took this morning.  Breathtaking was all I could think of as I watched in awe as mother nature painted the valleys in fog.

Leaving 7 Feathers headed south under the fog in Oregon on I-5

This was taken just south of 7 Feathers in Oregon on I-5 headed towards the Sisqyous.  It was cold and we were just under the ice fog.

We headed out about 8:30am and stopped just a few miles down the road for breakfast.

If you have never stopped at “Heaven on Earth” just off I-5, you are really missing out.  They’ve won lots of awards for their apple butter and apple crisp.

While breakfast is our favorite meal there (I love the Potato Medley) all the meals there are fantastic.  What’s more, the free crisp samples (apple, merion berry and pumkin spice today) are larger than many full size servings!  The cinnamon rolls are the size of a layer cake… we’re talking HUGE!

Sorry, I got side tracked.  But it’s sooooo good I just had to tell you about it.Fog in the Valley - Oregon I-5 just south of 7 Feathers Casino.

At any rate, after breakfast, we headed up the hill and when we crested the first top… there it was.  The valley was covered in a thick blanket of fog and we were on top headed down into it.

Beautiful or what??????

We pulled off the road and took a few photos so we could record just a little bit of the beauty.

Next, it was time to head down into the sea of fog…

Fog in the Sisqyous... headed down into the white ice fog on I-5 in the Sisqyous.We ended the day in Redding CA in 77 degree weather and sunshine.  It’s sooo good to be out of the cold.

More tomorrow…

Kathy and Wes

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