Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July Celebration

I love the 4th of July!  For me, it's not really summer until the 4th.  It is so wonderful to live in a country that celebrates it's freedom.

Yesterday, our family had a nice morning swimming in the pool and eating hot dogs, baked beans and watermelon.  At about 2:00, we all headed over to the Beckers house for a 4th of July party.  Most of our church family was there, along with some new friends, and we had a blast!  We watched a film called "A Nation Adrift", which really opened our eyes to the changes going on in our country since it's founding.  There was an egg-on-spoon relay, a sack relay, games of Ollie-Ollie-Over, a slip-n'-slide and a parade with decorated "floats" (wheelbarrows).  Everyone had so much fun!

After dinner and a dessert of flag cakes, a few of us went to Mono Rock early to secure a good space to sit.  (For anyone who doesn't know what Mono Rock is, it's a large rock above Bass Lake that provides a perfect view of the fireworks over the lake.)  All the locals are either on the lake or on the Rock to see the fireworks.  It's pretty awesome!  We got a very nice area on the Rock for our whole group and more, and then we waited for everyone to show up.

The fireworks officially began at around 9:30.  I had set up my camera on Delaney's tripod and set it up manually to get what I thought would be good shots of the fireworks.  What do you know?  It worked!!  I was so excited.  MANY thanks to Mr. Becker for letting me use his remote!!!!!!!!  I was quite pleased with how they turned out.  The best part was when the full moon rose over the mountain and was in full view for the finale!

When the firework show was over, we all hiked back up the winding trail to our cars.  There were lots of poison oak sightings and we all tried to keep from touching it when it lined the trail.  I hope no one gets it!

Here's an album of pictures from yesterday.  For some reason, a few of the slip-n-slide pictures made it to the very end of the album, but oh well.

I hope you all had an equally great Independence Day!!!!

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