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July 24 - Pioneer Day in Utah

I love a parade. I have that gene in my genome. Nevertheless, I was not motivated to attend the most attended event of the Pioneer Day celebration, "The Day's of '47 Parade." Over the years a critical element of the parade "pacing" has been sorely lacking. What is "pacing?" it is ensuring that there is never much distance between parade entries. The greatest parades in the United States: (1) Pasadena Tournament of Roses and (2) Macy's Thanksgiving Day, always do a great job at spacing. Not so for Utah's biggest parade and that's sad. Secondarily ever since the decision to run the "TRAX Light Rail System" right up main street (where the parade used to be presented) the ability to enjoy the parade has decreased. That was a bad decision. TRAX should have gone up 200 West into the city and gone underground from 500 south onward (like the system in Atlanta works).

This year a member of the First Presidency, President Uchtdorf, returned to lead the parade. Last year Elder Ballard performed that duty, the only time I can remember where it was not a member of the First Presidency.

I watched the parade on recorded television. There were some very fine floats this year. The two best in my opinion appear below. The "Theme" was "Visions on a new Horizon". It was odd that multiple float builders decided that perhaps a recreation of the steamship "Horizon" that brought many Saints for Europe to the United State would fit that theme. Secondarily, because of the way in which "the people" chose many of the parade awards, it was beyond understanding how a float with no animation won the award for the best animation. Say what?

I can only hope the Days of '47 organization looks seriously at restoring the Pioneer Day parade to its old glory before my life is over.

The people's and children's choice for best float. West Jordan Mountain View Stake
One of the floats featuring the ship "Horizon" - Draper Suncrest Stake
For additional and better images see 2017 Day's of 47 floats
June 25 - July 2 - Southern California Vacation
This year was the Hanks turn to take a vacation with Grandpa and Grandma. They selected Southern California as their chosen destination, so we took up residence for a week at Dolphin's Cove Anaheim.

New things we learned: The Hank's oldest daughter (age 4) is fearless, roller coasters are her passion. After getting off Space Mountain at Disneyland she said "That was Awesome!" While she is a picky eater, her younger sister is not! The young one eats just about anything and everything, generally leaving little left on her plate. She loves the Merry-Go-Round and cried every time it was time to get off!

Grandpa was impressed with the design of the motion base for "Soaring Around the World" (formerly Soaring over California") There are 3 bays if seats, each bay has 3 rows of about 12 people each that are hoisted in the air. Thus about 100 people are served on each trip. Each bay is connected to a motion based that generates motion felt by the riders. A dome screen provides video "with inserted simulated elements" as a dozen or so places around the globe are visited including: The Matterhorn, Paris, Wild Animals in Africa, Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, the South Pacific, Utah's Monument Valley, and ending at Disneyland, Anaheim California, during the nightly fireworks.

World of Color at California Adventure was also well done as was their main Roller Coaster California Screaming

Not much new at Disneyland, but the old favorites are still there.

We also love Sea world San Diego (or Orlando). The Killer Whale show is being phased out and today is simply an educational event about the Orcinus Orca. Angela achieved her dream of swimming with the Dolphins in the training pool where new Dolphins are trained. Her group included just two sisters from New York with a similar dream.

Here are some of our favorite photos:

The Newport Beach California Temple Newport Beach Stake Center adjacent to the temple. At 11:00am we joined in with about 260 visitors!
In front of Snow White's Castle The Hanks with Mickey himself
Nothing like meeting Rapunzel and her prince (Disneyland) In front of Mickey's Fun Wheel (California Adventure). Finally a Ferris wheel that can load 3 cars of 6 people at once.
The old carousel (Disneyland) Dumbo existed back in 1957 when Grandpa first went to Disneyland
Sherry and grand-daughters at King Triton’s Carousel (California Adventure) The Hanks with Lightning McQueen (Cars Land - California Adventure)
Kevin and his little girl (Huntington Beach) Sand Castles (Huntington Beach)
Sherry and grand-daughters at King Triton’s Carousel (California Adventure) The Hanks with Lightning McQueen (Cars Land - California Adventure)
Angie and the Youngest (Huntington Beach) Grandpa gets wet with the oldest (Huntington Beach)
June 28, 2017 - SeaWorld San Diego
Angie finally gets to Swim with Dolphins
Angie takes a ride holding the dorsal fin Angie hugs her favorite animal
Dolphin Clips
Orca Encounter - The New Educational Program
April 15, 2017 - A celebration of Easter?
Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. So where did the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs come from?
December 30, 2016 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

From our Holiday Home to yours.

Christmas Eve - Light rain did not stop putting out the luminaries
After Midnight - Rain turned to SNOW and dumped 11" at our home
Many thanks to all those who sent Christmas greetings
November 5, 2016 - We do College Game Day
Robert and I attended the college game day at President's circle at the University of Utah, prior to the Washington game. We've attended 2 of the 4 Salt Lake visits by the program. Unfortunately, the Utes lost both times, to TCU in 2010, and Washington in 2016, both on the first Saturday in November.
Reed and Rob in front of the Game Day Bus
Reed walked to the back of the crowd for this photo
October 31, 2016 - Happy Halloween
September 26,2016 - New family pictures
With six new grandchildren since our 2013 family photo, we just had to get a new one.
August 6, 2016 - Conversion to HTML5
Renewed progress is being made converting the site to HTML 5. Completed so far:
  • Photo Album - Pioneer Day photos from 2000-2016
  • Family Years Books 2009-2015
Coming soon: Family History
July 25, 2016 - Pioneer Day
The Days of 47 Parade was held this year on Monday July 25, since the 24th fell on a Sunday. The parade contained many fine floats, but the pacing of the parade (distance between entries) was simply abominable! At several points during the parade there were gaps of more than a Salt Lake block between entries. Salt Lake blocks are very long as the pioneers built wide streets and a rigid grid layout. Here are a couple of photos from the parade. See all floats.
May 15, 2016 - The Haslams welcome a new grand-daughter.
She is the daughter of Kevin & Angela. In some ways she looks like her great-grandmother Mary Haslam. She has lots of dark hair to match what Mary had the day she was born over 100 years ago.
April 18, 2016 - The Haslams welcome a new grandson.
He is the son of Michael & Stephanie.
March 6, 2016 - The Haslams welcome a new grandson.
He is the son of Robert & Desiree.