Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008. Hello 2009.

Happy New Year everyone! 2008 is nearly gone and 2009 is ready at the gates... Always with each new year I expect the calls to start pouring in about 2009 reservations. I suppose it's a natural process that once the holidays are over people start thinking about their 2009 vacations. I will start working on the 2009 reservation puzzle very soon. Meanwhile for those thinking of warmer months, enjoy a summer picture. (July, 2008)

And to the many fisherpersons looking forward to the season this year, the Departments of Fish & Game in both California and Nevada have both stocked Topaz Lake with plenty of fish for your catching! On 1/2/09 I will post a picture of opening day on the lake... If tomorrow is like any opening day before - regardless of weather - you could play hop scotch with the boats on the lake. Tomorrow's post (already written) is for my in-laws-in-laws, including one of my favorite kid pictures of one of my favorite kids. (He's family, I can't help it!)

Health, Happiness and many Blessings to you all.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Weather vs. Crowds

Winter is officially here. Tomorrow is the actual "start" of the winter season, but mother nature has her own schedule. The snow and wind started howling last night and it hasn't stopped yet. I tried to get a picture of the blowing snow drifts but just couldn't stay outside long enough to get a decent picture. Too cold! I plan to go into town today to run some errands, but the weather is making it very hard for me to be enthusiastic about being outside. I have decided to plow forward because truthfully I would rather brave the weather today than brave the crowds this weekend!

I hope you are warm and toasty wherever you are.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First Snow

Yesterday morning provided a beautiful sunrise. It was gray and yellow. I hope you can see that in the pix. Today the sunrise was bright gray as the fog on the lake extended well into the Park.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Goose Whisperer

Everyday we feed our ducks. And in the winter months we are joined by Canada geese. They wait until the ducks are done feeding and then finish up. There is a small group of 7 geese that are more accustomed to our presence and will come within feet of us. It is not uncommon at all to see several hundred geese at one time on the shore line. I think they come to us first because of the food and second it is a safe zone from the hunters you can often hear in the distance.

Same View, Different Day

Winter storm! Well, technically it is still fall, but it sure feels cold enough to call it winter!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Blogs and Twitters and Website, oh my.

Life has sped by since this blog was started in May! Now that our closed season has arrived, I will start updating this blog as needed to keep you informed of various events and happenings. I also started a "Twitter" which you can link to from this blog site. You can read the last few Twitters in the righthand column of this blogsite. Our website links to this blog and you can find a link back to the website, as well our our email address near the top of that righthand column.

I hope you enjoy the blog and website, and find it informative. Also, for many of you that know my photography I will begin to post my photos here on the blog for you to enjoy. There is also a link in the website under the "Our Area" tab for a photo gallery of the area and the Park. That photo gallery will be updated probably just once a year. And, since I am informing you about visual updates, the "Lake Cam" on our website will be up and running soon. We actually had it running earlier this year and it looked great! But a change in computer operating system required us to put the Lake Cam on hold until we had time for research another camera and posting option. Soon, very soon, I hope to have the Lake Cam running so you can enjoy all the seasons at Topaz Lake!