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July, 2005
Los Alamos, NM: I took Gigi to see my hometown. She was a little nervous about seeing it because she was envisioning a tiny town in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do. Well, it is rather small and in the middle of nowhere, but my parents and I kept her very entertained. Below are a few pictures of the tour we gave her....

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We started out by making home made ice cream. It gets increasingly harder as you make it, but the taste at the end is definitely worth it.


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Gigi definitely put in her share of the work. The rule is: You have to crank or you can't eat.


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My dad and Lynn were just working much too hard at making it.


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We hung out in Santa Fe on the Plaza for one afternoon.


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Had lunch at the Ore House overlooking the plaza.


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My parents, Gigi and I took a hike up to East Fork in the Jemez mountains near Los Alamos.


East Fork Cows
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We hiked by cows grazing and over streams and bridges.


East Fork Valley Jemez

East Fork Stream Jemez Flowers

Pretty Flowers daisies daisy

Multiple Butterflies
It was a nice and pretty hike. My dad took the picture of the butterflies. I'd never seen so many butterflies together. The flower next to these three had another two.


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In the beginning, Gigi seemed quite happy to be with me.


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By the end of the hike, Gigi was trying to beat me up...she almost knocked me off the bridge. Apparently, my dad didn't seem to care though....


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Overall, Gigi seemed quite happy about the hike (and about me).


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We spent a few hours hiking around Bandelier. Here is Gigi sitting in one of the caves made by the Indians more than 500 years ago.


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I wanted the same picture, so I pushed Gigi up the cave a little bit. (I'm glad she didn't get stuck, but it was good practice for later on in the day.)


Bandelier Arch Indians
Here is a picture of Bandlier from one of the caves. (This picture was taken by Gigi.)


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Here is a wonderfully cute girl enjoying the dry dessert air....


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Gigi somehow managed to squeeze herself into this interesting position. After I took the picture, I noticed that it was very hard to determine which was way up. Can you tell?


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Here we are at the top of the Ceremonial Cave. It's a 140 foot climb up ladders to get up to it. Unfortunately, I forget to take a picture of the ladders or us on them.


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Gigi saying hello from inside the Kiva in the Ceremonial Cave.


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