Bankhead Adventures

15 January 2019

Thanksgiving Road Trip 2018

Due to wildfires, the air quality in the Bay Area was so bad our plans to host family for Thanksgiving were canceled, as was school. So we hopped in the Firebolt in search of fresh air. We found fun rock climbing in Las Vegas, excellent hiking in Zion National Park, and supercool hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park.
Paul fearlessly dusted off his lead climbing skills.

Miles's first time climbing, not counting the gym.

Amos climbed especially high.

Overlooking Zion


Throwing rocks in a river

17 December 2018

Farewell to the Swamp

The house across the water during the fire
Sad day. Our ski boat and our beloved Swamp Hut, which Miles named, "The Place of Memories," were destroyed in a wildfire. We're so glad for all the good times we've had there and all the fun friends who have shared it with us, so here are some photos of the destruction and some happy memories to comfort us in our sorrow.
All that's left of the house: washer, dryer, bathtub, fridge

Our boat, no longer seaworthy

11 December 2018

Halloween 2018

Our new house is right around the corner from the city's premier destination for Trick-or-Treating. The whole street is closed to cars and several houses give king-sized candy bars. Spiderman, Dr Nefario, the Morton Salt Girl, and a mad scientist were pretty happy about that. Even though we're only a few houses away, our doorbell rang only twice. Go figure.

27 November 2018

London 2018, Side Trip to Bath

We met up with some favorite friends in Bath. The main attraction was, obviously, the Roman Bath, but our tour up to the top of Bath Abbey was pretty great too.
Old Roman stuff

Kids balancing on road posts. Drivers did not appreciate this.

View from the top of the Abbey
The whole crew in front of the Abbey

01 November 2018

London 2018, Side Trip to York

Best-preserved city walls in England--parts were built by the Romans in the first century!
York Minster is 700 years old and hauntingly impressive.
Clifford's Tower, where many groups have played fatal rounds of King of the Hill.
Patrolling the ramparts
York is Amy's favorite city in England, although her sample size is small. York's history is rich, having been a Roman city, then a Viking city, then of course the namesake for New York.  York is also home to "The Shambles," which is the street that inspired Diagon Alley. We rode the train from London,  enjoying great scenery the whole way. Our hotel was the best of our trip; not only did it have A/C (very rare), but the staff left candy and gifts for the children.

19 October 2018

London 2018, Historical Stuff

We spent a big chunk of the summer visiting jolly old England. Not only did Paul serve his mission there and we honeymooned there, but our fabulous friends moved there last fall and we missed them so much we had to cross the ocean to see them. Of course Amy made the kids study British history before we left, so we were all better informed as we toured many very old and significant places. Also, it was very hot the whole time we were there, so everyone was melted most of the time. These photos are also the last evidence we have of every hat we own, since we lost them all over the country.
The Tower of London

Prince Albert Memorial

Westminster Abbey

St Paul's Cathedral

04 September 2018

Family Photo Session 2018

The lovely Paige Tingey recently took our photos. Some members of our family were more cooperative than others, as the photos make clear.

30 May 2018

Weird Finds

We've stumbled on several surprise delights during our adventures lately:
The world's largest Monopoly board

An old car in the forest

An unusual playground

A Greek statue in a restaurant