We are not the first 'Gronseths' to make it to Arizona, but we are the first from our immediate family.
Dan - I do most of the blogging, photos, artwork you'll see. Came from Wisconsin to Arizona in 1986 after a bicycle trip to the lower 48 states. I've been a park ranger since the end of 1988.
Karen (Bleeker) - Karen came from South Dakota to Arizona in 1989. She has been a teacher and a teacher trainer. We met here in Arizona and were married in 1990.
Erik - Erik came along in 1996. He is pretty smart and likes math, reading, playing the Wii and watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Jakob - Jakob was born in 1999, the last of the 'old millenium' Gronseths - at least amongst our immediate family. Jakob loves people and can seldom stand to be alone for any length of time.
This guy sat patiently while I did my best to steady the camera in the dying light of day. Of course, not knowing what I was up to it kept an eye on me. The one decent shot I got doesn't show the two long plumes extending from the head.
When it did turn its head, I was unprepared and tried to get a quick shot. You can see how long the plumes are, but that's about it. Hopefully, I will have another chance with this one.