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.
The rainy entrance to the Phoenix Zoo was a bit deserted on an evening when it is normally jam-packed. Wed is 1/2 off with a coupon from SRP.
Didn't bring my tripod, so many of the shots were blurry.
The big ball of lights over the water changes color
one column at a time.
The 'new' dancing trees section had a nice display for the in-between times rather than leave it dark until the next showing.
The rain went from a light drizzle to a bit more regular rain.
Here's Jake & Karen, Sue inbetween them, Dave behind them and the rest of the kids and Gramma somehwere behind them yet. At least it was warm enough. The rain isn't as unpleasant as the bitter cold nights. IT did come down heavy for a short spell. We are glad the Feenstras come from Michigan and can handle a little rain.
Erik thought it pretty funny to have a dragon setting 'fires' in the rain.