Holiday 2000 Photos

Since we were having the holidays in Tucson, plain boxes arrived with brightly colored packages inside, and we arranged them around the two small Christmas trees that Rachel's mother had sent. A few Christmas cards on the wall, and a heap of presents in the living room goes a long way towards making a place look ready for the holidays.
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Our first guest to arrive was Rachel's older brother, Gus.
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The next to arrive were my family. My sister, Amy, her boyfriend, Erich, and my mother and father. Gus, Amy, & Erich stayed at our place, and Mom and Dad stayed at a hotel.
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On Christmas Eve, we visited Tucson's Desert Museum. There were lots of great exhibits, wildlife habitats, and things to see and do.
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Amy tried to take some posed pictures of Dad, in his shorts, outside, on December 24. Here are my pictures of them, and the pictures that Amy took.
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That night, we went to the Hidden Valley Inn steakhouse for dinner, and we took this lame little family picture out front.
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On Christmas Day, Rachel's mother arrived, and we all sat around and opened our presents. I managed to take a few little movies with my camera. The first movie (in .MOV format) which begins to pan across the present-opening crowd, ran out of memory on my camera. So I loaded up a new memory card and shot the movie (in .MOV format) again. Which is a great pan across everyone as they open their gifts on Christmas morning.

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I had owned a recumbent bicycle for several months, great for my commute to work, but our visitors hadn't ridden one, so folks hopped on and gave it a whirl.
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This movie (in .MOV format) shows my father attempting to ride my recumbent bicycle.

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That afternoon, the Beyer clan headed up for a drive up the Catalina Highway into the Catalina Mountains. We didn't go all the way, but stopped at Windy Point, where Amy, Erich, & I took a little hike.
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That evening we had dinner in our little house, but I didn't take any pictures. Maybe next time.

The day after Christmas we visited Biosphere 2, which is a short drive north of Tucson.
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After an exhausting walking tour around the Biosphere 2 Center, we had lunch in their restaurant, where Rachel & Gus played with their food.
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After lunch, the Beyer elders demanded that more family pictures be taken so that they would have something for their Christmas Card. So Amy & Erich desperately tried new and imaginitive photographic techniques to capture us on film. Of course, while this was happening Rachel had my camera and took these pictures.
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Of course, they did a great job, and one of these three actually made the final cut to be the 2000 Beyer Christmas Card.
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Not to be left out of the strange portrait-taking I also insisted that we try and get a picture of all of the people attending our Tucson Holidays in front of our house. The first picture there is a test, and you can see the light starting to fade, but I got a couple pictures with everyone.
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I hesitate to add this picture in, but it's part of the holiday experience. Amy, Erich, Cheryl, & Jim had to leave early on the 27th. Rachel & I, however, stayed in our bathrobes and wished them a good trip back to the midwest.
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-Ross Beyer


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