Eric and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this year!! That’s pretty crazy and hard to believe actually. We had originally discussed flying to Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta to spend a few days doing nothing at an all-inclusive. But apparently we just aren’t those kinds of people. So instead we flew to Canada to visit the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park. It was really a delightful trip. I won’t outline it like… (more)
Eric and I decided to take a super quick 2 night trip to Portland. No particular reason. Mostly because it is pretty close by to us and because we hadn’t been there before. So why not. We got off the plane, rented a car, and drove the Columbia River gorge stopping to look at waterfalls. By the evening we headed into Portland, stopped by Powell’s bookstore, and hit up our first brewery. The next day… (more)
Eric and I went to Denver for a few days to visit with his brother Kevin and Kevin’s girlfriend Kim. We had a blast exploring the city of Denver as well as visiting some of the mountains just outside the city. I liked the area a lot more than I expected to, and we had a great time with Kevin and Kim in their new loft.
We haven’t had real snow here in a couple of years now, so my poor snowshoes have been sitting unused. Eric suggested we take this opportunity to make use of the snow and my snowshoes by going to Yosemite and checking out how the valley looks there in a real winter. So we packed up for a quick overnight trip to Yosemite (yeah, living here does have some perks), and got lucky with a nice… (more)
This weekend Eric and I drove a few hours out to a state park full of sequoias that we had not yet been to. It is a little north of Yosemite, and has some first come first serve campsites which we grabbed for the weekend. We had great weather even if it was a little on the chilly side, and we enjoyed a nice weekend hiking among the giant sequoias and reading interpretive trail guides.
Before I get into the nice long narrative of this trip, I wanted to say that it is bonkers to me that we’ve been at this for 10 years. TEN years. Eric and I started taking photos of our friends and our activities in September of 2005 and we have essentially archived our lives here since then. It’s awesome to have such a cool record of everything we’ve done together. Which remind me, the reason… (more)
My mom had an amazing idea to take all of us to Hawaii for her birthday. We spent a week at the Aulani resort on Oahu having a fabulous time. I think that was one of the best trips we’ve had in a long time. Here are pictures.
I was off work today and Eric took off work during the day because he thought he would have to go in for the evening/night. Turns out he didn’t, so we just had a very nice special day together on a Wednesday. We decided to drive down to the Santa Cruz area and have a day on the coast. We avoided the main boardwalk/beach/wharf area as we have been there so many times. Instead we… (more)
Eric was still feeling kind of sick this morning. We went to the hotel’s breakfast buffet because it was already included, and because we really hadn’t had breakfast much in this country yet. Sadly Eric didn’t feel like he could stomach anything, but I had a great time there. They had a huge spread with many many fresh fruits, cold cereals, yogurts, scrambled eggs, tomato slices, ham and cheese platter, bacon, sausage, French toast, some… (more)
I was actually feeling pretty terrible by the time we actually went to sleep last night. I took some Tylenol and then did manage to sleep well all night. In the morning I felt decent. No more body aches. My stomach was hurting a bit, but I couldn’t tell if I was really really hungry or still kind of sick. We were mostly functional when we checked out and took a car to the airport…. (more)
I slept really well during the night. The blankets on the bed were so incredibly warm I didn’t even know if it got cold over night. I think I slept for almost 12 hours. I was still dizzy when I woke up, but we made our way to the patio for breakfast around 8am. Everyone else who had stayed the night was long gone, starting their treks so they would beat the hot sun. The… (more)
Our alarm went off at 2:30am for us to get checked out and ready to catch our bus to the canyon. We tried to sleep on the bus and were mostly successful, but it was far colder than we imagined it would be. The inside of the bus windows was a sheet of ice. I guess that’s what you get passing over 5,000 meters at 4am. We arrived in a few hours to the town… (more)