8.26.2011

Indulge Shutter-Happy Me

Wow. Our camping trip was awesome. Eight days of sleeping under the stars, eating tasty meals cooked over a campfire (we love our new cast iron dutch oven), enjoying scenic hikes, dipping in the bluest of blue waters, and an making an unplanned detour to a cool old town with an amazing cemetery. I took a ree-diculous number of photos, and for my own satisfaction and need to catalog everything, I'm going to post lots of 'em here. It's for my own sake, so feel free to skip over the next seven days of posts if you can't stand other people's vacation slide shows.

For those of you who are curious about the camping locations that will soon follow...
Ever been to Lassen Volcanic National Park (you know by now what a sucker I am for the National Park System)? It has lots of varied, truly spectacular geographic features and is far less crowded than many national parks. I highly recommend a visit. Ever been to Lake Tahoe? I can now say that I have, and that I don't need to go back. It's as gorgeous as everyone says it is, but it's not my scene. Ever been to Virginia City, Nevada? If you've got a thing for old cemeteries and can overlook a town that does a bit of catering to tourists, add it to your list of must-sees. Now brace yourself, or tune out.

8.18.2011

Today Makes Ten...

Years of marriage, that is. Fifteen years together.


Barry rocks, be he clean shaven or bearded.
I do have my preference, though.
He's my best friend.
And life is so good because of that.

We're off to celebrate...

8.17.2011

Original Intent: Day One Hundred Ninety-One

caution flags, the pearl, portland

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8.16.2011

Original Intent: Day One Hundred Ninety

crusty old window, astoria, oregon

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8.15.2011

Original Intent: Day One Hundred Eighty-Nine

lost sneaker, nw portland

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8.14.2011

It'a a Big One, Mom

Today is a big birthday for my mom. I wish I could be with her today - I miss her like crazy. The older I get, the more I realize what an amazing lady she is. Her dedication to her family is unmatched. She's worked hard her whole life in order to expose her three children to wonderful things. She's supported each of us as along the way, even when the way led us to cities far away from hers. She has a great sense of humor (although if I'm honest, I'd say she likes puns a little too much... puns and pirate jokes). She's made great changes in her life in the recent past to be a healthier person, which is truly inspiring to me. And she's a stickler about writing thank you notes, a lesson which has paid off for me time and time again.

I love you so much, Mom. Happy birthday.

8.13.2011

Original Intent: Day One Hundred Eighty-Eight

vintage table with color blocks, astoria, oregon

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