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California and Shaver Lake Camping – August 2011

October 12th, 2014 by

I’m in New Jersey right now, visiting with my family, and seeing my grandmother. I’m also taking the opportunity to go to…IKEA. Yeah. For reals. The nearest IKEA to me is in Toronto. The nearest in the US is in Pittsburgh, and the second nearest US one is…in Paramus. So now I can say I’ve braved the Saturday Paramus shopping rush, and emerged victorious! The drive down was really amazing; a wonderland of fall colors, and today we went to the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens and got to enjoy a lot more of that. Really nice quick trip. Back to Rochester tomorrow!

But! Back in August 2011 I drove up to the Bay Area while Nathan had some laser time up there, and spent several days hanging with a bunch of friends, starting in the South Bay, and heading up East Bay-wards, before heading up to Shaver Lake for Danny’s birthday (which I had done on one prior occasion, and can find absolutely no photos or writeup of. Sad.)

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Can’t have a lake trip without a turtle…

Heading through California

Channel Islands – July 2011 – Part the Third and last

October 2nd, 2014 by

This week has been remarkably prosaic. Leaves are falling. I went to the dentist. Some chicken went *truly* rancid in the fridge. That stench took a while to clear out of the kitchen. So that’s me! Happy October. Anyway, where were we? We’d just spent our first couple days on the Channel Islands, so we might as well finish the trip (…which was secretly ending up in August 2011, but I want the titles to match up, you know). Picture dense again – the last day was super pretty. Pretty much not sorry.


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Ridiculous

Continuing

Channel Islands – July 2011 – Day 2

September 27th, 2014 by

Today we went and picked up our new canoe! We learned the art of actually tying it to the car, and went out paddling for a few miles. We saw some ducks, swans, a turtle, and some powerboats, and also some nice fall colors, so a totally legitimate breakin ride , I would say. But….somehow we now have to *travel back in time*, to the second day of our time in the Channel Islands, in which there was walking, and foxes!


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I am sure there is a view right…over…there

Onwards, and, today, some Upwards

Channel Islands – July 2011 – Part the First

September 20th, 2014 by

Summer is mostly over – today is a great weather day, but the leaves are turning, you know? At least compared to LA, it makes all the apple / corn / pumpkin stuff make a bit more logical sense 🙂 Anyway, I got a little bit of teasing about writing these up so many years later, but they’re as much for me as for anyone else, so no skin off my back. Summer 2011 was really nicely outdoorsy, so here we have another bit of it – the first day of our trip to the Channel Islands.

Nathan and I had been trying to get out to the Channel Islands for some time (well, we’d each been wanting to go, and then when we fell in together, it wasn’t like the desire fell by the wayside : ) we invited some other people, had some interest from other people, and then had that not work out, so, to hades with that, we were going! We planned and booked the trip, heading out for a four-day weekend, from July 29-August 1, to Santa Rosa Island on the Channel Islands National Park. We walked around, saw island foxes, and lots of other things, and had a good time.


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The good ship Tole Mour!

To the trip!

WA and Olympic Peninsula, May 2011 – Part the Second, a Photographic Interlude

June 6th, 2014 by

Not so much going on of late – we put in a raised bed and I put out my seedlings. Good times, but not quite as exciting as being in Washington on the Olympic Peninsula 🙂 So…where were we? After our first couple of days and having dinner in Forks, well…we set off to the next part of our trip. More beaches and more trees – yay! (This post is rather photo heavier than normal – just too many for me to pick from, too many I loved. Apologies!)


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I think perhaps my favorite photo from the whole trip.

Onwards, friends

WA and Olympic Peninsula, May 2011 – Part the First

May 26th, 2014 by

Well, it’s still May, so if I get this out soon, I’ll still be on track to post at least once a month, though still so very far short of my desire to try and catch up with at least a post a week. Oh well. We’ve moved into our new house, and I went to California, and the weather turned amazing, which basically means we’ve been mowing the lawn. And I’ve been luxuriating in the fact that the outside has not been trying to cause me to suffer, which is really rather refreshing.

Anyway, however, let me travel briefly back in time…about three years, actually. This trip included my birthday in the Washington rain forest (next post), which was all in all not a bad place for it.


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Headlands just south of Cape Flattery. We just watched for a while.

Let me set off on a trip…

Road Trip – Part the Third, June 2010

January 27th, 2013 by

In the first parts of my trip, I left Los Angeles and wound my way north through California, from the Bay Area, up to Lassen Volcanic Park , and then north to Lava Beds National Monument. From there we headed north into Oregon, heading to Crater Lake National Park. After that , Jen had to head back home, and after a farewell at the Klamath Falls Airport, I headed west, continued up the Oregon coastline, and eventually made my way to Portland.


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Newport Bridge – one of the many excellent bridges along the coast

Onwards to northerner places