Friday, December 03, 2010


These were one of my favorite parts of the Portland drive. I loved the layers and variety of leaves. Beautiful.

Thanksgiving Roadtrip 2010

Thanksgiving Roadtrip 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Goodbye Girl.

Goodbye Camry.

Dear Camry,

Thank you. You were wonderful and I am so grateful for all of our time together. You have been my longest relationship, and I am so sorry to have to break up with you. A miraculous generous act brought you to me 7.5 years ago for a cost I could afford thanks to more generous acts. The stars aligned and you rolled into my life as the first car I've ever owned. You were so very kind to me, chugging along the roads back and forth to San Diego and everywhere else.

Seacliff, CA February 2005

Looking back, you never broke down on me, though we did have a few incidents. I only had you a few days before I swerved after spilling soda and jumped the curb at the mall and took out some plants and left you a nice dent. We never really had another accident, though there were some dings and scrapes that arose. Early on, you had some brake issues, and there was the 6 month period your driver's side window was taped up with duct tape. There was the two times that the motor mounts broke, the first time leaving the mechanics to question whether I was actually off-roading in you instead of commuting. There was the time I hit the curb and blew your tire, but we found that nice guy riding by on his bike that changed it for us. There was also the time or two we had battery issues, and had to change it once in the parking lot with help from the cashier at the auto parts store. All that aside, you never left me stranded in the middle of the state on a road trip. Though there was the time that you just decided that the key was too worn down to start anymore, and I had to find a dealer open on Memorial Day in San Diego to make me a new one.

Goodbye Camry.

As our days together wound down, I began to realize all of the quirky things with you that I wouldn't miss. I can officially retire the stick that came with you to hold up the hood. Even though I replaced the parts once, they stopped working a second time and I had to pull back out the stick. I will now have a trunk that doesn't leak water into it from the light cavities when I open it. I will also have more space in my trunk because I will not need to carry a big crate of fluids and a giant tool box. I will finally be able to unlock the car from a place other than the driver's side, and only be able to lock it using the inside lock button. I will have an antenna that isn't broken off, and can't break off because it's part of the car. The windshield wipers will work, and probably won't have to be rigged with a wire hanger at any point soon. The windshield will not have 19 years of wear on it and make driving at night have me question my vision. I will not have to get a running start at hills, going 80 at the start to go 50 at the top, cussing at people who mess with my momentum. I will not have to carefully avoid the sharp pieces of the shattered interior and I will not have to wonder about the smells. My car will not be my excuse for not going somewhere anymore. Finally, I will not have to worry anymore if today is your last day.

Goodbye Camry. I love my Camry so mucho.

I loved you, and we spent a lot of time together. You took me up and down Highways all over this state, and facilitated my love affair with the California coast. You made some hard days better, giving me an escape from lonely days. You were such a good car, and even got me noticed by Toyota.

52 Weeks: Week 28: My Biggest Joy - Singing in the Car

On the Road Again. 52 Weeks: Week 49: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control!

22/365: Home Please.

Thank you for all the fun and excitement and memories. It was really pretty neat to hit 333,333 miles with you on the way to let you go, and I loved the faces of the guys when they saw your mileage but you started right up! I will miss things about you, and it was very hard to let you go yesterday.

Goodbye Camry.

I'll never forget you, but it was time to move on.



I can only hope my Elantra is going to be as good to me as you were.
Thank you again.
Lots of love,

Thursday, September 09, 2010


Okay, so despite my big fear of camping by myself and then going hiking and getting eaten by bears, I didn't see any real live ones this trip. I can't claim that I didn't see bears though. The mountains sure love bear things, I guess they don't get enough of the real ones. One of the places that had a lot of them was this amazing little resort that I noticed on my way up the 88, and decided that I would stop on the way back down for lunch. Sorensens Resort is an adorable little slice of heaven, and they have the most adorable little bears all over the property. After I had a yummy sandwich, I walked around and found some of them.

Stops in the Sierras

Stops in the Sierras

A little bit down the road, I stopped at another place that had tons of carved wood sculptures, including this waving bear...

Stops in the Sierras

And while it isn't a bear...I just really loved these roadside flowers
Stops in the Sierras

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hot Wood

Grover Hot Springs State Park

While I will post many of the pictures from my trip over the next few months, I wanted to get this up, and make this more of a current events in my life type of blog again. I went camping a couple of weeks ago, and it was amazing. I loved camping during the week and camping by myself. I have now vowed at least one solo trip to the Sierras every year, and sworn a lifetime commitment to explore as much of those forests as possible. It was that amazing. Check out all the pictures from my Grover Hot Springs adventure here.

Friday, September 03, 2010


Mini Vox Vodka
Mini Vox Vodka

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Berry Tea

Berry Tea - Stanford Inn & Ravens Restaurant

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

We're painting the roses red...

Sierra Azul Nursery & Sculpture Garden

Sierra Azul Nursey & Sculpture Garden

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Steaming away Stress.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Friday, August 27, 2010



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Almost like a house concert.

Almost like a house concert.

Matt the Electrician @ The Crepe Place w/ Scrappy Jud Newcomb



Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 09, 2010


Westside Farmers Market - Summer 2009

Sunday, August 08, 2010


Corvettes at 12th Annual Hot Rods at the Beach

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Cold Cove

Zephyr Cove, South Lake Tahoe

Friday, August 06, 2010

Shaded Path

Pinnacles National Monument

Thursday, August 05, 2010


Spring on the Slough

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Sunset 12.6.08

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Rad Cat

Public Art San Francisco

Monday, August 02, 2010

Sunday, August 01, 2010



Saturday, July 31, 2010

Curious Kitty


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Glass Beach, Ft. Bragg, California

Glass Beach, Ft. Bragg, California

Glass Beach, Ft. Bragg, Calfornia

According to Wikipedia:

In the early 20th century, Fort Bragg residents threw their household trash over these cliffs. They discarded glass, appliances, and even cars. The land was owned at that time by the Union Lumber Company, and locals referred to it as "The Dumps." Sometimes fires would be lit to reduce the size of the trash pile.

In 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board and city leaders closed the area and various cleanup programs were undertaken through the years to correct the damage.

Over the next several decades the pounding waves cleansed the beach, wearing down the discarded glass into the small, smooth, colored trinkets that cover the beach today.

Glass Beach, Ft. Bragg, California

Glass Beach, Ft. Bragg, California

Glass Beach, Ft. Bragg, California

Both Mike and I made works of art without discussing it:

Glass Beach, Ft. Bragg, California

Glass Beach, Ft. Bragg, California