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hiking the Grand Canyon

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Grand Canyon Trip :: June 2011

From June 4th to June 6th we hiked (backpacked) down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back out again. Here is a set of photos from our cameras during the trip — I still need to do a picture swap with the other hiker for his images, so this set will grow to include more in-canyon shots soon hopefully.

The trip was superlative in many ways. Very beautiful, very painful, very unique, very challenging. I am *still* healing from the hike in some of my joints and muscles. I wasn’t prepared for how intense it would be for me, but I learned a lot and I’m ultimately glad I did it. Plus the surreal beauty of this place is incredible and worth quite a bit of effort to get to experience it.

Big news might just be upcoming in the next couple of weeks — we’ve put in our application for renting out an amazing house on the other side of town. It has so many things we currently lack that I keep thinking there must be some kind of a catch. The landlord is great, the location is great… keeping fingers crossed.


Monday, February 14th, 2011

After initial doubts, I have really fallen for Instagram. The interface is perfect, the filters are nice, and it fits right in to and definitely enhances my existing iPhone-everyday-photos habit.


Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
orla kiely details

back from LA

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

palms at dusk in Long Beach

[More photos from the trip]
[My new CrossProcess set with additional LA pictures]

The trip was great — everything went well and we got to see tons of interesting things. I think the highlight for us was visiting the Eames House. It was surreal to see it after having looked at so many photos and trying to visualize it. It was a beautiful day, we were the only ones there, and it was really peaceful and fun (if hard to find). They basically gave us the run of the grounds for as long as we wanted, we just couldn’t go inside.
We also saw Jim Gaffigan do a live show, and visited a few gastropubs and other incredible restaurants. We snorkeled on Catalina Island in 65 degree water which was a pretty crazy experience. Finally, we left Dustin’s camera (Lumix LX3) in the glove box of the rental car. I called them hurriedly from the plane as soon as we realized we’d left it, and they actually found it and offered to mail it to me – whew.

headed to LA

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

new bag

Meet my new Orla Kiely bag that just arrived today — its maiden voyage is tomorrow when we start our summer vacation.

I’m finally visiting my brother in LA. This will be my second trip there and Dustin’s first; I went once in 2005 during the Christmas season when things can actually get rainy and dreary.
We’re really excited, it’s been a while since we’ve traveled. We’ll be seeing Jim Gaffigan live and otherwise seeing and eating and touring everything we can, including the grounds of the Eames House (of course).