Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Summer in Photos

I absolutely love the I heart Faces contests.  This week they are hosting my story in photos, which is not a contest.  Anyone who has been around me knows that I LOVE to take photos, and take quite a few.   Pairing down my summer into 1 post was NOT an easy task!
This summer I was incredible blessed to be on vacation for 5 weeks.  I thought that in those 5 weeks I’d have plenty of down time to work on the computer, edit photos, and work on my website.  That was not the case.  I was doing something pretty much every day of the entire 5 weeks.I have not really gone through and edited all of the photos, so this theme was a great excuse. 
I know that 5 weeks sounds like a long time to be on vacation, but I am a teacher and have the summer off.  Dylan was in the musical Bye Bye Birdie, and had to work.  His summer schedule consisted of going to work, going to practice, grabbing dinner with the cast and getting home at 11 at night.  I like to be on the go, and get bored easily.  It made the most sense to enjoy time with my family while Dylan was busy.  But, of course, I missed him! 

I was out of school mid June.  During this time I worked on my photography business.  (I just added the face book fan page link on the side bar, if you want to join. )
My fun started July 1st, when we flew to LA , California to vacation and visit my sister.  Hollywood was our first stop. The other day I blogged many more of my pictures from Hollywood.
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My sister has the neatest car, it is from 1982!  That is the year that I was born!  It is a Mercedes and it still runs.  summer 2010-8
The following weekend we went backpacking in… the middle of nowhere.  Gotta love my camera remote.  (What am I doing with my hand?)
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I was not brave enough to get in the icy cold melted snow river, but everyone else enjoyed it. 
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That is my sister’s foot!  I always thought the rule on snakes was “red, you are dead”  but Rebecca proved that wrong!
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What is a trip to California without a trip to Venice Beach?  Dylan said that it was interesting, but he would not go back.  If you like people watching, this is the place to go! 
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Malibu was the next stop.  Who knew that among the mansions there is a beautiful hiking trail.  We looked closely at the other hikers, but we are fairly certain that we did not see any celebs.
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My sister lives in Riverside,and she gave us a tour of the botanical gardens, and downtown.
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I have a whole other post scheduled this week on the Mission Inn.  The diversity in the architecture is amazing!
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Another future post will be Tio’s Tacos.  All of the ‘art’ is from recycled materials (a.k.a. trash.)  Honestly, it is fascinating!
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Redlands was beautiful, and they have free concerts!
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We rented a car and spent 3 days in and around Vegas.  On the trip up, we made a detour through the Mojave Desert.  There were beautiful Joshua trees and mountains. 
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Before we knew it we saw Welcome to Nevada! (A first for Dylan)summer 2010-48

While in Vegas, we visited the Hoover Dam.  I had only read about this in history books, but it is even larger in person, than in pictures.  While on the tour the elevators broke, so we had a little bit of a behind the scenes tour. 
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We saw ‘The Freemont Experience.”  Oh, and we walked through just about every single hotel in Vegas!  When they say that it isn’t so hot because it is dry heat, they are lying.  It was hot, hot, hot!
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One of my photographer friends suggested that while we were in Vegas, we visit Red Rocks.  I was NOT disappointed.  It was gorgeous!!
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We also attended the taping of the TV show, Let’s make a Deal.  It should air sometime in late September or October.  We sat 2 seats away from the host during the entire show, and should be easy to spot since we were the only 2 people not dressed crazy.  We visited LACMA after, and saw the tar pits.
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Apparently Temecula is a popular wine area.  We visited a winery, did a tasting, and had lunch… oh, and a photo shoot. 
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The great thing about Riverside, is that it is not too far from LA, or San Diego.  I absolutely love these 2 pictures from our day at the tide pools in San Diego
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We were extremely fortunate that Dylan’s aunt was getting married in San Diego at the same time that we had planned to be there.  (It was a small immediate family only event, so we didn’t attend.)  Dylan’s dad was the pastor for the wedding, so his parents were in town.  We were able to spend 3 days touring San Diego with his parents.  (I already posted pictures of this leg of the trip.) 
Thanks to Janet, Dylan’s dad’s friend, who let us crash on her floor last minute when we decided we were going to visit San Diego!
Seal Beach in Lajolla, CA and Encinitas, CA
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Balboa park
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Old Town
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Hotel Del Cornado!  This was impressive!
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Love the gold sand
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I’d love to photograph a wedding here!
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Some of the most beautiful pictures from the summer were taken at Torrey Pines.
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My sister and her friends had a fun beach day at what I thought was Laguna Beach, but later found out was Newport Beach. 
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Hiking up Big Bear Mountain
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At this point in the hike, I was thinking, how did I miss these sights when we came up the mountain….. turns out, we went down the wrong side.  oops!
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My sister gave me a tour of her campus.  University of California, Riverside.
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My last evening in California, we climbed the mountain behind my sister’s house.   It was a perfect end to a great vacation! 
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After California, I spent 2 weeks in Ohio.  One week was spent volunteering at Camp Asbury. I worked at this camp every summer in college, and volunteered the summers since.  (except the 2 summers I was in grad school, and the summer I was married.)  This is a sort of home away from home. 
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My mom, dad and sister took a daytrip to the Kingwood Gardens, a bird sanctuary, Kayaking a river and to Amish country. 
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After 5 rapid weeks, I finally returned home to see my hubby as the lead in Bye Bye Birdie! Dylan’s mom came down for a long weekend to see her son in the show, and participated in a beautiful sunset photo shoot.
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I love my job, I really do!  I love teaching and live my students.  As much fun as I had this summer, a big part of me misses my students and looks forward to going back to work.  On my last day of summer vacation, I went to a local winery and won my round of the grape stomping contest!  It was disgusting, but fun!
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If you are still reading now, I am impressed!  It was a fun, and busy summer.  Now that I have sorted and edited my photos, look for some new pictures this week!


Anonymous said...

beautiful! I love the moments of summer you captured--especially that snake!

Wanda said... wonder you didn't get to the things you had hoped to this summer. What a packed and amazingly exciting 5 weeks you had. I love all these shots and especially the architecture. Wow!!!

Wendy said...

My goodness! That was a lot of photos! Your summer photos are all beautiful, and it looks like you had a wonderful time!

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