Presenting my iPhone photos to belatedly wrap up my fun Denver adventure from last month (and oh, a bit on my iPhone pic approach).
I know it’s been a bit slow here – no excuses, just life – another trip, some ups, some downs, and hopefully some major shifts in the works. I can’t talk about most of that now, but part of that should result in some changes and updates to this site. Stay tuned and wish me luck!
*Funnily, I took this pic in Boulder, not Denver*
If all goes according to plan, by the time this posts I’ll be in Denver (5th time since January!) making my connection to my final destination, Philadelphia. Other than the standard junior high trip to Washington DC, one night in Miami, and a 6 hour stint in the Newark airport last year, I’ve spent no time on the East Coast. I pretty much just do a fly over.
But thanks to the wonder that is the internet (I mean that wholeheartedly) and an abundance of airline points, my incentive to visit has shifted. The summer of 2011, I met Holly, now of Mortal Muses and From Where I Stand fame, through an online course. Photography, travel, cheers (as in adult beverages) and her empathy over losing my Grandmothers that summer were just a couple of our bonding points. Have I mentioned she lives in Philadelphia?
In a testament to social media, starting with Flickr, then Twitter, then progressing to Facebook, I became friends with Christian, a friend of Holly’s (also from Philadelphia, are you following here?). Christian’s got the travel, ahem, issue too (and photography and sports) which he chronicles over on Say Hello to America. In fact one of those adventures led him to Oregon last fall and that’s us in the pic above, documenting a chapter in the progression of a couple of online connections into to full-fledged friendships.
The next chapter begins tomorrow – I cannot wait! Five nights in Philly to take in history, sports, art – to eat, drink, watch, photograph, pause, and enjoy.
It’s an iPhone only post to wrap up my New Orleans photos. I usually allow myself a little more fun with filters on the phone pics. I also didn’t feel much like pulling the big camera out during the torrential downpour we experienced the first night. For the full experience, be sure to see the cemetery, evil eye and French Quarter posts too.
I had the good fortune to travel to New Orleans recently for a work conference. Having never visited previously I flew in a little early and did my best to see some of its sights. Of course there just wasn’t enough time. And of course that means I will have to return. They were also having their “one week of winter,” so photos and light proved a bit challenging with the rain, wind and fog. But in the case of the cemetery, the fog definitely lent to the atmosphere. We chose to visit Saint Louis Cemetery Number One due to its proximity, history and supposed safeness. (According to Frommer’s, unguided cemetery visits are not recommended – for the record, we felt perfectly safe.)
I recommend a visit to New Orleans and thoroughly enjoyed its food, drinks, history, people, sights, talents, quirks, originality and spirit. I look forward to plotting my return!
Home – for me, it has a couple of meanings and locations. Obviously there is my own current home but also, there is the home I grew up in, the property we ran rampant over in our ragamuffin years. With my parents preparing to retire and sell in the next couple of years, that will all change. And I’m okay with that. But for now, it’s definitely still “home.” Over the weekend I visited my family there and awoke to a frozen wonderland complete with neighboring livestock. So I did something I’d never done in my childhood there – I took a photo walk (and nearly froze my fingers off!).
Autumn 2012 randoms posted before the end of 2012!
Considering that it is now Winter (also Happy Anniversary to my Mom and Dad!) I thought I’d better get on it and post my Autumn randoms (part one anyway). Let’s see if I can manage to post part two before Spring!
‘Tis the season for Christmas tree hunting. We had the good fortune to make our way to Mt. Hood via Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge. Heck, we have the good fortune to live here.
Above: Mt. Hood, on our way. Below: Mt. Hood, upon arrival.
And the search is on…
I spy Mt. Adams… and snow!
And some Christmas trees, and Charlie Brown’s too…
The moon, and the setting sun = brrrrrr
Time to head indoors…
Cheese, chili, beer…
Slice of Life – November Theme:
What Are You Grateful For?
Grateful that I can always go home (that’s my childhood swing above). Grateful for epic afternoon sunbursts. Grateful for my fun neighborhood. Grateful for amazing music (not pictured, but it’s playing as a compile this post). Grateful for whiskey and hot apple cider-ey drinks. Grateful for outings with friends. Grateful for friends to haul me home after a car accident. Grateful I was able to walk away from said accident. Grateful for everyone who’s stepped up to help me out in its wake.
I’ll be doing my best to participate in a new (to me) group called Slice of Life Tuesday. Take a minute to peruse the Flickr group.