31 August 2013

Confessions of a Crazy Camera Lady

I know everyone is looking forward to Fall right now, but over here in California we are still knee deep in summer! Its a good thing too, because I don't think I've had enough beach time yet. Today we took advantage of the only Saturday I've had off in August and spent the day at Leo Carrillo with some friends! 

^ too bad you cant see the view behind this sign, because it was beautiful

^ surfing into the rocks

^ Exclusive behind the scenes moment: I refused to pee in this porta potty, so Mattie took the liberty of lining it for me haha. That's a true expression of love if I ever saw one...of course I had to use it after this though, yuck. 

^ Later, we ate at the Cheesecake Factory and I was loving the view from our outside table.

Also at the Cheesecake Factory, it dawned on me that I am truly a crazy camera lady. As I whipped out my point and shoot to take this photo I mumbled "This would probably be normal if I had an iPhone..." and our friend Lindy admitted that she had just been thinking the same thing! I have carried a camera everywhere I've gone for as long as I can remember, and have never thought anything of it... but today I realized that smart phones are making people like me a dying breed. Just imagine how much crazier it will seem when I get a DSLR and randomly whip it out like that! BTW, if you had any doubts that I am indeed a crazy camera lady...yes I will also carry my DSLR with me everywhere.

Sami's Shenanigans

23 August 2013

22-42 of 3000

In between all of our hiking we found our way to Forks and LaPush. Forks is just...a town. Nothing really to do (that's why Bella goes prom dress shopping in Port Angeles in the book I guess) there was like a random little Twilight souvenir shop and that was the only touristy thing to do there.  

LaPush is is even smaller, and probably 3x as sketchy. My father in law was on a mission for authentic smoked salmon, and as we drove through the neighborhood (as directed by the spray painted signs) we saw dogs laying all over the roads, people gutting their octopi in their front yards, a cage hanging from the roof of one house with a little bunny in it, and lots and lots of trash.

(We were being werewolves in LaPush)

So yeah...we bought smoked salmon from a native american named Jerry whose belly you can see hanging out of his shirt if you look close enough. And for those of us that dared try it, it was delicious.

On another day (these posts are NOT in chronological order, btw) we visited Port Townsend and basically just walked around the little shops and ate icecream and took beautiful pictures for hours. That was probably one of my favorite days. 

I already showed you a couple pictures from the Olympic Game Farm, but it just wouldn't be a wrap up post without these. Some might argue that watching sawyer feed an elk a slice of bread with his mouth was the highlight of our trip.

"Race you to the car!"

The Hoh Rainforest.

Cape Flattery, the farthest northwest point in the contiguous United States.

Ruby beach. We HAD to come here because we were promised by the touristy books that the sand might be pink...instead we found lots of rock stacks. Lots and lots of very not-pink rock stacks.

So that's pretty much it, in a nutshell! Not pictured are the many "snack stops" we made for the sake of having an excuse to eat candy, nights by the fire, the magic crystal Sawyer bought from a witch in Port Townsend, Matthew fishing for three days straight only to have his lure stolen by a sneaky fish, long conversations in the jacuzzi, and the incredible 1000 piece puzzle Sara completed. 

Next time I'm in Washington will likely be with Matthew because I've been begging to celebrate 4th of July in the little town he served his mission in...he says they do it right up there and I just have to see for myself. 

22 August 2013

1-21 out of 3000

For those of you wondering (as if anyone cares) what has taken me so long to write a vacation post: do you know how hard it is to find your favorites when you literally have thousands of pictures to choose from?? I finally have them narrowed down to my top 42...but I'm still gonna have to separate this post into two.

We kicked it off with a rambunctious (tweedle dee and tweedle dum) AND sleepy (everyone else) plane ride to Seattle.

From there, we had to endure a 5 hour drive  through the windy mountain roads to our cabin before any of the fun could start. This gave me a horrible first impression and I missed California right away...but it all went uphill once we made it there.

First thing we did after waking up that first morning was paddle our little hearts out on the paddle boat. Slowest. form. of. transportation. ever.

After that, there were trees to see and mountains to climb and fresh air to breathe!

Next up: Sawyer kisses an elk, The Crawley family stacks rocks, and we buy smoked salmon from an Indian man in La Push! You probably dont want to miss this...haha

PS - All photos were taken by a crappy point and shoot, two iPhones, and a DSLR. Could you tell? 

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