Entries from June 30th, 2015

Seaside, OR Is…

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Smack in the middle of May Christian, Buckwheat and I drove up to Seaside, Oregon for a long weekend with friends. As a child, Cannon Beach had been a stop on many of our family road trips. When I was a teenager, it had also been the destination of a few weekends with friends. I’d never been to the neighboring town of Seaside, though.

We spent a long weekend in Seaside catching up and exploring with friends. We flew kites, blew bubbles, built a beach bonfire, finished a puzzle and caught a really spectacular sunset. We grilled burgers, ordered too much seafood and got pizza delivery. We stayed up too late and came home exhausted.

Seaside, Oregon is the promenade, a historic aquarium, silty soft sand, beach grasses, kites and sand castles. It is thrift stores, tourists, t-shirt shops, fish and chips, oysters, boba smoothies, cotton candy and salt water taffy. It is video arcade games (Skee-Ball, basketball, Fascination, air hockey and Flappy Bird), bumper cars, red paper tickets and cheap prizes. It is gray skies, sun breaks, neon sunsets, salty breezes and morning mist. It is swing sets, beach volleyball, riding around on old cruisers, midday runs and late night bonfires. It is cedar shake homes, brightly colored buildings, bridges, Victorian houses, rhododendrons,¬†peeling paint and quaint shops. It is a tourist trap. It is a little piece of history. It is smoky smelling jackets and sand in your shoes. Seaside has character…

I want to go back. But maybe not until we live closer. Because Seaside is a long, long drive from Santa Cruz. And it was a bit like Santa Cruz… if it were in Oregon. Did I mention, it was hundreds of miles away? The drive took us all day…

But last month, in the middle of May, Seaside was all of the above AND a house full of good friends. Big thanks to our friends Jake and Magnus for making this trip happen.

A mix of iPhone and DSLR photos from our long weekend in Seaside, Oregon:




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Tahoe 2015

Posted on: Monday, June 29, 2015

Tahoe is magical. A couple of years ago, Christian and I were looking for a place to camp that allowed dogs and we found a campsite at Meeks Bay on Lake Tahoe. We booked in early June and spent a very hot weekend running into the Desolation Wildnerness, playing backgammon and splashing around at the beach. We’ve been back to Tahoe every summer since.

This year we went in May and stayed in a little cabin at Zephyr Cove. The trip was a celebratory get away following the completion of C’s paper on his research (and the months of long hours and weekends he had spent in lab). We arrived just before it started to pour rain. A thunder storm and moody sunset followed. While it stormed outside, we stayed cozy inside with whiskey cocktails and shrimp tacos cooked up in the cabin’s kitchen and a couple episodes of Bloodline on Netflix.

The next morning we got up and did a trail run along a section of the Tahoe Rim Trail. We ran over rocks and snow, up and down hills, under tall trees, and along ledges with views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The run was exhausting but worth the huffing and puffing (and let’s face it: a bit of pretty slow shuffling). The storm had passed; it was a blue bird day.

That afternoon we went on a drive and ended up in Kings Beach where we wandered around and got sandwiches from a local deli (which we ate at a picnic table with a view). On the drive back to our cabin, we pulled into a small parking lot and hiked down to a secluded cove beach. The rest of the day was spent back at Zephyr Cove Resort and filled with rounds of Citadels, a walk to the dog friendly end of the resort beach, a dinner of lamb sausages and loaded baked potatoes, and some solid sunset watching.

On Sunday morning we woke up and took a short run around the local neighborhood before heading back in the direction of home. We ended our Tahoe trip with melty It’s It ice cream sandwiches and a hike up to Horse Tail Falls. It was a very good weekend.

A mix of iPhone and DSLR photos from our trip:

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* Photos 1, 3, 6, 11, 12, 20 & 21 captured by Christian.

29 Portraits Project
Portrait 17 / 29: Russ

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

So it’s been awhile guys. I feel bad about it. I was busy–at least for a while. My weekends were filled with trips: a weekend in Tahoe, a road trip to Seaside, Oregon, a flight up to Washington (followed by a ferry ride to Whidbey Island). The trips were filled with things I needed: trail runs, secluded beaches, brilliant sunsets, quiet sunrises, old friends, bike rides, bonfires, fresh clams, board games, family… But after each weekend away, it felt like it took me the better part of a work week to get back into my routine–to get back to where I could even begin to be productive again.

Last week though, I finally hunkered down and got back into the groove of photo editing. And now I have several sets of photos that are fully edited and ready to post… I just need to start writing. So here it goes:

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The first weekend of May, C had a conference (more specifically a worm meeting!) up in San Francisco so I decided to catch a ride to the city with him and spend the day with my friend Russ. Russ was a housemate of one of my best friends (Allison), before she moved back to Seattle. Luckily, after she left, Russ continued to hang out with me.

I’m told (by Russ) that we met before this, but I first remember meeting Russ at Bay to Breakers, when he was dressed as a Legends of the Hidden Temple contestant (his costumes since then have been equally clever and cool). In my experience, Russ is game for most anything. He goes to shows with me even if he’s never heard of the band (and has a good time), he can start a dance party pretty much anywhere, and he can gather large groups of people (who mostly don’t know each other) for celebratory weekends in Tahoe that end with everyone having fun (and everyone having some good stories). He’s just super great–friendly, funny, adventurous, interesting, and always entertaining.

This particular day with Russ involved Blue Bottle New Orleans Style Iced Coffees, wandering around the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building, a plate full of oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co., a trek up to Coit Tower through hilly gardens, and a jaunt over to Alamo Square. We were basically tourists for the day and I walked something like 17,000 steps (or so my iPhone told me) and we talked a lot and took some photos and the oysters were delicious and I always love Blue Bottle coffee and I had a very good time.

In conclusion, here are some of my favorites photos of Russ from that day in San Francisco:

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PS: Happy Birthday Russ! Thanks for walking all over San Francisco, letting me take your portraits and being a friend. Can’t wait to see you soon!

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