Death Valley—Day 1

After a long drive Friday night, waking up Saturday in the desert!

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Searching for wildflowers!

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Liz’s photo…

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Grasses in the desert!

Sea of wildflowers…

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Water!

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Dante’s View…

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Day 21—Coos Bay, OR to Humboldt, CA

  Waking up in Coos Bay, Oregon…

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Gluten free pancakes at Pancake Mill – yum!!

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Checking out Mingus Park…

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Driving down the Oregon coast…

Taking a hike from a random trailhead…

Made it back to California!


Redwood Gate to the Golden State!

One of our favorite parks…

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park…

Driving to Albee Creek Campground…

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Day 18—Vancouver to Seattle

Rainy and misty morning in Vancouver checking out the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

Canyon and skywalk…

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Tree canopy walk (smaller suspension bridges):

Extension onto the lake, carved into a fallen tree trunk…

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After an awesome lunch in Vancouver (Pinche Taco Shop), drove through the city and finally back across the border to Washington!

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So nice to be in Seattle!! :D

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Day 13—Lake Louise

Arriving early, to start the Plain of Six Glaciers hike…

Victoria Glacier…

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Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House!

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Avalanche!

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Walking toward the Lake Agnes tea house…

Made it to 1200 ft above Lake Louise (7000 ft elev), to the oldest tea house in Canada!

Gluten-free brownie…!

Mirror Lake and Big Beehive!

OMG imperial units in Canada!

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Descending back down to the Chateau Lake Louise…

Icelandic poppies…

Enjoying a dinner with a view…

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Lake Moraine at dusk…

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Driving back to camp at Johnston Canyon…

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Day 7—Driving to Glacier

Northern Montana at daybreak…

Land of the free… (for sale)

Made it!

Sprague Creek Campground :)

Lake McDonald, just behind our campground…

Apgar Boat Dock on the south end of the lake…

FIrst time in a canoe!

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Trail of the Cedars…

            

 

Watching the sun set over Lake McDonald with some wedding mead.  :)

  

Goodnight Mr. Spider!

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Day 3—Crater Lake

Absolutely beautiful!  No filter!

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Annie Creek Canyon trail…

Driving the Rim…

Hanging out at Cleetwood Cove…

 

On a boat!  Learning about the caldera and its lake…

Devil’s backbone…

Pumice Castle…

My favorite: the Old Man of the Lake

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Double Duathlon

Post V-day workout at (the very dry) Lake Folsom.  Henning and I competed in a double duathlon (run-bike-run-bike-run) with Greg!

Thanks to Dan, Baxter & Milo for coming out to watch us!  :)

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We beat Greg!  (…just barely!)

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Königssee and Salzburg

Waking up in Großgmain (Austria)!

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View of the Berchtesgaden Alps from our balcony!

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Taking the ferry across Königssee, the third deepest lake in Germany…

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…to St. Bartolomä
…a peninsula on Königssee Lake, surrounded on 3 sides by the Alps…

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Animal feeding house…

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Ferry house!

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Drove to Salzburg (Austria) to check out the Hohensalzburg fortress…

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After climbing hundreds of steps, and starting to explore the fortress,
got some awesome views over the city.  :)

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Salzburger-Dom Cathedral…
…where they were celebrating a change of the Archbishop…

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A sizeable Nockerl (specialty of Salzburg) at Cafe Mozart…

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Driving southwest from Munich to Rodorsdorf (Switzerland) – made a stop in Hohenschwangau to see the Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau)

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The hiking path of ice… up to Neuschwanstein…

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Made it to the viewing bridge!

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..to the castle!…

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Made it to Chris and Jacqueline’s in Rodorsdorf for pasta with Christiane’s homemade pasta sauce and meatballs!

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WA Day 3! (…but really Canada)

Waking up in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park in Canada!

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Impromptu trek into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.  :)

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Thimbleberry!

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Detour totally worth it!

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Drove up to the Ainsworth Hot Springs… why not…

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They label gluten-free and nut-containing items!!

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Road Trip Day 3!!—California Coast!

Continued our drive south on Highway 1
(Pacific Coast Highway)…

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Stopped at Hearst Castle… so much history!

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…didn’t want to leave…

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Finally made it down to Lake Cachuma… :)

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Lassen—Day 2

Beautiful morning to kayak across Manzanita Lake…!

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Driving thru Lassen Volcanic National Park…

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Hike out to Bumpass Hell :)

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Saw a little black bear on the drive back to camp!

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Fancy dinner and board games courtesy Greg and Erica!

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Seattle—Day 4!

View a few blocks down from Jim and Molly’s…

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Today’s adventure is over to Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula.
Just barely made the ferry!

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Bye Seattle…!

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…en route to Bainbridge…!

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Mountains surrounding the old Lake Morse…

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The gang—Molly, Henning, Jim, Patrick, Daniel…

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…and Stacey staying out of snowball range!

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The guys knocking over snow boulders…

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The view up at Hurricane Ridge…

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The trail we were planning to walk… under 6 ft of snow….!

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So we eventually headed to lower elevations and a walk through the forest.  (Yes, kicked that trail’s butt!)

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Seattle—Day 2!

What a beautiful day.  :)
Lunch with Dan and Henning at Gas Works!

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Relaxing at the Fremont Brewing Company

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The Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge…

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Nice surprises around the Univ of Washington campus…
(check out the clear view of Mount Rainier!  …and the boba outfit!)

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Flying

Henning’s cousin Garrett has followed the footsteps of his aviating parents, and is a commercial pilot!  He was gracious enough to offer us a ride to and from Petaluma, and see what it’s like to be in a tiny plane!

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Thank you Palo Alto…

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Flying over Palo Alto Airport…

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Salt Ponds…

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Shoreline Amphitheatre!

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Stanford Stadium!

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Felt Lake, which I didn’t even know existed!

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Half Moon Bay…

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Golden Gate Bridge…

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Flying over the clouds…

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Landing in Petaluma for a quick lunch with Henning’s dad Bruce and Marjorie.

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What a ride.  Thanks Garrett!!  :D

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New Year’s Eve // 2012

End of the year!  (And post 777)

I guess it’s obvious and important to note that I couldn’t capture EVERYTHING, but hopefully looking back one day, this blog can serve for quick reminders of good moments and memories.

To round out the “Things I’m Thankful For” series…  my parents, Henning, Penny, family members unnamed, everyone who has been kind to me and probably those who haven’t.  Thank you to anyone who inspired me, anyone who included me and anyone who let me include them.

Below is the lazy man’s collection of photos I found when cleaning out my phone, in random order.  Most of them are from 2012.
All have something positive in them.

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To health and happiness in 2013,

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Michigan—Day 2

We’re in Michigan—whutt!?!?

Pillows my mom and I made for Wes and Jamie!
(Michigan is not 100% accurate… we tried!)

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I stayed at Wes and Jamie’s place last night – love the accent walls!

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Driving to Mackinaw City!

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View of Lake Huron from our room!

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Walking around town…

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Mackinac Bridge… 3rd longest suspension bridge in the country!
(Verrazano-Narrows and the Golden Gate have spans just a little longer.)

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Lighthouse…

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Memorial Day Fireworks at night, as seen from our hotel room balconies!

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