Death Valley—Day 2

  Starting the day in the ghost town of Rhyolite…


Salt Creek… fish in the desert!

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Mesquite Dunes…

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Barefoot in the rain in the desert!

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Lunch—last stop in the park…

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Driving home…

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Bodega Dunes

Setting up camp!

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4 people trying to “Hug a Tree”…

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Roasting potatoes in the campfire…

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Sitting down to dinner…

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Going for a walk…

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Enjoying the landscape and sunset…

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Eating s’mores and potatoes by headlamp…

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“Light Studies with Liz and Stacey”…

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Some of Liz’s photos from our walk… beautiful:

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Relaxing in Sonoma County

Hen’s aunt Nancy found two CUTE houses for the family to rent in Boyes Hot Springs, not far from Sonoma.  She also bought enough food for a few weeks.  It was amazing…

Wine tasting!  @ Gundlach Bundschu.  Love the artwork!

PS it was also Bruce’s 60th birthday (half of the reason for the weekend celebration).  :)


Napa–Weekend #1

My coworkers and I decided to go wine tasting for the weekend!

Our first stop was Lava Vine in Calistoga.  Great wine, and EVEN BETTER food pairings!  Mango dipped in sea salt and crushed red pepper… strawberries… dark chocolate sprinkled in olive oil and salt…

ALSO.  Awesome bathroom with chalk boards on the walls!

Lunch at Gott’s Roadside in St. Helena.  Local vegetarian-fed beef with no antibiotics or growth hormones, yay!!  The picnic-style environment was great, too…

…and the views…!

After-lunch stop at Sequoia Grove Vineyards.  Susie was a member, so free tastings for everyone!

Sitting out back, Stacie and I contemplating how great it would be to have a wedding up here haha.

Last stop: Bouchon Bakery in Yountville (down the street from the famed French Laundry restaurant).  The line for the bakery was WAY out the door, but I’d like to say it was worth the wait.

Passed out in the backseat on the way home.  Doesn’t really get much better than that.


Beautiful Saturday

Little pieces from my day…

Saw this flattened picnic bench in the courtyard outside of Henning’s apartment!  What happened???

After Muay Thai training, worked on this puzzle with Hen.  The puzzle and the puzzle mat (so we can roll it up and store it!) were part of his birthday present from me and my parents.  :)

Dinner at one of my favorite mom-and-pop restaurants, El Calderon.  I was so glad Hen got to experience the great food and warm friendly service.  It’s nothing flashy, but I always leave content.

Tamarindo, guanabana, pupusas, fried yucca with chicharrones, plantains, rice and beans.  And pretty much the best boyfriend ever.


A Walk in the Park


Went on a walk today with my Mom and Penny.  I hope that we still have trees that big in 50 years.  And lots of beautiful green spaces like this one.  Even if the “lake” / reservoir is man-made.  The dedication to leisure in nature wins big brownie points in my book, Los Gatos.  I am also saddened by the fact that I did not have (i.e. Make) the time to have such a nice picnic and stroll like this more often during my periods of school and employment.  I see a new goal in my midst!