Packed Day

Went for a run and discovered a new trail near our house!!

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Driving to Stanford… peace sign!

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Dress shopping with Hannah in SF!!!  (window shopping in this case)

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Dinner and dessert for my dad’s bday!

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Hang Day with Becca

Hike at Hidden Villa in the Los Altos Hills, shopping at Target, gluten free treats at Zest bakery in San Carlos, and stumbled across the Art & Wine Faire, where I fell in love with a couple paintings.  Couldn’t help it, my first art purchase!

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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 17—Glacier to Chilliwack, BC

  Saying goodbye to our campsite in Glacier NP (Illecillewaet campground)…

And our neighbors with their ridiculous vehicle…

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Stopping at Rogers Pass in the heart of Glacier…

There use to be railroad tracks across these towers!!

…and through these trees!

Some mushroom shots…

Some bugs procreating…?

Hemlock Grove…

Driving past the 3 Valley Gap ‘Ghost Town’…

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Heading west…

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And then there was this time we almost ran out of gas…

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Thank goodness for Hope, BC…

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Exploring Canada’s national parks has been a real treat, and we really hope to be able to come back some day to see more of the same parks, and to explore new ones!

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Day 15—Yoho National Park, to Glacier BC

Starting the morning in Johnston Canyon (Banff National Park)…

 

Driving through Yoho National Park!

Spirals Tunnels – woohoo train history!

Takakkaw Falls, one of the tallest in Canada…

Natural Bridge

Made it to Glacier National Park, British Columbia!

Campsite…

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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 12—Banff National Park

Castle Mountain

Silverton Falls

The Cave… where Banff National Park and the Canadian National Park system began…

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Day 11—Kootenay and Canmore

After a lovely night in Windermere, we drove through British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park en route to Canmore, Alberta.

Young bighorn sheep…

Paint Pots Trail…

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Marble Canyon

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Arrived in Canmore (near Banff National Park)!

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View from dinner at the Iron Goat Pub & Grill…

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View from our motel room…

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Day 10—Driving to Windermere, BC

Starting in Glacier, stopping in Whitefish for a yummy meal!

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Crossed into Canada!!

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Day 8—Highline Trail!

Starting off early….
Took the bus from Apgar to Logan Pass.

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Prairie dog?

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Mountain goats…

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Bighorn Sheep…

Marmot!

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Lunch break

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7.5 miles!

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Effects of the 2003 Trapper Creek Fire…

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11.6 miles—made it to The Loop!

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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 5—Dayton, Palouse Falls, Driving to Montana

Exploring the Dayton Depot…

Visiting Palouse Falls, the Washington state waterfall!

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Ran into Garrett in Spokane!  What a surprise!

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Entering the Idaho panhandle!

Entering Montana!

Made it to Quinn’s Hot Springs!

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Wedding Day

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Ravensburg to Grossgmain

Waking up in the Black Forest (Germany)!

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Personal breakfast set-up!

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On the road toward Salzburg (Austria)!

Train bridges!

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Detour to Ravensburg (home of Ravensburger Puzzles)!

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Accidentally ended up at the closed Ravensburg-land… oops!

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Finally found the town!
So many towers!

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THE tower?

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Found the puzzles!

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That’s a 32,000 piece puzzle…!

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Stopped for “coffee,” and ended up eating a full meal…

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Vegetable curry!!!

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Got a little distracted by the playground while walking back to the car…

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Back on the road—headed toward Salzburg!

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Alps!

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Stopping for the night in Großgmain, a tiny town 45 minutes from Salzburg.

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Happy campers in Hotel Vötterl!

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Liz & Etay’s Wedding

Perfect weather for a beautiful wedding in Portola Valley…

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View over Stanford and the Bay Area…

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Simple and fun!

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Rising moon…

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Sparklers!!

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Driving Home

At Shasta Dam trying to get a view of Mt Shasta…

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Found a “Curvy Road Next 140 Miles” sign!

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Stopped by Jelly’s Ferry Bridge and the Sacramento River Bend for lunch…

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Saw the Sacred Stones project at the Abby of New Clairvaux in Vina… 800 year old Spanish gothic arches!!!

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And constant reminders on the drive home of why we love California, the Golden State…

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Staying on Campus

While Stanford Commencement 2013 goes on around us… while friends are taking a stretch limo to Napa to celebrate birthdays… Henning and I are making the ultimate sacrifice… staying in to work on his PhD proposal.  Woohoo!

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Much needed mid-day break.  :)

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Cool mural by El Centro Chicano.

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BTW, did anyone else know about this…??

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Rome

I wish we could have spent a lot more time here in Rome… but I’ll of course take what I can get.

I didn’t even try to pick one photo from Rome… because who knows if I’ll ever get to come back here…

I also won’t go into all of the fascinating history of the various buildings and structures… but if it interests you, I definitely recommend a few Google/Wiki searches…

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…Arch of Constantine and Palatine Hilll…

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…Temple of Venus…

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…the kids on the Spanish Steps…

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…it was really hot…

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…walking around.  We didn’t eat any of these places, but very picturesque…

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…the Pantheon was one of my favorite buildings…
so unreal, and an engineering marvel…

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…obelisks with hieroglyphs!…

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…St. Peters Square (Vatican City)

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…subway and train back to port…

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My parents and Aunt Yuen took a different route for the day, and here are some of their photos… (my mom is much more talented than I)

…Arch of Constantine…

…Colosseum…

…Trevi Fountain…

…St. Peter’s Basilica…

…we could have spent hours here…

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Marseilles

First port… Marseilles, France.

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…Henning and I decided to walk and bus downtown… I was really impressed and excited by how easy they make it for directionally-challenged pedestrians (like me…) to find their way.

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…and signage to warn motorcyclists not to ride in the train grooves…

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…walking past the beautiful Cathedral La Major (Byzantine architecture)…

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…gelato in the Panier (old town) district…

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…bronze fish art…

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…how awesome is this dog carrying a handbag…

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…taking the mini-train along the coast up to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica…

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…even more beautiful… at the top of a hill…

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…looking over Marseilles…

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…with the LOML.  (and we match)

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Meanwhile… the rest of my family travelled further inland to Avignon.  Here are some photo highlights from their day…

…wine tasting…

…Gothic Palais des Papes…

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