Tuesday, August 14

Surf City

It's been almost 6 months since I last posted here.  Life has been busy, but also not.  This past 2 years we haven't adventured quite as frequent as we use to (local small trips), but for good reason.  Work has been busy for the pair of us and Joe is close to finishing grad school  This summer Joe has obtained his first degree (MHA) and with 7 more classes remaining he will obtain his second degree (MBA) at the end of next summer.  I am so proud of him!!

A few weeks ago we made our annual family vacation to Surf City.  While we were there we didn't have the best weather, but did make for some amazing pictures.  With the weather the way it was, I didn't want to bring out the good camera - so instead I used my trusty iPhone (no editing whatsoever).

Joe and I usually wake up every morning early to watch the sunrise.  We never had a true sunrise on this trip, but the storm clouds were possibly better.

Lot's of shell collecting!  Joe may have even purchased a special shell collecting bag this trip.

The best seashell hunter around.

No sunset any night for us...

The next morning was quite iffy as you will see the rain in the distance for some of the photos.  We did get poured at one point (enough to have to change clothes) and went back to the house.  Then made a return trip for another long walk past the pier.

We made friends.

Monday, February 12

annual trip to snowshoe west virginia

Last week we made our annal trip to Snowshoe West Virginia to do a little skiing.  On the day of our travel we unfortunately were hit with a Winter Weather Advisory throughout Virginia and West Virginia.  Our driving started out dry for about 20 minutes and then rained and rained and rained until Virginia.  Once we passed the Virginia line it turned it turned to freezing rain.  Our rearview mirrors had at least a 1/2 inch thick glaze of ice on them for a good while (no joke).  A little melting occurred and once we hit 64 in West Virginia, things really turned south.  Freezing rain, turned wintery mix to snow....  Just a hot mess!  Cars were pulled off the side of the road, cops out helping, etc...

Thankfully Joe feels fairly comfortable in these kinds of conditions AND the car we drove JUST had new tires put on a few months ago.  Not that anyone should drive in these conditions unless they have to, but I'm so grateful that the Lord got us there safe and sound.

Travel Day

Day #1 Skiing

Joe was in charge of the camera (phone) as it was too cold for me to want to take my hand in and out of my glove to make a photo.  I choose my battles wisely.

Thankfully the day priors weather brought a TON of snow to the slopes!  I don't think we've ever skied there with such amazing powder (and low crowds).

It snowed in the morning and the afternoon brought beautiful blue skies!

Day #2 Skiing

Day two of skiing was another great day.  It was overcast the entire day, low crowds and great conditions.

Our first stop was the Western Territory on the other side of the mountain (more advanced terrain) to ski for the morning.  We literally skied in the clouds all morning as you will note below.  Which led to a lot of freezing mist...

Which then led to a frozen jacket...


For the afternoon we skied back on the other side of the mountain.

Day #3 

Our last day at Snowshoe we had planned to ski all day.  We woke up to freezing rain.  We decided as we had already bought 3 day lift tickets, we were going to ski for part of the day anyways.  So we threw on our ski gear, ponchos in tow and out we went (no photos were made due to the rain).  We were the first (and only) people on the slope for a bit.  For good reason.  As we were going down a lot of the slopes were still roped off, apparently the main lift (where our lodging was) was frozen!  So we were directed (via rope) down to the opposite side of the mountain.  After about 2 hours of skiing in the rain we decided we were both wet enough that it was time to head out.  Plus at that point, all of the advisories were lifted for our travel home.

When Joe pulled the car around it was literally a THICK sheet of ice!  The entire car...  We still had to pack up the car which gave us time to heat up the windows, to then break up the ice.  Fortunately the roads home were just fine, but a lot and I mean a LOT of rain...

Another great ski trip in the books!

Tuesday, January 23

day 4 part ii: sequoias, mora rock and wuksachi lodge

On our last day of our travels in Sequoia it was quite crowded as it was a Saturday.  So of course we picked some of the most touristy things to do that day.  Smart right?

We drove through some of the giant sequoia areas...

Joe is still jealous of our honeymoon photo made 10 years ago at Redwood National Park.  He still needs an epic tree hug photo.

We found a small tree.

Honeymoon Photo below 
Redwood National Park near Crescent City CA
circa August 2008

The Parker Group (below)

We drove through the sequoia tunnel log

We climbed to the top of Mora Rock

LOTS of stairs and crowded!

This is 5 photos stitched together to make a partial pano from the top of Mora Rock.

This is the second half of the pano as I could not get them to stitch properly.

It would have been an epic pano!

Wuksachi Lodge

As we had some time to still adventure we decided to hike behind Waksachi Lodge.  The trails were nothing to brag about, but we did have a nice little surprise!

Baby and momma mule deer!

Joe finished with a beer.

We returned to the mule deer at the same spot!  SO I took 4 million pictures of them.

The baby was the most curious / afraid of us.

day 5: Leaving Sequoia

Tunnel Rock (below)

Our last day we had a 4 hour drive southward to Santa Monica where we spent the afternoon.  Our flight was early the next morning.

I didn't make any pictures in Santa Monica as I was tired and we mainly walked around and shopped.  

SO until next time Sequoia...