31 January 2018

WinterWonderland in Sundance

Going to Thailand with MeRa & Brian was one of the best experiences of my life and I wanted more!  I tentatively asked Don and Quinn what they thought of me going to Utah for a long photography weekend and Quinn gave an enthusiastic YES! to ManTown.  

So off I went.  And, my 3 gal-pals from Thailand joined in on the fun.  Sue is driving, Karen is behind Sue, and my new friend Olena in the front seat.  Leaving Salt Lake City airport on our way to Sundance.  

We arrived Friday night and we all stayed in very large house.  Friday night was a getting to know you around the fire.  

Saturday morning we woke up and went on a WinterWonderland walk.  It was gorgeous!

MeRa and Olena. 

A gaggle of photographers.  There were 13 participants plus MeRa, Brian and their 2 kids. 

Karen and Teresa.  It's so much fun to be around like-minded, photography crazy ladies.  There is always someone to take your picture. 

 It's fun to get a "starburst" from the sun and takes a little bit of technical and creative knowhow. 

Teresa was also on our Thailand trip.  Our camera duel with the most serious face we can muster. 

This is my favorite picture from the weekend.   I walked by these two and the light was so amazing that I sunk into the snow and started shooting.  This is a fellow participant Lynda and MeRa's daughter Pascaline (in blue) giving Lynda some tips. 

The gang. 

Photographers have alot of stuff to charge.

Saturday afternoon we all rented snowshoes at this little yurt and went on an adventure.

We were on a snoeshoeing trail but there were also lots of cross country ski trails. 

There were quite a few hills.  This picture doesn't show how steep this hill was but the hands on the hips might be an indication.

Once we got to our destination, Brian and MeRa whipped out hot chocolate & marshmallows, cheese, crackers, salami.  It was the best picnic ever!!



We stayed put for a good hour or more and just photographed the world around us.  I love this one. 

The aspen grove with a path leading to....

 Black & White Aspens.

Self Portrait on the timer. 

The next morning we got up at sunrise to shoot this barn.  You never know what you might get with sunrise but I love these. 

The sky changed color as the sun rose and shone on the distant mountains. 

Mother-daughter shoot off!

This is how we roll. 

Me and Sue!   It was really cold at 7 am!

Here we are in Bangkok on a tuk tuk in November. 

Then it was back to the house.  A look down on the common area.  So cozy!

John & Jenny were there to help Brian & MeRa.  They made all the meals, did the dishes, cleaned up.  We were very spoiled.   

And then it was time to go.  I love spending time with these two.   I learn so much about photography, myself, and have made the most wonderful friends.  We are already talking about our next adventure. 

25 January 2018

Around Here

Don and Quinn have a secret that I'm not supposed to know.  Quinn rides in the front seat when he and Don run around town.  It's legal but I don't love it, so I don't know about.  Except when I bust them.  

Don and I have a new healthy habit of walking every Sunday while Quinn is at Odyssey for 3 hours.  This past Sunday we went down to Malibu and hiked a new trail which we loved.  It was all uphill but was very gentle so before you knew it you were 1000 ft up. 

The Channel Islands off in the distance.  What's not to love!

And the little bit of rain that we've had has started some grass growing. 

Quinn is back to swimming after a long break.  The pool was being worked on and lessons were at an outside pool.  Not really our jam. 

Of course he is starving after swimming so he wanted a Subway.  And he was insistent on learning how to order his own sandwich.  So here is our kid taking charge and ordering his own foot long roast beef on 9-grain wheat with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, lots of olive, mayo and s & p.  Love this kid!

23 January 2018

Women's March 2018

 It was the 1 year anniversary of the historic Women's March so it was time to march again.

Once again we made a night of it and went down to LA Friday night.  We hit our favorite revolving sushi joint.  The sushi goes by you on a conveyor belt and you just grab what looks good.  It's not the best sushi ever but it sure is fun.

Then back to the hotel to chill with our devices. 

We got going around 9 am for the 10 am march start time. 

It was great to see so many people out there fired up and ready to march.  It was reported that 600,000 people marched in LA.  And the signs were better than ever. 

Once we got to the City Hall we peeled off and went off to search for some Ramen Noodles which is also our new tradition. 

That is a bowl of Ramen!

And this guy getting his first Boba Tea!  

He loved marching and repeating all the call outs.  He was dancing down the street.  And when history looks back at this dark time in our history, he can feel proud to say that he was there marching for change and equality for all.  Something he can share with his kids and grandkids.  So proud of this dude!