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I spent 10 days in Ecuador this past June and got to take some amazing photos of wildlife in the Galapagos.  For nature lovers, the Galapagos is truly a must see.  It is the only place I  know of in the world where  wildlife has so little regard or concern for humans being in their presence.  If there are other places like this – PLEASE let me know!

I will post my full itinerary of my 8 day trip on the boat Archipell I soon but here are a few photos of diurnal (aka not nocturnal) owls feeding.


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The best part of spring are the flowers! While taking my cousin around town, I came across these beautiful spring flowers.



Here are some artistic floral interpretations of artwork from the Monterey Museum of Art at La Mirada made by local floral designers.





Simply gorgeous…


I went to the Sea Otter Classic yesterday, using our military discount (two for one tickets) and hung out there for the afternoon. It’s a 4 day festival and expo for bike enthusiasts. The annual event brings in cyclists from all over the world and is held at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area. If you are even slightly interested in cycling, it’s a nice chance to watch some interesting events. We caught two mountain biking events – the “dual slalom” and “speed and style”. Both were fun to watch and easy to view as they allow spectators to watch up close. We  didn’t find it too crowded either!

It’s a family friendly event, I saw plenty of people bring their kids.  However, it is quite dusty so I recommend wearing sneakers.  The weather was perfect – sunny and not humid (typical for Monterey).  Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if you want to avoid getting burned.

Here’s what the expo looks like.


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20130421-155326.jpgAll in all, I thought it was a great way to spend an afternoon.  I’ll probably go again next year and perhaps even bring my bike to check out the open mountain biking courses.

This romantic country chic wedding had some great details that included the use of burlap runners, chalkboard programs and menus, a pink candy buffet, kraft paper thank you notes and welcome bags. For those of you who are ‘eco-conscious’, using a chalkboard is a great way to avoid the expense and the waste of all the paper that’s usually thrown away at the end of the night.

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My husband & I attended the wedding of a dear friend of ours in San Antonio earlier this month.  The bride was so cool and laid back on her big day that I’d call her the antithesis of a bridezilla.  I witnessed her being super gracious to her hair and make up people and completely unfazed when the floral hairpiece wouldn’t clip and she was unable to use it.  I would describe her wedding as romantic country chic. Her bouquet had various shades of pinks and her bridesmaids were dressed in soft grey and green dresses.

Here are a some shots of the bride getting ready.

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And some fun with the darth vader pinata to “take the edge off”

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D&R Wedding-2And some last moments before saying “I DO”.

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Hiking Fox Glacier was one of the highlights of my trip. I am a fan of hiking in general but being able to do so on a glacier wearing crampons (the metal spikes that you strap onto your boots for traction on the ice) just made it that much more awesome! I want to giggle every time I say the word crampon because it rhymes with that other word – TAMPON. Ok, I know that’s immature and very juvenile of me. Anyways, back to glacial hiking. I learned a great deal of geology and the movement of glaciers and personally found it fascinating. You really get a whole new sense of appreciation for the power of nature.



Inside Fox Glacier.

Fox Glacier terminal face.


Lagging behind the group here.


Artwork by a local artist in Hokitika using rocks taken from the beach. We picked up a larger piece of rock art that’s now hanging out in my living room.

AAA-23The road thru Arther’s Pass, you can opt to take the TranzAlpine train also.


Just one of the many photo ops throughout our scenic drive.


Canyoning in Wanaka is part hiking, part rapeling, part zip lining, part scrambling, part cliff diving and part sliding.  It’s very wet and can get cold, especially during the early part of the season when there is higher water flow.  We lucked out with great weather.

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Take the Skyline gondola up for this spectacular view of Queenstown and don’t forget to do the luge.

luge-1It’s a lot more fun than it looks and trust me, you’ll want to do it more than once, especially since there are two tracks, an easier one and harder one. Yipeeeee…..


Another shot of Queenstown from above the luge tracks.


Glacial waters underfoot.  The aqua color of the streams and lakes created by glacial water melt are unlike anything anything I’ve ever seen.

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