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Month: April 2012

Zion National Park day 2

Zion National Park day 2

On Sunday, April 29th, we headed back into Zion for our final full day in the park.  Below is a shot looking back at the quaint little bungalow village we stayed in on our trip. We couldn’t decide which trails to visit as we felt that most that were left were easy.  However, after some debate, we decided to try Hidden Canyon. The way up was mostly made of steep and wide switchbacks. Below I’m pretending to boulder up one of the steep…

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

On Saturday, April 28th, we hopped in the car and headed northeast to Bryce Canyon National Park.  Sam was greeted at the lodge by an Asian woman (Filipino we think) who asked “are you Japanese?!”  Apparently the Mormon Asians don’t see a lot of other Asian folk round those parts.  Sam and my mom signed up for a mule ride through the canyon and we ate lunch while waiting.  While Sam and my mother headed off for their adventure my father and I walked to…

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Zion National Park day 1

Zion National Park day 1

On Friday morning, April 27th, Sam and I got up a little later than my parents.  They were up at their normal Ohio time, but Utah is in the Mountain time zone.  They went into the park ahead of us after eating breakfast somewhere.  Sam and I ate breakfast at the Sol Cafe at the entrance to the park and bought roast beef sandwiches to eat on the trail for lunch. Our goal for day 1 was to conquer Angel’s…

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Utah vacation day 1

Utah vacation day 1

On Thursday morning, April 26th, Sam and I boarded a plane to Las Vegas.  Once there we met my parents, retrieved our 2012 Toyota Camry rental car and headed on our way to Utah.  We stopped at a few spots along the “scenic route” that my mother had picked out that meanders around before meeting back up with interstate 15.  At the first stop we saw a lake and wondered if this was Lake Mead.  In the flat valley in the desert…

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My mother and her hidden heart of gold

My mother and her hidden heart of gold

This was on the front page, above the fold, of my hometown newspaper this morning: (photo by Ashley Rittenhouse) “Marietta resident Rose Murray reviews paperwork with Adele Long, a nurse practitioner who volunteers with the Washington County Free Clinic. The clinic provides free primary care for Washington County residents between ages 19 and 64 who do not have health insurance and whose personal income is less than 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. It is located in Marietta College’s Physician…

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hike

hike

On Saturday Sam and I met Cindy and J for breakfast at Siam Sunset in Thai Town.  Afterwards we hiked up to Amir’s garden.  Sam and I had gone last summer, but Cindy and J had never been before. Afterwards Sam and I drove all the way to Corona to drop off a check (more on that next month). Across the street was “goodfellas cafe.”  We split the country fried steak.  For about $13 we had a salad plate, garlic…

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etsy

etsy

Because I’m running out of space, and I might be moving somewhere with less space eventually, I decided to try and sell some of my old paintings on Etsy. I put them up a week ago and , needless to say, nothing has sold yet.  However, when I logged in today I saw some interesting things had happened.  Some people had added my pieces to their “treasury” and “favorites.”  I’m assuming the “treasury” is sort of like Etsy’s version of…

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birthday food

birthday food

Sadly, this weekend, Sam’s month of birthday cooking came to a close.  On Friday Sam gave me a gift inside a custom cut paper card.   Breakfast on Saturday morning consisted of cheese omelets and toast. After breakfast we headed to Marina Del Rey for my secret birthday gift.  It turns out Sam had booked us a tandem parasailing ride.  Unfortunately, when we finally went out on the boat the weather took a turn for the worse.  It was cold…

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