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Road Tripping – Day #7

I’ve been to Oregon more times than I can count.

I’ve never experienced a heat wave here like I have the last couple days.

(I think it hit 103F!)

Yesterday morning, I tried to get some exercise before it got too hot.

I went for a hike and quickly remembered why Oregon is close to my heart.

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It is so beautiful.

There is so much nature here.

It’s so very, very, green …!

(I didn’t touch the vibrancy and/or saturation of the above photo.)

I’ve been having a nice few days with my parents.

I’m really glad I made the long drive here.

I’m starting to work on details for my eventual return trip.

I’m having trouble getting hotels when, and where, I want to.

Apparently, a lot of people are on vacations in Oregon and California?

Oh well,

I expect it will all work out.

I’m getting very familiar with sketchy hotels in sketchy neighborhoods.

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Road Tripping – Days 5 & 6

I’m now in Oregon at my parents house.

I arrived late Monday night.

Tuesday morning I took a long shower and enjoyed not having to get in a car and/or do anything.

In fact, I spent all of Tuesday “doing nothing.”

It was very nice after four days of continuous travel.

On Monday, my road trip took me through redwood groves including the famous Avenue of the Giants.

I’ve been to the old redwood forests before, but it’s been a long time.

They’re just as majestic as I remembered.

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In fact, I think I appreciate their magnifigence more now than I did when I was younger.

My son was in awe of the entire experience.

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It really is mind blowing to see the size of the trees.

The forest itself is so peaceful.

The air is cool and crisp and refreshing.

We’ve spent a lot of hours in the car covering a lot of distance.

I’m going to enjoy hanging out doing nothing for a few much needed days with my parents.

I haven’t even looked at most of my photos yet, but I will soon.

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Road Tripping

Today is Day #4 of my road trip.

This is what I have to report so far …

Day #1 and Day #2 went perfectly – maybe better than perfectly.

The drives went smoothly, the weather was spectacular, I got some amazing photos, etc.

Day #3 …?

Well, road trips sometimes involve mishaps, right?

Nothing major went wrong, but it just wasn’t a smooth day.

Minor mishaps in the morning meant a very, very, late start to the day.

And the very late start meant power driving for hours, without stopping, in order to reach the hotel I needed to be by nightfall.

Day #3 was a beautiful drive, but so, so LONG.

(And there were so many stops I wanted to make, but couldn’t.)

But, there are a lot of days ahead of me and I knew when I planned this trip every day would not be perfect.

So where am I?

Well, to be honest, I don’t know where I’ll be when you’re reading this.

I am somewhere in Northern California probably.

But, I’m making my way to Oregon to see my parents.

I may be in Oregon by the time you read this.

My nineteen year old son is accompanying me.

So far, he’s been a trooper.

I didn’t have time to take photos on Day #3, but I have some amazing shots from the first two days.

Hopefully I’ll have time to sort through them once I arrive at my parents house.

(It will nice to stay in one place for a couple days.)

I’ll have another update soon …..


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I’m in a state of vague-packing.

In other words, I’m not really packing for my trip yet,


I sort of am.

I’m accumulating piles.

I’m making a lot of lists.

I’ve decided, once I get everything together and actually packed,

I will probably begin my road trip.

My departure is very tentative and vague … just like my vague-packing.

As usual, I haven’t even thought about clothes.

When I pack it’s all about what gear I’ll be taking.

I know, with one hundred percent certainty, whatever I don’t bring will be the very thing I *need* when I’m shooting.

Because this will be a road trip, it’s tempting to throw “everything” into the car.

But …?

That isn’t smart or safe.

I’ve had photographer friends who have lost all the gear they own when their cars and/or hotels were broken into.

I plan to keep whatever gear I take with me at all times.

My bum arm limits me considerably.

This is what I know I’ll be taking so far:

•  Camera bodies (2-4)

•  Tripods w/ballheads (2)

•  Cable release (2)

•  Flash (2)

•  Wireless flash remote (2)

•  Portrait lens  (I promised my parents I’d do portraits of them.)

•  Reflector  (for above mentioned portraits)

•  Long distance lens (70-200 with 2x extender)

•  Mid-range telephoto  (probably the 24-70)

•  Several wide angle lenses (because I have a “thing” for shooting wide)

•  Macro lens  (because you just never know when something super tiny will catch your attention)

•  Multiple filters

•  Camera cleaning stuff

•  A zillion (????) compact flash cards

•  Photography backpack and rolling gear bag.

I also bought cases of water to keep in the car.

In theory, bringing water is ridiculous because I can stop anywhere, anytime, and get water to drink.

But …?

I’m one of those people who is rarely without water for even a few minutes.

I’ll keep a small cooler in the car with me and keep a few water bottles cold each day.

As long as I’m hydrated and have my camera,

I’ll be good for hours.

I wish I could blink and have all the pre-vacation stuff done.

I’m getting antsy to GO.

(Oh, and I can’t wait to take you with me too!)

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And Then My Arm Fell On The Floor

Yesterday, I visited with Dr. Painless.

He loaded me up with drugs to take on my upcoming travel-binge “just in case” my arm flares-up.

My arm flares up every time I travel, but neither of us came right out and stated the obvious.

Dr. Painless loves to travel and we often spend a good deal of time chatting about our dream travel destinations.

I love how he has always, always, encouraged me to live the fullest life I can in spite of my physical limitations.

A little later in the day, I texted Paul Newman because I hadn’t heard from him since he got back from vacation.

His silence was a very curious thing.

(We all know, I’d be the first person he’d get in touch with upon his return – right?)

Turns out, Paul Newman is not back.

I’m sure he loved hearing from me while he’s on vacation though?

(And especially when I responded to his catastrophic still-on-vacation information with a text message beginning with the eff word?)

Paul Newman works very, very, hard and he certainly deserves a break from work.

I’m pretty sure his secretary, who scheduled my appointment, needs a vacation too.

(Actually, ahem, I think Paul Newman recently gave her a permanent vacation due to some ongoing … scheduling issues.)

But, alas, now I know ….

Paul Newman will return after I have left on my trip

Which means my arm will explode and fall off my body any day now.

I will have to cart my arm around in a suitcase, attached to my body by a painful string, for several weeks.

Eventually, someday ….

In a land far away,

Paul Newman will be reunited with my arm and be forced to reattach it to my body.

It will not be a fun day for him, for me, or for my arm.

I admit, I felt a big jolt of discouragement when I found out I will have to go so long without treatment.

It comes from knowing what happens when I even skip *one* week.

One visit in seven weeks means …??????

Deep breaths, right?

I can do this?

And if I can’t, I’ve got a suitcase full of Dr. Painless drugs available.

I suppose I can drug myself into oblivion until my arm gets reattached.

Why do I have to be the only person in the world who absolutely hates pain meds?

For that matter, why do I have to be the only person in the world with a (very painful) detachable arm?


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This And That …

•  I took my camera gear in for routine maintenance at my Canon Factory Service Center yesterday.  I didn’t make an appointment ahead of time.  The waiting room was packed when I arrived.  Apparently, a lot of people attempted to use their cameras over the holiday weekend, and decided their cameras were broken.  I listened, time and time again, as the Canon rep (with the patience of a saint), calmly explained to people their cameras weren’t broken.  Then he would nicely, calmly, inform them of something basic like, “Auto focus doesn’t work right now because you have the dial turned to manual focus.”

•  I have to admit, I shuddered a little when I heard one young woman proclaim loudly she is a “wedding photographer.”  Then she explained her one, and only, lens was not exposing properly.  She wanted to know if it was because it was a non-Canon lens on a Canon body.  “The camera is just broken,” she repeated time and time again.  After a few minutes, she was told it wasn’t the lens or the camera.  She had her settings turned on for movies (video) but was trying to take still photos.  Note to self:  Never hire her as a wedding photographer.

•  Please research your photographers before you hire them.  Every person who owns a camera is not a professional photographer …. just like every person who owns a stove is not a chef.

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•  The underwater housing I ordered for my camera has not arrived yet.  I knew when I ordered it, it would take a few weeks to be delivered.  Still, I find myself hoping every day for a package from the UPS man.

•  I’m seeing Dr. Painless for my arm today.  I’ll be seeing Paul Newman by the end of the week too.  Fingers crossed for a little pain relief before I take off on my next journey.

•  I’m not much of a beer drinker, but last week I was served a Shock Top Lemon Shandy.  It was a very hot day and the lemon-y beer was icy cold … delicious!  I just thought I’d pass that on in case any of you want to give it a try this summer.

•  Have you seen any movies this summer?  A couple weeks ago I saw Edge of Tomorrow.  It was good.  I think it’s more of a guy-movie than a girl-movie, but I was entertained.

•  The local coyotes have been howling a lot every night lately.  I would love to capture a photo of them, but I always opt for sleep instead!

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And Suddenly Summer Hits Fast Forward

My youngest son got home for “summer” vacation the first week in May.

He’s been home for two full months.

The 4th of July is now behind us, and I realize how little time there is left before he heads back to Texas.

In addition, the remainder of our summer is booked with one thing or another.

I feel a sudden sense of panic about getting everything done these next few weeks.

Do you ever glance at your calendar and think, “But wait …!?”

I have a lot of work this week for various clients.

I also need to start getting my thoughts together for my upcoming road trip.

I’ve scrapped most of my previous road trip plans.

I’m re-thinking exactly how to pull off the whole trip.

I’m still taking the (massive) trip.

I need to see my parents.

I’m just not sure which route to take, how many days to spend taking it, where I’ll be staying as I journey, etc.

(Note to self:  Get your shit together!)

I have the added complication of trying to figure out what gear I’ll be taking …

How to manage file storage while on an extended trip, etc.

I need a new laptop, but I don’t have a new laptop.

It’s so much easier to go places just to go.

When you mix work and travel it gets more complicated.

Of course, I also have to factor my bum arm into my decisions.

What can I carry one-armed?

Will I be able to do this?

What if my arm flares up?

Am I better off doing that?

On the other hand, I suppose part of the adventure is in not planning.

Maybe I should just hop in the car and head up the coast ….

And, take everything as it comes.

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Happy Weekend

I hope you’e having a nice, holiday, weekend.

It’s been very hot here.

I have visitors at my house so I’ve been extra busy.

Also, the 4th of July was my 27th (!!!) wedding anniversary.

A very pretty bouquet was delivered on the 3rd.

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On the evening of the 4th, I was at an Angels baseball game.

The Angels put on an (extra) amazing fireworks show after the game.

(They put on a fireworks show after Saturday home games all the time, but for the 4th of July holiday it was a lot MORE than normal/expected.)

For some reason, my arm popped off a couple days ago.

I wasn’t shooting, so I’m not sure what caused it to subluxate.

As of right now, it hasn’t popped back into place.

Hopefully it will SOON since Paul Newman is out of the country right now.

(I can’t pop it into place on my own willingly, but sometimes it will just snap back into place.)

Having an arm that pops on and off your body is a pain – literally.

I’ll have more soon …

I just wanted to get a brief update posted since I’ve gone missing the last couple days.

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I’ve spent the last few days doing very little other than editing fitness photos.

I’m very happy with how they’ve come out.

Hopefully, WrightWay Fitness will be happy with them also.

I have guests here for a few days.

Blog posts might be hit or miss between now and the end of the 4th of July weekend.

I imagine readership will be down over the holiday weekend anyway.

(It seems like everyone I know is on vacation this week and/or next.)

In the meantime, here’s another photo from Pearl Street beach in Laguna:

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We don’t get many seashells on our local beaches.

I was thrilled to find the perfectly placed shell in the above photo.

I left it where it was – I never bring shells home.

Still, I was happy to find it “posing” so perfectly for the above photo.

I usually try to avoid the beaches on holiday (and summer) weekends.

I could use a dose of ocean, though.

Maybe I’ll go for a walk at the beach one evening after the holiday crowds have gone home for the day ….