Grand Teton

This blog post was supposed to be about our recent trip to the UK…then I was going through my photos and realized I never posted anything about our trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, back in June. So, now we find ourselves here…Grand Teton.

Grand Teton is located wholly in the state of Wyoming and found justttt south of Yellowstone National Park. We stayed in one of the park’s cabins for three nights which gave us time to explore most of the part’s roads and a bit of its backcountry (via hikes).

The focus of the park is the Tetons themselves, a part of the Rockies with very tall peaks but almost no foothills to speak of. The largest is named, not surprisingly, Grand Teton. They are, in short, breathtaking.

Snake River viewpoint

Ansel Adams took a very famous photo from this overlook of the Snake River. I didn’t even try to re-create it, but took my own photo.


Matt and Lizzie hanging out at the docks on Jenny Lake, close to where we stayed and just at the end of a parking lot with one of the park’s concession areas.

Trip means I take photos of Matt as he takes photos.

One of the most famous non-natural sites of the park: the old barn which was part of a Mormon settlement that didn’t last particularly long due to the very short growing season and very cold winters.

Along the shores of Jenny Lake

Lizzie walked about a third of our hike from Jenny Lake up to Hidden Falls.

Way back from Hidden Falls

Another Fidden Falls hike view

And, to end my post, some other beautiful views I can’t place…

A (Blurry) Photographic Tour of DC

When my parents come to visit us for a weekend, we always struggle with finding something to do. I know, we live 15 minutes from DC – where millions of tourists come and spend a week – and we have issues staying busy. See, that’s the thing, my parents come a few weekends every year. They’ve seen so much of it already.

One of the things we’ve always talked about doing but never did before was a hop-on/hop-off tour. I know, super corny, but it’s not away I’ve ever seen the city and, hey, I get to be lazy and ride rather than walk.

This last visit, my dad was looking at Groupon deals in the area and came across one for one of the big tour companies. Something crazy like $15 a person and, hey, it was a lovely day, why not?

The tour started in L’Enfant Plaza, which I’ll admit to never having actually seen before. We transfer lines there quite often, but never wind up outdoors. It’s rather, well, ugly. But I digress. This particular tour company takes you to 20 or so stops all around the city, all the while narrating what you’re seeing and a bit of history, as well.

I had the best plans. I had my camera, had my kit lens on it, Lizzie was being occupied by my parents…too bad I forgot my kit lens is rather slow and, you know, we were on a moving bus. I did nothing whatsoever to account for this. (Plus, as I realize now, taking a real good look at these, my lens and/or sensor is covered in dust.)

Which brings me to my photos. I present to you, without further comment, a blurry tour of Washington DC.

I Took a Walk

…around the neighborhood yesterday evening, while Squirms was still in a decent mood, not having decided it was now her dinnertime and Matt was just hanging out, waiting for our dinner of braised beef to be done. I just did a quick loop walk, about a mile and  a half long though it took me about 40 minutes between the chilly temperatures and lack of need to get back quickly. I put on a knitting podcast I hadn’t listened to in a good four years (Stash and Burn) and went on my way. I started taking photos of cool trees so my casual walk quickly turned into a photo walk.

It was great to get some me time where I was also out and enjoying the outdoors. And I never got more than a 1/2 mile or so from our house – one of the benefits of living in such a large sub-division.

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An evergreen bush, with something bright red and glowing inside, though I didn’t actually notice until I reviewed my photos, so I have no idea what it was.

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Someone else did their lawn, leaves-wise this weekend, though there was already a new covering of leaves.

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One of the many hardwood trees. Our neighborhood actually gave each (original) homeowner three hardwood tree saplings along with their house. The original owner of our house must have taken some from others, as we have a good half-dozen trees in our backyard.

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This poor bush was either succumbing to the coming cold or some sort of blight.

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This looked sort of like a hibiscus but had much more delicate flowers. Wish I’d taken a better photo.

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A great big, yellow-leafed tree.

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Our neighbor’s giant, purple-flowered tree. This basically coats their law when it dies as winter starts.

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Yellow flowers, holding their own as fall roars in.

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And, because I’m five, my favorite sign in our neighborhood.


September Goal Wrap-Up

I did decently well at accomplishing my goals. They were a bit of a stretch, as I’d like them to continue to be, so I won’t beat myself up for what I didn’t complete.

1. Blog at least four times a week.

I’ve blogged every day this month except for three days which is really quite amazing now that work has really ramped up again and I’m having to pay much more attention to Squirms now that she’s crawling.

2. Go on two photo walks.

I only really went on one and it wasn’t that planned. We went into DC to go to the Turkish Festival and, like always, brought a camera with us, just in case. We wound up taking a 3 or so mile walk to see the monuments. I’ve got a bunch of photos between the ones I took on my phone and the ones Matt took using his camera that I still need to go through. It’s still September so maybe I’ll take  Squirms for a little photo walk around the neighborhood while Matt’s making dinner.

3. Spend an hour a week commenting on others’ blogs.

I was great the first two or so weeks of the month then my commenting (and blog reading) fell to the wayside as life got busier. I chose to use my free time to read or knit rather than comment on blogs. Hoping next month to get back to it by setting aside some time on weekends.

4. Decide on whether to start a Facebook page for this blog. If so, start one and tell friends and family about it.

I already talked about the page I set up and asked you all and some friends/family to go like it. I’m at 17 likes at last count – no mega following or anything but, hey, everyone starts somewhere.

Scrapbook for Squirms – Process

(This is going to be a really long post with some big photos embedded in it so skip it entirely if you’re not into scrapbooking and, if you are, come back when you’ve got some time to read. If you’re here to read my Writing 101 prompt responses, I’m skipping today’s prompt, having responded to it earlier.)

I wrote earlier about the supplies and what not I use to put together her scrapbook of her first year. Now, we’ll move on to the process I use. It’s nothing super fancy and I really have no idea what I’m doing but, hey, it gets me pretty good results and doesn’t take forever so I see that as a win. Everything’s behind the jump.

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Scrapbook for Squirms – An Introduction

Before Squirms was born, I decided that I wanted to make a scrapbook to record the first year of her life. I’m pretty forgetful and, while I know I’d be taking a ton of photos, I wasn’t so sure I’d be good about keeping track of everything as it happened. Sure, her glasses showing up in photos in May show she had them then, but when did we first take her to the eye doctor? I’d have no idea if it weren’t for her scrapbook.

(More about how the pages are made and the supplies I use are below the jump.)

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September Goals

It’s late but I have not forgotten about my monthly goals for September (despite what WordPress may say, it is a full hour before the official end of the day in my time zone).

I’m not going to be super ambitious this month. As I’m just getting started with the whole monthly goals thing.

1. Blog at least four times a week.

I was good the last week or so but I’m just getting started blogging again and it’s always easy at the beginning. Once I run out of Writing 101 prompts, I may hit a total mental roadblock. Or maybe I’ll have 100s of more ideas. Or I may just post way more photos so Squirms.

2. Go on two photo walks.

I want to get back into photography again and the best way is to, you know, actually take some photos. It’s not like we don’t live extremely close to a major city that’s quite photogenic. And our neighborhood has some cool little places that I’d love to capture.

3. Spend an hour a week commenting on others’ blogs.

One of the best ways to get to know folks in the blogging community is to actually be app part of the blogging community. Easiest way to participate is to read and comment on others’ blogs. I’ll use the WordPress daily post responses as a launching point rather than just responding to the blogs I already comment against.

4. Decide on whether to start a Facebook page for this blog. If so, start one and tell friends and family about it.

Part of figuring out what I want this blog to be is figuring out if I want it to be more than just a place to record my life. Part of me wants it to be bigger than that, part of me thinks I’m delusional for thinking that possible. What I decide will show as a new Facebook page for this blog (or a lack of one).