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I Went To Alaska and All I Got Was August 6, 2013

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THE PRECIOUSSSSSS!

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We wanted it and we gots it, didn’t We?

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I Went To Zion & All I Got Was This Lousy… April 17, 2013

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Really cool stuff!As

As I mentioned there are a bunch neat galleries and shops outside of the park. Monday it got kinda cool & overcast so it wasn’t a great day for photos. We went &  rode the buses that take visitors through the main valley. To get to the really neat places you have to do the hiking trails. Yeah we didn’t do that. Afterwards we went shopping.

Here’s the haul:

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Nice Vaahse

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Stein

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Goblets

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Nice Bowl

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Critters!

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Antelope Canyon Photo

The prices for the ceramics were very reasonable for the quality of craftsmanship and I just loved that picture.

Yesterday the weather got rainy & colder so we just came home. I’ll get some pictures of the park up later.

At Zion National Park April 15, 2013

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Hello! Long time no type at y’all, I know. Sorry. Not much has been happening with me. I go to work and come home again, work on my crochet. Lather, rinse, repeat. This week I’m on vacation though. WOOT!

Today I drove up to a hotel just outside of the park and tomorrowm I’ll be taking in the sights and hopefully get some good pictures. Here’s the scene from my porch:

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There are some interesting shops around here too! 😉

My Crass Materialism Knows No Bounds August 24, 2010

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Somebody Send the iPod Toting Zombies After Me*

On the trip we spent some time at Jackson Hole which is just outside the Grand Tetons National Park .  It’s kind of a tourist trap with TONS of shops all around the town center.  Mostly crap but some genuinely interesting stores too.  We parked near one that had fur underwear for men & women in the window.  Alas, we only went through a fraction of them before getting chased away by rain. Anyway, one of the places we did go into was Wilcox Gallery and much pretty stuff was found therein.  Yes, they had the frogs, but those weren’t really what I was interested in.  Old and busted: bronze frogs, the New Hotness: bronze kittehs! <-You go clicky nao!

The artist is Jan Rosetta and she does lots of very nice sculptures of stylized animals.  Now, the frogs notwithstanding I generally don’t go in for animal art particularly, but I really dig her stuff, and I’ll always love the kitties.  I almost bought that bobcat mask but at 2.17 SLB’s I just couldn’t justify the expense right now.  Particularly not after just buying The Twins the week before.  I have to impose some semblance of fiscal restraint on myself.  So, no sale.  Yet.

Later on in the trip we hit a place just outside of Monument Valley called Twin Rocks Trading Post and it’s a couple shops with a restaurant there and we stopped for some pictures and a leg stretch.  One of the stores was nice jewelry store and we looked around for a bit.  Again, I generally don’t go for the silver & turquoise stuff that you see so often around the southwest but a small rack of rings caught my eye and I asked to look at them closer.  A couple of them really interested me and one of those fit perfectly.  As it was only .67 SLBs I went ahead and bought it.

Navajo Bling:

I got your "Fiscal Restraint" right here

Oh, and after we left Twin Rocks we started passing a lot of these little stands where other Navajos set up their jewelry displays waiting for rich tourists to pass by and stop to buy their stuff. Monument Valley is entirely on reservation land and there were lots of these stands out there. I felt kinda bad that I’d already spent my Mad Money buying a ring at a fancy store instead of one of these roadside stands.

Happy Birthday to Me! April 17, 2010

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Hooray!  I’ve managed to not die for 40 years today!  No time to reflect on the traditional half-way point today though, I’m off to Death Valley – the wildflowers are in bloom and are supposed to be unusually spectacular this year.  See y’all tomorrow!

Vacation – Seattle July 7, 2009

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I won’t do a lot here as we weren’t in Seattle very long.  After checking in to our hotel rooms we started to go looking for interesting places to shop and eventually somewhere to eat dinner.  We looked through the little maps and brochures the hotel had in the rooms and decided on a few places to look at.  We were on foot so we really couldn’t go far.  Fortunately we were in the middle of the downtown area so we didn’t have to go far.  It’s also pretty steep in that area and everything goes down to the water.  I don’t think we intended to go all the way down there that evening but we couldn’t find much in the way of restaraunts in the immediate vicinity.  Eventually we happened upon a place called the Bay Pavillion that had some shops and restaurants and we stopped to eat at The Fisherman’s.  It was a little pricey but the food was good and more than plenty of it. 

Coming back to the hotel we intended to stop at a couple places on the way but the steepness put that notion out of our heads pretty quickly.  We caught a cab and rode the rest of the way back.

Vacation Pictures July 7, 2009

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Hoo boy did I take a lot of pictures!  There were 30 on my phone camera, 300+ on my first memory card and I havn’t even looked at the other two cards yet.  Unfortunately the weather didn’t really cooperate for really good pictures for most of the trip.  It was almost always at least overcast and often with very low clouds.  It’s hard to get pictures of mountains that are lost in clouds.  Eh, I took pictures anyway. 

I guess I’ll do this kinda chronologically over the next few days and find some of the best to put up.  Vacation started by flying into Seattle and we wandered around downtown and the famous Pike Place Farmer’s Market.  The weather was beautiful with temps in the low/mid 70’s.  I was so happy to be out of the brutal Vegas heat.

The view from the cab

The view from the cab

 

View from hotel window

View from hotel window

I have other stuff I need to do now.  More later…