Archive for category: Family and Friends

American River Fun

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
American River whitewater rafting

Kaelyn almost got tossed!

Whitewater Rafting, South Fork, American River

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Whitewater rafting on the American River, Coloma, CA

What I love about my girls: they’re always up for anything! I just sign the waivers, tell them it’s safe and they don’t ask any questions. It’s great! Rafting on the American River in Coloma, CA east of Sacramento.

Nice and Calm, Right?…

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
South Fork, American River, California

Nice and calm, right? That’s what I thought up until this point… then just around that bend…

Santa Monica from Above

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
view from ferris wheel, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Nope, it’s not from a drone. It’s from the top of the ferris wheel in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier!

Good Times

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Dan

My good friend and former UF roommate, Dan Rudd. Dan hosted us for a few days in Santa Barbara on our recent trip out west. When I was 19, Dan and I, along with my younger brother, a friend of his and my dad went across country in two cars hitting a ton of national parks. All the way from Florida to Huntington Beach! We did the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, White Sands, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rushmore… More than I can remember over 2-3 weeks! There was no Instagram back then, but we took a coffee table book about national parks with us and in each park, we’d look at the photos and try to find the exact spots where the photographers shot from, to recreate them for comparison later. It was fun detective work. Dan said that trip changed his life and later helped prompt him to move out West (like several other of my close college friends). I’m a very happy third-gen native of (Jax) Florida, but do love it out there. So beautiful! Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, so a good time to reflect on some of those special places and good times.

A River Runs Through It

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Pfeifer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur is big country. Everything is just… big. This shot of the river bed in Pfeifer State Park provides some scale.

Grant Park, Ventura, CA

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Grant Park, Ventura CA

One of my favorite places in California. Ventura is a killer little town with great surf, a cool downtown and laid-back vibe. Beautiful place!

Santa Barbara Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA

The don;t call it the “Golden State” for nothing. Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA.

Santa Barbara Bonfire

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Beach Bonfire, Santa Barbara

Bonfire on the Beach in Santa Barbara with my good friend, Dan, who hosted us for a couple of nights. This sums up the California vibe.

Big Sur, CA Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Big Sur wildflowers

It didn’t really matter where you pulled off on the PCH in Big Sur. It was beautiful in every direction.

PCH Big Sur Overlook, Rocky Point

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Tree Point, Big Sur, CA

I wonder why they call this “Rocky Point”?

Jellies

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium Exhibit

Jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I could watch these things all day and night.

Kelp!

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
kelp bed observation window at the Monterey bay Aquarium

Two-story+ high kelp bed observation window at the Monterey bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Oceanside

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Monterey-Bay-Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium integrates directly into the Pacific Ocean. The water actually works right into the exhibits and provides scientists an excellent place to do their work. Genius! And beautiful!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row in Monetrey, CA

Nice shot of the re-used sardine plant that became the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row in Monetrey, CA. Beautiful facilty!

Marine Layer

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Big Sur Ocean View

A view of the seemingly ever-present marine layer fog bank looming in the background of the Big Sur area of north central California

Into the Woods | Pfeiffer Big Sur Redwoods

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer Big Sur Redwoods

My girlies providing scale for the giant redwoods in Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur, CA

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, NorCal

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Kaelyn, adding her own touch of beauty to the beautiful natural surroundings of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. This place is amazing.

Honey Tree | Big Sur | Pfeiffer State Park Sequoias

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer State Park Sequoia

My “Honey” tree. Two of my favorite travel partners (we’re partners in a lot of things), Kendall and Gretchen, providing some scale for the giant redwoods in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Picture Perfect

01 Dec
December 1, 2015

beautiful tree on South Carolina farm in fall

Broke Down

01 Dec
December 1, 2015

broken trailer in a corn field

Hartsville, SC Cornfield

01 Dec
December 1, 2015

Corn feild

What if Money Was No Object?

01 Aug
August 1, 2015

 

Profound vocational guidance from the late Alan Watts. This is a lesson that all parents need to pass along to their children. What do you desire from your life?

Text:

What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?

Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say, well, “we’re getting out of college and we have the faintest idea what we want to do.” So I always ask the question, “what would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”

Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way. Or another person says well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses. I said you want to teach in a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?

When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much.

That’s everybody is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track.

See what we are doing, is we’re bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lives we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing, so it’s all retch, and no vomit it never gets there.

And so, therefore, it’s so important to consider this question:

What do I desire?

Into the Blue

27 Jul
July 27, 2015

snorkeling in Fiji

 

Interesting perspective of Gretchen snorkeling in the South Pacific Ocean, shot from the surface with my GoPro

Just Add Soap & Water

19 Jul
July 19, 2015

No waves, no pool, no problem! A little soap, water and a plastic tarp are all you need to cure summer boredom! This is resort-style living at its finest- Kaelyn having fun in the yard.

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