Movin’ and Groovin’

Move-in went well enough. The apartment is still a mess, but what do I care? My parents came to visit and help with technical moving problems (like setting up my bed), but I felt it was more important to simply enjoy their company. We went to Rocky Mountain National Park and tasted the great eats around town. Here are the highlights from their stay:

A lovely, infinite rainbow:

A brother who wandered to the edge and back:

A dancing friend…

…who was also quite nosy:

And not to be outdone… the dramatist of the day:

12 August 2010. Tags: , , , , . colorado, travel. 2 comments.

From the Inside Out

This morning at Timberline, Dary Northrop discussed the ways in which we often run from the truth only to find ourselves in a desert of lost hope. When I was younger, I was so obsessed with how the world saw me that I forgot how much God loved me. Religion 101? Certainly, but I think we all need to hear it as much as we can.

This sent my mind soaring over my past: I look around me and see all that I have been blessed with. Amazing friends and family, a beautiful locale, more breathtaking views than I can count. And a few years ago I was so self-centered that I only saw what I didn’t have.

I just want to take a moment to say that I LOVE my life (flaws and heartache included) and am anxiously excited about what might be in store for the future. Thank you to all of the people around me who have been there for me in the past and will help me sail into the future. I love you.  And thank you to my God who has given me more than I can ask for…

… including views such as this.

31 January 2010. Tags: , , , , . colorado, Spirituality. Leave a comment.

Marshmallows Roasting on an Open Fire

I can’t believe that the year is coming to a close. It seems that this has been one of the quickest moving semesters I have ever experienced. But I have no sadness; with the end of the year comes lots of fun activities with The Girls! Last Week was the 2nd annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and this Friday was the annual Girls Christmas Party. What an amazing way to end an amazing year.

This year has been an adventure for several of us, to say the least. There were times we laughed so hard we cried… and then other times when we cried so hard we laughed. There were things lost, but plenty of things gained. No matter what, we have been there for one another throughout these past couple of years and I know there is no small event that care tear us apart. So here is to another wonderful year spent with even more wonderful friends. *Chin, chin* Here’s to twenty-ten. I love you girls!

12 December 2009. Tags: , , , , . My Girls. Leave a comment.

More Cow Bell!

         And here we arrived. In beautiful Geneva, Switzerland. The locals we so friendly and our couchsurfing host, Jullianne, was incredible. She fed us and kept us occupied as we explored the city. This was my first experience with couchsurfing, and I couldn’t have had a better host. On the first morning, we ate at the bakery where Julianne worked (delicious apricot cheese danish and some fresh fresh squeezed orange juice… yum!), and then headed into explore the city. Luckily, we were staying in the countryside, so we had a nice little walk to the bus stop on which we met these lovely ladies…

 

Cows. Bells. Switzerland.

Cows. Bells. Switzerland.

 

The wine vineyards just behind Julianne's apartment in the countryside. We never got to try any, but rumor has it that it's wonderful.

The wine vineyards just behind Julianne's apartment in the countryside. We never got to try any, but rumor has it that it's wonderful.

         On the last night, we got to take a walk with Julianne and Athos (her little Yorkie dog named after one of the three musketeers) and saw a beautiful lightning storm rolling over the Swiss Alps.  The clock below was one of several dozen we saw in the city. Some were sun-dials, some were brick, stone, yellow, black, artsy, expensive…

The world famous flower garden clock in Geneva's city center. It took us three passes before we finally found it. Turns out, all we had to do was look for the Chinese people. The gathered there in clustered hundreds, camera and case in hand.

The world famous flower garden clock in Geneva's city center. It took us three passes before we finally found it. Turns out, all we had to do was look for the Chinese people. They gathered there in clustered hundreds, stealthily wielding cameras and making peace signs.

 


Chateau de Chillon

This is the Chateau de Chillon just outside of Montreux. Historians say that the beginnings of the castle date back 1,000 years, but it's prime was in the 1300s. Lord Byron made this famous in his poem "The Prisoner of Chillon."

 

Me and Mariah on the bridge that leads to nowhere... but is connected to Chateau de Chillon. It doesn't look perilous, but the water was cold, the bridge was narrow, and we all know that I am less than graceful.

Me and Mariah on the bridge that leads to nowhere... but is connected to Chateau de Chillon. It doesn't look perilous, but the water was cold, the bridge was narrow, and we all know that I am less than graceful.

 

A vista of the quaint little city of Montreux, Switzerland.

A vista of the quaint little city of Montreux, Switzerland.

 

 

This gem of a tree lined the streets of Geneva. This isn't photoshop... it really looked like this.

This gem of a tree lined the streets of Geneva. This isn't photoshop... it really looked like this.

 

A hidden square in the city walls. We only found it because someone opened a door and we were rubbernecking.

A hidden square in the city walls. We only found it because someone opened a door and we were rubbernecking.

 

A mob of Laotians outside of the United Nations protesting government hostility.

A mob of Laotians outside of the United Nations protesting government hostility.

 

 

These are the flags of Geneva, Switzerland, and the Borough in which Geneva is situated. The span across the Mont Blanc bridge.

These are the flags of Geneva, Switzerland, and the Borough in which Geneva is situated. They span across the Mont Blanc bridge.

 

A beautiful view of the Swiss Alps as we rode the train through the mountains, across switzerland, and into Italy.

A beautiful view of the Swiss Alps as we rode the train through the mountains, across switzerland, and into Italy.

         Sadly, we had to say goodbye to the idyllic, peaceful  country of Switzerland, the witty, playful sarcasm of Julianne, and began our venture into the land where time has no meaning: Italy. Let the adventures begin.

26 June 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Europe, Hiking/Backpacking, travel. Leave a comment.

Pura Vida!

Sorry I have been so neglectful of you, dear blog. I have been busy. No, not that busy. But busy enough that I neglected you. 

So here is Costa Rica. 2008. A few snipets of my family’s trip to the jungle/rainforest/cloud forest/…

As the Coast came into sight, the clouds dropped and the atmosphere made the most amazing show I've yet to see from an airplane.

As the Coast came into sight, the clouds dropped and the atmosphere made the most amazing shows I've yet to see from an airplane.

Only moments before the pouring sheets of rain began pelting our bodies relentlessly. Costa Rica in the Winter is less crowded, less hot/humid, less sunny, and more (much more) rainy. In the distance, you can see Lake Arenal

Only moments before the pouring sheets of rain began pelting our bodies relentlessly. Costa Rica in the Winter is less crowded, less hot/humid, less sunny, and more (much more) rainy. In the distance, you can see Lake Arenal.

 

Volcano Arenal

Vocano Arenal! The kid knows how to throw a tantrum... but thankfully, he has been safely venting only small amounts of lava for the past several years. We stayed only a few miles from him, but due to the overcast skies, this was the only day we were able to see him (and we were lucky for even this).

 

 

You can just make out Dad flying through the trees on the zip line. These were amazing. One line was 1.5 miles long, suspended a 1/2 mile from the ground. If you ever go to Costa Rica, you MUST try one of these!

You can just make out Dad flying through the trees on the zip line. These were amazing. One line was 1.5 miles long, suspended a 1/2 mile from the ground. If you ever go to Costa Rica, you MUST try one of these!

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Kendra and her cockroach.

This was on one of the

This was on one of the "best" roads in Costa Rica. It only took 2.5 hours to go 22 km. I loved this little village though, the colors made me happy 🙂

 

A lovely sunset at the conclusion of the trip 'round the country (Flamingo Beach, C.R.)

A lovely sunset at the conclusion of the trip 'round the country (Flamingo Beach, C.R.)

31 January 2009. Tags: , , , , , . travel. Leave a comment.