Thursday, September 15, 2011

Danny and Jess Bergman's wedding

I had the privilege of being a bridesmaid in the wedding of Danny and Jess Bergman. Sam was the best man! Danny was one of our closest friends in high school; he and his beautiful wife have just moved to Fort Irwin (near Barstow), so it's wonderful to have them close by.
Here are some photos from their big day:

swing her around

the happy couple

My niece, Audrey, took control of the dance floor:
cha cha cha

Jess' dress was beautiful!
wild dancing

Audrey took control of the mic:
serious singing

...and had a few admirers:
an admirer

audrey takes the mic

Everyone had a wonderful time dancing to the Hopelessly Devoted:
band playing

What a cake!
cake details

cake time

Friday, September 09, 2011

Inspiration Point, Santa Barbara

After camping in Santa Barbara, Sam and I took the trail to Inspiration Point in Santa Barbara. Two "Inspiration Point" hikes in 2 weeks!

This hike is at the end of Tunnel Road in Santa Barbara. You take the paved Edison Rd for about a mile, and look for the Jesusita trail sign.
tree from cliffside

wooden bridge

trail sign

You follow this trail to the left and look for a narrow trail farther up the trail on your left. If you miss it, you will climb the mountain to the top and see this view:
view from first hilltop

We went back down to the trail we missed and eventually came to the creek crossing:
water crossing


It was beautiful and you can rock scramble up the creek to eventually get to the Three Pools, which is probably about a mile up the creek. If you cross the creek and continue on the trail, you climb the mountain to get to Inspiration Point.

There is some shade, but this hike is pretty difficult on a hot day:
mountains of SB
shady trail IP

turquoise lizard

When you get to a minor intersection, take a left to the fire road, and you'll end up at the view point:
inspiration point view

Panorama view:
inspiration point SB panorama

Self Portrait?

self portrait

Thursday, September 08, 2011

El Capitan State Beach

Sam and I went camping at El Capitan State Beach several weeks ago. We first hit up State Beach in Santa Barbara and saw this gem of a tree (apparently I wasn't supposed to touch the roots...oops!):

 Then we put together a fire and grilled up some rawhide:

In the morning, we explored the beach:
el capitan panorama

And saw some dolphins swimming along the waves:
dolphin phin

It was a beautiful day!
sam at beach

el capitan state beach


totally enjoyed watching this video, since I've always wanted to fly... :)
also enjoyed the song by Awolnation!
have you seen this youtube video yet?