A glorious day in the Tetons yesterday. My painting is late because my day was so full of fun. Get ready for my kayak paintings.....perfectly calm and mellow on the Snake yesterday. Watercolor Diary #391
It is crazy how much fun it was running trail for 2 hours last night under dim headlamp light. Hooked up with a fun, speedy bunch and the kms just disappeared behind us. This is my first Sunday off of running in a long time, thanks to 50km worth of back to back long runs on the Sulphur springs race course. This marks my first 100km training week ever(except for that time I ran 83k in a day on the Bruce). I’m loving my training plan right now, and can’t wait for @sulphurspringstrailrun to get here, only 5 weeks left. .
Lake Blanche trail: 4/21/18 versus 3/4/18. The nice thing about living in a place long term is going back to do the same trails in different seasons. Spring hit Utah quickly the last couple weeks and I am loving seeing the mountains change shape. 🏔💚
Living a sunset at Sounion cap is one of our best moments around Athenes!
For the temple of #poseidon , God of the sea and our favorite one (of course... :D), but also for the landscape itself!
Working on the van all by myself can be quite challenging. Firstly because I don't have a clue about half the stuff I have to do ( YouTube is my friend), secondly because I have a limited amount of hands, and there's a lot of planning involved. You could say I'm not the biggest planner. On the other hand it's amazing what I learned in the process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here's an very brief overview of what I've done so far:
I cleaned nearly every possible spot inside, removed all the rust and varnished it. Then I insulated the van completely using Armaflex with the help of @matthiasschmaeing. I put in the fan-tastic vent, repaired the radio. Right now I'm planning the the bed structure and drilling a bunch of holes in the van. Also I need to start wiring. Electricity is not my biggest strength so it remains interesting🤔😄. I can only work on the weekends which makes my life quite work-heavy because I'm working 7 days a week.
For my second trip to Napa, here are some of the vineyards we visited: Madonna Estate known for their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Rosetto. Sutter House known for their White Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio. Lastly, Sebastiani (one of the oldest ones around) known for their Sauvignon Blanc.
Let’s talk about Napa Valley. A few years ago my sister and I attended a wedding at Sonoma and stayed in the area for about 3 days. We had a car and drove around to visit Vineyards, try loads of wine and taste different kinds of olive oil. It was a fun trip and extensive trip. So heading back to Napa again this year, I thought, would more of an experience for my husband (who has never been) than it would be for me. But of course I was slapped in the face by the amount of places I still haven’t seen and bottles of wine I have not tasted. I guess going back to the same place always has a bright side: you will always find something new to discover.
You don't need money to fire up an idea. It's the idea that will bring you revenue and you have to invest knowledge and creativity in it, in order to implement it wisely. Money is the destination, not the starting point!
There’s a tangible change in experience, in the delta, at the procession of seasons. The air dries, the nights cool, the sky loses its cloud, and lightens in complexion. Enjoying the last dewy moments of the dawn, as the cool nights usher in dreaming of the impending flood.
Finding hidden gems amongst Auckland today. Found some WWII remnants on North Head and after exploring around, pondering their history... I felt appreciation for New Zealand’s lack of intense war/gun culture. Found out recently that their police don’t even carry guns! The situation in America breaks my heart, from the shootings to the police brutality & racism. I reckon the US could learn a lot from this mighty progressive lil country.
Happy #NationalParkWeek and funny enough, the last day of my week at 5 national parks. And in honor of the week, I wanted to remind people how important safety and proper precautions are while hiking. National Park doesn’t mean guaranteed safety. Many trails are rugged, primitive and dangerous. Too often I see people ill equipped to hike - no water, sandals/converse, no idea where they are going and not in shape for the level of hiking they are taking on.
Some key tips while hiking:
1) Always carry enough water, 1-2L per person per day
2) Proper footwear is a must! Flats, flip flops and converse do not protect your feet and do not help with traction on large rocks
3) Have a map, know where you are and where you are going. Cell service is nonexistent in many parks
4) Tell someone where you are going
5) Check the weather! A bright sunny day can turn deadly quickly when a storm rolls in, causing lightning or flash floods. With that, always carry a jacket. When weather turns cold, hypothermia can set in fast!
"It's the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey."
@carly_salomon I am so happy you, @jsaladman and I all found ourselves in this city at the same time. The last few months exploring SLC and Utah definitely would not be the same without you two crazy Aussies. 😝❤️
I love Sundays. I love family time too. So it's pretty awesome that there's plenty of quaint spots for families to enjoy on a day trip when the sun is out during autumn. Slow walks this time with my kids and hubby, enjoying time together and the beautiful scenery.