Venice, California

Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Hello! It’s been a while since I last posted. I hope you all know how to find your way back to my poor, neglected blog.

I’ve been otherwise occupied by the baby boom in Fairbanks (so many newborn sessions!), and by my membership and leadership in various entrepreneur clubs in town. I’ve also rekindled my love-hate relationship with long distance running. We’re on good terms right now, but as I integrate more speed work, those sentiments might change. We’ll see if this summer I can push beyond the 10 mile wall I’ve never been able to push through.

Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Our vacation to Oklahoma and California is long over, but not long forgotten. I will never in my life forget how Woods vomited all over Isaac during our connecting flight from Dallas to Los Angeles. Twice. We arrived to LAX, and headed over to Venice Beach with a half dressed baby (that’ll teach us to forget backup clothes), and an incredibly cranky toddler. I distinctly remember a very bored Margot slipping out of her seat belt and into the narrow airplane aisle, refusing to sit back down because she wanted to do Yoga instead. Why am I harping on the travel, and not the destination? Maybe because during our 10 day vacation, we spent approximately 24 total hours en route to our destinations. Living in Alaska has its downfalls; the distance from the lower 48 is #1 on the list of grievances. Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo

I will say one thing – revisiting these warm, vibrant Los Angeles travel photos brings me right back to my happy place. Sunshine on my face, the white noise of the crashing waves nearby, the smell of salt and Mediterranean food in the air, the perpetual hustle of street performers advising you that you have money and you should give it to them — Southern California; I can’t believe I let 10 years pass by without seeing you! Never again will I let that happen. California: I had completely forgotten how delicious your food is, how warm your days are, and how beautiful your people are. I love and miss you. 

Muscle Beach - Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach. Margot’s first warm-weathered beach experience. The poor Alaskan kid tried to build a snowman with the sand. It was so darling to see my beautifully sheltered child experience an entirely different climate than she’s used to. She’s a beach person, it turns out. I can foresee the UCSB college applications in our future, already.

Then again, she really wants to be a cat. I don’t know of any University of California schools that offer that major. She might be out of luck. Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo

Confession: of all the times I’d been to Venice, California, I had never seen the canals! Shame on me. I’m not a proper Californian. We finally got around to it, and boooy were those some beautiful homes on the waterfront. The temptation to hop a fence, and assume the identity of one of these rich people was overwhelming.

Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Our time in Venice was short — we headed to Bakersfield the same day we arrived from OKC. Day after day we ate our way into day food comas (Mexican, Basque and Chinese food galore!). I hardly recognized my hometown; I was surprised by the solar panel boom, wasn’t sure how to conserve water beyond my normal usage, and didn’t exactly remember how to get from downtown Bako to the NW side (it’s been ten years, people!). I somehow expected the city to slip into a post-apocalyptic downward spiral, but the gang violence, tribal warfare, and robotic armies hadn’t taken a hold of the city like I imagined they would. I’ve seen too many movies, I know that now.

It was good to visit family and friends, the warm weather, Trader Joe’s, and Williams Sonoma. I’ll be back in 9 years or less, I promise! Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo Venice Beach, California | Yea Yea Pueblo


Early Summer Images

It seems like we’ve been everywhere this season, and Summer has only just begun. From Washington, we drove through the beautiful Oregon on our way to my home state of California.  The drive was insanely scenic and of course any trip where we get some face time with San Francisco is a success. Visiting family was icing on the cake.

For a short time being, things have settled down around here. I’ve been cooking up a storm and taking photos of mundane things around the house.

We’ve also been getting outdoors (in town) whenever possible. We recently crushed our previous long distance records. We ran 10 miles on Tuesday, a surprise to us both. I attribute that success to cross-training with the ‘Insanity’ videos. They’re exactly as they’re titled: insane.

Now we’re working on getting both of our bikes into commission. I’m fortunate to have a husband who is super handy with road bikes.

And of course the dogs are always in our shadows, shedding on everything.

Things are pretty lax this minute, but tomorrow one of my best friends comes to visit. We’re going to be bouncing around Washington; touring Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls and Bellingham this weekend. After she departs, Jay arrives and we get to check out more local haunts. It’s going to be a busy summer!

And just so you’re in the know, I’m collaborating a giveaway with one of my favorite bloggers. More to come on that in my next post. If you have time, check out my blogroll and see if you can find the creator of my favorite Hand Crafted Pretty Little Lovelies!

California Sojourn

It’s been three years since I’ve been to my home state of California. I spent the first seventeen years of my life there, leaving only for Oklahoma where I went to University. Oklahoma was good to me for nearly a decade, but I’m glad that my husband whisked me away to good ole Washington State. We live much closer to my family in California than before, but after nearly 28 hours in the car this weekend, I realize it’s not quite as close as I imagined.
Yango and Iggy, our dogs, had a really cozy pallet in the rear of our Subaru Forester where they napped during our scenic drive through Oregon. We stayed overnight in Oregon twice during the drive to crop the driving sessions shorter.
75th Anniversary
We didn’t make it all the way down to my hometown of Bakersfield; instead we kicked around Northern California with my brother, mother and nephew as tour guides. It was our first time being to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA. Part Marine World, part theme park, the amusement park hosts tourists with animal shows and roller coasters. The dolphin show was one of my favorites, mainly because they caught some sick air. See what I mean?
Flying Dolphins
Flying Dolphins
We also got to check out a few small aquarium-like exhibits and a Tiger show. My nephew seemed to enjoy the animal activities.
Vallejo, CA
Vallejo, CA
On our second day of the California sojourn, we kicked around San Francisco. Every time we visit the city, we like to check out new areas. This time around, we did a lot of drive-by sight seeing (good shutter-speed practice on the ole canon) and hiked around the Sutro Baths.
by car
I’d never heard of the Sutro Baths until my older brother Justin suggested the visit. We hiked around the site, trying to imagine what the original structure looked like. It opened in 1896 as the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment (thanks, Wiki!). Now a National Park, the land yields a small cave corridor, old stone structures and various hill shelves where large mason walls one stood.
They even filmed a small portion of Harold and Maude on the site! Remember where Maude protests the war, and ‘falls’ down the cliffside after a scuffle with Harold (or something to that effect)? Yep! It was here. I love stuff like that.
Ice Plants
75th Anniversary
75th Anniversary
No trip to San Fransciso is complete without a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge. Our journey across the bridge just so happened to coincide with it’s 75th Anniversary. That day, 75 years ago, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. Presidio was nearly shut down for related events, so we didn’t get to check out the park area, but the bridge isn’t going anywhere.
We were sad to say goodbye, but no vacations are endless. We can’t wait to further explore the Bay Area in the future. Until then, we’re contented to kick around our local Puget Sound.
Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend!

P.S. As a new military wife, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a big thank you to all the men and women who have served our country. Many thanks!