Thursday, December 30, 2010

Idaho to Cali

December 5th 2010
Last long family 'Dog Walk' before the road trip to So Cal.
It's cold, very cold but the sun was out and we were all together. 
What more could a family ask for on a Sunday afternoon?

Dazy's bundled from neck to toe.
It's tough being a naked pupper in the winter time.

 December 6th 2010 - 8:30am
On the road with blizzards ahead!
Daphne chillin' and Dazy not quite sure what to think.

Gassin' up! In the middle of no-where Utah.
Still getting used to the Jeep... First winter with her!
Not knowing that in a few hours we'd have our first AAA phone call with a broken down Jeep...

Daphne Dog tip-toeing along the frozen ground...
Quickly ready to load back up.

Yep, now broken down in Payson, Utah...
Only 6hrs into our supposed 16hr drive...
Turns out one of the battery terminals was warn out.
1hr of waiting for the AAA truck.
30min at the mechanics a $16.11 charge for parts and labor and we're back on the road!

I'm pretty sure the delay was meant to be....
This is what we drove into next!!!

Sleepy time in St. George's finest Super 8 Motel.

Early morning view after stopping for a must needed Starbucks beverage!

 Down the road the fog has lifted and we most definitely are not in Idaho anymore!

 Passed the mountains and visual stimulation...
Back to snoozin'... 
Have to catch up after experiencing travel hotel sleep... or non-sleep!

 Freeway through Vegas at 9:30am!

A must stop if the roller coaster is up and running. My wife made me stop and ride with her about 5 years ago on our 3500 mile road trip. I was more scared to ride this roller coaster than I was to Bobsled for a week in Lake Placid for a 'Push Camp' that I so luckily slid in to. (no pun intended:)
Let me tell you, Primm's roller coaster made me believe I can make it through anything!

Daphne slept sitting up most of the way.

Are we there yet?!?!?!
Thinking we had a couple hours left...
Not so much...

Yes, we finally made it after taking a wrong turn on the freeway above LA...
Take the San Diego freeway.
Laguna Beach bound, not Hollywood!

Finally, we made it...
After roughly a 20hr road trip (ONE WAY)!
What a reward! 
Aunt Meegs, 80 degrees and playing at the ocean for the first time.

Stay tuned for more adventures from the Cali Trip!
Lots of firsts were crossed off the list:)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thoughts of Cali...

So I've been home now for a full week... Home from my Cali trip that was oh so absolutely amazing. My family was there, including my two four-leggeds. The weather was beautiful and the air was clear... I finally showed my art work to the public along side a group of fellow (most talented) artists!

Today, I'm sitting in my office, in Idaho, on the first day of winter. It's freezing and we're expecting snow. My four-leggeds are right beside me and my wife is on her way home from work. I'm finishing up Christmas projects for clients as well as my own!

I couldn't be more thankful for where I am now. This is my home. But that sure doesn't mean I don't daydream about my Cali scenes I lived last week! Enjoy and Happy Holiday's!

photograph made by: Amy K. Curtis–Schaeffer

Thursday, December 9, 2010

California Trip - Allow

I'm in Laguna Beach with my pups. Yes it's december and yes we road tripped! One of my first art show's is on Saturday in Long Beach. It's a calibration type show with a large handful of other artists. We created our individual works around the word 'Allow' I have been M.I.A. from the interwebs... but I do emphasize the I.A. portion. Preparing for this show was more work than I could have ever imagined. 14 hour days, working through weekends and nights. All I can say is that I got everything done. Arrived in Laguna four days before the show and can't be more happy with being here.

Here are some photo's from the trip thus far!
Tomorrow my wife comes to join in on the So Cal fun!

 Aunt Meegs & Dog Family - December 2010



 My office space in Cali.

Lines & Poles continued from SI final project.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

One crazy month

I am still here...
I have been blessed by many...

I will move forward...
I will move forward...

More to come...
Thank you...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Few Garden Items

The second night of frost has hit and our garden has simmered on it's new growth. The leaves are changing and the green tomato's still on the plants are in the hundreds. How many can I salvage today? This time of season is always a bit sad since we no longer get to walk outside and pick our food for the day. The good news is it's time to pull the plants and start the compost process so next seasons garden will thrive that much more than ever before! The natural cycle of life is a beautiful thing!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Travel... Swan Falls

Randomly loading the truck with photography equipment, two pups, a few changes of clothes, h2o, and some grub then hitting the road is the perfect way to spend a sunny fall afternoon. Here are a few of my favorite photographs that came out of my trip to Swan Falls.

Gemini - I am...

I'm on a journey to get to know 'WHO I AM...?...' 
The ever lasting journey begins! 

I believe that most human beings have the power to evolve, the power to change, the power to be better, the power to be at peace... My belief stems from my personal experiences throughout the past 31 years. Today I found one of the best descriptions of who my core self is! (minus the joining book clubs part) Please follow the link if you care to join me on my 'Who I am' adventure!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cantaloupe - grown by Lil' Blue House

Amy and I have had the pleasure of putting in our whole yard at Lil' Blue! This is the third full year cycle we have been growing our plants and garden. We have sporadic open space in the winter but in the summer the space is vibrant and full of organic garden fruits and veggies. This year we decided to try out Cantaloupe for the first time. Here are the photographs of our home grown beauty!