Just around the corner from my apartment is this lovely park called Libert Park. It has a pond, complete with paddle boats in the summer, and a small amusement park that has a carousel and a mini ferris wheel. There’s a place to buy food, lots of spaces to BBQ, volleyball courts, and more. It’s darling and even when those things aren’t running due to the cool whether it’s still alive with birds, joggers and rollerbladers, people walking their dogs, and photography students like my class and me. In fact we all went out together to take these photos a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d share them here too.
This park offers stunning views of the city, views of the mountain surrounding the state, and so many adorable little things.
Sunday morning we got up and had breakfast, but we were feeling tired so we scrapped our plans to drive up to Florence and opted to stay a little closer to home so it would be less travel and less work. Instead we grabbed a sandwich for lunch and decided to head over to Eel Lake. We went to Eel Lake last time and had a great time, but it’s always great to go again. On the way we stopped off first at Bastendorf Beach for a bit.
And here’s this patient soul again. He’s so great about these photos.
After that we made our way towards Eel Lake, but we had to make a quick stop so I could take a picture of this creepy cop car. They’ve placed it there to slow people down on the 101 but man theirs a super creepy dead-looking dummy in it.
Eel Lake was beautiful as ever, but this time the salmon were really active and jumping around in the little breeder area. So I got some really cool photos of them jumping up and down and it was pretty cool to see.
Then we headed almost right across the street to Hall Lake and hiked back to a pretty little private waterfall that Mr. Bingo found and loves. It was fun getting there because the path was washed out and it required some extra hiking/climbing skills. I wanted to practice getting the running water smooth but had forgotten my tripod-so I just tried it handheld.
That evening we went back to the house and grilled fresh tuna and we had Marionberry pie and spent a little extra time together. The next morning I packed up, loaded my rental car, and headed back to reality. That was really rough, and by the time I got home I was both exhausted and sad and fell asleep around 4:30PM-only a half hour after my plane got in.
Can I just go back now?
The weekends of my trips to Oregon are the best. Mr. Bingo has Saturday and Sunday off so we get to go out on adventures. We got up and had pancakes, and then we hit the road in my little rental car and headed south. The first place we stopped was Port Orford where we headed right out to the dock and took some photos of my one true love-the Pacific Ocean.
There were all of these cool old boats docked there, and an adorable little restaurant next to them.
And look at this handsome fella-he’s so patient with me and all of my photo taking.
After Port Orford we headed down the road looking for some hiking and enjoying the scenic route. We found a trail, but were warned it was really long and I really wanted to be closer to the ocean and not just back in the forest. So we hiked for a minute and then turned around and went back to find something else. We found a cute little path out to Arizona Beach.
After that we decided that we were definitely hungry and we headed back into Port Orford and stopped at a great little restaurant called The Crazy Norwegian which had a 100% rating on Urbanspoon. It was really good, and if you’re ever that way you should eat there. After that we headed up to Cape Blanco. I went to Cape Blanco a few years ago with Josh and Kristina and we had such a great time that I wanted to take Mr. Bingo there. He’d been by there last year, but hadn’t gone in the lighthouse so we thought we’d take the tour… But it was closed and the wind was crazy.
Then we drove through the campground where I’d stayed all those years ago and went down to the beach where Josh and Kristina and I had so much fun at before. It was still just as beautiful, and also windy.
For the long President’s day weekend I was lucky enough to hit up my favorite relaxation destination-the coast of Oregon. I mean I really should be a Pacific Northwesterner-I NEED the green, the coast, the cool weather, the moisture-and if I go to long with out it I get a crazy itch and have to book a trip. I’m lucky to have friends I can stay with so it makes it a better possibility.
Well it had been about a year since I’d been so I was definitely feeling the itch-and this time I rented a car to have a little more freedom and not make Mr. Bingo drive the two and a half hours each way to pick me up both times. This also allowed me to stop off in Florence and have dinner with my old neighbors Seneca and Navi-who moved there a while back. They took me to a little restaurant called Homegrown where we had some wonderful food and my new favorite cider which is an apricot cider they make in Bend, OR. I really wish I could find it here.
After dinner I headed down the coast to Coos Bay where Mr. Bingo lives. I was really grooving on the independence of having my own car and even though I’d forgotten to write down his address I thought for sure I could find his house on my own. I’d been a few times, though I’d never driven and by this point it was dark, so I did get a little lost on the way. However, I did make it before too late and it was nice to show up with my suitcase in hand and have done it on my own.
There’s just something magic about driving down the 101 at twilight with that sea-soaked air and your music blaring that speaks to my heart. I have so much love for it. Psst-Beth-look what I was driving. It was a great little car!
It was pretty late at that point so Mr. Bingo and I hung out for the evening. The next day he had to work so I worked on a few things and then I went out and took some photos in the yard. Before we decided to head out for lunch at a local Chinese place he wanted to try (good food but weird atmosphere) we looked out the window and saw this little guy stopping by to say hello.
I couldn’t get quite the shot I wanted through the windows so I wondered if I could sneak out the front door without him noticing. With very careful and quiet sneaking (it took a while) I was finally out on the porch in my stocking feet and face to face with my little friend. He stood their staring at me for a few minutes until he decided he’d had enough of the paparazzi and ran off into the bushes.
So then we went to lunch at the little Chinese place, which had tasty food but there was no music or ambiance so we just sat there wondering if the cook was killing people in the back or something. Then we took our fortune cookie numbers and headed to the gas station to play them in the lottery. We didn’t win. Sadly. When we got back to the house Mr. Bingo had some working to do so I went out to take photos in the yard. I was working on playing with lighting since I’ve recently learned how to work the aperture and Fstops and ISO and all that fun business. So here are a few of my favorite photos I took in the yard.
This weekend I went up to my second family’s place for Courtney’s going away party. Courtney joined the Navy, and left Monday morning for boot camp, so we wanted to get some family photos in before she left. Just look how grown up she is!
So we took the family and my DSLR up to Beus Pond in Ogden. Man there were so many memories that came flooding back being up there. Melanie Grace and I used to wear our witchy skirts and run through the sprinklers at 2AM… Many times we trekked up there for a night walk around the pond, or a day exploration through the back paths so full of ferns it looked like a hidden fairy land. We definitely had some good times, and while it looks much less alive in the dead of winter, it was a beautiful backdrop for photos anyway.
This also follows directly after Ken and Kristina’s eleventh wedding anniversary. Eleven is a good long time to be married!
I am so very far from professional. I have a nice camera, but I’m seeing where I definitely lack in the skill to take anything that looks professional. Thank goodness I’m taking a class-we’re going to have to do a new round of family photos this summer so that I can compare my skill level.
Many of you know that my best friend and roommate will be moving to Canada next month. I know, I know, he’s been talking about it for years but it’s actually happening now. He’s been accepted to grad school in Alberta, he quit his teaching job, and already obtained his student visa. This is happening. I’ve already begun the process of switching a lot of the bills over to my name and I’m going to start paying full rent next month, plus I got a loan and I’m buying his car. BIG changes. But I’m super in love with the photo of us.
This past weekend Josh’s Mom threw him a going away party this weekend-it was a lot of fun! It was a big BBQ/sleepover and there were a few of us that spent the night and then stayed around for Breakfast the next day. There were also a few who came back for breakfast. I played photographer.
The evening for me started out at Kristina & Ken’s house. Josh was headed to his mom’s house early and dropped me off on the way up so I could run errands with Kristi and we were going to make pasta salad. I also was able to spend some quality time with baby Kat and got a few cute photos.
Then we all drove up together. We were late (of course…) but immediately joined in the fun of eating good food, drinking good beer, and chasing the kids around. Her yard is fantastic, so it was a great place to hang out and chit chat-either around the tables or out by the fire.
As the evening went on we made our way inside. There was a little Band Hero playing, but mostly we drank and played Max’s new copy of Hamster Rolle. It was quite a bit of fun! Ortie broke out her wine she bought at a castle in France last summer. It was tasty and had so many spices-it tasted like Christmas! Even though we were drinking it ghetto style in our plastic cups-it was delicious.
The sleeping arrangements were hilarious. Ken and Kristina took the big spare room with the two older kids in sleeping bags on the floor to each side of the bed. The baby was in her playpen in the other spare room, and I slept on the little bed that was in that room. Josh and Ortie slept in a tent on the lawn, Max passed out in a chair outside, and Paul curled up on the living room floor. Suffice it to say we were all still pretty tired a few hours later when it was time to get up for breakfast.
But there was still enough energy for playing. The girls tore apart the playroom, Kaden played golf in the yard by himself and then with all the toys his sister hadn’t let him have the night before, the baby ran around getting attention from anyone, and Band Hero was brought out once more.
And then it was time for a few goodbyes. Little Davie just adored Josh, and she loved chasing him around all day and telling him to sit by her and play with her.
Everyone is going to miss him like crazy, but we’ve scheduled a lot more goings on over the next few weeks to get ample time with him. The weekend after next we’ll be going on our annual camping/tubing trip, and the weekend after that we’re throwing another going away party at my place. Wow, my place. Big changes!
After the Pride Parade was over we wandered over to the Festival, grabbed some beers, and wandered looking for friends, fun booths, and good food. Here are some portraits I was practicing with friends.
Sunday Callie, Brigg, Josh, Angel, and I carpooled over to the 2014 Utah Pride Festival together. We arrived a little late, but walked toward the end of the lane in order to not miss our friends that were in the festival. There were several of our groups of friends that were going to be in the parade, and aside from a lot of the other fun floats, we were especially looking forward to seeing our friends with ADP, Atheists of Utah, Out of the Shadows Theater Group, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
ADP in the Utah Pride Parade
Atheists of Utah in the Utah Pride Parade
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the Utah Pride Parade
Other Utah Pride Parade Photos