If you ever have the urge to be humbled beyond words, just head to our nation’s capital and take in as many memorials and monuments as you can. The scope and sheer size of them, combined with the deep meaning and everything they symbolize, will really bring into perspective everything that’s been done in our country’s history.
This was my second trip to DC, but the first time I really got to see the sights and have any amount of time to really feel the emotions these monuments command. I need to go back. I have a feeling I could spend a week in DC and not cover everything I want to, which is a good thing because that’s a pretty good excuse to keep going back, as if one is really necessary!
(Also… you’ll notice a photo of a veal chop below. That was taken inside Filomena Ristorante, right in Georgetown. Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, amazing amazing amazing. Did I say amazing?)
I attended the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco for the second time this past week. What a blast! So many great bands and TONS of people. There’s a full review over at juneaurocks.com with some video and more photos. I’ll let the photos do the talking here…
Great music, great food, great beer, and great people. What more could you ask for!?
If you live in Juneau and have never been to the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines, you’re missing out. Even if you go for just one day, you’ll get it. You’ll see understand why Juneau is so quiet the last weekend of every July – everybody is in Haines!
This year’s musical talent was amazing and of course, the weather helped. On Saturday, July 30, the busiest day of the fair, the clouds parted, the sun shined, and ev
Ah, the City That Never Sleeps. They weren’t kidding when they gave New York City that nickname! Anytime you want anything, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it if you’re willing to look. Stamps at 10pm? No problem. Hamburger at 6am? No problem. Grasshopper tacos before a Broadway show? NO PROBLEM! (Yes, I ate grasshopper tacos before seeing The Book of Mormon. Want to try the best grasshopper tacos, accompanied by the best guacamole, washed down with the best tequila? Go to Toloache!)
The only other thing I want to say about NYC is about its people. I think they get a bad rap sometimes for appearing to be rude or uncaring. It’s not that they’re rude OR uncaring, there’s just a lot of people in NYC, which means there are a LOT of weirdos. What better way to screen people than to appear uninterested? Once you get past that defense mechanism, NYC’ers are the best. Yeah, there’s a different timing there, mostly rushed, but… it’s all worth it. I thoroughly enjoy New York City and its people every time I go.
Last thing – all of these photos were taken with a point-and-shoot Panasonic DMC-TS2 ruggedized camera. It’s awesome.
I’m going to keep this short: if you’ve never been to Hawaii, go. All the good things you’ve ever heard about it are true. Here’s proof.
I attended this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and WOW. People everywhere. 75,000 – 100,000 to be somewhat exact. Amazing to see 2x to 3x the population of Juneau all in one place. The people-watching opportunities were equally amazing – for example, I saw a hula-hooping unicorn, a blue man, and a panda bear. And I hadn’t even had anything to drink. Proof of the blue man can be seen below.
The weather was awesome and my burned shoulders are evidence of that. 90 degrees every day, sunshine, and a nice breeze in the evening.
There were a ton of great bands playing, but I won’t go into too much detail here. I’ve written reviews of the three days at Coachella over on the website for CTRL-ALT-Juneau, my radio show (which you should listen to if you like any of the bands that played at Coachella!). Suffice to say it was a great music festival – enjoy the photos!
I just returned from a short trip to Vancouver, WA, for the sole purpose of getting some snowboard time in at Mt. Hood Meadows.
One word: AWESOME.
This was definitely one of the better personal trips I’ve taken. In fact, I was having so much fun that I didn’t want to come home. Great people, great mountain, great food, great scenery… Couldn’t have asked for more. (Well, maybe a tiny bit of fresh powder would have been nice, but I’m not complaining.)
I did manage to get a 360 degree panorama from about 7,000 feet up Mt. Hood, but it needs a little bit of massaging before I can post it. Keep an eye out for it next week!