Oakland is a happening place. In case you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s the trade center of the San Francisco Bay Area. This port city is bustling and rich with history. The Huchiun Indians were the first known inhabitants. Then in the 1700s, the Spanish sailed there a good bit to trade. Around a hundred years or so after that, development began–from the wharf to cable cars. Since then, Oakland has been a leader in technology and is now recognized for the community’s […]
It’s often said that black and white photography creates a sense of timelessness. I love to take a photo full of people and indicators, turn it black and white, and watch as it transforms into a completely different piece of art. Most of the time I even consider making this alteration to a picture, it’s one I’ve taken in Chicago. I’m not sure why that is–perhaps it’s because I live here and I want to see my home differently. Take […]
What we now call Lake Louise, the Stoney Nakota First Nations People called the Lake of Little Fishes. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the later. This body of water is rich in color (and for a really cool reason). As glaciers move, they grind up the bedrock below (creating rock flour). As the ice melts, it carries these tiny silt sized bits downstream, creating striking, milky masses of water. You can hike around this beauty in no […]
Where do you even begin when talking about the Johnston Canyon trail in Banff? This place is a must see. Not only is the path itself remarkable, but the views are stunning, and the hike is simple. Somehow some amazing welders and engineers came up with a way to fix a sidewalk along the side of this giant canyon. There are sections when you are walking directly above the surging waters below. As you hike, you pass waterfall after waterfall. […]
After hanging out in Calgary, we took off in our little FIAT towards Banff. It was a breathtaking drive and it took just over an hour. With a quick pit stop in the quaint downtown, I grabbed a coffee and a slice o’ keesh at Whitebark Cafe. Then we were ready to get our hike on. We took the gondola up the side of Sulphur Mountain and explored the area. Lots of little critters were there to greet us. It was sweet to […]
A long weekend, that’s all the time I had to explore the city of Calgary (with a quick excursion to Banff National Park). It all started with a late arrival and crashing at the Marriott downtown. I absolutely loved the watercolored wallpaper. It makes me want to recreate it in a mural of my own. The next morning, there was walking–lots of walking. When I visit a new city, I like to get a good view of the skyline. Seeing a place […]
Nags Head, North Carolina. Honestly, I’d never heard of it until a few years ago, and now I make an annual visit their with friends. I’ll tell you what I had heard of though–Roanoke Island. Remember? As kids, we all learned about the first English colony (that would eventually fail, not once, but twice) in what the British considered to be the “new world.” These two popular vacation spots are basically neighbors. Take a look at Nags Head on a map. Interesting, […]
I got a new pair of sneakers in the mail yesterday–just in time to whip them out for the 3 day weekend. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Premium (a name that rolls right off the tongue). The metallic leather surface is covered in little slits that give the pair a great texture. I love them. What do you think? Share your thoughts on these little babes. I’d love to hear!