October 13, 2014

Olympic Peninsula part 1 - Colette's Bed and Breakfast, Salt Creek Recreactional Area, and Lake Crescent

After our wedding we headed to the Olympic Peninsula to spend some time exploring the various beaches and forests in this gorgeous area. We spent the first two nights at Colette's Bed and Breakfast which is on the northern end of the peninsula along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Colette's was really gorgeous - each room has a private patio and private ocean view area on teh grounds of the huge garden surrounding the building.

While in the area we visited the Salt Creek Recreation Area (a former military camp) and climbed around its rocky beaches. We also drove over to Lake Crescent, the second deepest lake in Washington. Lake Crescent is also exceptionally clear due to a lack of nitrogen which inhibits algae growth. We had surprisingly good coffee from the lodge by the lake and enjoyed some scenic beauty for a while before getting dinner at a local gastropub in Port Angeles.

Olympic Peninsula - Colette's Bed and Breakfast

Olympic Peninsula - Colette's Bed and Breakfast

Olympic Peninsula - Colette's Bed and Breakfast

Olympic Peninsula - Salt Creek Recreation Area

Olympic Peninsula - Lake Crescent

Olympic Peninsula - Lake Crescent

Olympic Peninsula - Colette's Bed and Breakfast

September 24, 2014

We got married!

On September 14th, on a boat on the Puget Sound surrounded by our families, Dustin and I got married. My father was the officiant in his capacity as an ordained Dudeist Priest, and he scripted a fantastic ceremony that we really loved. My sister Maddie served as photographer, running around taking pictures and video using no less than three different cameras. I wore a Marimekko dress I fell in love with on the very first dress-shopping trip we took, accessorized by locally designed shoes and a handmade scarf and headband. Dustin wore an APC suit that he had tailored by some adorable old ladies in Ballard. (Both are investment outfits we hope to wear again and again in the future!)

Overall everything went wonderfully and we couldn't have asked for a better wedding. We had a TON of fun in the days surrounding the wedding as well, more on that soon!

Some photos:

Dustin and Carissa's wedding - 14 September 2014

Dustin and Carissa's wedding - 14 September 2014

Dustin and Carissa's wedding - 14 September 2014

Dustin and Carissa's wedding - 14 September 2014

Dustin and Carissa's wedding - 14 September 2014

Dustin and Carissa's wedding - 14 September 2014

Dustin and Carissa's wedding - 14 September 2014

Dustin and Carissa's wedding - 14 September 2014

More photos on Flickr here.

September 4, 2014

sunset and Block Shop

We saw a pretty decent sunset at Carkeek Park this week. I have been wearing my new Block Shop scarf everywhere lately because it is the best thing ever. It will be the first of many, I predict... I already bought a totally beautiful coral-colored second scarf for my wedding, and beyond (check my Instagram). These scarves are designed by the Stockman sisters in collaboration with master printers in Bagru, India who block print each scarf by hand using natural vegetable and mineral dyes. Block Shop is using proceeds from these scarves to fund medical initiatives in the area.

Carkeek Park sunset

Carkeek Park sunset

Carkeek Park sunset

Carkeek Park sunset

Carkeek Park sunset

August 21, 2014

brief update

The blog has been quiet for a while, but there should be plenty to come soon - we're getting married in a few weeks! On a boat! Then we're visiting the Olympic Peninsula (finally)!

Here are a few pictures including a couple of recent sunsets and a cat.





Seattle sunset

June 1, 2014

Twin Falls Trail

Yesterday we hiked withs some friends around Twin Falls, about an hour outside of Seattle. The weather was perfect. The Pacific Northwest is seriously beautiful!

Twin Falls Trail

Twin Falls Trail

Twin Falls Trail

Twin Falls Trail

Twin Falls Trail

Twin Falls Trail

Twin Falls Trail

Twin Falls Trail

Twin Falls Trail

May 16, 2014

Jellyfish at the Steinhart Aquarium

Earlier this month I took a business trip to San Francisco to visit Netflix HQ and talk to them about AWS Support (they are a huge customer of AWS and of one of my features in particular). I got to spend a couple of afternoons with my brother, who lives in Mountain View. We visited the California Academy of Sciences one of those days -- here are a few jellyfish images, more pictures to come later.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

April 20, 2014

Port Townsend - part 2

More pictures from Port Townsend trip - this is the day we went on the whale watching tour. We saw a few gray whales, California sea lions, and Steller sea lions (pictured last). My new binocoluars were pretty sweet too.

Port Townsend - April 2014

Port Townsend - April 2014

Port Townsend - April 2014

Port Townsend - April 2014

Port Townsend - April 2014

Port Townsend - April 2014

Port Townsend - April 2014

Port Townsend - April 2014

Port Townsend - April 2014