TWOI: 9/8/17

Happy Friday, all!

Boy, this was a really difficult week to sort these.  This set represents so many disparate aspects of my life; it’s crazy to look at sometimes.

This first one was from our eclipse weekend.  We met these pack goats at Olallie Lake, on some training missions.  This sure seems like a smart way to go backpacking!

This was also my submission for last week’s Monochrome Madness from Leanne Cole.

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TWOI: 8/11/17

Before getting to the pictures, I wanted to mention something about this day.  Today is a special day.  It’s my baby kitty’s birthday.  She was my 16th birthday present, and she was only a month shy of turning 15 when we had to say goodbye to her two years ago.  She was my favorite photographic subject, and though I miss her, I smile at all the happy memories.  I’m making a conscious effort to remember her birthday and forget the worst day of my life, so happy birthday, Zoe!  You can read all about her here.

As for Instagram, I have quite the variety this week.

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Costa Rican Shows

This is my last post on Costa Rica; stay tuned for my series on my Alaska trip next! We’re also still posting a bit more from this trip on our travel blog if you haven’t gotten enough of this tropical adventure.

When we travel, we usually try to make our dollars (or colones) stretch as far as possible.  This was a special occasion, so we splurged on the Doubletree Resort in Puntarenas.  We were surprised by how much it actually offered!  Besides air conditioned rooms (which alone were worth the price), it had several pools, three excellent buffet-style meals every day, and unlimited beverages.

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It also featured nightly shows.

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WC: In the Details

I simply love details.  All too often, we race through our daily lives – our traffic jams and our lattes – and we miss the tiny elements that form the world around us.  How often are you caught by surprise when all the trees around you are suddenly awash in autumn colors, never noticing the initial hints of transition?  Do you remember the color of your toothbrush?  Do you actually know all of the lyrics to your favorite song?

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TWOI: 8/4/17

My home is seeing record-breaking heat this week, but we’re doing our best to stay cool.  And though I have pictures this week from frozen Yosemite and some refreshing beaches, it’s hard to imagine my being cold.

This week sure was difficult to rank – I love all of these photos!

Let’s start with a beautiful Costa Rican sunset.  We lucked out catching a couple of truly stunning evenings from our resort in Puntarenas.  The heat and humidity and haze really provided the perfect canvas for brilliant colors.

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Costa Rica Canopy Tours

If you find your way to Costa Rica, chances are, you’ll go wandering through a jungle or two.  And what better way to do so than on a canopy tour?  Sporting secluded paths, numerous suspension bridges, and abundant life, these certainly keep one entertained – all with a knowledgable local to answer silly questions and point out the camouflaged animals (and make sure no one gets eaten by a puma).

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This Week on Instagram: 7/21/17

Happy Friday!  I’ve got a little variety this week.  I love sharing these photos with you!

This first one is from the beautiful Isla de Tortuga and from my post for this week’s photo challenge, “collage.”  Take a peek at my crazy life here.

I’ll be writing about our trip to Tortuga very soon, so stay tuned!  White sand beaches, rocky coves, banana boats, and snorkeling… oh, and some more tropical wildlife!  We also just posted a video on this part of our trip over on our travel blog.  Check it out!

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