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Michelle
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Current Residence: Springfield OH
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So as you may have surmised from my most recent photo updates, I just got back from a vacation to California.

I went out with my parents with two main goals in mind: to visit family that lives out there (my Mom was born and raised in San Diego and her siblings are still out there) and to drive down Pacific Coast Highway.  All in all, it was a pretty fantastic trip; lasting a grand total of 2 weeks.

We flew into San Francisco first.  I usually like big cities (New York, Tokyo...) but, honestly, can't say that San Francisco appealed very much to me.  It was just crammed full of so many people, it seemed like you couldn't ever get anywhere easily.  I suspect if I had more time (and perhaps a younger crowd than my parents with me... love them, but we don't exactly share many of the same interests) to explore, I would like it more.

I did really like the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco though.  It was absolutely gorgeous and I loved photographing it.  The delicious sencha and mochi didn't hurt it any either :)

From San Francisco, we began our trek down the coast.  The fog was hanging low and over the coast for some of the trip, but it cleared up enough to let my father and me get some decent pictures of the ocean.  Dad may have been a bit overzealous in his picture taking, as he pulled off at nearly every stop along the highway to get out and photograph the view.  This meant stopping, literally, at an average of every two minutes and made an 80 mile trip take about 5 hours.  I enjoyed seeing the view, and was able to shoot some good photos myself, but by the end of the day Mom and I were threatening to leave him if he pulled over one more time!

We stopped in Monterey and Santa Barbara as we went and got to see both Hearst Castle and Getty's Villa...which were basically old houses that used to be owned by extravagantly wealthy gentlemen with a penchant for collecting extravagantly expensive things.  It was rather amazing to see the sorts of things they had.  Lots of photos of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian statuary will probably be trickling in to my account here :)

It was in one of those buildings that I realized my camera, with the flash off, can still take a photo indoors in which objects that weren't easily viewable to my eye because of the gloom show up perfectly fine in the photograph.  I confess to a certain amount of bafflement regarding this.

Finally, we got to San Diego.  I've visited that city so many times now that it feels like a second home. Two highlights of the trip: visiting the ship the Star of India- which I took a strange and intense liking to the first time I visited it- and seeing my Aunt Janet.  All told, I took about 50 pictures of the Star despite the overcast foggy sky.  And I managed to spend a few hours alone with my Aunt in a coffee shop dubbed Lestat's.  It made for a very successful trip :)

And now I'm home, sorting through hundreds of pictures and trying to both console my cat and convince her that it's too hot to console her while she's sitting on my lap.  Huzzah.
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: My iPod, on shuffle
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

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Forest-Imp Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013   Photographer
May the coming year bring you love and wonder...   :heart:
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weida34 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist
:iconballoonsplz: best wishes for your birthday!!! :hug:

where are you, btw?? hope all is well.. :huggle:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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dumbass forgot the address: size-and-stupidity.deviantart.com
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Hi, just started a new comedy page on DA, please check it out and let me know what you think.
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sekhmet-neseret Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Hello!

You've been featured in my journal [link] :hug:
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NiaraSusarin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Hi and hisashiburi! :) I just wanted to :wave: and say I absolutely love your animal photos, especially (surprise, surprise) the wolves! Amazing. :D I also really really like the horses and your cat. :)
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bejeweledhope Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010   Photographer
ZOMG!! Hisashiburi!!! I totally overlooked your username at first (I tend to read comments and then look at who left them... bad habit of mine...) and was very much sitting here thinking "who is this person speaking in Japanese?" :giggle:
How've you been? It seems like forever since we've spoken!
And I'm glad to hear you like the photos! :D
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NiaraSusarin Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Lol! :D Yeah, it's been ages- I don't think I even have AIM anymore. I'm doing really good, living in Iowa with my fiance (Samantha, one of my college roommates); we've been official for a year now. She's teaching 9th grade English, actually- her first year just started. I saw you've been teaching Latin and got sucked into English teaching as well. :) I'm spending most of my time sleeping with dogs these days, so it's basically the best life ever. So what about you? Still in Ohio? Do you know how Laura or Hannah are doing these days?
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bejeweledhope Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010   Photographer
Ooh... Congratulations on the engagement!! Have you set a wedding date yet? And I believe I remember you talking about Samantha... How's her first year going so far? I know from experience that the first year can be pretty rough. :P
And yep! Still in Ohio and teaching Latin and 7th grade English. It's been good :)
And multiple dogs now? You have more than just the dachsund (whose name I want to say is Durin, but I wouldn't put a large amount of money on it...)?
Haven't spoken to Laura lately. We had a rather huge falling out a little over a year ago, to the shock and surprise of absolutely no one...heh... I talk to Hannah on and off though, and last I heard she was still in Japan with Bill and doing well.
How's the art going? And what's this I see in your profile about you having horses...?
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