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vacation pictures!

And only about 1/4 of them!

inspiration point, emerald bay

I am only on day two, have not even begun to write the blog post that I want to about this strip. The pictures I uploaded so far are here. There are descriptions and stories and what not, should you be interested.

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home

home.

That was what you would call a whirlwind vacation. We packed so much into seven days (five, really – I don’t count flying days) that we came exhausted and glad to have three days to recover before we head back to work.

Sacramento, Lincoln, North Lake Tahoe, Tahoe-Donner, Truckee, Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove, Lincoln, Old Sac, Fair Oaks, Sacramento again -with stops in Minnesota an Atlanta. Lots of miles, one tram ride up the mountains of Squaw valley, one birthday boat ride around Emerald Bay, a ridiculous amount of food, lots of walking, train museum, beaches and mountains, a tour of Todd’s childhood haunts, vegetarian burgers, roosters in the road, deer in the yard, one tattoo session, hanging out with old friends, time with Todd’s parents, 1,000 photos, intense heat and whole lot of fun. And somewhere in there I read a book and started another.

I have a day’s worth of photo processing/uploading ahead, news to catch up, unpacking to do…I hope to have most of the pictures up on flickr tonight and a recap of the vacation here. I think the only thing worse than forcing someone to look at vacation slides is asking people to read your blog about your vacation. But I will do it, anyhow.

Oh, we never did get to the State Fair. Eating deep fried White Castle burgers was not a good enough reason to brave the crowds and heat.

Stay tuned for pictures.

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the send off

the send off
[taken at Todd’s parents’ house in Lincoln]

The last shot I took on our trip. The clouds came rolling in that morning and it was raining on our way to the airport. The sun smiled on us the whole time we were there and started pouting just as we were about to leave.

As one of our cable car conductors in SF said to us: “California is a jealous state. She doesn’t like when you leave.”

As someone kind of famous for something once said… I’ll be back.

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you'll be there when i die, tattoo (365-81)

Day 81 of 365: a year in songs and photos

Song: The Who, Tattoo

(this is a pretty clever song by the Who, if you’ve never heard it)

This was….the second to last day of our trip. As mentioned in the other photos from this day, we spent five plus hours in the tattoo shop (Legacy Ink Tattoo, 21st Street, Sacramento) while Todd’s best friend Nelson worked on his arm. Their friend Dustin stopped by for a while and hanging out with them was a good way to wind down our trip. We had been walking around so much that it was nice to just kick back.

Dustin and Nelson are Todd’s friends from AA (along with Nelson’s girlfriend Lorraine) and they are a kick ass bunch of people. They’re part of the reason I can’t wait to go back to Sacramento this summer.

I think I’m done uploading for today. I still have a ton of Sacramento pics and almost all of the San Francisco pics to put up. But I think I should think about unpacking…

Or maybe doing one more 365 photo..

I put a shit ton of pics up at flickr today. You know how much a shit ton is? It’s.. a lot.

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you'll be there when i die, tattoo (365-81)

Day 81 of 365: a year in songs and photos

Song: The Who, Tattoo

(this is a pretty clever song by the Who, if you’ve never heard it)

This was….the second to last day of our trip. As mentioned in the other photos from this day, we spent five plus hours in the tattoo shop (Legacy Ink Tattoo, 21st Street, Sacramento) while Todd’s best friend Nelson worked on his arm. Their friend Dustin stopped by for a while and hanging out with them was a good way to wind down our trip. We had been walking around so much that it was nice to just kick back.

Dustin and Nelson are Todd’s friends from AA (along with Nelson’s girlfriend Lorraine) and they are a kick ass bunch of people. They’re part of the reason I can’t wait to go back to Sacramento this summer.

I think I’m done uploading for today. I still have a ton of Sacramento pics and almost all of the San Francisco pics to put up. But I think I should think about unpacking…

Or maybe doing one more 365 photo..

I put a shit ton of pics up at flickr today. You know how much a shit ton is? It’s.. a lot.

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the people, the places, the weather, the faces

Day 82 of 365: a year in songs and photos

Song: Vandals, Rico

I’m working backwards here. I’ll fill in all the days eventually, but I wanted to get started with this one first.

I’m sitting here in a freezing cold New York, drinking my Peet’s coffee and going through my pictures from California and I miss that state in a way that’s almost like homesickness. Can you be homesick for a place you’ve only visited?

I fell in love with California, particularly Sacramento. This is my love letter to that city.

It’s a warm, welcoming place that made me feel at home whether I was in the agricultural outskirts or walking the streets of midtown. There’s a pace, a vibe in that city that I’ve never felt in Manhattan. Where New York City is claustrophobic and grimy, Sacramento is wide open and clean. Not clean in a scrub-washed kind of way, more like bright and airy. It doesn’t make me feel like I need a shower when I leave it. Even the parts of the city that are not so nice to live in are still pretty nice to look at.

It’s a colorful place, splattered with art and neon signs and houses dressed in pinks and blues and yellows. Bars and clubs and restaurants dot every street, yet it always feels residential. Maybe it’s the abundance of trees, maybe it’s the way everything is so spread out instead of built upwards. Maybe it’s the laid-back feel of the people. There’s no hustle, bustle, get out of my way or get knocked down feel like there is in New York. There’s no angry, horn blaring gridlock. There’s a softness to Sacramento that embraces you. From the coffee houses to the record stores to the tattoo parlors, from the Farmer’s Market to the greasy spoons, from J Street to Del Paso Blvd., no place seems foreboding or unwelcoming.

We explored every part of Sacramento. I saw all 15 or so places Todd lived, so every bar he drank in and club he played in and every corner he puked on. We drove through towns on the outskirts and within the city, other places he lived like Arden and Fair Oaks. We walked through Old Sacramento and strolled through Old City Cemetery, we hung out with his friends, ate a lot, walked a lot. I had the best guided tour of Sacramento anyone could want.

We did hit other parts of the state, which I’ll write about later, with photos. We spent a day in San Francisco, stopped briefly in Berkeley and spent a lot of time at Todd’s parent’s home in Lincoln, a sprawling land of planned developments where the streets have golf cart lanes. But my favorite part of the trip was the time spent in Sacramento.

We had already made plans to move to California when both the kids are out of high school. I’m sick of New York winters, I’m tired of suburbia and I want to live somewhere in my lifetime besides Long Island.

Three years and counting, and I’ll call Sacramento home. When you are longing for a place you’ve never lived in, when you spend five days in a city and feel like it’s calling you back, you know that place is for you.

The sun and the air
The mountains and sea
Streams and palm trees

The valleys…
The canyons…
The mountains…
The beaches…

That’s for me.

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california, here we come

Day 76 of A year in songs and photos

Song: Phantom Planet, California

I figured I’d get this last post up here now, as I’ll be pretty busy after work today getting ready and we have to drop the pup off at my cousin’s tonight (goodbyes are so hard!). We leave at 6am tomorrow for the airport.

How obsessive am I about things? I packed a memo pad and pen in my camera bag so I can take notes each day on what photos I may use for the 365 project when I get back. Obviously, I won’t be posting when I’m away, but when I return I’m going to have to make up for the missed days and post almost a week’s worth at once.

It’s not too late to enter my How Many Photos Will Michele Take in California contest!

See you next week!

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