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give me some sugar…

Here we have the Sugar Mill ruins at Annaberg Plantation on St. John, USVI!  The entire plantation was beautiful (more photos to come), but you simply cannot beat the view serving as a backdrop for these plantation ruins.  The plantation overlooks Leinster Bay (photo to come!).  The sun can be quite sweltering up at the plantation, but there are several shady trees to catch a reprieve under, or you could use my tactic and rush by Jeep to one of the nearby beaches and plunge into the crystal waters to cool off!

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12!

Stay tuned for more views of the gorgeous St. John, USVI.

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angeles aerial…

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls:  this is it!!!!  The end of the California series!!!  Its been an awesome journey, but as all wonderful journeys must, this one has come to a close.  This last image is a an aerial view of  Los Angeles (obviously snapped from the plane shortly after take-off).  Can we say crowded????  And that highway!!  I can safely say that this view made me appreciate my hometown a bit more.  Now, if only dear Pittsburgh had the Pacific coast nearby…

So, adiós California.  It was grand exploring you and hopefully we shall meet again soon for a whole new set of adventures!


striking shutter…

Its a pretty blue shutter!

That is all.

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Ok, ok.  Just kidding.  I’ll at least tell you where this pretty blue shutter is located.  No joke, this is a small electrical “out house” sort of thing on Catalina Island.  I’ve never seen one so pretty out this neck of the woods.  Must be something about that sweet California air…it just makes everything a bit prettier and sunnier 😉  I just love the stark contrast between the intricate blue shutter and the cracked white stucco!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.

Stay tuned!  Only 3 California photos left!  At least, I think.  At the very least, only 3 more that will be posted for now so we can finally move on to something else!!!


bixby bridge…

The Bixby Bridge!!!  I just loved the way it spans the mountains  and overlooks the coastline!  Have I mentioned that I love the Pacific Coast Highway (a.k.a. Highway 1)?!?!

I used the Canon Powershot G12 for this one, with a wide-angle lens attached.  Enjoy!  Stay tuned for more!


crusin’ california…

 Goodness!  Its been almost a month since I’ve posted!!!!  Why does October, my favorite month, always slip by so quickly?  Birthdays and residency and crisp sunny weather and residency and warm chai lattes and residency and a trip to NYC (before the storm, luckily!) and residency and much needed vacation week…and residency.  Well, today is the last day of my rotation this month and I have the day off!  Woohoo!!!  Hence, I be postin’.  I figure I should seize the opportunity before I start the ICU  and a research project in November.  Adios, light of day.

Anyhoo, NYC was AMAZING.  Awesome Manhattan hotel, got to see the Naked Cowboy in Times Square, found the spot of the last scene (favorite scene ever) of my favorite movie ever (You’ve Got Mail), got to play out the last scene and take a pic (! dream come true!), and got to see ANNE!!!!!!!!!!  BEST PART OF THE TRIP!!!  Aaaand got to go to Coney Island Beach on the way home just so I could see a beach before retreating back to the ‘burgh (seriously, how did I get so lucky to have a man who not only accepts my beach obsession but wholeheartedly encourages it????).  Some photos of NYC/beach will be coming but not too many of the city as the weather was just NOT good for shutterbuggin’.

On that note, NYC, you will pull through this disaster beautifully, just as you’ve conquered every obstacle in the past!  You weathered the storm and will shine even brighter than before.  And, Anne, so glad you’re safe and sound!

Now.  On to the posted photo!  Its about time, eh?  Took this one from our little red Prius while driving down Highway 1.  Lovely coast in the foreground (can you find the rock arch?) with the Bixby Bridge spanning the mountains in the background!  🙂  Yes, we came around the corner of the mountain, I squeaked about the bridge, subsequently missed the shot, so Jay promptly turned our eco-mobile around, I took the photo, and we then continued on our journey (towards great memories and hundreds of more photos).  Oh, Jay.  Beaches and photography.  A girl should be so lucky.

And, a quick shot of one of the views out of the Prius…

Hehe...I had fun on photoshop with this one!!!


colorful chinatown clothing…

Chinatown Laundry!!!  So, if you go slightly off the main drag in Chinatown, you come upon the buildings that people live in…and a you get a much better feel of the essence of Chinatown.  I loved all of the colorful laundry that was hanging out to dry.  And so many of the pieces were very ethnic!  It may be odd…I’ve taken lots of “laundry out to dry” photos in my travels…but I feel like these photos tend to capture a culture  in some of the best ways.  They show everyday life.  Regardless of how different people and cultures may seem to be, we are all so similar at a fundamental level.  We all do laundry.  We all laugh when we’re happy.  We all smile.  We all fall in love.  We all feel an astounding array of emotions and incorporate our experiences into our very being.

Alright.  Enough of the waxing philosophical.  I found the most amazing little restaurant in Chinatown.  Hole in the wall kind of place, really, but with the best food ever.  It was down a side street.  I’m now convinced that the further you go away from the “touristy” places and the worse the restaurant looks from the outside, the better the food is.  I had the beef with scallions and eggs.  Oh.  My.  God.  The beef was pan-fried most of the way and then coated in the egg and all tossed into a pan so that the beef was coated in egg and there were also delicious bits of  scrambled egg.  All of this was mixed with very fresh scallions that were just waved over the heat and piled on top of delicious brown rice.  I’ve tried to replicate it and am slowly getting closer, but I just can’t wait for the day that I can return to San Francisco and eat to my heart’s content.  Mmmmm.  By the way, the key to well-seasoned, crispy beef is a bit of soy sauce and coat the beef in a corn starch slurry before pan-frying.  Mmmmmm.

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Contrast fixed a smidge in Photoshop CS5 because that alley had some seriously funky light going on.s


bye bye bridge…

As the sun set on our last day in San Francisco, I snapped a last shot of the Golden Gate Bridge with the Marin Headlands in the backdrop and a wave heading for the Presidio in the foreground.  Oh, how I didn’t want to leave San Francisco!!!  Such an amazing city with so much more to explore!  I truly cannot wait to return!

Although, as we left the Presidio and the bridge behind, we returned to In-n-Out for a delicious wharf-side burger dinner!  Yes, in a city with myriad dining possibilities, we had both of our dinners at In-N-Out.  It was just so good!!!!  Its all about the “hidden menu”.  That’s where “animal style” lives.  And, all that walking and hill-climbing definitely cancels out a double animal-style burger with a side of animal-style fries and a large lemonade, right?  Right?!?!?  🙂  Oh well.  Happy tummy, happy girl.

Top two San Francisco foods:  In-N-Out burgers/fries and the delicious beef/scallion/egg dish from Chinatown!  OMG…that was sooooo good.  I keep trying to find a replica here at home, but so far have been unsuccessful  😦  But, my attempt at making was probably the closest to the original that I’ve yet encountered!  Huzzah!

Alright.  Enough the food talk.  Its making me hungry.  I’m on my Trauma Surgery rotation right now so food is a precious commodity.  I covered 90 patients last night.  That leaves no time for grub.  But it was fun!

That said, postings might be few and far between for the month of August.  I have 14 hour days and average 1 day off for every 7.  But, I promise to post when I get a chance!!!

One final note:  GO TEAM USA!!!!!!!!!!!!  OLYMPICS 2012!  I think it is amazing that even with the amount of international turmoil these days, the entire world can come together and play nicely for 2 weeks.  And it is an honor to watch it and the level of sportsmanship displayed every day.  I love the Olympics and everything they respresent.  USA!  USA!  USA!!

((Yes, it was taken with the G12.  And yes, I promised that  a previous post contained the last Golden Gate Bridge shot.  I lied.  Sorry.  But this is the last!  I think!  ))