Welcome to Hawksnest Beach!! I love this silhouetted portal to the sea! This was one of my first glimpses of the splendor of St. John. Upon our arrival to the island, it was a torrential downpour, making checking out the beaches a little less than desirable after a full day of traveling. We settled into our house, Blue Moon Rendezvous, and then went into Cruz Bay to plant ourselves at a cafe to get some beachfront munchies, while watching the rain streaming down through the palms onto the water and sand. Fortunately, the rain stopped just before sunset, so we raced up to the North Shore and stopped at the first easily accessible beach–Hawksnest! And, oh how gorgeous it was! I dipped my toes in the water and then started taking some photos with long exposure since the light was starting to dwindle. Of course, this one was taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
Sorry for the long delay between posts! But stay tuned for more tropical shots!
Its Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI! Lovely sunset, eh? Well, here’s the very special part…sunsets over St. John are very often silvery sunsets, rather than flame-hued. Well, on this evening, the sky was shocking shades of pink and orange…and the entire town took notice! Everyone was packing the streets and balconies to gaze at the sunset…and I was so happy to be a part of it!
Taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Stay tuned for more snapshots of the USVI!
So, a short break from Deep Creek, Maryland and *poof* we’re now in Milton, PA. Yes, the motherland of my dear Jay. We stopped in Milton on our way to New York City this past October during a much needed vacation week. Roadtrip!!! Anyhoo, there are some photo op gems in Milton, if you hunt around for them. Luckily for me, the sun decided to line up beautifully with this oak tree.
I’d also like to say that I rediscovered one of my favorite childhood candies, SqueezePops, in Milton at the CVS. Who would have guessed that they carried that candy? I haven’t seen it in ages. So, in between my squeals of delight and giddy pleadings, Jay purchased one for me. Here’s a reminder in case you don’t remember this candy:
Yes, folks, its liquid sugar. In a tube. Ingredients: corn syrup and food coloring (and a few other very artificial components). Yes, my doctor-ly voice in my head was screaming, “Nooooooooooo!”, but my inner 5-year-old won out with an even more emphatic, “Yessssssssssssssssssssssss!”
BIG MISTAKE. Those who know me know that I get more or less uncontrollably hyper and chatty with large amounts of sugar (or caffeine, for that matter). Jay, bless his soul, knows this fact and still was kind enough to let me eat the SqueezePop on the way to NYC…while locked in a car with him for hours…with nowhere to go…and no other outlet for my new-found energy except singing, talking, and fidgeting.
Let’s just say, Jay regretted indulging me with the candy. I think his eyes were ready to bug out of his head by the time we drove into Manhattan around 4pm.
I was still up (and going strong) at 4am. Whee!
You can hear the lake water lapping at the floating dock. The gentle breeze rustles the tree leaves as it curls around your face. You shiver slightly and wrap your cardigan tighter around your shoulders. Autumn is in the air and approaching its arrival date. You take the hand of your sweetheart and head out to the Adirondack chairs awaiting you. Once perched upon the chair, you sip warm cider from mugs and gaze out upon the water reflecting the quickly-coming nightfall.
Taken with the Canon Powershot G12 at Deep Creek in Maryland. For our illustrious “intern weekend”, we rented out a fabulous lake house and, for lack of a better term, partied hard. But, Jay and I definitely found some quiet time to enjoy the simpler things…
So, remember that last post? About the adventuresome trek up and over the mountains on what appeared to be little more than a paved goat path? And remember how Jay is super great about halting the car whenever I would squeal “photo!!”? Well, alas. That goat path winding up and up the mountain afforded beautiful views…like this one! Its sort of like a different type of Sunset Boulevard, a very abstract interpretation of “a sunset boulevard.”
Picture it: You’re up on a mountain, overlooking the wild Southern California coast, with the Pacific waves crashing below and not a sole on the road. You gaze ever-so-slightly northward and your face is gently met with the warm setting rays of the golden sun, dipping below the horizon. The colors are hues you’ve only ever dreamed of and the mountain-scape is silhouetted against the star of the show that is gracefully bowing out for the night. As the fading light touches the foggy haze hanging over the ocean, an other-worldly glow fills the foreground of your sight. Deep blue-purple fades into blazing orange, and you watch as your beacon of the day slips away to give way to a moonlit night. It is just you, the sky, the mountains, and the sea.
Ok…now look at the photo? Decent attempt at trying to summarize a photo and all it embodies in less than a thousand words? Read it again for a brief mental vacation and relaxing “guided imagery” moment!
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
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! ))
Ok, folks! It is Match Day, the day in a medical student’s life where the big magic computer in the sky matches us with a residency program and we find out where we will spend the next 3+ years of our lives honing our skills as “real” doctors! And….I MATCHED AT MY TOP CHOICE PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be one of the newest Emergency Medicine residents at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center! I am beyond excited right now and so thrilled to start on this next leg of my journey. 🙂 WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! And congratulations to all my med school buddies on their respective matches…we’ve all worked so hard for this and we rocked it! Special shout-out to Dr. Dan and Dr. Heather…your programs are lucky to have you guys and the world is lucky that it is going to have such an amazing ER doc and pediatrician!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, with that said, on to the photo. Golden Gate Bridge (mostly silhouetted) at sunset with a sailboat on the Bay (presumably headed out to sea, if I’m judging correctly from the direction of its sail). And that’s about it for the photo! Today is all about Match Day joy (the culmination of 8 years of hard work) with a nifty photo thrown in.
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Enjoy and stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!