Camping at Woods Canyon Lake

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I haven’t done a good job of keeping to my goal of one post per week… obviously, but I’m not giving up.
A few weeks ago, Sam and I got to go camping up at Woods Canyon Lake. It was a first time visit for both of us and the first time in too many years we’ve gone camping together.

We arrived around midday, picked our spot to set up the tent, then headed to the lake for an adventure.

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The lake was a little crowded, as it’s a popular recreation spot, but it is a sight worth seeing.

Sam and I decided to hike the trail around the lake:

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As we hit what we thought was the half way point, storm clouds began rolling in. We quickened our pace a bit only to discover we weren’t near the half way point at all. Luckily, the clouds moved around us, for the most part, and we only had a small sprinkling of rain.

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The hike turned out to be 5.2 miles all the way around and worth every step.

At night, we could hear Elk bugling which is something that just needs to be experienced. Imagine a broken steam whistle blowing at full power… that’s the best description I can offer.

The next morning, we rented a boat and cruised around the lake for an hour or so. It was a beautiful morning; the weather was calm and being out on the water was very peaceful. We witnessed a hawk dive out of the trees and pull a fish out of the water about 20 yards from us. A sight we may never see again, in person! I was driving the boat and wasn’t able to get a picture, but, like the whole trip, it was an experience we won’t forget.

Out of the Valley for the Weekend(s)

Continuing our travelling weekends, we spent the previous two getting out of the valley to better climates and fun events.

First up, Bad Decisions at AZ Hops and Vines:

This event was so much fun, even if I did make my wife camp for one night. I talked about this event in an episode of the new podcast that you will see posted this week. So tune in for fun stories about camping

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After all that fun, we took off to Prescott the following Saturday for the Mile High Brew Fest. Not many pics of this event, but it was a great time. Not too crowded, great weather, delicious food and beverages. How could we go wrong?

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This weekend has been much more relaxed. Time with family and making delicious food. I guess we have to slow down once in a while…

 

No Copyright For You! – LINK

United States copyright regulators are agreeing with Wikipedia’s conclusion that a monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted by a nature photographer whose camera was swiped by the ape in the jungle. The animal’s selfie went viral.

via Monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted, US regulators say | Ars Technica.

I think this is my favorite news story of the day.

Driving For Family

We drove to the Bay Area last weekend for a family event, stopping in Solvang and Paso Robles (two of our favorite places) along the way.

Traveling with my wife is my happy place.

Here are a few picture from the weekend.

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Dinner time at one of our favorite places.
Just hook it to my veins!!!
So delicious
Elephant seals along the 1
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No monsters found in the mist.
The fog, burning off around midday.
Yes, I laughed out loud when I saw it. I'm 12.
I see what you did there…
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So, so delicious.
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Believe the Guardians of the Galaxy Hype!

Thanks to our friend, Bob, we were able to get passes to the press screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, last night.

Nerds gone wild!
L-R Austin, Bob, Jonathan, and some random photo bomber

I don’t have anything to add to the mass of positive reviews you’ll find out there, other than to add my voice to the throngs of viewers who loved this movie.

Go see it!

Thanks again, Bob, for hooking us up!