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We made it: Bend, OR

One of our last fun activities in SLO was driving behind Lake Lopez. The road that crosses a creek about a million times before ending at a trailhead. It was getting dark, so we didn’t get to do much hiking, but the drive was pretty and fun.

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Geoff and I left Saturday at 4:45 AM for Bend.


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We had a pretty sunrise and great views of Mt. Shasta. After almost 11 hours, we finally arrived.

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And I couldn’t help but post pictures of Dan’s dog. We’re staying at his house and his dog is sooo fluffy!

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His name is Chowder, but Geoff calls him Cottonball.


Anniversary Weekend in Carmel

Hello everyone! We are in our last days in San Louis Obispo, packing up and getting ready to drive north to Bend. For our anniversary, we spent a night in Carmel. It’s a cute little town that has kept everything small. There aren’t any big hotels really and the beach only has residences that look out over it.

We stayed in a really pretty inn, complete with tea time and quiche for breakfast. Our ocean view looked better in person.

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We didn’t walk around the town shops too much. It was a little high end for our tastes, but the beach was pretty and one street back from where we were staying.


We had dinner at a great little French restaurant and explored Point Lobos the next day.

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Point Lobos is a preserve, and considered the north end of Big Sur. Birds were the only animals we saw although we could hear sea lions from a ways off. It really was pretty cool and full of different trails you can take.


Then we drove back to SLO and hit up the drive in for a double feature.


I’d never been to the drive in before, so I thought it was pretty cool all snuggled up in the bed with blankets and couch cushions.


One last thing I made Geoff do? Take 1 year anniversary photos with me. In the pumpkin patch.



Because fall is not complete with a visit to the pumpkin patch. See you in Bend!

Weee’reeee Baaacckkk!

I apologize for the long lapse in posts everyone. Life gets busy sometimes… So, lets start with where we left off.

The first weekend in October, we met up with Geoff’s old roommates from college. We rented an awesome house that slept 9 in Morro Bay and spent the weekend catching up, eating, surfing, playing a legendary game of bocce ball (Geoff and I won!) and relaxing.

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Kari, the pancake extraordinaire and her amazing shapes.

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Long conversations at the dinner table about building our own commune, chiropractic adjustments and chilly water!

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Bocce Ball in the backyard and one last picture of the beach that was just steps away….

After our wonderful weekend, Geoff headed to London for a work conference and I headed back to my parents for a weekend at home.

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It was soo gorgeous!

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I had some great work companions.

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Saw wonderful sunrises and Kaylee’s volleyball game

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Visited my sister in Richland.


Tricked Dad in to doing a plank. “Betcha mom can do it longer than you!”

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Visited with my pretty horse.

Geoff’s photos weren’t as cool. I think most of his time was spent either in a bar or at the office.

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Yellowstone postcards to anyone who can guess why Geoff took a photo of the bathroom… Yup, we bought some and never sent them.

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He also put Mack Webb pictures all over a friend’s desk and took one picture of the London Bridge


Oh and you can’t forget the weird murals of the half naked ladies in the bar conference room. WTF?

We’ve got another post coming with updates of everything post-London and Royal City. I’ll get it out soon!

Low Key Weekend in SLO

Saturday after the surfing competition, we met up with Garrett and Christine to go for a drive through See Canyon. We’d heard from Jacquie that it was really pretty back there and that they had a lot of fun fruit stands to stop at. So off we went!

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Of course we brought back 10 pounds of apples that we may or may not finish. Grandma Shirl probably needs to teach me how to make her apple pie…

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It really was a pretty drive through the canyon, then up and over the mountain and down back in to SLO. We made a loop, especially since we drove back to Avila afterwards. We ate dinner at the Custom House in Avila Beach. It was so pretty hanging out on the pier while waiting for a table.

Sunday, we went to church at SLO Calvary. It’s weird trying out new churches. If you aren’t going with a friend or family, you’re there all by yourself, don’t know anyone. You don’t really want to stick around for fellowship afterwards… It’s awkward. We only made friends at the church in Fort Collins because we went to a community group.

Moving on. After church, Geoff finished up a deliverable and then we went on a hike! Madonna was fun- Geoff mountain biked it earlier that week, so it was great to see where he’d gone. And it was a gorgeous day. Sunny with a breeze that cooled us off.

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And that was it! Except I forgot to mention that it was Geoff’s 3 year anniversary with Distilled.

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Monday, we managed to get in quite a few activities.

First, I dropped Geoff off at the top of the grade for another mountain biking lunch break.

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And then picked him up at the bottom with a flat tire.

Second, we went for a random drive and ended up out by Los Osos and Montana de Oro. We really are old people aren’t we? It was kind of creepy looking because of the eucalyptus trees hanging over the road and the foggy/gray sky.


The last one’s exciting! We had Hayley over for a Thai dinner. We had a great time catching up, hearing about her swim from Alcatraz and grad school life. She was an amazing guest because she brought ice cream. Along with just being cool in general.


But that’s the only picture I have to show for it.