Thursday, September 5, 2013

Spiral Jetty

I have been wanting to see the Spiral Jetty for a few years, so on Monday, Darren and I made the trip up north and west into the middle of nowhere. It did not disappoint! You're driving miles and miles through fields on a gravel road, and when you actually see the jetty and walk down to it, it's a totally foreign landscape. I felt like we were in the Arctic or on the moon or something. The water level was really low, so it was mostly dry, with tons of flaky salt which makes the water look pink. We saw a rattlesnake too. Lots of pink and white photos coming up...


Monday, January 28, 2013

CA vacation

A couple of weekends ago, while it was doing this in Salt Lake, we flew to Long Beach, CA.
We stayed in sketchy Inglewood, but went to a few fun places around town:

These donuts are famous.
Then we headed to Hollywood to see some stars :)
I was SO HAPPY to find Ray Bradbury's star. We were pretty much done with the Walk of Fame, then I wondered if Ray had a star, because if he didn't he should!...so we asked at the information desk and they gave us the exact address of his star, which was only a few feet down from where we had decided to abandon our walk. So we went all the way back there to see it :)
The closest I'll get to hugging him.
We hung out at the big Hollywood & Highland shopping center and saw the Hollywood sign...
a cool candy store....
Harry Potter made of Jelly Bellies...
a "kids' only" door just my size...
Then we drove to downtown Los Angeles, and Darren dropped me off at the public library because it was too expensive to park anywhere...

I went inside; supposedly Ray Bradbury used to do some writing here.
An intersection right by the library was recently named "Ray Bradbury Square."
Lots of Bradbury stuff...Darren was a good sport. (this building is named for a different Bradbury)

We ate lunch at Philippe's Original, supposedly the inventor of the French-dip sandwich.

Then we drove here for some people-watching and laughs...



It was chilly on the beach...we kept our clothes on.






We spent the next day at Six Flags Magic Mountain (no pictures). It was a little cold but we rode some really fun and crazy roller coasters.
We also ate some tasty Mexican and Thai food, and we got to drive around in this cute little car:
 It was a fun weekend getaway!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wedding

Darren and I were married 5 weeks ago! It was a wonderful day. We're so grateful to all our family members and friends who helped out and showed their support in so many ways. I'd like to share some of our wedding photos, taken by Jalene Taylor. The gorgeous flowers were done by Aleisha Coleman, the cake by Andrea Custer, my mom made my dress, and I made the ribbon and jar decorations. The reception was at Pioneer Hall, and we served Italian sodas and fruity cake.