Vacation Pictures!

So, last week, I had a mini-vacation!  Not that you could tell, because I had posts scheduled while I was gone. But I went up to Oregon for my cousin’s wedding, and I really wanted to talk about my trip and share some of the pictures I took while I was up there.

I was reading like a maniac prior to leaving, because it’s a long car ride up to where she is- she lives not too far from the California-Oregon border, and I knew I’d need something to do in the car, so I wanted to make room for the books I was planning on reading.  Plus the three crochet projects I brought up with me so I could alternate between reading and yarn.  And randomly looking out the window.  But there was no sleeping in the car, because once I’m awake, I’m awake, and there’s no going back to sleep.  Plus, I got caught up on a few podcasts that I was behind on during the trip up there and back.

The wedding was really nice, and I’m really glad I got to go.  It was pretty casual, and it rained a little, but at least the rain held off until after the wedding…which was outdoors, and even then, it rained a little and then everything was fine.  I didn’t get any pictures of the actual wedding or the reception, mostly because I don’t have a smart phone, and felt awkward busting out the digital camera.  I wish I got a picture of the cake, which was really cool- it was a Wonder Woman/Batman cake!  The centerpieces were pretty cool too- flowers inside of cassettes, which I assume were glued together (I didn’t think of getting a picture until the next day, but there’s nothing I can do about that.  Same thing with the place settings, which were records!

Now it’s picture time!  Of which there are a few.

There are a couple pictures from the venue I wanted to share, which was super pretty.  It’s on this one estate, and I’m glad I got a few pictures.  Like the one below.

Eagle Creek 1

I’m pretty sure that the creek in the background is Eagle Creek.

This next picture is a few feet away, and a different part of the creek.

Eagle Creek 2

There was even some chairs, if you wanted to sit by the creek.  I have a few more pictures, but they’re all pretty similar, and these two are my favorites.

We didn’t do much while we were up there, but I did get see the family I have up there, which was nice, because I don’t see them often.

The next few pictures are from a winery/vineyard we went to.  There are a ton of them in Oregon (at least, in the part we were in, I can’t say it’s the same for the rest of the state), and the one we went to was DanCin.

DanCin Wines 1

The wine was really good!  And yes, I did take a picture of the wine I had.  I’m not the biggest fan of red wine- I’d rather drink white, which is why I got the above wines, but the reds were pretty good.  And totally local to the area, of course.

DanCin Menu

The menu looked pretty cool, like cork!  Which is oddly appropriate for a winery/vineyard.

DanCin Fish Pond

We also sat in front of this really pretty fish pond.  I didn’t get the best picture of the pond, but you can catch a glimpse of it behind the plants.  I have a few more pictures of the pond/garden, but this one was the best one, in my opinion.

And I did get a few pictures of the actual vineyard, but the one below is my favorite.  Basically because it’s part of the vineyard up close, and not a far-off picure with random cars in the background.

DanCin Vineyard

And on the way up, we stopped to take a picture of Mt. Shasta.  It’s the snow capped mountain you see in the distance.

Mt Shasta

Those are all the pictures I have- everything else was pretty similar to what I shared, or didn’t turn out as well as I hoped.  We did drive through this historic town called Jacksonville.  I didn’t get any pictures, as I thought they’d turn out blurry since we were driving.  They have this historic cemetery, and it was pretty but also a little overrun, which somehow seemed to fit.  In a way, it reminded me of Old Town San Diego, but a lot quieter.

It really is pretty, and there are lots of trees and mountains.  Also farm land, rivers and creeks.  It’s quite different than what I’m used to in San Diego, but it was really cool to see, because it is so different.

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!  Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

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An Obsession With Color

Here’s one of my favorite things in the entire world: nail polish.  I love it, and it makes me feel so much more colorful.  I’ve always loved nail polish, and I think it was middle school when my love of my nail polish took off.

I used to wear colors like this:

And now I wear a lot of colors like this.

But I don’t mind sparkles

Or bright colors:

There’s nothing wrong with a sunny/Hufflepuff yellow.  Nothing at all.

Or hot pink.

So, I know looking at pictures of my nail polish collection is probably boring.  Or something.  But sometimes, it’s hard to pick a color.  What color fits my mood?  What color am I tired of wearing?  Should I buy another bottle?  Actually, more nail polish is something I probably don’t need.  But it’s one of the few make-up type things that I just love.

(Don’t get me going about lip gloss.  That would probably be even more boring than talking about nail polish).

There’s just something about picking out the right color at the store.  Or mulling over my color choice for the week.  So many possibilities, and it does add some color to my life.  Why I latched onto nail polish, I don’t know, but there could be worse things, right?

Honestly, I don’t get the whole going to have someone else do them, because it’s so much easier (and probably cheaper) to do it myself.  I guess it’s the whole  someone else is doing it thing?  I have no clue.  But I like doing it myself.

On that note, I want to wish all the mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day.

Field Trip Pictures, Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from my trip to the San Diego Mission!

Remember that ladder in the Casa De Los Padres?  It led to the upper level in the picture below.

In the same building, you have some Franciscan robes on display, because they were the ones who originally ran the mission.  Now, it’s run by the Diocese of San Diego.

Here’s another picture of the garden.

I thought the brick cross in the background was pretty cool.  In the garden, there are a couple of statues.  Here’s the one of St. Joseph.

I liked the statue of Father Serra, the guy who founded the mission.

I thought this was pretty cool.  You can see a little bit of the garden, but I didn’t want to walk through it just to get a closer picture of the statue.  I suppose that’s what the zoom buttons are for, but either way, I like the garden too.

Here’s the St. Didacus statue.  I liked the white statue with the blue tiled background.  Plus, another name for Didacus is Diego…he’s the saint San Diego is named after, in case anyone is wondering.

Here’s a little…thing that was next to the Kumeyaay hut.  I’m not sure what it is, but now that I think of it, there may have been a little sign explaining what it was.

I thought this fountain was really pretty.

This cross is dedicated to Father Luis Jayme, who is the 1st Christian matyr in California.  He died in an attack on the mission in 1775.  I think we’re on the 5th church.

And while I didn’t get a picture of the inside of the church, I did get a picture of the church bells.  They rang at noon, so at least I got to hear the church bells.  And here’s an interesting tidbit of information: the church (which is still an active church) was named a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1976.

Granted, you can’t see them too well, but I was trying to take the picture while the wedding in the church was going on.  I didn’t want to be that weird person with the camera standing in front of the open door to the church.  Hence, the weird angle.  Plus, it seemed like the best angle at the time.

I’ll leave you with one more picture, at least for now.  There are still a few more pictures, which may decide to post at some point.  I’m just not sure yet.  Anyway, the last picture for today is a picture of a sign.  I think the sign is pretty self-explanatory.

Field Trip

I went on a little field trip yesterday.  And it was fun!

After reading Night Walker, I definitely felt like going to the San Diego Mission.  Which I didn’t do…until yesterday!

It was pretty cool, especially since I had never been there before.  I totally thought I did, until I got there, and realized I had not been there.  I even took pictures!

First, we have the Casa De Los Padres.  So, there’s a replica of the mission back in the good ‘ole days.

Just ignore the fact that part of is cut out of the picture.  This was the best angle I could get.

This is what one of the rooms may have looked like.

Above is the only picture of the church I took.  There was going to be a wedding, so I just took a quick look around.  Besides, taking pictures in a church felt a little weird, like I shouldn’t be doing it.  So I didn’t.

I didn’t get to go in the sanctuary, because it was closed off, so I moved on to the garden.  The flowers were pretty and it felt very peaceful.  Plus, there were several statues.

This is the St Francis Of Assissi Fountain.  There’s also one of St. Joseph and Father Serra.  And one in the Pieta Garden.

I took a couple of pictures in the Father Jayme museum but there was a glare because of the glass case they were in.  It was pretty cool, because they had a lot of Kumeyaay artifacts, like baskets and vases.

From there, I went to the St Didacus Statue and the Pieta Sculpture.  You can see the Pieta Sculpture below.

After that, I saw a Kumeyaay hut.  The Kumeyaay are pretty important in both San Diego and California history.  Sadly, everything I’ve learned about them in elementary school is long-forgotten.  The Kumeyaay Hut can be seen below.

After that, I saw the Archaeological Site, which was pretty cool.  The thing that stuck out the most was the fact that they haven’t found any burial grounds at the Mission.  Apparently, there were pretty strict rules about where people could be buried, and they have yet to find any there.  You can see it below.

I definitely have more pictures, which I think I’ll share sometime this week.  It was really cool to see a part of San Diego I’ve never seen before, and considering it’s the 1st of the California missions, it’s a pretty historical place.  It was definitely worth the trip!