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Sneaky Thanksgiving

surprised mom. turkey trot. dim sum. hot pot. friendsgiving.

New Orleans – City of Art

 

Top to Bottom: (1) French Quarter architecture, (2) Nature in Art at New Orleans Botanical Garden, (3) Sculptures at Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden (4) Floats at Mardi Gras World

New Orleans – Home of Comfort Food

Mother’s Restaurant for Jambalya, Gumbo & Po Boy’s

Cafe Du Monde for Beignets and Cafe Au Lait


Dooky Chase’s for Fried Chicken

Having just watched ‘Princess and the Frog’ to prep for the Bayou, we had to bike out here to check out the restaurant that inspired Tiana’s story. A chance blackout in the area didn’t stop us from enjoying chicken in the dark!

Drago’s for Chargrilled Oysters

Come at your own risk, both for your health and your taste buds because after eating these cheese and buttor topped chargrilled oysters, nothing else you’ll eat this trip will hit your taste buds the same. Drago’s oyster bar also lets you see how they grill them up and it’s truly a sight to see.

Acme’s Oyster House for Chargrilled Oysters

And if you’re going to have chargrilled oysters, it seems everyone says you HAVE to try Acme’s version.


Other notables this trip:

New Orleans – Birthplace of Jazz

Preservation Hall

Snug Harbor – Charmaine Neville Band

Jazz Playhouse with the James Rivers Movement

Jazz isn’t limited to your traditional sax, winds, brass, bass, keys, and drums. James & co bring out the bagpipes too!

Maison Bourbon

Still trying to find out who this raspy voiced trumpeteer was…brought the house down every set!

Sock Hop Around the Clock

Marriot Hotel. UCSD Health 33rd Annual Employee Celebration Event.

Quick Swing By Cairns & Sydney

(1) Cairns, QLD, (2) Chuscarria with ANZ team, (3) Cairns Aquarium (4-5) Green Island, (6) Sydney with cousins

K & L’s Big Wedding – By Ty. E. S

K’s nephews are amazing, and one of them gifted us our very own comic book story line before the wedding. Now showing for the first time, we present Ty’s amazing gift of story telling paired with images from wedding day!

Photos courtesy of PetulaPea, SimplyTwo, and friends!

Wedding Planner by Crown Weddings. Flowers by Splendid Sentiments

Grand Canyon – The Majesty of Creation

Hermet’s Rest & Mather’s Point.

Grand Canyon – Facing The Canyon

For each man sees himself in the Grand Canyon – each one makes his own Canyon before he comes, each one brings and carries away his own Canyon. – Carl Sandburg

In many ways, I came to the Canyon this time defeated and resigned. Resigned to acknowledge my physical limits and an opportunity missed.

In 2007, I came to the Canyon with my senior class. We were young and adventurous. In the sweltering heat of June ’07 we decided to try to hike down from the south rim to the river and back in a single day.By 9:30am the heat was hitting 110+, the sun beat down at every turn, water ran low, faces flushed red, and when we turned the corner we saw a dozen more switchbacks with no water station in sight. A solemn team vote ended in us turning back without seeing the Colorado river. Heat exhaustion and dehydration were setting in. Defeated but thankful, we had escaped that day with no major injuries.

10 years later. I had another chance to face the Canyon.

This time with K, we knew what to expect and what we needed to do. This was 10 years later…I am supposed to be wiser. We planned to hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. 6 mi each way (12 mi roundtrip) with elevation change of 3080ft. A manageable hike with water stations and bathrooms every 1.5 mi.

What I didn’t know in 2007, I came prepared to this time. Hiking sticks, nuun electrolyte tablets, beef jerky, clifs shot bloks…we were ready.

5:30am

7:00am

8:34am: Indian Gardens (4.5mi)

We had made good time and the weather was cooler than we expected when we landed at Indian Gardens. A park attendant the day before had informed us that we were allowed to hike between 10am-2pm because it was later in the year (summer hiking is unbearable at peak heat hours). I wavered…we had planned to go to Plateau Point. stick to the plan. Now that I was here at the fork, I could feel the Colorado river call me.

We went back and forth 3-4 times. This was not wise. It would be an extra 3.4 miles and an extra 1260 ft elevation change on top of the original 12 mi and 3080ft elevation. People have died hiking the Grand Canyon and hundreds are rescued each year pushing too hard and being unwise. K has never been to the Grand Canyon before so Plateau Point and the view of the Colorado river was going to be thrilling. a 12 mi roundtrip hike was doable and we still had to make camp later that night on the top of the rim. That was the safe play.

There are those who enjoy the hike and those who go for the view.

At 10:06am. We hit the river. All the thoughts of turning back 10 years ago vanished.

If only that was the end. Now what awaited us was a 7.7 mi trek back up to the rim with 4340 ft in elevation change to tackle. It was now ~105-110 degrees at the base of the Canyon and we were approaching the dreaded noon heat.

15.4 mi. 4340 ft elevation change. 12 hrs.

I came to the Canyon resigned to my own limitations. I walked away in wonder of the Grand Canyon and it’s ability to give and take away. I walked away with a deep sense of appreciation for the experience we’ve been blessed with and for my amazing wife who literally walked alongside me all the way as I confronted my canyon.

Disclaimer:

As mentioned previously in this post, many have tried the rim to river and back in a single day and it is absolutely wise not to attempt it. This post is not intended to put park rangers at risk by encouraging others to try this trek. It requires all the following conditions to attempt (many which are out of our control): a solid plan, sufficient supplies, a strong understanding of your own physical limitations and ability to assess your own condition, cooler weather that allows hiking between 10am-2pm, shade and cloud cover for large portions of the hike.