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Seattle 2021 family vacation.

Seattle Vacation 2021

We rolled the dice a few months ago and booked a flight and hotel in Seattle for June. I was just playing around with flight prices and saw some great deals. Not knowing if things were going to be open or not we booked the flight anyway. It paid off.

We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot Seattle Downtown. It was nice. I asked for a view when we checked in and the front desk clerk said she couldn’t change our room because we booked the room with Expedia. I do recommend booking hotel rooms directly through the hotel itself. Best way is to pick up the phone and call them. I should have done that.

Oh well, our room was on the 12th floor and we did have a nice view of the Columbia Center building. There was a building that provided services for the homeless next to our building and I saw some interesting things in the alley below. Interesting things!

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Highmore Rodeo, Highmore South Dakota

Out Yonder in South Dakota

Can’t say my time in South Dakota was all a good time. It was a very lonely time. However, I spent that time very productively. I wrote voraciously. I drowned myself in photography, both film and digital. And, I lost over 100lbs while metamorphosing myself.

I was sober, focused, and aware. Looking back it was a splendid time. Every weekend, during the good weather months, I would find some action packed event. Most of them cost a few dollars to get in and I could free roam with my camera in hand. I was like an alien visiting another planet. I didn’t care, this was some of the best photo ops I’d ever see in my lifetime. Rodeos and Pow Pows were especially special. That was living breathing culture. Earth to Ed, are you there?

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Southern California beach communities.

Weekend Beach Reprieve from the Madness

Ok, maybe the title is a little melodramatic. However, it’s April 2021 and madness is still prevalent no matter what spectrum you view the world from. So, if you think the whole world has gone crazy, you’re not alone.

San Diego Retreat

Technically, we only spent half a day in San Diego of the four day extended weekend trip. San Diego was the highlight and we want to go back. It was a nice break as we hadn’t been out of Las Vegas since September 2020 when we went to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Bryce Canyon camping

Bryce Canyon National Park | Camping Trip 2020

Camping is one of my favorite pastimes. Since leaving Colorado over 12 years ago I haven’t been camping once. Come to think about it, I bet it’s been almost 14 years since the last time I went camping. It’s not that I lost interest, it’s just that it was an activity that just didn’t fit into my life for the past decade or so. I’m so glad to have rediscovered it and am able to share the experience with Feiya and Dana. The seeds for this trip were planted one year ago when we visited Cedar Breaks National Monument just outside of Cedar City, Utah. While exploring this beautiful area we stumbled upon a campground located in a high meadow full of wildflowers. We walked the campsite loop and saw several empty sites that had spectacular views. We were excited thinking we could be sleeping under the stars in anyone of these sites. And it was a busy holiday weekend to boot! I camped regularly in the Mountains of Colorado in the 12 years I lived there. In my early 20’s camping was more or less finding a secluded spot on a backcountry access road and set up a tent, …

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Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument We took a much needed break from the Vegas heat and the 2020 nonsense over the 4th of July weekend. We rented a SUV for a song and drove to Central Utah and stayed in a rented cabin for 3 days. It was like opening the decompression valves to full. All three of us were very happy for the short escape. We reserved the cabin and rental car last month. That’s when we decided that there was no better way to practice social distancing than Utah. I looked at it as a social distancing vacation from well, social distancing. Utah has been pretty laxed on pandemic requirements. When we were there you could tell who the tourists were and who the locals were by the mask or the absence of a mask. I’m not a fan of wearing a mask, but I had to ask myself– Why not? Right now there is no other known way to prevent the spread. Yes, wearing masks is arguably causes more harm than good. I believe that wearing a mask for short periods of time throughout the day as you weave in and out of public places will cause …

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