Friday, August 30, 2013

chamonix love

Elizabeth and I had a lovely time exploring the most beautiful town of Chamonix in the French Alps. I'm in love with it!

window boxes and flowers everywhere!

we are the champions!

and they're off!

lots of letter/journal writing
We even made friends!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

up down

After a full night's sleep, we were rested and ready to tackle another day!

We tried to make friends with some cows. Not so successful.

Bessy cheesin

a pretty perfect picnic spot 

A most unfortunate turn of events this evening. EGG fell on our decent into Les Chapieux. Her ankle is badly swollen. Things aren't looking too good. But, we will play it by ear in the morning. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

hittin the trail

After a lovely time in Paris with Scott and Laura, we jumped on an over night train to the Alps. We slept like babies and had to be woken up by a non English speaking conductor. Whoops. 

A couple steps in wrong directions before we could get our bearings straight. 

But then we were off! Here come 100 miles of mountain walking! 

looking for TMB signage
so sound of music

my kids will one day do this. there will be no excuses
the clouds lifted for some beautiful scenery

fresh from the source! 

So much to see along the way! Oh how the scenery and towns change over a matter of a day's hike! 
Notre Dame de la Gorge
 After several hours, we made it to what would be home for the night: Nant Borrant. Lovely place.

re-navigating for the next few days
We didn't know it but there's an ultra race going on right now. We cheered them on through the afternoon and evening. Amazing athletes. They're running what we are walking. I can't imagine. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013


After a 10 hour bus ride (why I ever thought that'd be a good idea...), I finally made it to Paris and met up with Elizabeth again. We walked the city and finally found Scotty! We got a nice tour of Paris complete with delicious food thanks to Scott and Laura. What a lovely time!


Au revoir, Paris!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

to asia

Well, a last minute offer to go to Asia turned into a whirlwind... 
With a backpack, passport brought by Mom, business suit shipped to Seattle, and no known plan, I jetsetted to Singapore straight from a great few days with Lindsey and Erin in Seattle. 
airports on airports on airports
 Such is the life in a 5 star hotel... I hardly left for a whole day in preparation for the crazy next few days to come. 

In Singapore, Bailey and I checked out the aquarium and Universal studios. 

Then it was off to Jakarta for a couple days. I never thought I'd be back there... how things change!

Being there brought back such fond memories of the sites, smells, and people from last summer. Such things I'll never forget. 
a real sunset in Jakarta. 
 We watched movies in Jakarta's best movie theaters. (Big comfy chairs, caramel corn, 3D all for a couple bucks)
and lots of Adventure Time
 We went back to Taman Safari to catch up with some animal friends.

Then, off to Bangkok!

more planes!

the river ferry to go to the health center

The next couple days were spent with a dear friend from riding days, Ler who I hadn't seen in years. We had such a great time! 
cabaret show w ler, steve, randy, and jay
so many people!
signage outside the mall restroom
monk field trip to a temple

me and Ler at the bronze Buddha
Then it was the long journey home again.