Category Archives: Travel / Tourism

I love exploring the United States and the rest of the world. I have been to the Philippines, Uganda, England, China… and several cities in the U.S.

PHOTO: Sunset on the Oregon Coast

http://www.ishism.comThis was taken May 11th, 2013… on a day where I took a break from my master’s paper. Today, May 19th, I am finishing suggested revisions for the master’s paper … and it is due tomorrow. I hope you all understand why I have not been blogging consistently… considering flunking out of graduate school would not be cool. I hope to be blogging more and reading your blogs more in the near future. Have a wonderful day!

Advertisements

Creek in the Spring – A Photo Analysis of How Time Flies

http://gifninja.com/animated-gifs/555938/creek-in-the-spring GIF
gifninja.com

These photos are all of the same creek on my friend’s farm. The old tire is half submerged in the muddy bank of the creek.

The Same Creek last summer
This photo is from late last summer when the creek had a little mud but was mostly dry. Is it really a creek?
Creek in the Spring, not animated / GIF
This photo is from our weekend trip to visit our friend, taken on Saturday March 23rd, 2013.Wow!! It was hard to believe this is the same creek we saw last summer. We even heard the sound of the rushing water when we were still a few hundred feet away!

Gone Fishin’ … for Rocks and Trees?

So my wife and I went fishing Saturday. Apparently we were not clear about our goals… which can be a problem in some marriages. You know the “C-word”: communication. I assumed we were going fishing to catch fish.

At least I had my camera with me to document our triumphant fishing expedition.

Gone Rock Fishing?
My wife caught a large rock. It was a whopper and too big to haul in… so she went into the water to land the beast. I’m guessing it got away because she certainly didn’t carry a rock back with her. Maybe she did catch and release…
Gone Tree Fishing?
It has been a long time since I hooked a tree. Let me tell you, after an epic battle, this monster finally snapped my line and remains at large. Instead of a tall fish story… this is a tall tree story. Except I think mine is believable because of the photographic evidence.
Spring is definitely here.
I think my area of the Northwest only has three seasons… Spring, Summer, and Fall… and the fall is like 6 months long. But that’s okay because green is my favorite color.
My wife and I fishing for rocks
Yes, we were fish and rock fishing. But we needed a big boat, probably an aircraft carrier, to land this giant rock … *sigh*
The water was pretty but I wasn't sure there were fish in it
The water was pretty but I’m not sure there were fish in it because we sure as heck didn’t catch any fish.
The sun in a cloud or jet trail?
I’m 98.975-percent positive this is not an alien ship landing, but it looked really cool.

I liked this view but couldn't get a good picture of it

  Green moss on a long, winding branch

I had fun taking this photo
I had fun taking this photo … I almost look like a real photographer with this one : )

Changing Locations to Finish My Thesis (a writing mini-retreat)

Happy Coffee
http://funny.funnyoldplanet.com/funny/happy-coffee/

My goal is to finish (or darn near finish) my master’s paper: TODAY!

But I am taking a short break from writing my master’s thesis to blog because blogging relieves stress and unleashes some creative awesomeness. As part of today’s thesis writing marathon, I decided to change locations from where I normally write/study. I chose a coffee shop instead of my desk at home, and instead of my campus office.

According to a post by the Thesis Whisperer, there has been ample research to suggest that taking a thesis writing retreat will benefit the writing process. The change of location can be invigorating. So here I am at a coffee shop for a mini-retreat. However, for my dissertation… I might take a month somewhere. I have already floated the idea to my wife and she seems interested. For her the “no” factor is always money… which makes sense. But the “yes” factor for her is travel because travel is fun.

I am thinking Seattle, Portland, New York City or Chicago could all be great places for a month long retreat. Almost anywhere in Colorado could work.

Have you ever taken a retreat (or mini-retreat) to finish a major project? How did it work out for you?

The Oregon Coast Near Florence

Went to the Oregon Coast on Saturday. Our goal was to see the sunset and get amazing photos of pink, orange, purple and red on the ocean… the forecast the day before said clear skies on the website we checked…

When we first arrived, the sun was out and the clouds were fluffy white in the blue sky.
Oregon Coast near Florence, sun and clouds, beach, http://www.ishism.com

And then the clouds started to get dark and roll in …

100_4341

Below is our last glimpse of the sun before the clouds totally invaded…

100_4346

Rays of sunshine poking through the clouds over the ocean…

100_4353

So we did not get to see the sunset… but we still got some good photos.