Salmon La Sac and Cle Elum Car Camping

a few weekends ago we decided to go car camping because andrea and jenna had never seen stars, trees, or bears.

day 1

Nick picked out a good place

looking at a map

he was pretty proud of picking out the place! look at how happy he was to have the honor

nick smiling

we drove and drove. soon the road we were on turned into a dusty potholed mess. we had to stop every few minutes to let the particles settle so we could breathe

truck and people in woods

andrea particularly liked the particle filled air

we eventually found a decent place along the river, however there was quite an incline to reach it

carrying liquor down a steep incline

andrea carried perhaps too much at one time

more stuff down the hill

then we had a nice portrait session. here’s nick

and jenna

and andrea

and andrea in landscape orientation

back to portrait

and tom

and jenelle

and jenelle with the whiskey and the knife

normally the knife hangs out here

then we had a weird crotch situation. no, just kidding. but there was a weird crotch seat, which created a situation. but it wasn’t weird

tom observing the situation

we roasted some veggie and ‘normal’ dogs

notice jenelle’s floppy octopus dog

eventually the drinking started

dun dun dun

and night fell, but we had a guitar, so we sang papa roach covers

jenna thought our music tastes were funny

then for a little while, little spacecrafts flew over, and little aliens twinkled at us

but they flew away and so we cooked marshmallows

here you can observe tom with a big stick and a little white blob. yes, that really happened

because jenna doesn’t think it’s ethical to eat horse feet, she made a melted chocolate sandwhich

then we created bright white things. for legal reasons, think of these as post-production effects created in photoshop that didn’t happen in real life

and danced around

jenna and andrea battled it out like wizards

day 2

we went swimming in cle elum lake which is created by humans by damming it up which is why there were green trees that had been submerged

jenna was pretty excite. that’s not a typo.

nick is not a man to dilly dally. in he went!

so then we all went in

andrea had to sit and ponder

jenna and nick went to swim out to the rock

and jumped off

image has been magnified

we stood around thinking about all the poor trees that were drowning. life can be so cruel

it was all very emotional

but then we had to go!

jenelle was perhaps more upset to leave than worrying about all the drowning trees

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Snow Cave Camping at Mt Baker

back in April Nick decided that we should go snow cave camping. I wasn’t really sure what snow cave camping meant so I asked my friends and co-workers about it . Though it turned out they were equally unfamiliar, they had heard of people doing it before. So with that sort of ambiguous confidence, we set off.

day 1

we drove towards Mt Baker, but ended up staying the first night off of Route 542, somewhere around here:

we went to sleep to the sound of a waterfall somewhere, and in the morning made eggs.

I used the ol’ alcohol stove to make a flaming mess

Nick made an egg sandwich which I found to be pretty innovate

there’s part of the waterfall

then we strapped the shovel to the car and continued to mt baker

day 2

there was some significant snow along the drive

I looked behind us at one point and saw a mountain or something between the clouds

then we arrived approximately here:

nick and katie put their hoods up

I strapped skis to my feet for the first time in my life. can you tell I have no idea what I’m doing? I think I got stuck

there was some cool scenery. the trees are small because they are far away

here’s katie and her tiny blue sled

nick started shoveling out a soon-to-be-house, where we would sleep for the night

katie started to make stairs, since we were sort of on a cliff edge

and the hole slowly got bigger..

soon we were able to stand up in the snow cave

then after a couple hours of digging, we decided to go explore!

we walked around a bunch

suddenly there was a big hill

but we climbed it anyways

then nick had a sudden urge for whiskey and started marching off

go! go!

ah alas!

katie went into the kitchen to grab the wine

we made some dinner

which included tofu dogs

and everyone knows to pair tofu dogs with a good red wine

like I do with all good wines, I gave it a swirl to check the opacity

we sipped our wine and watched the sun set behind the trees

inside the snow cave we told ghost stories

little movie (1 min, 25 s)

I also shot some video, so here’s a brief montage I put together very, very quickly. In the last shot we are testing the structural integrity of the snow cave..

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The Morning After Party

following tom and wang’s 1 year anniversary, we hosted a morning after party to recover

breakfast food

it included bloody marys and whisky coffees

bloody mary

and omelettes and potatoes

omelette and bloody mary

we had all the proper fixings. we’re civilized after all

tom and wang showed up for the drunken knife fight we hosted

knife fight in the sun

and nick tried to shoot staples into his eyes

looking at a staple gun

“Is that a quarter behind your ear?”

is that a quarter behind your ear

andrea made herself a whiskey coffee. we’re civilized after all.

sipping out of a coffee mug

so civilized that nick strung canvas so we could graffiti it

spray painting canvas

lots of lazy idling in the sun

standing in the sun

more lazy idling, this time with olives. we’re civilized after all!

olives and bloody mary in the sun

nick was so civilized he cut out a robot stencil so he could spray paint robots on his car. nothing says civilization like a swath of robots!

cardboard stencil

it got so hot tom and wang decided to take off their shirts to ride the tandem bicycle

two shirtless men next to a tandem bicycle

you can spot jenelle’s blatant excitement regarding tom’s antics

shirtless rawr

then we decided to go to the beach so we rode down the big hill. those are mountains in the distance.

riding down jackson st

past the cherry tree blossoms

biking past cherry blossoms

and past the buses. see the mountains in the distance?

biking past buses

waiting for a light in the international district

international district on bikes

tom spots me, look at the joy on his face upon discovering that I was photographing him! But turn around Tom, for the light is green and we must go!

waiting at the light

nothing liked barbed wire and traffic cones along the scenic elliot bay multi-use trail

elliot bay trail

riding away from the city to go to the beach on a sunny day

biking away from the city

past the worlds largest man made island… or at least its faded glory… ahh a shame! we were once so civilized!

biking past harbor island

oh just look at andrea bopping around with us, like a real gang we are!

waiting on the bridge

and a modern day bicycle gang wouldn’t be complete without a track standing fixie. thanks for filling the gap avery!

track standing fixie

jenelle under a bridge rocking out her jeggings, no matter how many times she claims that they’re not jeggings. it’s okay jenelle.

bicycle under a bridge

tom and wang eyeballing the fruit booter in the sunshine. can you blame him? no, you cannot. it’s a damn fine day for fruit booting no matter what wang thinks

fruit booter

oh look who we bumped into in west seattle. I took a picture even though she was trying to wave her arms to block the image from forming

jenna running

then we kept riding

bicycle riding

oh wait, picture time..

picture time for seattle

suddenly everyone started pointing. there’s a seagull over there!

point to the right

and a seagull over there too!

point to the left

another seagull! seagulls everywhere!

point to the right

gang photo I

bike gang photo

gang photo II

bike gang photo 2

oh do you mind taking a picture of me since I couldn’t be in the group photo?

wind in my face

photo op over, we continued biking to the beach. more mountains in the background

biking alki beach

everyone was bopping around alki beach

biking alki beach

tom scratched his chin and thought about taking a swim with the jelly fish

standing in front of the puget sound

jenna noted that ‘the jelly fish will eat his brains if he does it’ and then smiled about it

person in sun

is that a seagull over there?

jenna pointing in the sun

jenna then called animal control. I tried to inform her that it was perfectly normal for seagulls to fly around the beach but she would not have it

calling on the phone

nick’s sunglasses showed us in front of the mexican restaurant on the beach

closeup of sunglasses

from this picture

nick's sunglasses

after the mexican restaurant we went to an old timey diner for milkshakes and beer

sipping a milk shake

“hey now, is that really a milkshake?”

nick reacting at a diner

then avery’s enormous face eclipsed nick

close up of avery

eclipsed nick felt eclipsed

eclipsed nick

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Tom and Wang’s 1 Year Anniversary

April 6 marked Tom and Wang’s 1 year in Seattle. It’s kind of neat that it both fell on a Friday and that they are still alive to celebrate it.

Wang and Brad wore matching clothes and poured gin into a bucket

pouring into gin bucket

there were grapefruits in the bucket

grapefruit in the gin bucket

part of the experience involved “basting” people’s mouth buckets. I “basted” my red plastic cup, which I then drank normally. to each their own…

basting

we had a hungry hungry hippo tournament

hungry hungry hippo

the names were written down and then ripped into pieces and placed in a bucket

names in a helmet

at the idea of putting everything into buckets, Page reacted as such

making a face

such an easter colored shirt!

plaid shirt red plastic cup

at one point Wang and Brad decided to stand next to Jenna. you can see how she reacted

jenna standing next to the guys

I wonder what she was thinking at that moment in time? Or Wang?

then more people wanted to stand by Jenna. she reached out for help

meanwhile Nick looked forlorn

looking forlorn at a party

and Andrea looked thirsty

person behind red plastic cup

I’m pretty sure that Dave was having conflicting feelings between shooting a toy dart gun and the inevitable remorse that would follow if he were to accidentally knock over a can of premium rainier beer

toy dart gun

meanwhile hungry hungry hippo rounds continued

hungry hungry hippos

page smashing hippos in a friendly violent way

page smashing hipps

then the cool kids had to go do cool kid things

cigarettes

people talking out on the balcony with the shitty view

people in front of seattle skyline

Nick: “Why does a chicken coop have only two doors?”

Jenna: “Because if it had four it’d be a chicken sedan”

seattle skyline from balcony

Tom reacting to Jenelle’s reaction

jenelle looking crazy

I always mark my cups as such. if you ever see one of these at a party, I’m at the party too

stick person on a red plastic cup

Wang gave us his wok for the morning after party that was to come

a cooking wok in front of seattle

time to leave!

unlocking bikes at night time seattle

Nick didn’t bring a backpack, but he thought he could wedge the wok between his head and his helmet

nick putting a wok on his head

it didn’t work

nick biking with a wok

so he had to carry it down the street

biking with a cooking wok

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The Fantastic Arrested Development Drinking Party Experience

This past Friday we decided to honor the Bluth family by overindulging in alcohol. What better way to celebrate a fictional family’s woes? I printed some cue sheets before leaving work. This is what they looked like at my office desk.

arrested development drinking rules

I decided to make some bean dip since my friends have annoying dietary restrictions (just kidding) and it happens to be A) vegan B) lactose free and C) gluten free

texas caviar bean dip with jalepenos

I put 4 jalapenos in it, but removed the seeds from 3 of them. Elissa managed to get lots of pieces with seeds because she is unfortunate and down on life.

close up of bean dip

I also made some bread for the cheese.

homemade bread

Wang showed up early and surprised me while I was doing my pilates workout.

wang covering his eyes

Apparently Tom and Jenelle having matching helmets now. Things are getting weird.

matching white helmets

Here is Andrea and the food. I decided to cut up carrots and celery last minute in case anyone was still clinging to their New Years resolutions.

This is what the bread looked like after it was baked, sliced, and placed near the cheese.

I made sure everyone studied the cue sheets.

This is Jenna. She had a crazy red shirt on that looked brighter than normal because it was next to her black pants. Very clever Jenna..

I told Page I was going to take a candid portrait of her.

portrait

Lots of black pants. So emo!

bean dip on chip

The bright red top looking bright red!

bright red top

Eventually we got around to watching the show. If you’re curious, here’s the cue sheet we used:

The Fantastic Arrested Development Drinking Party Experience Cue Sheet

There’s only one rule, and that is you take a drink every time the show repeats itself. Take a drink when:

  • Tobias creates sexual innuendo
  • Something in the model house breaks or falls down
  • Any character says “her?”
  • No touching!
  • Kitty shows her breasts
  • There is a hop-on reference
  • Michael asks “Who?” (referring to Ann)
  • Michael refers to Ann as something besides Ann (egg, yam, Annhog)
  • STEVE HOLT
  • There is any reference to Michael being a robot (not crying)
  • There is George Michael-Maeby relationship reference.
  • Lucille rips on Lindsay’s appearance
  • Lucille drinks in the early morning
  • I’ve made a huge mistake
  • Come on!
  • Someone does a chicken impression and/or dance
  • A “Peanuts” reference is made or seen
  • The final countdown is heard
  • Oscar makes a fatherly remark about Buster
  • Marry me
  • Well, that was a freebie
  • George Michael performs his best Star Wars impersonation
  • An air-horn goes off
  • Someone gets tackled
  • Hey brother
  • Annyong
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