Lantern Fest!

Last October, we had the luck to be able to get tickets to this event in Reno. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s coming soon to a location close to home.  Everyone should experience this at least once in their life, if you can get to it.  It’ll leave tingles through your body as you watch the lanterns light up and float away, and you’ll want to hug whoever is standing next to you (and steal their s’mores if they’re nearby).

Logistics of the night: We each received boxes with s’more supplies, a lighter and markers.  They also had fire pits and provided the wood for burning.  You need to bring your own food and drinks and seating and/or blankets.  There were food vendors available but not many.  There was also music, and it’s spread out enough that people are not sitting shoulder to shoulder.  The event is great for both kids and adults.

Link to the website to register:

Thousands of biodegradable lanterns are released.
You write your hopes and dreams on the lanterns before lighting them up.

Seattle and the Cascades

Seattle in July was just perfect because the weather was mild and it did not rain on us!  It’s quite a popular destination, with downtown restaurants packed in the evenings (that is, if they’re any good), and Pike Place packed most days.

On day one, we wandered around Pike Place, and I almost got taken for $8/lb for Rainier cherries.  I decided to wait and a couple of days later, was able to hand pick my cherries from a vendor there who only charged $6/lb.  If you don’t get to pick them, you could get a bunch of badly bruised ones in the bunch.

On day two, we drove 2 1/2 hours to Mount Rainier and went hiking.  There were several waterfalls and we got lucky enough to see not one, but two rainbows!  On the way out there, somewhat in the boonies, was this very unusual place open to visitors (they took donations), and the grounds were full of well cared for flowers and hand made statues made out of wood, steel, vines, etc.  The name of it escapes me, if I find the brochure anytime soon, I’ll post it.  The gentleman who owned the place had spent 19 years there, making his statues.  I’d have to say, the guy was quite talented.  If you stop there, leave a donation!

Days three and four was spent at the Space Needle (too much hype, I wasn’t really excited about it), the EMP (Experience Music Project Museum), and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum.  Go to the EMP!  It was so much fun, it’s not all about music.  Check out their website for their exhibitions.  Buy a City Pass, don’t pay for these as individual purchases at their location.

Oh, and lastly, we went to Ballard and unfortunately only had an hour of shopping there.  It’s a charming area with nice boutiques and unique goods, some handmade by locals.  Being the avid shopper that I am, I was quite bummed to have to speed shop through each store.

Long Beach Comic-Con

Comic-Con is everything you think it is!

We go to Comic-Con every year (not the large one in San Diego but the local ones closer to home).  This year, it was in Long Beach instead of the Anaheim Convention Center.  Yes, there were a lot of fun, costumed people wandering around, and I’m sure there are just as many photos of them on the internet, but is one of my favorite snapshots of the day.

I thought she made a perfect Pokemon trainer and I want one of those cute Venonats!  It actually rolled in front of her as she walked!  In case you’ve noticed, I blurred out her face because I didn’t exactly ask her permission to post her picture to my website.

Oh, and for those of you who are as old as I am, Sam Jones was at his own booth signing autographs.  Who’s Sam Jones, you young’uns ask?  “Flash, ayaya, savior of the universe!”  Flash Gordon!!  No, I didn’t take his picture, it was sadly quiet around his booth so I couldn’t muster up the guts to go up and take his photo.  Watch “Ted”, the movie, because that is what he looks like now.

Surf City Volkswagen Bus Show

Cute, cute, cute!  Loving these vintage Volkswagen buses on display in my home town of Huntington Beach.  Check out the Kowabunga Van Klan Facebook face for the next event:


Dude!  Finally, a hula guy instead of a hula girl!


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