a journey through Scotland

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July 9, 2019: A piper busks on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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July 10, 2019: Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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July 10, 2019: Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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July 11, 2019: Abbotsford House near Melrose, Scotland.

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July 11, 2019: Melrose Abbey in Melrose, Scotland.

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July 12, 2019: The Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland.

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July 12, 2019: The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland.

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July 13, 2019: Highland cattle at Rothiemurchus Centre near Aviemore, Scotland.

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July 13, 2019: The Carrbridge Bridge over the River Dulnain in Carrbridge, Scotland.

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July 14, 2019: Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit, Scotland.

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July 14, 2019: Inverness Castle in Inverness, Scotland.

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July 15, 2019: A rowboat in Loch Carron near Lochcarron, Scotland.

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July 15, 2019: Red deer at Reraig Forest in Lochcarron, Scotland.

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July 15, 2019: Eilean Donan castle and the village of Dornie, Scotland.

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July 16, 2019: The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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July 16, 2019: Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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July 16, 2019: The Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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July 16, 2019: The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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July 18, 2019: The Cloisters at The University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland.

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July 19, 2019: Inveraray Castle near Inveraray, Scotland.

Recently, Patty and I spent fourteen days driving around Scotland.

We landed at Glasgow International Airport and picked up our rental car. We ate lunch at the The Farm at No 12 restaurant on our way to Edinburgh. After our arrival, we toured the ruins of Craigmillar Castle, a medieval fortress built in the 14th-century. Finally, we checked into the Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel.

The next day we visited Edinburgh Castle, a beautiful, famous fortress built in the 12th-century. Afterwards, we listened to an amazing piper on the Royal Mile before we ate fantastic food at Amber restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience. We walked around Dean Village, a tranquil neighborhood just outside Edinburgh. Then we returned to our hotel for a few hours before visiting Greyfriers Bobby. Bobby was a dog who became famous after he spent 14 years sitting next to the grave of his owner, Edinburgh police officer John Gray, until his own death on January 14, 1872. Gray and Bobby are both buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh.

We woke up on Wednesday and toured the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II when she visits Scotland. We ate lunch at Tolbooth Tavern before visiting the Scottish Owl Centre, the largest owl sanctuary in the UK. Finally, we had dinner at O’Oliviero, an authentic Italian restaurant in Edinburgh.

The next day, we drove to Abbotsford, a historic country house in the Scottish Borders near Melrose, Scotland. It is the former residence of Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish novelist, poet, playwright and historian. Some of his most classic literary works include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Old Mortality, The Lady of the Lake, and Waverly. After Abbotsford, we toured Melrose Abbey, a ruined Cistercian monastery that was founded in 1136. It is rumored that the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce, the King of Scotland from 1306 until his death in 1329, is buried at the abbey. We detoured on the return to our hotel to see Tantallon Castle, a ruined 14th-century fortress located in East Lothian, Scotland on the Firth of Forth.

The following morning, we visited the famous Swilcan Bridge and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse on the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. It is the oldest course and most prestigious golf club in the world. St Andrews is regarded as the ancestral home of golf. The game has been played on the Old Course for 600 years. We ate lunch at Tailend Restaurant and Fish bar in St Andrews before we drove to see the Kelpies, an art installation that stands along the Forth and Clyde Canal in Falkirk, Scotland. A kelpie is a mythological spirit, usually appearing as a horse, which inhabits the lochs and waterways of Scotland. The monument was designed by Andy Scott and constructed from June to October 2013. They have a structural steel frame wrapped in stainless steel cladding. The Kelpies are 100-feet high and are the largest equine sculptures in the world.

We left Edinburgh and drove to Stirling Castle, a historic fortress built in the 12th-century. We had lunch at Bannockburn Coffee House before we went to see Highland cattle at Rothiemurchus Centre, a farm located in Cairngorms National Park near Aviemore, Scotland. Highland cattle are a breed of cows native to Scotland. They are famous for their long horns and thick, wooly coats. Primarily, they are raised for their beef. We ate dinner at La Taverna, another authentic Italian restaurant, before we drove to see the Carrbridge Bridge over the River Dulnain in Carrbridge, Scotland. Brigadier-General Alexander Grant commissioned the bridge to be built in 1717 so funeral processions could cross the water to Duthil Churchyard. It is one of the oldest bridges in Scotland. Finally, we arrived in Inverness and checked into the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa.

Sunday morning, we toured the Glenmorangie Distillery where they produce a popular single malt Scotch whisky. We had lunch at The Urquhart restaurant in downtown Inverness and then toured Urquhart Castle, an 800-year-old ruined fortress on the shore of the infamous Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit, Scotland.

After leaving Inverness, Patty and I drove to Reraig Forest to meet Colin Murdoch and his large herd of red deer in Lochcarron, Scotland. After our tour of the estate, we ate lunch at Waterside Cafe before we visited the Eilean Donan Castle. The 800-year-old fortress has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout the centuries. Finally, we checked into our room at the Uig Hotel on the Isle of Skye.

The following day, we hiked The Old Man of Storr, a large, rocky hill created by an ancient massive landslip. Also, we visited the stunning Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls. We returned to the Uig Hotel for a few hours before we drove through The Fairy Glen and The Quiraing, two nearby locations with different, yet spectacular, landscapes.

Wednesday was washed out due to heavy rains but we had a superb lunch at Sea Breezes in Portree before we left the Isle of Skye and headed to Fort William, Scotland. After several hours, we arrived at The Garrison, a small, stylish hotel.

We woke up on Thursday to more rain. We visited the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a railway bridge made famous as the “Hogwarts Express” train in the Harry Potter films. We ate lunch at Crannog Seafood Restaurant before hiking through Glen Nevis and Glen Coe, two gorgeous valleys with towering mountains and impressive waterfalls.

After leaving Fort William, we toured Inveraray Castle and enjoyed a light lunch at Inveraray Castle Tea Room. The castle is a country house on Loch Fyne near Inveraray, Scotland. It was built in 1743 and has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, the chiefs of Clan Campbell, since the 18th century. Afterwards, we drove to Glasgow and checked into the Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central. We had dinner next door at The Butterfly and The Pig before walking through The Cloisters at The University of Glasgow. The archways connect the East and West Quadrangles on campus and are an iconic part of the University, which was founded in 1451.

Finally, our last day in Scotland was spent buying souvenirs and walking through George Square and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. We woke up the next morning, returned our rental car at Glasgow International Airport, and flew home.

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a journey to the Pacific Northwest

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July 1, 2018: Lombard Street in San Francisco, California.

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July 2, 2018: The Monterey Cypress Tree Tunnel in Inverness, California.

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July 3, 2018: The Fern Canyon at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in California.

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July 4, 2018: The wreck of the Mary Hume in Gold Beach, Oregon.

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July 4, 2018: The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area near North Bend, Oregon.

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July 4, 2018: The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area near North Bend, Oregon.

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July 4, 2018: Thor’s Well at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area near Yachats, Oregon.

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July 4, 2018: Devils Churn at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area near Yachats, Oregon.

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July 5, 2018: The Yaquina Head Lighthouse near Newport, Oregon.

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July 5, 2018: The Devils Punch Bowl during low tide in Otter Rock, Oregon.

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July 5, 2018: Bruce Campbell’s airplane house in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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July 5, 2018: South Falls at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, Oregon.

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July 6, 2018: “Niijima Floats” at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington.

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July 7, 2018: The magnificent Snoqualmie Falls near Seattle, Washington.

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July 7, 2018: The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

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1,000 feet above Arizona

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Patty and I spent a week in Arizona to cover K-State’s football team at the Cactus Bowl and we bought the Grand Canyon South Rim Aerial Tour from Westwind Air Service as a Christmas present to ourselves on December 24, 2017. The flight allowed us to see many of Arizona’s highlights in three hours: the Tonto National Forest, the Verde River, the Red Rock formations of Sedona, the San Francisco Peaks, the Painted Desert, the Navajo Indian Reservation, and the Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world. Thanks to Westwind Air Service for the experience to view such magnificent landscapes from 1,000 feet above the ground.

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a journey to Iceland

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July 13, 2017: Reykjavík, Iceland from the Hallgrímskirkja observation deck.

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July 13, 2017: The interior of Harpa in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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July 14, 2017: Öxarárfoss in Þingvellir National Park in Iceland.

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July 14, 2017: Bruárfoss in Brekkuskógur, Iceland.

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July 14, 2017: The Hvitá geothermal area near Reykjavík, Iceland.

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July 14, 2017: Gullfoss in southwest Iceland.

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July 14, 2017: The Kerið volcanic crater lake in southwest Iceland.

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July 15, 2017: Seljavallalaug, one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland.

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July 15, 2017: Skógafoss in Skógar, Iceland.

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July 15, 2017: ATV tracks across Reynisfjara near Vík, Iceland.

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July 15, 2017: Whale bones on Sólheimasandur near Vík, Iceland.

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July 15, 2017: An old DC-3 plane on Sólheimasandur near Vík, Iceland.

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July 15, 2017: A puffin nests on the Dyrhólaey cliffs near Vík, Iceland.

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July 15, 2017: The Reynisdrangar volcanic columns near Vík, Iceland.

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July 16, 2017: The Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in southeast Iceland.

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July 16, 2017: An Icelandic horse drive near Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland.

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July 16, 2017: The Skeiðará Bridge monument in southeast Iceland.

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July 16, 2017: Svartifoss in Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland.

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July 16, 2017: Hoffellsjökull glacier lagoon near Hoffell, Iceland.

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July 17, 2017: Icelandic horses in southeast Iceland.

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July 17, 2017: Dettifoss in Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland.

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July 17, 2017: Selfoss in Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland.

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July 17, 2017: Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland.

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July 17, 2017: The Hverir geothermal area at Námafjall, Iceland.

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July 17, 2017: A boy plays in the steam from a fumarole at Námafjall, Iceland.

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July 17, 2017: The Dimmuborgir lava fields near Lake Mývatn, Iceland.

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July 18, 2017: A humpback whale dives in Eyjafjörður near Akureyri, Iceland.

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July 18, 2017: An Icelander watches whales in Eyjafjörður near Akureyri, Iceland.

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July 18, 2017: A fulmar searches for fish in Eyjafjörður near Akureyri, Iceland.

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July 18, 2017: Goðafoss in northern Iceland.

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July 19, 2017: A life-size troll figure near The Viking store in Akureyri, Iceland.

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July 19, 2017: The Glaumbær historic turf farmhouses in Glaumbær, Iceland.

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July 19, 2017: Kirkjufell mountain near Grundarfjörður, Iceland.

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July 19, 2017: Budakirkja at Búðir, Iceland.

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July 20, 2017: Hraunfossar in west Iceland.

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July 20, 2017: Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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July 20, 2017: A ram near Grindavík, Iceland.

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July 20, 2017: A shipwreck near Grindavík, Iceland.

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July 21, 2017: The Gunnuhver geothermal area near Grindavík, Iceland.

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July 21, 2017: A lupine near Grindavík, Iceland.

Day 1:

Delta 4547 from Kansas City, Missouri to Minneapolis, Minnesota

Delta 260 from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Keflavík, Iceland

Day 2:

Bessastaðir, the official residence of the President of Iceland

Skólavörðustígur street, the most beautiful street in Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja church

Harpa concert hall and conference center

Solfar Sun Voyager sculpture

Þúfa observation lookout

Food: Ostabúðin restaurant in Reykjavík, Iceland

Lodging: Lux Apart in Reykjavík, Iceland

Rental car: Blue Car Rental at Keflavík International Airport

Travel: 1332 kilometers or 828 miles counterclockwise on Route 1

Day 3:

Þórufoss waterfall

Öxarárfoss waterfall

Þingvellir National Park

Brúarfoss waterfall

Strokkur geysir

Gullfoss waterfall

Skáholt Cathedral

Kerið volcanic crater lake

Day 4:

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Seljavallalaug swimming pool

Skógafoss waterfall

ATV ride with Arcanum Glacier Tours in Vík, Iceland

Sólheimasandur DC-3 plane crash

Puffins nesting on the Dyrhólaey cliffs near Vík, Iceland

Reynisdrangar volcanic columns and Halsanefshellir Cave near Vík, Iceland

Food: Suður-Vík restaurant in Vík, Iceland

Lodging: Icelandair Hotel Vík in Vík, Iceland

Day 5:

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

Foss á Síðu waterfall

The Skeiðará Bridge monument

Svartifoss waterfall

Hoffellsjökull glacier lagoon

Food: Hafnarbudin restaurant in Höfn, Iceland

Lodging: Fosshótel Vatnajökull in Höfn, Iceland

Day 6:

Egilsstaðir

Dettifoss waterfall

Selfoss waterfall

Vatnajökull National Park

The Hverir geothermal area at Námafjall, Iceland

Dimmuborgir lava fields

Food: Café Nielsen in Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Lodging: Center Apartment Hotel in Akureyri, Iceland

Day 7:

Ambassador Whale Watching tour in Akureyri, Iceland

Goðafoss waterfall

Food: Akureyri Fish and Chips

Day 8:

Glaumbær historic turf farmhouses

Hvítserkur troll rock formation

Kirkjufell mountain

Budakirkja church

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls

Food: Bjargarsteinn in Grundarfjörður, Iceland

Lodging: Hraunsnef Country Hotel

Day 9:

Höfrungur shipwreck in Akranes, Iceland

Hópsnesviti lighthouse near Grindavík, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon

Food: Íslenski Barinn in Reykjavík, Iceland

Lodging: Bergas Guesthouse in Keflavík, Iceland

Day 10:

The Gunnuhver geothermal area

Reykjanesviti lighthouse

The Bridge Between Continents

Day 11:

Delta 261 from Keflavík, Iceland to Minneapolis, Minnesota

Delta 3345 from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Kansas City, Missouri

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a journey to Miami and the Florida Keys

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June 26, 2016: The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: A man wrings out his mop at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: An office building in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: Dominos players at Maximo Gomez Park in Little Havana, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: A man and his pet lemur at the Art Deco District in Miami, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: The Hotel Breakwater in the Art Deco District in Miami, Florida.

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June 28, 2016: Biscayne Bay from the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida.

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June 28, 2016: The sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico in Key Largo, Florida.

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June 29, 2016: A sea turtle at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.

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June 29, 2016: The Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon, Florida.

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June 29, 2016: A Key deer, the smallest in North America, in Big Pine Key, Florida.

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June 29, 2016: A green iguana suns itself on a tree in Big Pine Key, Florida.

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June 30, 2016: A shipwreck near the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: An old boat inside Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: A pelican flies over Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: Bush Key from Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: A shipwrecked sailboat near the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: The Southernmost Point of the United States in Key West, Florida.

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July 1, 2016: An alligator at the Everglades Alligator Farm in Homestead, Florida.

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July 1, 2016: A field of sunflowers and palm trees in Homestead, Florida.

Recently, Patty and I took a working vacation to Florida because I had been hired to shoot the Alpha-1 National Education Conference on June 24-26, 2016 in Miami. We rented a car and spent seven days driving down U.S. 1, better known as the Overseas Highway, from Miami to Everglades National Park and then to Key West.

First, we toured the beautiful Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. It is the former estate of John Deering, the founder of the International Harvester Company, who lived there from 1916-1925. We enjoyed lunch at the Vizacya Museum Cafe.

The next day, we visited the Wynwood Walls, an urban graffiti art exhibit in the Wynwood District of Miami. We ate great food at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, a Latin-American restaurant surrounded by the huge, colorful murals in the neighborhood. Afterwards, we drove to Little Havana in downtown Miami and walked along 8th Street, or Calle Ocho. We stopped in a few stores to watch crafters hand-roll tobacco leaves into cigars. Then, we visited Maximo Gomez Park, or Dominos Park, where locals play spirited games of dominos, chess, and cards with anyone willing to challenge them. We returned to our room at the InterContinental Hotel for a few hours before driving to nearby Ocean Drive to see the Art Deco Historic District.

The following morning, we packed some sandwiches from Jersey Mike’s and left Miami to tour Everglades National Park. We searched for alligators and egrets along the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo Trails. Unfortunately, a thunderstorm cut our day short so we headed south to Key Largo. Once we arrived, we had an amazing seafood dinner at Hobo’s Cafe. We checked into the Hampton Inn Key Largo and watched the sunset from their quiet, private beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

We left Key Largo the next day and drove to Marathon where we visited the Turtle Hospital, a small non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles. We also stopped for a wonderful seafood meal at the 7 Mile Grill, a historic restaurant in the heart of the Florida Keys. After lunch, we crossed over Seven Mile Bridge, a famous landmark that connects the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys. The Seven Mile Bridge is actually two bridges. The modern bridge is open to vehicular traffic, whereas the older, original bridge is open only to pedestrians and cyclists. The original bridge was constructed from 1909 to 1912 and the current bridge was built from 1978-1982. The bridge has been featured in several films including True Lies, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Mission Impossible III.

Soon, we arrived in Big Pine Key and detoured to the National Key Deer Refuge to look at Key deer, an endangered deer that lives only in the Florida Keys. It is the smallest deer in North America and is similar in size to a Labrador Retriever.

Once we reached Key West, we immediately checked into our room at the Silver Palms Inn, an upscale boutique hotel in downtown. After some rest, we drove to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park to watch the sunset at the Civil War-era fort.

Thursday morning, we left our hotel and walked down world-famous Duval Street. It stretches 1.25 miles from its northern end at the Gulf of Mexico to its southern end at the Atlantic Ocean. There are many Victorian mansions, art galleries, shops, clubs, and restaurants along the strip. We stopped at the end of Duval Street and took selfies at the buoy that marks the southernmost point of the United States.

We shared an awesome lunch of crab-topped pizza at Deuce’s Off the Hook Grill, then we drove to Key West Seaplane Charters at the Key West International Airport. We boarded a DHC-3 DeHavilland Turbine Otter Amphibians aircraft and flew 70 miles over the Gulf of Mexico to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park, the most remote National Park in the United States. The fort, which was built in 1846, is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere and is comprised of more than 16 million bricks. We spent two hours exploring the 47-acre island before we had to return to our seaplane for our 40 minute flight back to Key West. We flew at a low altitude and saw several sharks, sea turtles, and shipwrecks.

Our last day, we packed up the car and drove east on U.S 1 to Homestead, Florida. We spent the afternoon at the Everglades Alligator Farm, the oldest alligator farm in South Florida. We were unable to see any wild alligators during our tour of the Everglades earlier in the week so we opted to view dozens of them in the farm’s pond. We stayed long enough to watch the handler feed them their daily snack. Then, we checked into our final hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Homestead.

We treated ourselves to one last lunch, an Italian meal at Mamma Mia’s before driving to nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to fly home.

We hope to visit Florida again soon, so we can experience more of her beauty.

-scott weaver

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Amanda and B.J. get married

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B.J. listens to toasts from his groomsmen during the rehearsal dinner.

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Amanda yawns during an early morning hair appointment on her wedding day.

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Amanda gets her hair and makeup done before her wedding ceremony.

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Groomsman Kyle Klein plays the piano during the wedding ceremony.

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B.J. waits for Amanda to enter the church during their wedding ceremony.

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Amanda walks down the aisle during her wedding ceremony.

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Amanda and B.J. Finney are introduced to the church after their wedding ceremony.

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B.J. and Amanda kiss in a stairwell after their wedding ceremony.

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B.J. and Amanda leave the church after their wedding ceremony.

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Pastor Bill Gasser signs the marriage certificate for Amanda and B.J.

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Amanda and B.J. kiss during a photo shoot after their wedding ceremony.

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Stephanie Duncan takes a selfie with B.J. on their party bus.

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Amanda and B.J. stock their party bus with beverages before their reception.

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Amanda and B.J. stop their party bus to pose for a photo at Anderson Hall.

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B.J. and Amanda greet their guests at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas.

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B.J. and Amanda are toasted by family and friends during their wedding reception.

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K-State’s mascot, Willie the Wildcat, hugs Amanda during their reception.

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Groomsmen James Gregg and Collin Klein hold Amanda as B.J. removes her garter.

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Amanda and B.J. dance during their reception at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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Wedding guests enjoy themselves on the dance floor at the reception.

Recently, B.J. Finney and Amanda Weishaar, two friends of mine from K-State Athletics, asked me to photograph their wedding in Manhattan, Kansas.

Amanda is a former captain on the K-State rowing team. B.J. is a former captain on the K-State football team and now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I have shot them for years as student-athletes so I was honored to document their special day.

-scott weaver

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World famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee on December 26, 2015.

B.B. King’s Blues Club on world famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

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David Bowen performs at the King’s Palace Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Elvis Presley’s Shure 55 microphone inside Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, known as “The Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll.”

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The Lorraine Motel where MLK was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The ducks leave the fountain at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The front gates of Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The TV Room of Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The Jungle Room of Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Gibson Les Paul guitars are displayed at the factory in Memphis, Tennessee.

Recently, Patty and I traveled to Tennessee to document the K-State football team’s trip to the Autozone Liberty Bowl to play Arkansas on January 2, 2016. We drove down early to Memphis and took two days walking around the “Home of the Blues.”

We dined at Corky’s Ribs and BBQ. Then, we spent six hours on world famous Beale Street wandering in and out of clubs and listening to some wonderful musicians.

The next morning, we visited the legendary Sun Studio. Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and U2, all have recorded albums in “The Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll.” We ate lunch at Aldo’s Pizza Pies, a Memphis institution. Afterwards, we toured The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. It was surreal to stand where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. We ended the day by going to the Peabody Hotel so we could see the ducks that swim in the lobby fountain.

We couldn’t leave Memphis without seeing Elvis Presley’s Graceland home. We took a self-guided tour through his mansion, his car collection and his two private planes. We stopped for lunch at Central BBQ to enjoy some great food. Finally, we visited the Gibson Guitar Factory to see the new Les Paul models in the showroom.

We joined the football team on day three. Together, we went to the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, watched the Miami Heat play the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum, and ate dinner at Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous famous barbecue restaurant.

Memphis was amazing and we hope to return one day for more music and food.

-scott weaver

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New York City in black and white

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December 6, 2015: New York from the Top of the Rock observation deck.

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December 6, 2015: The NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center.

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December 7, 2015: The Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center.

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December 7, 2015: The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

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December 7, 2015: The south tower of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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December 7, 2015: The South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial.

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December 7, 2015: One World Trade Center and St. Paul’s Chapel.

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December 7, 2015: The Oculus at the World Trade Center.

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December 8, 2015: Statue of Liberty souvenirs near Times Square.

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December 8, 2015: A bird flies past the Chrysler Building.

I documented K-State’s head coach Bill Snyder as he was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on December 8, 2015. When I had free time, I visited some New York landmarks such as Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial and Times Square. I always enjoy exploring New York on my own.

-scott weaver

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Kelly and Mark get married

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Kelly and her bridesmaids practice yoga on the morning of her wedding.

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Groomsmen Jason McGhee wrestles with Chris Powell in their hotel room.

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Mark reads love letters from Kelly before their wedding ceremony.

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Kelly talks with her nieces, Madelynn and Abigail, on her front porch.

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Kelly puts on her garter belt and shoes before leaving for the church.

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Kelly freshens her makeup in a full length mirror before leaving her house.

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Madelynn McHugh watches for the limousine to take them to the church.

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Kelly’s brother, Michael, helps her out of the limousine at the church.

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Kelly waves at guests in the lobby before she sneaks into the church.

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Mark and his groomsmen huddle moments before the wedding ceremony.

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Mark and Kelly exchange their vows during their wedding ceremony.

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Mark and Kelly kiss in the church lobby after their wedding ceremony.

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Wedding guests blow bubbles as Mark and Kelly walk to their limousine.

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Mark and Kelly kiss in their limousine as they drive to their reception.

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Mark and Kelly pose for photos at the KSU Gardens before their reception.

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Kelly and Mark prepare to cut the cake during their wedding reception.

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Groomsmen Jason McGhee and Kevin Stewart swing dance at the reception.

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Groomsman Chris Powell dances during The Isley Brothers’ “Shout”.

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Kelly sits on best man Kevin Stewart while Mark removes her garter.

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Wedding guests give a group hug to Mark and Kelly during their last dance.

My friends, Mark Stewart and Kelly McHugh, asked me to shoot their wedding in Manhattan, Kansas on July 31, 2015. I was honored to document their special day.

-scott weaver

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1000 miles through California

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Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California on July 16, 2015.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California on July 17, 2015.

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The Lone Cyprus in Pebble Beach, California on July 17, 2015.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California on July 17, 2015.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California on July 17, 2015.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California on July 17, 2015.

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Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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McWay Falls in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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Hare Creek Trail in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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Limekiln Trail in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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A California State Route 1 sign in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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Elephant seals in San Simeon, California on July 18, 2015.

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Hearst Castle’s Roman pool in San Simeon, California on July 19, 2015.

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Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California on July 19, 2015.

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Paddleboards in Santa Barbara, California on July 19, 2015.

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Old Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California on July 20, 2015.

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The Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California on July 20, 2015.

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Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California on July 21, 2015.

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The Getty Center in Los Angeles, California on July 22, 2015.

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Hyatt Regency Orange County in Los Angeles, California on July 26, 2015.

Recently, Patty and I took a working vacation to California because I had been hired to shoot the Alpha-1 National Education Conference on July 24-26, 2015 in Los Angeles. We rented a car and spent seven days driving down the California State Route 1, better known as the Pacific Coast Highway, from Oakland to Los Angeles.

Once we left the airport, we stopped for lunch at In-N-Out Burger, a California institution. Then, we traveled to Santa Cruz where we walked along the beach at Natural Bridges State Park. We ate great seafood at the FireFish Grill on the Santa Cruz Wharf and spent the night at the Carousel Beach Inn, a charming hotel directly across the street from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Amusement Park.

The next morning, we drove one hour south to Monterey where we toured the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Also, we circled the entire Monterey peninsula along the 17-Mile Drive and stood on the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Club. We hiked through Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and saw some of the Golden State’s most beautiful coastline. We ate lunch at Cindy’s Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and stayed at the Comfort Inn Monterey by the Sea.

We woke up on Saturday and drove three hours through Big Sur to San Simeon. We stopped to admire the Bixby Creek Bridge and then continued to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to hike the McWay Falls trail. We stopped for lunch at Nepenthe to enjoy great food and a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. Then, we drove to Limekiln State Park to conquer the Hare Creek and Limekiln trails. We ended our day by watching elephant seals on the beach near our hotel, The Morgan at San Simeon.

Sunday morning, we drove four miles to the Hearst Castle, the 90,000 square foot home of former newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Unfortunately, a rare California thunderstorm prohibited us from touring the gardens, but we were able to view the lavish interiors of the individual mansions. After the tour, we stopped for an awesome lunch at Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill in Cambria. We detoured into San Luis Obispo to walk through Bubblegum Alley, a tourist destination where two walls are covered with used chewing gum. We shot some selfies in the alley then continued to Santa Barbara where we slept at the Castillo Inn on the Beach.

After breakfast, we toured the Old Mission Santa Barbara, a beautiful Spanish mission founded by a Franciscan order on December 4, 1786. The church is still used for worship today. We stopped for lunch at Honor Bar and ate their amazing steakburgers. A few hours later, we stopped for dinner at Duke’s in Malibu and soaked in the ocean view one last time before heading into Los Angeles.

We drove up to the Griffith Observatory to see the panoramic views of the downtown and catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign. Then, we checked into our final hotel, the Hyatt Regency Orange County, an elegant resort near Disneyland.

Early on Tuesday morning, we drove two hours east to Joshua Tree National Park. The road through the park had been washed out from recent rains but we still saw some amazing rock formations in the northern half of the area. We returned to the Hyatt Regency to split a tasty pepperoni pizza at TusCa Ristorante.

Finally, our last day of vacation was spent at The Getty Center in northern Los Angeles. We picked up Patty’s great aunt from her home in Encino and then we toured the museum’s gardens on Wednesday afternoon. We worked up an appetite so the three of us ate dinner at the Lakeside Cafe and Restaurant in Los Encinos State Historic Park. The restaurant has great food and overlooks a nearby lake.

We hope to visit California again soon, so we can experience more of her beauty.

-scott weaver

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