Archive | May, 2011

Laguna Seca

10 May

After the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we decided to drive up to Laguna Seca to check it out.  Ian is a huge car enthusiast so it was really fun to get to see him enjoy this place!

We hiked up to the top of this hill where you could overlook a lot of the track.

All Ian really wanted to see was the cork screw turn on the track and we definitely got to see it!  We also saw a mazda almost lose it on this turn and go off track.

Here’s part of the corkscrew.

Another angle, although neither of these photos shows the entire turns of this section.

This top point had this awesome tiling where it talked about all of the people who contributed to the track.  There were some pretty interesting tiles on this layout, very cool to see.

Aquarium fun!

9 May

One of my co-workers was nice enough to give me two tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and I couldn’t have been more excited to go check it out while Ian was in town!  My parents used to take me to the aquarium when I was a little kid but I haven’t been back in many, many years.  We made a fun day of it and I took tons of pics to share, enjoy 🙂

The huge two story aquarium that you see when you first walk in.  It’s so mesmerizing to just watch all of the fish and sea life in this large tank.

There was this indoor/outdoor exhibit where you could look over the top of the tanks at the sting rays and lots of other animals.

There was this awesome tunnel where there was a simulated crashing wave.  It showed what the power of the ocean can do to the sea life and what the water creatures can sustain.

Outside of the wave simulator.

The outside view of some of the tide pools right outside the aquarium.

The sardine pool!  I loved this, they just swim around and around but they just shimmer so brightly in the lights.  Ian liked the ones that would try to swim against the crowd, of course 🙂

The featured exhibit is the seahorse exhibit.  It was one of the coolest exhibits and not because I love real horses so much but because I never knew how fascinating these sea horses are!  There were so many different breeds and they are so delicate.

These seahorses were awesome, they looked like dragons.  Not to mention their beautiful colors and movements.

They attach to things with their tails.  They would grip onto the bottom of kelp or plants and just take naps or bob in the water.

Another featured exhibit included flamingo’s.  It seems so random that they just stand on one leg at a time when they are resting.

Another fascinating exhibit was the jellyfish.  They were so interesting to watch.

They all just moved so slowly but freely around each other.

I loved the turtles!

They are just so cute

The penguins were also really cute and would just swim rapidly all over their living area, rolling in the water and hopping on and off of their land.

The construction of the aquarium was really interesting as well.   I loved this bridge across the second story of the aquarium.

They also had huge life size whales suspended throughout the building.

The view out from the bridge across the second floor.

Ian on the top floor with the large windowed tank.

And finally, here is a close up of the kelp.  The aquarium is definitely something to see and makes for a great date.  Something I’d suggest though is trying to go on a weekday because it was so crowded on the weekend day we went.

Another free Tuesday at the MOMA!

7 May

I love that all the exhibits had changed around this month.  This museum is seriously so great.  They were also constructing a new exhibit and I cannot wait to see what it possibly is next month 🙂  Here are some photos from this months excursion:

I absolutely loved all of these pieces.  I would love to have something like this in my apartment, so simple but really interesting as well.

These are just the light fixtures in the exhibits but I think they are really interesting.

Roof top garden lounging on a beautiful day 🙂

Some recent iPhone pics

6 May

Here are some recent pics that I like:

The lobby of the Mandarin Hotel is really cool.  On the doors to Battery St. there is a city scape painted on that’s really awesome.

I like flowers 🙂  They are so beautiful right now, too!

Ian and I out at the end of my favorite pier in San Francisco.

Stories and captions to come!

3 May

Wow, what can I say except for life has been flying by lately.  I have been sadly too busy to update this every night but am back in action :)!  Last weekend was full of fun and adventure as is always when I have my funner, if that’s even a word, half by my side.  Ian has been here for a week now and I’m loving every second of it!  We have been making the most of our time together and here are some photos to document our adventures.

We took the Richmond bridge over to Stinson beach on Saturday to hang with Ian’s cousins which was a blast.  The weather couldn’t have been better and I love getting to go to the beach whenever possible.

Cruising in Ian’s car with the top off.  His car is so fun and the fact that it’s a convertible just ads to the amazing summer feeling.

The view of Stinson Beach coming down from HWY 1.  I actually have many of this same photo from all of the drives he and I have taken together on this amazing coastal highway.

One of the cute shops on the strip right in front of the beach.  I just love all the fun decorations in beach towns 🙂

Walking down to the beach.

Here are Ian’s cousins Jamie and Damon playing frisbee.

Here are Ian’s cousins Courtney and Jamie as we are about to BBQ.  It was so nice getting to catch up with them and enjoy the sunshine together!

Damon, the master barbeque cook!  Funny story, this flame actually singed the hairs on Ian’s stomach in an instant.   He was trying to cook a hot dog and the flame just caught his hairs with the wind.

On Sunday, I had a horse show with little Zing.  The weather was unbelievably warm on this day.

This was one of our two tests that we rode.

Here we are finished walking out of the arena.  He was quite the naughty horse in this show.  He behaved himself really well but just pooped out in the heat.  We have to work on building a little more endurance for the next one.

Here are Maggie and Jamie from my barn.  They are two amazing riders and are always so helpful!  Don’t know what I’d do without such great friends in my horse world 🙂

I was definitely a tad sweaty after our rides but so happy to have Ian, my parents and my friends at the show!

My parents also endured the heat to watch the show 🙂

Afterward being in the sun all morning at the horse show we decided to relax by my parents pool.  Of course the dogs wanted to join, too.