Provence Part 3

January 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s only been 16 months since I wrote up part 2 of this trip. One of my goals for this long Christmas / New Year’s break was to catch up on my blogging, and well, there’s only 2 days left of break so I better get going! Looking back through this pictures makes me so happy. When I think about all the trips Drew and I have taken so far in Europe, this is probably still my favorite. It was just exactly what I thought a week in Provence would be like. We visited the Pont du Gard, which has always been on my list of places to see. It’s was kind of odd actually to see a textbook picture come to life. The best part is that it is not walled off anything, you can walk on it and swim under it!

Our next stop was Avignon, which is probably best known to US French students from the song. We also made a half day stop at Arles, which has a lovely Van Gogh Museum. Our last day in Provence ended in Marseille, where we toured the harbour and ate at a wonderful Moroccan restaurant. All in all, it was a perfect vacation. Enough fun stuff to stay entertained, at a slow enough pace to still be relaxing. I’m already planning to come back many many times.

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Caravan Adventure at the San Diego Safari Park

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Isn’t this face adorable?! I can’t believe I got that close to a giraffe. For Joan’s birthday this year, we went on a caravan adventure at the San Diego Safari Park. If you’ve been before, you know that there’s a safari tram that takes you around the african safari area, but for an extra fee, you can take a small group tour inside the enclosure. It was really fun. We fed some giraffes and saw a couple of baby rhinos. I also learned a few things I didn’t know before. Did you know that the leaves giraffe eat come from a tree where the thorns are like 10x the size of the leaf? Giraffes have adapted to this horrible situation by developing tongues that don’t have a lot of blood flow so they can’t feel the pokes of the thorns! I also learned that the rhino’s horns aren’t real horns, they’re made of keratin and they grow back! Also, that baby white rhino is just the cutest thing, all big feet and big ears. All in all, thanks Joan & Andy for taking us along for a wonderful adventure!san diego safari park
san diego safari park
san diego safari park
san diego safari park
san diego safari park

3rd anniversary and parasailing!

March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

I really can’t believe Drew and I have been married for 3 years now. It’s gone by so fast. When I think about it, we’ve been together for almost 9 years! I feel like we’ve really grown up with each other. There’s a lot of uncertainty about the future with both Drew and I graduating this year and moving on to the next phase of our careers, but I know that I have the most amazing partner to share my next adventure with.

It sounds cheesy, but I think about how lucky I am all the time. Not only do I get to share my life with someone I love so much, but for the last 6 years, we’ve lived in paradise. Sure, it’s not Hawaii or even San Diego, but we’re 10 minutes from the ocean and it’s pretty much 70 degrees year round. Before we leave this paradise, we figured we’d take advantage of it and go parasailing! I thought I would be so scared since I’m afraid of heights, but it was actually not scary at all. In fact, this is possibly the most fun thing I’ve ever done. It felt so free being up there, almost like you’re flying! The best part was looking down and seeing the dolphins play. We went with Balboa Parasail and they have deals online all the time, so if you have the chance, I highly recommend doing it. You won’t regret it!

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parasailingP.S. These pictures were take with my Golden Half. It’s such an awesome little toy camera and cheap enough that if it got destroyed on our trip, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world. I’m so glad I took these pictures, they’re so joyful and so quintessentially SoCal :)

The World Famous San Diego Zoo

February 6, 2013 § 2 Comments

I’ve always loved going to the zoo. When I was a child in China, the zoo was my favorite place. When I see it now, I realize that it is quite a sad zoo where animals are kept in cages and are not properly taken care of.  When I was small, though, I thought it was the best place.  After I moved to the States, we were fortunate enough to live close to St. Louis, which has a fabulous FREE zoo.  Yes, free admission!  We went practically every month until my sister was 8.  Now, I live near probably one of the best zoos in the world.  While admission is not free, Drew’s parents have memberships so we’ve been able to go a a couple of times with their free passes.

This time, I really wanted to see the baby panda, Mr. Wu. He’s just a few months old, and is only on display in the mornings. So we got up bright and early, met Drew’s parent’s at their house, then drove down to the zoo. Mr. Wu apparently decided it was too early to say hi to all his visitors as he was napping inside a tree trunk. Still, the zoo has so many fun things, we had a wonderful time. I loved watching the gorillas getting a snack and the hippos playing in the water.  We will have to come back when the new outback exhibit is ready and hopefully Mr. Wu will be less sleepy :)
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san diego zoo
san diego zoo
san diego zoo
san diego zoo
san diego zoo
san diego zoo
san diego zoo
san diego zoo

Post-Defense // Pre-Christmas Getaway

January 31, 2013 § 2 Comments

End of last year was pretty crazy and stressful so after my defense, Drew and I went on a little getaway.  We spent a couple of nights in Palm Springs where we hung out at the street fair, had an awesome brunch at Cheeky’s, and took a hike to a desert waterfall. Then on our way to San Diego for Christmas, we went by the Salton sea, checked out the International Banana Museum (Guinness World Book of Records for most banana related stuff in one place!), and marveled at Salvation Mountain before grabbing some world famous Dudley’s bread (date nut flavor is my favorite). It was a great trip, the perfect way to relax and have a little adventure at the same time.
hiking to a desert waterfall
hiking to a desert waterfall
hiking to a desert waterfall
hiking to a desert waterfall
hiking to a desert waterfall
hiking to a desert waterfall
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international banana museum
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salvation mountain

Lunch time!

January 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have many photos to share, but first, I’m gonna just try something new. I took a video with my D7000! Probably need to get iMovie or something to edit but thought I’d share this cute video anyhow. When we got to the gorilla exhibit at the zoo, they were just lying about, then suddenly they all got up and walked two feet away from the window, turned around and sat down. It was lunch time! I like how this particular gorilla was obviously the head honcho since he just plopped himself there and never moved.

Gorilla Eats from An Tyrrell on Vimeo.

Rafting the American River

November 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

In the doldrums of winter, let’s take a look back at a glorious moment of summer.  Drew and I had the most amazing experience rafting the middle fork of the American River.  It was just the right amount of excitement for a newbie like me with a few faster rapids mixed in with more easy, slow ones.  If you go, I cannot recommend Tributary Tours enough.  These guys are the best.  They let us jump off some rocks (drew did it, but I was too scared :p), showed us where the wild blackberries were, and where to swim the rapids if we wanted to.  I was a perfect summer getaway :)
rafting the american river
rafting the american river
rafting the american river
rafting the american river

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