June 30, 2013

June in Photos

23/52 :: Polo


24/52 :: Summer Goodies

25/52 :: Downtown Denver

26/52 :: Exiting Mammoth Cave
June Adventures:
- Lots of car time - we drove to Denver, then drove to Kentucky the very next weekend
- I finished up my 3rd year at my current school, and 9th year in education - I can't believe I'm starting my 10th year next fall!
- Matt's been teaching a summer course at UNT and working on dissertation research
- I've been watching lots of TV, we're all caught up on Downton Abbey, Arrested Development, and Workaholics (I've also been volunteering with Seven Loaves Food Pantry through Junior League serving lunch to students in need, so it's not all books and TV this break)
- My sister let the cat out of the bag publicly - she's having a baby!! We're getting our first niece or nephew on my side of the family in early December, yay M+J!

[2013 Photos]
January - February - March - April - May

June 25, 2013

Research Adventures :: Kentucky

For the first time ever we took two trips in two weeks. First to Denver, then three days later we headed east for Matt to pack in more dissertation research in Louisville. Kentucky is a beautiful state - this was our first time to visit and we were definitely impressed. Louisville has a great French heritage, Mammoth Cave was amazing, of course, and everything was clean and green. We'd love to go back!

Highlights...
- Matt's fast and furious research at the Filson Historical Society, a beautiful private library in a historic mansion, while I explored Old Louisville
Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace - very pretty and the spring was neat, the marble tomb with fake cabin inside was a little strange
Mammoth Cave! We hiked the surface trails, enjoyed a great ranger hike through the Historic Entrance Tour (2 hours, 2 miles, 400 plus steps) and stayed at a cute Historic Cave Cottage on site
 - Exploring The Hermitage, the lovely estate of President Andrew Jackson
- Shopping and eating (two thumbs up for Puckett's Grocery) in cute Franklin, TN, outside of Nashville
 - Shiloh Battlefield Military Park, comparable to Vicksburg, the battlefield was beautiful and solemn and the Indian Mounds added to the history, we spent 3 hours at Shiloh and the time flew by
The Filson
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
The Hermitage
Shiloh was packed - ha!
4 days, 1,800 miles, plus:
Deer
Bats
Lizards
Lightning Bugs
Snakes
Frogs
Squirrels
Penny-farthing bikes (everywhere in Louisville for some reason?!)

June 24, 2013

Denver Wedding Weekend

We started summer off right with a wonderful weekend in Denver earlier this month. Cassie and Joe (who recently opened a cool Colorado-brewed beer store) had a beautiful wedding at an awesome old brewery. We had a great time joining in the celebration - plus who really needs an excuse to drive to Colorado?
We spent the weekend exploring downtown Denver for the first time, eating lots, relaxing at the hotel pool with fraternity friends Craig and Jen, and people-watching at the Pridefest that just happened to be in town. We even changed it up from camping and stayed at a fancy hotel, the Warwick, right downtown. It was a quick 1,600 miles but still tons of fun. Denver's art and food scenes are tops - yay for summer!
Shopping Joe's Store :: Denver Art Museum
Falling Rock Tap House :: Bear Sighting
No wildlife spottings on this trip, but we did try a few centennial state beers...
Colorado Glider Cider
Great Divide Heyday
Timmerman's Strawberry
Odell Easy Street Wheat
Dale’s Pale Ale
Angry Orchard Apple Beer
Upslope IPA
Pyramid Apricot Ale
Left Hand Milk Stout
Great Divide Colette

June 16, 2013

Love ya Dad!

Happy Father's Day to my favorite Dad!
Can you believe it's been 10 years since we drove to Alaska for my summer job
Alaska Highway Mile 0, Dawson Creek, British Colombia
4,300 miles of father-daughter fun!