Down the California Coast

Down the California Coast

“I wouldn’t drive it to California or anything…” my neighbor said with a chuckle.

I wouldn’t find the humor and irony in this until I was packing up my ‘new’ 1986 Volvo (with 300k+ miles on the odometer) for my drive down the coast. Seattle to LA.

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Fishing Craig, AK

Fishing Craig, AK

"What a beautiful day!"

An older man dressed in head to toe Helly Hansen rain gear and xtra tuffs, the unofficial uniform for southeast Alaska, said with a smile as we passed on the dock.  It was pouring rain, and it wasn’t meant to be ironic.  I smiled.  “Sure is.”  There was no wind today, and a day without wind is a nice day when you're out on the water.

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Nome

Nome

It felt so good to be back in Alaska.  Theres something recharging about where you grew up.  For me, I usually find that rejuvenation in the forest or on the rocky beaches of the northwest, but even being in the frozen landscape of Nome, AK was energizing.  The first thing that happened when I got off the jet, waiting for a taxi, was for someone offer me a ride into town.  Nobody knows street names there - it's just not a thing.  You tell them the building you are staying in. For me,  it was the "Lawyer's apartments" (no lawyers live there now, but they did at one point apparently).  

I found myself at potlucks, fresh king crab dinners, trivia, and many other adventures before Jodie even arrived into town.  The small town life was such a warm feeling.  We get so disconnected from a sense of community and connection living in the city - a million options of a million things to do can leave us paralyzed with overwhelming sense of choice.  In small town Alaska, if there is an event, you find the whole town there.

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Fair Isle Brewing

Fair Isle Brewing

A while back I helped my buddy, and fellow photographer, Andrew, with some images for marketing an upcoming brewery project he has in the works.  We spent the day out on the olympic peninsula playing in the waves and drinking beer.

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Bivalves and Beer

Bivalves and Beer

Another road trip for Edible Seattle - this time to Olympia to cover Oysters and Beer.  If you have the chance to check out Chelsea Farms in Olympia, do it.  Delicious oysters and a nice space.  Chef Austin was passionate and accommodating.  Look forward to getting back down there for more delicious bivalves.

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Nepal

Nepal

I can't believe it's been a year already since Drew and I were in Nepal.  As memories often do, it feels like it was in another lifetime, but also, not so long ago.  It's amazing how just one week of time can have such a large impact on your memory.  I think back to this trip on a regular basis.
One day we would find ourselves haggling over scarves in Thamel and the next day we would find ourselves in the belly of the UN building conducting interviews on Nepal's slow reconstruction after the earthquake one year earlier.  What a complicated subject. What a complicated place.

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Edible Seattle - Crab Fishing

Edible Seattle - Crab Fishing

Recently, writer Megan Hill and I took a road trip down to Long Beach, Washington.  We met with Carol, David and Phill and went on a crab catching adventure for Edible Seattle.  It was a great time of sitting in the sun, having some drinks, and at the end of the day, feasting on the days catch of Dungeness Crab.  
Before this trip, I had no idea that casting for crabs was even a thing.  Thanks for the education, and the good times!

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Pike Market Food Bank

I recently had the pleasure of shooting another story for Edible Seattle: From Farm to Food Bank: a look inside the Pike Market Food Bank.
I had a blast going down and talking to Peter and Brian and the rest of the small crew that works out of Pike Place.  We'd head out to pick up extra goods from the vendors of the market nice and early in the AM.  Peaches, pastries, bread, carrots, La Panier baguettes, all piled high on the cart.  Its an amazingly efficient, and small, team that serves 746 households and 600 walk ins each week.
It's worth a read and you can pick it up on news stands now.  Before I shot the story, I had absolutely no idea there was a food bank tucked away in the area... also a secret little garden.  I'm sure the market has a ton of secret spots hidden away.

Here are a couple outtakes from my rainy days down at the market:

 

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Knives

During my parents move down from Alaska to Sequim, my mom dropped off three knives made by an old neighbor of ours, Red Campbell.  Apparently Red was quite the hunter and outdoorsman.  The horn is undoubtedly from a deer or elk he hunted, and the blades are from something he had around the shop - probably an old chainsaw.
I remember these knives floating around in different kitchen drawers when I was a kid but would have never given them a second thought if my mom hadn't asked me if I wanted them.

They are a fun reminder of my of my childhood in Alaska.

Ryan's Bachelor Party

Ryan's Bachelor Party

It's not always work.  I grabbed a couple of my closest friends, some canoes, and a bunch of snacks and we headed to Diablo Lake for a multi day bachelor party / canoe trip.  Despite the howling winds, whitecaps, and pouring rain, we had a fun-filled couple days.  Ultimately, the weather would let up on the last day and we'd have a sunny end to our trip.

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Farmers Market Flowers

Summer is finally here.  Excited for the warm weather, fun adventures and all the outside time the sun invites you to enjoy.  
Hope everyone is having a great summer! 

Here are some beautiful flowers I picked up the other day at the Phinny Ridge farmers market.

Spain / France

Spain / France

Spain... Spain was amazing.  Strangely, one of the highlights was a city.  Usually I enjoy a large city for a day or two but am soon ready to break away and get out into the country.  Barcelona was different.  I couldn't really put a finger on it - why I felt so at peace there - but when it came time to leave, I wanted to stay.

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Edible Seattle

Edible Seattle

Excited to see a story I shot for Edible Seattle show up in the mail.  I recently took a road trip down to the Hood Canal to shoot Alderbrook Resort and Chef Josh Delgado.  It was dumping rain the entire time but Josh was a champ and humored me in the elements.

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New Year in Sequim

New Year in Sequim

Fireworks never get old... I mean, I've been lighting sparklers off since about as early as I can remember. Somehow though, still fun. This year we spent New Years Eve shooting sparks off into the sky behind my parents place in Sequim. The flashy lights and big bangs bringing Ohhhs and Ahhhs from the crowd of four...

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Traveling Fork

Becky and I have been working away on a joint project we have titled Traveling Fork.  Becky, recently getting her masters in nutrition and having a general love of all things made in the kitchen, and I, lover of photography, decided to pool our skills and make an online collection of recipes and stories.  Traveling Fork was born.  Go check it out!

Here's a little video we recently made for promotion.

An Old Man And A Girl

An Old Man And A Girl

Hooch's first stop after Richie and Cassie adopted him was my dinky studio atop a garage in Santa Barbara.  He was tiny - couldn't make it up the stairs, onto the couch, off the couch, or very far in any direction.  I was in charge of his first hours in his new family.  We sat and ate tuna out of the can in my unfurnished kitchen.  Since he was a pup, he's attacked every back door doorknob in every house Richie and Cassy have lived - eaten through several doors, destroyed more than one car interior, pulled the blinds off of any window near the couch, and pretty much destroyed any world he's lived in... but he's always done it with such a sweet temperament.  He was one of the most gentle dog's I've ever met.

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Oaxaca

Oaxaca

"The flight is very full, so please check any carry ons you don't need" the ticket agent kept announcing over the loudspeaker. Flying standby is stressful.  There is only one flight from LA to Mexico City on AK air every day, and its at 12:10am. We stood near a trash can in the middle of the boarding area watching the standby list grow and the paying passengers board, oblivious to the stress of an uncertain future.  Fortunately, fortune would smile on us and we gleefully take up the last two seats on the plane. 

After our flight to Mexico City, the cabbie wound his way through the insane city traffic to the bus stop and we started the next leg of our trip, a six hour bus ride to Oaxaca.  I will admit, after a flight from LA to Mexico City, a six hour (probably more like seven) bus ride was just a wee bit too long.  I would recommend flying to Oaxaca if you can swing the extra dinero and find a good connection.  However, you might miss out on watching Labor Day in Spanish on your bus ride.  Oh man, how confusing was that?

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The Enchantments

The Enchantments

Tom and I got up to the enchantments before the season opened this year.  There was still plenty of snow on our three day hike.  Unfortunately we couldn't see the lakes as they were buried in snow and ice.  I can see why its such a popular destination.  Beautiful.  Will be going back again someday, Im sure.

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