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Personal: Unexpected Inspiration

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I’ve ALWAYS preferred to take pictures of people over landscapes, wildlife, etc. etc. etc. Aside from taking pictures professionally, my number one subject has been my husband, Phil — Phil LOVES having his picture taken — TOTALLY KIDDING. He tolerates it. Since John Henry was born, Phil has gotten off the picture-taking-hook.

OK, so we’re going to go down a little rabbit hole for just a sec. If John Henry wasn’t born, I probably would have never gotten this incredible jaw ache that I was experiencing a few weeks ago from clenching & grinding my teeth, turns out motherhood is quite overwhelming… and if I hadn’t gotten that horrific pain, I probably would have never sought out acupuncture to relieve it. AND if I didn’t seek out acupuncture, I for sure would have never met Jean, the amazing acupuncturist I stumbled upon.

Jean is my unexpected inspiration for taking these pictures. Hi Jean!!! Hopefully she reads this :-p

Jean dappled in photography a few years back but recently upgraded to a nicer digital camera. At my appointments we have talked a bit about photography here and there and she mentioned the photo group that she’s been attending (which I ALSO attended when we first moved to Bishop). Well, this month the theme of the group was wood & structure.

Although I unfortunately don’t think I’ll get to make it to the group, leaving Phil to single handedly care for John Henry during the witching hour just seems cruel, I thought I would pick up my camera and try to get some fun images anyway.

Thank you Jean for the inspiration! I still love taking pictures of people but I had a good time with a different subject matter. Can’t wait for next months theme.

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And one John Henry picture for good measure. I love those skeptical eyes.

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Personal: December in Bishop, California

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Fumie on Heavenly Path V1

I really can’t count how many times Phil and I have said, “We live in the best place in the world.” We say it a lot. Daily maybe.

Bishop, California has treated us well for just shy of 4 years, but we sincerely look forward to spending the rest of our days here, growing our family and raising our little John Henry here. And although this post isn’t about the Eastern Sierra Women’s March, we participated today along with some 580 other Eastern Sierra residents and couldn’t have felt more encouraged and positive about our town and our greater community as a whole.

But onto the bouldering and how beautiful Bishop is in December. We live is a town that has world-class rock climbing and mountain views that I believe are unriveled. A town that is generally sleepy and quite, very much our style. And this year Bishop has been getting some much needed snow that has only added to the beauty of the Owens Valley.

We are so thankful to live in a place that we love, of course! But to live in a place that our friends love too — a place where they are willing to travel hundreds of miles just to visit us (ok and climb) now that is  something to be even more thankful for.

Here is a compliation of pictures from December 2016. Lots of climbing with friends, outdoor adventures and caputing the many magnificent faces of my dear friend Fumie Hiromitsu.

Enjoy.

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Trevor working on Maze of Death V12

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Phil on The Pursuit of Wow V0

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Fumie’s magnificent face #1

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Fumie climbing Heavenly Path V1

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Fumie’s magnificent face #2

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Trevor crushing Fly Boy V8

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Woody on Rio’s Secret Arete V3

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Both of our amazing faces and a couple of cold small dogs

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Trevor!

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Fumie working the moves of Serengeti V5

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Trevor topping out Bowling Pin Sit V6

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Fumie and Woody <3

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Fumie’s beautiful smile AW!

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John Henry better love rock climbing! JK — but really. He better.

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Love this girl

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Personal: Catalina Island Adventure & A Brief History of the Cruzon Bay

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As Phil and I meander through our life together I find myself wanting more and more to create traditions of our own, for our growing little family.

As a kid, my family made regular voyages on the S.S. Cruzon Bay — the Cruzon has a long history with the Aseltine Family. My Grandpa, affectionately known as Captain Gramps, was gifted the 1959 motor vessel in 1986 from his son, my dad, Ace Aseltine. Captain Gramps had quite a few adventures on the Cruzon, even living aboard for a period of time in La Paz, Baja California Sur. My dad has maintained ownership of the Cruzon for 30 years but it has been a true treasure, beloved by the entire family.

Quite some time after my grandfather’s passing, my dad’s oldest brother, my Uncle Ed lived aboard the Cruzon on Gangway S for many years. Uncle Ed always said it was a full time job just keeping the boat afloat. He carried out his last days on the vessel and his memorial was held there as well. We have lot of great memories of Uncle Ed, also known as Captain Eddy — Drinking his beer of choice, PBR — fishing off the dock and general “boatnik” misadventures.

After Captain Eddy’s passing, my big brother Acey and sister-in-law Stacey moved aboard the Cruzon. Talk about tiny home living!? Living on this tiny boat was comfortable for 1 person, but it was definitely a little cramped for 2. It seriously puts other tiny homes to shame. They enjoyed the boat together for about 8 months they now live in what would compare as a mansion down in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The boat has basically been unoccupied since their departure with the exception of a few guests here and there. My dad has been trying to sell the boat for months. It wasn’t an easy decision given all the love we all have for the boat but financially it was a decision we had to make. When it started looking more and more that the boat was no longer going to be “ours” — my dad and I decided we needed one last adventure.

For Thanksgiving this year, my dad, Phil, our 2 small dogs — Lucy & Frankie, and myself (with Little John Henry in utero) made the voyage to Catalina Island. It had been years since my dad and I made the trip and Phil had never himself been on the island.

Take a look at some of the photos below. We left Long Beach Marina, stopped at the bate barge and carried onto Cat Harbor, where we stayed the first night. The next morning we trolled around the island to Isthmus Cove, went ashore for a couple Buffalo Milks at the cantina — virgin for me — which is basically a glass of milk with whipped cream, nutmeg and cinnamon :-p The next morning we had great weather all the way back to Long Beach and got home just in time for a proper Thanksgiving feast.

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The Cruzon Bay is no longer ours, it’s in the hands of a boat loving couple who (fingers crossed) will take good care of it and enjoy it just as much if not more then we have. It’s been a good run Cruzon Bay — you will be missed!

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Living in 2015 I should probably know about #hashtags. But I don’t. 

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Trying to explain a vacation to someone is always hard to do. This is going to sound cliche but, sometimes, you just had to be there.

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That being said, I’m going to ramble a little about the trip and some realizations I had, but don’t expect an actual synopsys.

Groovin’ into Retirement

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Aunt Marylynn, Aunt Janet, Jennifer and Marguerite

Last weekend Phil and I drove down to Nipomo for Phil’s Aunt Marylynn’s 60th birthday and retirement party. It was a short trip, as we left on Saturday morning and returned Sunday afternoon, but it was rich in quality time.

A Homage to Nelle Pierson

Nelle Pierson. The kind of girl that gets sh*t done. Nelle Pierson. If you’re a guy, you want to date her. Hell, if you’re a girl, you still want to date her. Nelle Pierson.To get to the point, she is someone you want to know.

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No Competition.

Do you remember when you found out that Santa wasn’t real? More likely then not, if you have an older sibling, like I do, we probably share a similar story. It goes a little something like this: Big brother tells  little sister – bam – cat is out of the bag.

Me and Acey on the Cruise on Bay

Me and Acey on the Cruise on Bay