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Friday
Jul062012

Washington Park in Denver, Colorado

Happy Friday everyone! For my American readers, did you all have a nice Fourth of July holiday? I had a long day at work so by the time I got home, ate some dinner and watched a few fireworks I was ready to call it a night (and then wake up super early the next day). So mine wasn't too eventful. I hope you all had a safe and fun day.

I want to share a few of my Colorado vacation pictures today. Summer is synonymous with time spent in the park and outdoor picnics. While in Denver we visited a few parks because we had Scout with us and she limited what we could do indoors. Scout appreciated romping around outside and getting out of the car (we spent a lot of hours in the car). Denver was very hot while we were there so we gravitated toward shaded spots on the lawn. A favorite destination was Washington Park (or Wash Park as the locals call it), recommended by my Denver friend Nic. The neighborhood is just what I enjoy: old homes with lots of detail, big overgrown trees lining the streets, big sidewalks and plenty of photo opportunities. 

This old high school was right across the street from the park. It was beautiful, looking so collegiate with the ivy climbing up the brick walls. No high schools look like this is Southern California. Since we don't have any extreme weather, our schools are really spread out with multiple buildings and a lot of outdoor areas. To me, this is a school out of the movies. On the right, is a wrought-iron gate in the Washington Park neighborhood. Look at all of those green trees!

Just one of the many old homes I feel in love with here. Even in the middle of the day on a Friday, this felt like a lively community. So many people were at the park, most of them walking, jogging, rollerbladding and biking. The people of Denver are very healthy. Even in the minimal time we spent there, I saw this to be the case.

There were two small lakes in the park and ducks and geese were cooling off and sleeping in the shade.

It is a pretty picturesque spot.

Scout has obviously seen birds before but this might have been her first encounter with ducks. She was very intrigued...but from a safe distance of course. I wouldn't mind having this park as my view everyday. What a lovely park to walk in and get inspired.

Scout had the whole backseat to stretch out in during this road trip. She does great in the car but after a few hours she would get antsy. And she was quite content when we got home. She missed looking out her windows at our yard with all the lizards and birds. 

I'm so glad my friend Nic recommended Washington Park. Have you ever visited? Have you ever been to Denver? How did you like it?

Have a great weekend!

Monday
Jan232012

Beauty Through My iPhone, Part Two

Happy Monday friends! How was everyone's weekend? For me the beginning of the week is looking rainy and dreary. Apparently Southern California finally got the memo about it being winter and decided to switch things up from all the clear skies and warm, sunny days. I'm not complaining. It is actually a nice change especially since I get to spend the day snuggled up indoors and dry (the best way to experience the rain).

I decided I would use this post for some reflection and share some iPhone pictures I captured awhile back. Sometime last year my Mom and I (and Scout) headed to Oak Glen for an afternoon hike. Oak Glen is local apple country for us and it's just a short jaunt away. We walk around our home everyday and sometimes the same old scenery gets boring so we changed things up by walking in Oak Glen. We parked at one of the ranches there and headed off to explore.

For me, Oak Glen completely embodies fall. There are apples and pumpkins and hay rides and pie! Even in the off season it still has that fall feeling which I love. I have to admit that it's a bit of a ghost town except on autumn weekends. But ghost town or not, I like visiting. Do you have any apple country by you? There is something so nostalgic and old-timey about it.

For me, walks in places like this are so inspirational as I take the time to reflect and think about future hopes and dreams. Something about the fresh air and taking in the scenery is such a conducive environment for brainstorming. What about you? Where and how do you do your best daydreaming?

I guess this post today is a bit random. I think I like reminding everyone, including myself, to take in the small things and to devote time to yourself for reflection and daydreaming. It's important. So get inspired this week and take a little walk. You'll feel good afterward and it will clear your mind. And your dog will love you (if you have a dog). 

{ Polaroid frames courtesy of Fuzzimo }